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About the School

Berkeley Rep creates ambitious theatre that entertains and challenges its audiences, provokes civic engagement, and inspires people to experience the world in new and surprising ways. The School of Theatre supports this mission through meaningful connections between audiences and our mainstage work, creative entry points for new audiences, tools for artists and students to harness their imaginative power, and immersive training for future theatre makers.

Having first opened its doors in 2001, the School of Theatre offers programming as eclectic as the productions onstage at Berkeley Rep, reaching some 20,000 people in the Bay Area each year. Driven by an expanding community of inspired, curious, and creative theatre lovers, the School’s programming provides opportunities for engagement on a variety of levels.

Since its inception, the School has

  • Served over 321,340 people;
  • Collaborated with 565 professional teaching artists;
  • Led workshops in 3,630 classrooms in nine counties in the Bay Area;
  • Produced 142 original plays created by youth and teen students;
  • Mentored 359 young professionals through our Fellowship program (since 1985).

 

Staff

Anthony Jackson | DIRECTOR

Anthony is a director, deviser, educator, and arts administrator. He currently serves as the director of the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre where he oversees the Teen Council and fellowship programs, among other projects. Duties include programming the annual Teen One-Acts Festival and the Young Writers of Color Collective workshops and final presentation at Berkeley Rep’s acclaimed new play development program, The Ground Floor. He also serves as a mentor for 15 teens that are part of the Core Council teen leadership program. Previously Anthony was at Arena Stage in Washington, DC where he taught in all of the Community Engagement department’s programming as the Training Programs Manager and previously as the Partnership Manager. Anthony has traveled to India and Croatia as a guest artist with the U.S. Department of State, devising original plays with Arena Stage’s Voices of Now program. Anthony has also presented workshops at the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, Theatre Communications Group Conference, as well as the Southeastern Theatre Conference. In 2019 he was selected to be a member of the artEquity cohort. As an actor he has toured the U.S. and has performed with the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Olney Theatre, Arena Stage, and other regional theatres.

Dylan Russell | ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Dylan is a director, teaching artist, new play developer and community engagement specialist. Dylan has directed productions at American Conservatory Theatre Conservatory, TheatreFirst, New Conservatory Theatre, and Actors Lab Arizona. Most recently, Dylan was the Director of Education and Community Engagement at Laguna Playhouse. Dylan envisioned and created the OUR STORIES program at Laguna Playhouse, which utilizes generative theatre practices to create awareness about mental health and amplify the voices of youth and young adults ages 16-25. Dylan created the Drama Department at Jewish Community High School of the Bay, which was recognized as one of the top high school theatre programs in America by Stage Directions Magazine and twice performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland. She has taught at Laguna Playhouse, California Shakespeare Theatre, Northwestern University's National High School Institute, Marin Theatre Company and New Conservatory Theatre Center.

MaryBeth Cavanaugh
| DIRECTOR OF CLASSES AND SUMMER PROGRAMS

MaryBeth is the associate director of Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. She recently received her continuing appointment in the Department of Theatre and Dance at UC Davis, where she has taught for 15 years in the MFA and BFA programs. She also teaches at Academy of Art University. She is a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a few of her choreography credits include resident choreographer at California Shakespeare Theater for 20 seasons, where she also served as associate artist. She also choreographed for Oregon Shakespeare Festival for five seasons, Shakespeare Santa Cruz for nine seasons, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The New Victory Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, Brisbane Arts Festival—Powerhouse, Black Swan Theatre Company in Western Australia, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Mills College Repertory, and Summerfest Dance. Directing credits: Following the Wrong God Home, Theatre 212; Possession, United Solo Theatre Festival, New York City; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, TheatreFIRST; Twelfth Night, North Bay Shakespeare Company; and Measure for Measure, Shakespeare at Stinson. Ms. Cavanaugh was invited (all expenses paid) by the Norwegian Consulate in San Francisco to attend the Ibsen Festival in Oslo, Norway and to finish a new English translation of A Doll’s House from Ibsen’s original manuscript with an Ibsen scholar and a documentary film maker.

Si Mon’ Emmett | CURRICULUM AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS MANAGER

Si Mon' (she/her) is a San Francisco based theater educator, director, producer, filmmaker and arts activist. She currently holds the Curriculum & Educational Programs Manager position at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Her work outside of The School of Theatre spans from directing theatre to producing and assistant directing film.

Originally from Dallas, TX, Si Mon’ has established herself as a Bay Area artist embarking on projects with organizations outside of Berkeley Rep such as Playwrights Foundation, Campo Santo, and SFSU’s Black Film Connect. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2018 with a BFA in Theatre Education and a K-12 teacher certification, then began filmmaking when she moved to the Bay Area that same year. In 2020 she received the B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Digital Direction on a livestream performance of amendment: the making of an american myth, or the slow sipping of a peacock tea

Through her work in arts organizations across the country -- from Dallas Children's Theatre (Dallas), Victory Gardens (Chicago), Teatro Vivo and Salvage Vanguard Theatre (Austin), to Milagro Theatre (Portland) and Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Bay Area) -- she has committed her energy to amplifying BIPOC, queer, and youth voices, working to dismantle all forces that attempt to silence them.

Ashley Lim | CLASSES AND COMMUNICATIONS ADMINISTRATOR

Ashley is the classes and communications administrator at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, where she provides administrative support for the School's programming and coordinates the School's marketing and communications efforts. Born and raised in the Bay Area, she fell in love with the vibrant and diverse theatre scene here in California at a young age. She has since gone on to combine her passions for theatre and communications at Willamette University in Salem, OR, where she earned a degree in Civic Communications and Media Rhetoric along with a minor in Theatre. Previously, she has worked with organizations such as the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Pleasanton Civic Arts Stage Company, and most recently, the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC.

Tate Lancaster | PROGRAMS ADMINISTRATOR

Tate was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in literary arts in 2020. She is currently the Program Administrator for Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre, where she organizes the school’s Teen Council and Fellowship programs. In pursuing her passion for artistic activism, she has previously worked in a variety of fields, ranging from television production with Adult Swim to voter protection with the Democratic Party of Georgia. She believes in the power and importance of community organizing, accessible arts education, and acts of spontaneous joy.  

 

Teaching Artists

Bobby August Jr. is an actor, improviser, and teacher. Bobby is also a recipient of the prestigious NBC Bob Curry fellowship at Second City. His group just finished an extended run of completely sold-out performances at Second City Hollywood. He earned an MFA in Acting from the University of California, Davis. Some of his favorite past performances include portraying Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Howie in Rabbit Hole, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, and The Player in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Bobby also devises physical theatre pieces with long-time collaborator Iu-Hui Chua. They created and performed Crawl and Ligilo at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, Bobby is the owner and director of the award-winning Made Up Theatre (MUT) in Fremont, California. His theatre specializes in presenting completely improvised plays. He has performed with MUT at improv festivals throughout the country—most recently winning Best Improv Group at the Sacramento Comedy Festival. His improv education includes training at the world-famous Second City and Annoyance Theatre in Chicago. 

In a career that has spanned three decades and four continents, Ron Campbell has performed everywhere from the streets of Paris, Rome, and Florence to the Royal Albert Hall in London and the Fuji Dome in Japan. A recipient of the Fox Fellowship for Distinguished Achievement, the “King of the Clowns” in Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza, and award-winning one-man show practitioner (R. Buckminster Fuller, The Thousandth Night, Shylock, The Dybbuk, The Boneman of Benares, Beckett’s Eh Joe among others), Ron has trained with such luminaries as Philippe Gaulier, David Shiner, Min Tanaka, and Georges Bigot, and has taught physical theatre, clowning, and mask in Japan, Europe, and North America. An associate artist at California Shakespeare Theater, Ron has played everything from Richard the Third to Sherlock Holmes to Don Quixote, for which he received both the Bay Area Critic’s Award and Theatre Bay Area’s Outstanding Principal Performance Award. Ron is the founder and CEO of Soar Feat Unlimited.

Rebecca Castelli holds a BA in voice and theatre and an MFA in acting. Previously from Seattle, she won a Seattle Times Footlight Award for her role of Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, and also had the honor of acting with Tony award-winning actress Judy Kaye in Gypsy at 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Company. She was a company member of the Marin-based Porchlight Theatre Company for five years and had leads in many of their mainstage productions, including Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband. Locally, Rebecca has also acted with Shotgun Players and Cinnabar Theater Company. She dialect coaches for various Bay Area theatres, including Shotgun Players, Theatre Rhinoceros, Town Hall Theatre Company, Mendocino Theatre Company, Virago Theatre Company, and Ross Valley Players. She is a founding member of The Incidentalists, a long-form improvisational group based in Oakland.

Jiwon Chung is a professional actor, director, and a key theorist of Theatre of the Oppressed. He is the Artistic Director of Kairos Theater Ensemble, adjunct professor of Theater and Social Justice at Starr King School at the Graduate Theological Union, and past President of the national organization for Theatre of the Oppressed. Author of numerous books, articles, and performances, he is considered a pioneer in the integration of somatics, Theatre of the Oppressed, and socially engaged art. The focus of his work is in the application of theatre as a tool for social and political change, using Theatre of the Oppressed to challenge, resist, and transform systemic oppression and structural violence and to redress large-scale historical atrocity and injustice. His approach to performance and social change is informed by his background as veteran, martial artist, and three decades of vipassana meditation.

Don Colliver is a comedian and communications consultant who has written for and performed with world-class entertainment companies including Blue Man Group, Cirque du Soleil, UCB and Second City. He is a founding member of the award-winning sketch and clown troupes DJ Faucet, The Innocents and Four Clowns, performing at Coachella and the SF and Chicago Sketchfests. Don’s troupes have received awards including the Improv Olympic Del Close Award for Best Sketch Comedy Troupe and the Hollywood Fringe Award for Best Physical Theater. Don's sketches have been featured on Funny Or Die, Huffington Post and Comedy Cake. Don creates and facilitates communication workshops and trade show presentations for companies including Google, Cisco, Novo Nordisk, General Motors, Nike and Starbucks. Don graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS from Boston University and holds certifications in Design Thinking, Applied Improvisation and Instructional Design. 

Jim Edgar has been captivated by voice-over and recording his whole life. As a full-time VO, he has voiced a Star Wars Stormtrooper ornament warning kids to stay away from presents, the Levi’s Stadium Talking Scoreboard campaign, and appeared as an ongoing voice for John Muir Health. He works across all areas of voice-over with commercial, narrative, eLearning clients including Adobe, Exploratorium, Samsung, Visa International, Oracle, Cisco, and Eisenhower Healthcare. You may have heard him as Captain Thorn and the Evil Dr. Houser in the Deadwood Mansion VR Escape Room, Blackfeather the Assassin in VainGlory, Quigley the Robot in Leapfrog’s Letter Machine Rescue Team, The Birdman of Alcatraz in 1954 Alcatraz, or the laconic (and holographic) Bartender in Emerald Theater. Jim also works as an audio consultant to voice actors setting up home studios and is on the faculty at Voicetrax SF.

Maria Frangos has worked as dramaturg at Santa Cruz Shakespeare (Pride and Prejudice, The 39 Steps, Venus in Fur, and Undiscovered Shakespeare: The Wars of the Roses) and at the La Jolla Playhouse (Tony Kushner’s adaptation of Brecht’s Good Person of Setzuan). She has a PhD from UC Santa Cruz, where her work focused on comparative literature, drama, and Shakespeare. Maria has performed in The Grapes of Wrath with Ubuntu Theater Project in Oakland, and currently teaches courses such as Gender, Race, and Disability in American Drama and Modern Literature and Drama: From Page to Stage at UC Santa Cruz and Introduction to Drama at DeAnza College.

Nancy Gold is a multifaceted performing artist, director, teacher, and author of Finding Your Funny Bone! The Actor’s Guide to Physical Comedy and Characters. She has studied physical theatre in Paris with Jacques LeCoq, mime with Claude Kipnis, and clowning with Ctibor Turba. She has a BFA from the University of Illinois and a Master’s equivalence. Her teaching experience includes Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, ACT Young Conservatory, Academy of Art University, California Shakespeare Theater, Marin Theatre, UCLA, and public and private schools throughout the country. Traditional directing credits include A Servant of Two Masters, Pippi Longstocking, Madeline and the Gypsies, and The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Nancy specializes in writing and directing original plays about empowering women for young audiences, including Thank You! RBG, Ella!, The Story of Jane, Showdown at the Amargosa, and most recently the film MY SHOT! Nancy loves to perform comedy and vaudeville with her partner, Lol Levy.

Gary Graves is a playwright and director living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 1998, he has been a company co-director of Central Works “The New Play Theater” in Berkeley, California, where he has overseen the development of over 65 world premiere productions. He received a PhD in dramatic art at UC Berkeley in 1994, and he teaches playwriting at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre throughout the year.

Marvin Greene is a professional actor and has performed with major regional theatres such as ACT, Aurora Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, Westport Country Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, and San Jose Rep. Marvin served as an instructor at ACT for over a decade and also teaches at the Academy of Art College and Voice One in San Francisco. Marvin has taught at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre since 2003.

Jennifer Le Blanc is an actor, director, playwright/adaptor, and teaching artist. Jennifer has acted regionally and internationally. Her plays and adaptations have been produced in the U.S. and Canada. Jennifer has taught for Perspective Theatre Company’s and Livermore Shakespeare Festival’s education programs, taught workshops at Cerimon House, and coached style and movement for productions at several local companies. Jennifer has an MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory and a BA in English Literature from UC Berkeley.

Dave Maier is a prolific fight director who has choreographed violence for over 300 professional and college productions. He is the resident fight director at San Francisco Opera, California Shakespeare Theater, and Oakland Theater Project. He has been awarded several honors including six San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, five Theatre Bay Area Awards, and a Falstaff Award. He is recognized as a senior instructor with Dueling Arts International and is a founding member of Dueling Arts San Francisco. He has taught combat related courses at Stanford University, University of California Santa Cruz, St. Mary’s College of California, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Studio ACT, Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, and national workshops for Dueling Arts International, as well as independent workshops through Dueling Arts San Francisco.

Ed Morgan was Casting Director and Associate Artistic Director at Milwaukee Rep for 6 seasons. He’s also been a Casting Partner for Cirque du Soleil. As a director, his work includes Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Milwaukee Rep, Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Kennedy Center, Round House Theatre, Great Lakes Theater, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Stage Company, Next Act Theatre and productions in various universities. He’s also been a Fulbright Scholar and directed plays in Costa Rica, India, Bulgaria and the Dominican Republic.  

 

Kenneth Ransom is a professional actor, teacher, and coach who has worked consistently in the industry for over 30 years in the US and Australia and has himself secured most of his recent work through self-tests. Most recently, on the Untitled Amazon Project and The Wilds, starring Rachel Griffiths, both shot in New Zealand this year. Kenneth’s acting credits include over 35 films and television productions, including Gods of Egypt with Geoffrey Rush, Gerard Butler, and Chadwick Boseman; China Beach with Dana Delaney and Michael Boatman; Equal Justice with Sarah Jessica Parker and Joe Morton; and Fame with Debbie Allen and Gene Anthony Ray. Kenneth has taught acting at most of the major actor training institutions in Australia, where he lives, and did a successful two-course stint at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre last year.

Alyson Schacherer teaches in New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles (and worldwide thanks to Zoom). She is a union actor who has starred in the award-winning films Video, Apathy, and The Great Love Rosemary, and performed in numerous stage productions. She can also be seen in The Knick, Damages, Bored to Death, and the feature film We Only Know So Much. Directing credits include The Pavilion, called a “tantalizing revival” by the New York Times, Dying City, Gruesome Playground Injuries, among others. She wrote and performed her one-woman show, The Goldilocks Effect, at the Barrow Group Theatre Company where she also teaches acting.

Dawn L. Troupe is a passionate arts educator, actor, director, artist, and coach with over 30 years of experience in the arts. She has a BA in Psychology and an MA in Theatre Production. Dawn has performed in the Bay Area, Off-Broadway, and with regional theatres across the country. She has worked with notable actors, playwrights, directors, and productions on both the East and West Coasts. Her most recent work was with the “Great Comet” team of Rachel Chavkin and Dave Malloy performing a variety of roles in Moby Dick which originated as a Berkeley Rep Ground Floor workshop in 2017. She continues to work onstage as well as in film and television (catch her now in Kristian King’s short Twice As Good on NBC’s Peacock). Dawn is also a writer (stage and screen). Dawn uses a variety of acting methods in her classes (Stanislavsky, Meisner, Hagen, Viewpoints, etc.) and guides her students to approach their craft with truth. She believes that the craft of acting is not owned by any one method or person and therefore uses experiences, specificity, time, and one’s own personal truth to guide student progress.

James Wagner just starred in the regional premiere of one of Rebeck’s newest plays, Seared. He has performed professionally in four of her plays and worked with Rebeck at the Magic Theatre as she was developing What We’re Up Against, in which he originated the role of WEBER. James is a Los Angeles-based actor who has taught acting workshops in the Bay Area for over 10 years. As a teacher, he values a mastery of technique, explores a holistic approach, and particularly likes intensive psycho-physical approaches. James sees creativity as a sacred process and tries to support each student’s unique artistry. He is an MFA graduate of American Conservatory Theater and completed a PhD at the California Institute of Integral Studies, exploring supernormal capacities exhibited by professional actors.

Reach us

510 647-2972
school@berkeleyrep.org
2071 Addison St, Berkeley CA 94704

 

School policies

Registration/Cancellation

All registrations are processed in the order they are received. Registrations will be accepted until the class is full or until the end of the first week of class, whichever comes first.

Class confirmations: After your order is processed, you will receive an email from customerservice@berkeleyrep.org confirming your registration.

We reserve the right to cancel a class if enrollment is insufficient. In this instance, any tuition paid will be refunded in full.

Returned checks: A $25 service charge will be attached to any check returned by the bank due to insufficient funds.

Class cancellation policy:

  • If you cancel 48 hours or more before the first class meeting begins, we will refund tuition less a $50 processing fee per class. If you cancel within 48 hours before the first class meeting begins, we will refund tuition less a $75 processing fee. If you cancel within 24 hours after the first class meeting, we will refund half the tuition amount. And 24 hours or more after the first class meeting, no refund will be given.
  • Refunds will not be given for the following classes: Advanced Acting; Imagination for the Actor; Intermediate Voice-Over; On-Camera Acting; Playwriting: Developmental Intensive; Releasing your Authentic Voice.

Berkeley Repertory Theatre is not responsible for any lost, damaged, or stolen personal belongings.

Disruptive or disrespectful behavior is not tolerated and will result in immediate expulsion from the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre with no refund.

Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes and scene partner rehearsals on time and ready to work. Repeated non-compliance without notification may result in dismissal from class without refund.

All dates, times, and programming subject to change.

Vaccination policy

The Berkeley Rep School of Theatre requires all students taking in-person classes to be fully vaccinated against COVID. As of Feb 1, 2022, this will include a 3rd booster dose for all adults. For students ages 12 and up, boosters will be required starting in Feb 15, 2022. Proof of vaccination will be checked at the door before the start of class.

Berkeley Rep School of Theatre’s youth and teen programming is limited to children who are up-to-date with those vaccinations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and required by California Education Code Section 48980.5, unless a medical exception applies. For children with medical exemptions, the School must be notified and a physician’s written statement supporting the medical exemption must be submitted prior to participation.

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Gisele & Kenneth F. Miller

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