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Q: I want to register for a class, but have a conflict for one or two dates. Is that an issue?

A: Not at all! If you know of your absence ahead of time, let our teaching artist or School staff know and they’ll be happy to work with you to catch you up once you’re back. If you have a last-minute absence, that’s okay too.

 

 

Q: The dates for this quarter’s classes don’t work for me — will you offer the same classes next quarter?

A: While certain classes (Beginning through Advanced Acting and Improv) are offered every quarter, we cannot guarantee the same class or the same instructor for every quarter. Class dates, times, subjects, and teaching artists are subject to change each quarter.

 

 

Q: Is the price listed online for the whole session, or per individual class date?

A: The price listed on our website is for the entire class session (i.e. for an 8-week class at $340, the $340 covers all 8 weeks).

 

 

Q: Do I have to take Beginning Acting Session 1 before taking Session 2? What’s the difference?

A: There is no difference between our two sessions of Beginning Acting, and they are not connected in any way. Both sessions cover the same curriculum; the only difference is the time and day of the week. By offering two sessions at different times, we hope to make this class as accessible as possible.

 

 

Q: Do School of Theatre classes count toward academic credits?

A: No, the School of Theatre does not offer certification or transferable academic credits.

Youth and Teen Summer Programs

Youth and teen summer programs will be held at the School of Theatre located at 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley. Students must be fully vaccinated and masked to attend. Should public health require in-person programs to shift to a virtual format, please prepare a comfortable space to work in with access to your online device.

MON–FRI · 9am–4pm · 6/12–6/30 · $1,300

 

Jump in and explore all elements of theatre-making focusing on creating an original play!

 

CREATE your own play with a professional playwright! Discover the tools to harness your imaginative power by giving form to your thoughts, feelings and ideas! ACTING, IMPROV, VOICE and MOVEMENT classes will also be incorporated into the daily schedule. Choose from daily electives based on individual interests such as musical theatre, playwriting, stage combat, on-camera acting, and contemporary dance.

 

MOVE into rehearsal mode! Students focus on staging, character development, and incorporate the skills they have learned in classes and electives. All groups enter in daily rehearsals, adding production elements such as lights, sound, and costumes, in order to prepare for a PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE.

 

PERFORM your original work in one of Berkeley Rep’s performance spaces to an invited audience of family and friends!

 

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MON–FRI · 9am–4pm · 7/10–7/28 · $1,300

 

Jump in and explore all elements of theatre-making focusing on creating an original play!

 

CREATE your own play with a professional playwright! Discover the tools to harness your imaginative power by giving form to your thoughts, feelings and ideas! ACTING, IMPROV, VOICE and MOVEMENT classes will also be incorporated into the daily schedule. Choose from daily electives based on individual interests such as musical theatre, playwriting, stage combat, on-camera acting, and contemporary dance.

 

MOVE into rehearsal mode! Students focus on staging, character development, and incorporate the skills they have learned in classes and electives. All groups enter in daily rehearsals, adding production elements such as lights, sound, and costumes, in order to prepare for a PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE.

 

PERFORM your original work in one of Berkeley Rep’s performance spaces to an invited audience of family and friends!

 

Register

MON–FRI · 4:30–7:30pm · 6/12–6/23 · $800

 

Lights, camera, action! Delve into the fundamentals of filmmaking and explore all major disciplines of the craft including screenwriting, directing, acting, and editing/post-production. Students will get to develop and produce their own original pieces, which will be shown at a final short film screening for friends and family the last day of class.

 

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7/24–8/4 · $1,000
Week 1: MON–FRI, 4:30–8:30pm

Week 2: MON–FRI, 3–8pm, dinner break included

 

This two-week musical theatre summer intensive is an unparalleled opportunity for students to reach that next level in their musical theatre training! Week one offers a deep dive into technique, allowing students to refine their skill set in dance, voice, and acting classes, using the best of Broadway selections. Week two is performance-focused and includes rehearsal time, culminating in a live presentation on Berkeley Rep's main stage. This program is tailored for students interested in triple threat training and aims to prepare students for what it takes to be successful on Broadway.

 

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Special offers

There will be an Early Bird Special on all summer programs, available 1/13–2/13. This discount will give all early registrants $100 off, and will appear on each class registration page.

 

Summer Intensive cancellation policy

If you cancel before April 1, your tuition will be refunded less a $200 fee. If you cancel after April 1, your tuition will be refunded less a $450 fee. After May 1, no refund will be given.

 

Meet our summer program instructors

Youth and teen classes

Youth and teen classes will be held at the School of Theatre located at 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley. Students must be fully vaccinated and masked to attend. Should public health require in-person classes to shift to a virtual format, please prepare a comfortable space to work in with access to your online device.

TUE 4:30–6pm ·  2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14 · $175 

 

Students will explore the tools of the actor through monologue and scene work by analyzing scripts and performing for one another. This is an opportunity for students to gain valuable rehearsal and stage experience with feedback on their work, improve stage presence and confidence as a performer, and sharpen their text analysis!  All experience levels welcome.

 

Instructor: Nicole Apostol Bruno is an AEA actor, educator, and movement artist. As an actor, she has performed with Marin Theatre Company (The Wolves), Z Space (A Good Neighbor), and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Great Expectations, The Winter’s Tale, Richard II). She holds a BFA from Southern Oregon University, where she studied under neoclassic mime and movement pioneer James Donlon. As an educator, she has worked with TheatreWorks and Marin Shakespeare Company as well as Berkeley Rep.

 

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WED 4:30–6pm · 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19 · $175 

 

Explore the art of comedy from every direction— physical, vocal and improvisational! Test the basics of clowning and take the next step in vaudeville and sketch comedy, before graduating to monologues and scene study - all the time improving your improvisational chops. Have fun being funny! Then share your creations with family and friends at our last class.

 

Instructor: 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. She teaches at 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. Directing credits include A Servant of Two Masters, Pippi Longstocking, Madeline and the Gypsies, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, as well as numerous original plays about empowering women for young audiences and adaptations based on literature. Nancy performs comedy and vaudeville with her partner, Lol Levy.

 

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TUE 4:30–6pm · 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14 · $175

 

Students will explore the tools of the actor through monologue and scene work by analyzing scripts and performing for one another. This is an opportunity for students to gain valuable rehearsal and stage experience with feedback on their work, improve stage presence and confidence as a performer, and sharpen their text analysis! All experience levels welcome.

 

Instructor: Hans Probst has been teaching acting and improv to young actors for the past year at Berkeley Rep. He has been acting since middle school. He attended a Summer Camp production of Guys and Dolls and immediately fell in love with the theatre. While attending San Francisco State University’s Theatre Arts program, he directed with Tri-Valley Young Performer’s Academy. Hans led the Kinderdrama Program and the Center Stage Players Program with TVYPA. The Kinderdrama program, a class designed for very young actors ages 4-6, would teach the basics of stage performance using children’s books as inspiration. The Center Stage Players was a company of 20-25 young actors from ages 7 and up that performed a variety of plays such as Fools, Metamorphosis, and A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream. Teaching children the art of theatre is a passion he holds dearly!

 

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TUE 4:30–6pm · 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28 · $175

 

Explore the tools of the actor through monologue and scene work. Students will spend time analyzing scripts and lots of time rehearsing with and performing for one another. Learn to access your own inner landscape and bring your character to life through expressive performance. Gain valuable rehearsal and stage experience, and feedback on your work. Brush up your skills, improve your stage presence and confidence as a performer, and hone your text analysis skills! All experience levels welcome.

 

 

Instructor: Annie Obermeyer has taught acting at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre and The Bay School of San Francisco’s Shakespeare Immersive. She worked at The Public Theater, True Colors Theater, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, the National Playwrights Conference at The Eugene O’Neill Theater, and assisted at ACT. Annie received her BA from Oberlin College, attended The National Theatre Institute, and has a coaching certification from New Ventures West. Her experience studying Zen Buddhism, living monastically, and teaching mindfulness deeply informs her work as an actor, director, and teaching artist. 

 

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SAT 11am–1pm · 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1 · $200

 

In this class we will practice unique ways to free our voice. We will utilize professional techniques which help to discover and unlock our individual styles and potential, making any song our own. We will begin with warmups and vocalese designed to release tension and stress while safely increasing range and agility, in order to audition and perform with confidence. We will also practice breathing techniques, and lyrical interpretation. Students are encouraged to sing one song of choice and will also explore many different styles and genres including a capella.

 

Instructor: Deborah Eubanks been teaching and directing voice and speech to actors and non-actors for over 3 decades in UK and US. She is currently in her 7th year with Strictly Speaking Group, coaching under EDI, and in her 12th year at Academy of Art University, where she has built classes and is  teaching Acting and Voice. Deb has been with BRT for over 15 years. She received her Theater Arts degree in UK at Harold Pinter Studios, UEA, and has written and performed in Covent Garden Arts Center, Cambridge. Deb has also toured the UK with a series of one woman shows. Deborah has taught Voice, Acting Techniques and Dialects at American Conservatory Theatre,  University of San Francisco and S.F. Shakespeare. Deborah was the 2021, inspirational speaker at Google Women’s summit, and has created workshops specifically for LGBTQ vocal transitioning. She is a trained Registered Nursing Instructor and has an extensive understanding of anatomy of voice and speech. She was in residence with Stephen Hawking’s company and has an acting resume which includes many classic and contemporary roles. She is an SF Divafest Playwright, and in October 2021, she was guest to Ralph Fiennes’s dialect coach for The Dig, on BBC radio. 

 

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MON 7–9:30pm · 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20 · $280

 

Small sword is the most elegant and deadly of the personal combat weapons! Students will explore this juxtaposition of grace and violence by studying period movement in conjunction with swordplay. This course will cover the basic skills of theatrical smalls word, stressing safety and partnership. Participants will also learn footwork, parries, thrusts, deceptions, wounds, kills and many other skills allowing them to create the illusion of violence. It will be fast paced, fun and a good workout too.

 

All students will have opportunity to rehearse and perform scenes that include stage combat and take a skills proficiency test for recognition as an Actor Combatant with Dueling Arts International.

 

Class size is limited to 10. Full fingered gloves are required.

 

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.

 

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Financial aid for youth and teen classes

Our financial situation, like many art organizations, has dramatically shifted. We will still be able to offer a limited number of partial financial aid scholarships for students enrolling in our youth and teen classes.

Families applying for financial aid must submit a minimum $25 deposit per student at the time of registration. This amount secures the student’s place in the program while their financial aid application is under consideration.

Complete our application form or email school@berkeleyrep.org.

 

Special offers

Sign up for two youth/teen classes and save 10%! Simply add both classes to your cart, and our multi-class discount will automatically apply.

Adult classes | In person

In-person classes will be held with proper COVID safety precautions at the School of Theatre located at 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley. Students must be fully vaccinated and masked to attend. Class protocol regarding detailed COVID safety measures will be emailed to students the day before the class begins. Should public health require in-person classes to shift to a virtual format, please prepare a comfortable space to work in with access to your online device.

MON 7–9:30pm · 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13 · $280

 

Students will analyze and perform scenes straight from dramatic literature. Special emphasis is placed on encouraging students to make dramatically effective choices by playing provocative actions, discovering the event within the scene, and finding creative obstacles.

 

Prerequisite: Prior acting experience or previous acting classes at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre or another reputable theatre studio that stressed the fundamentals of text analysis, beat breakdown, and character objectives. May be repeated.

 

Instructor: William Thomas Hodgson’s regional credits include Romeo (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), It Can’t Happen Here (Berkeley Rep), Calligraphy (TheatreWorks), Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (La Jolla Playhouse), An Octoroon (Mixed Blood Theatre), Trufaldino Says No (Shotgun Players), Seussical the Musical (Berkeley Playhouse), and I Am My Own Wife (Oakland Theater Project). He received his MFA from UC San Diego, and he is co-artistic director of the Oakland Theater Project. He has taught for Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Berkeley Playhouse, ACT, UCSD, OSF, Park Day Middle School, Chatauqua Center, Roads Scholars, and more.

 

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MON 7–10pm · 3/20, 3/27, 4/4 · $175

 

In this class we will explore monologues, soliloquies, and scene work from Shakespeare’s literary canon. We will apply text work techniques like close reading, folio work, and dramaturgy to scenes to deepen our understanding of character, make text-based choices, and help the language sing while keeping the characters grounded and deeply human. 

 

Instructor: William Thomas Hodgson’s regional credits include Romeo (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), It Can’t Happen Here (Berkeley Rep), Calligraphy (TheatreWorks), Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (La Jolla Playhouse), An Octoroon (Mixed Blood Theatre), Trufaldino Says No (Shotgun Players), Seussical the Musical (Berkeley Playhouse), and I Am My Own Wife (Oakland Theater Project). He received his MFA from UC San Diego, and he is co-artistic director of the Oakland Theater Project. He has taught for Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Berkeley Playhouse, ACT, UCSD, OSF, Park Day Middle School, Chatauqua Center, Roads Scholars, and more.

 

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TUE 7–10pm · 3/14, 3/21, 3/28 · $175

 

Build a strong portfolio of audition pieces for both film and theater!  Monologues are an important tool to help you thrive in the audition process—and they are a tool that many actors overlook. In this class we’ll look at types of monologues and situations that call for different kinds of pieces, examine how to take a monologue apart, rehearse it, and set it on its feet, and discuss the kinds of monologues that every auditioning actor should have in their portfolio.

 

Along the way you will be asked to make an honest appraisal of your “type” and what kinds of monologues are best suited particularly for you. Lastly, we’ll experiment with the difference between using monologues for theater and for film. The etiquette for each type of audition will be discussed and practiced, as well as how to film your own audition for self-submissions.

 

Instructor: 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.

 

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WED 7–9:30pm · 3/15, 3/22, 3/29 · $140

 

The Meisner technique (one of the most widespread and renowned acting techniques of the past century) was designed to create work that is raw, spontaneous, truthful, and alive.

 

In this 3-week course, we will apply the learnings from "Meisner Technique: Repetition" by bringing the same emotional sensitivity and flexibility to scene work. With practice of this technique, students will develop more self-awareness about their inner experiences, respond organically and intuitively off an acting partner's emotional life, and break through habitual patterns to spark more freedom in their work.

 

This course is equally suited for seasoned actors looking to deepen truthfulness and spontaneity in their performances as well as any human interested in cultivating their voice and taking risks in a safe space. Students will be asked to rehearse with partners between weekly classes. They will be encouraged to show up as the most authentic versions of themselves, with a willingness to look at the social habits that may be getting in the way of honest human connection.

 

For a deeper experience, we recommend students also enroll in Meisner Technique: Repetition.

 

Instructor: Carolyn McCandlish has taught the Meisner acting technique at NYU Tisch’s Experimental Theatre Wing, the Terry Knickerbocker Studio, Acting Studio Chicago, the Actors' Center D.C., and the Greenbrier Valley Theatre. Carolyn trained with Terry Knickerbocker in two subsequent 2-year Meisner conservatory programs, first as an actor at the William Esper Studio, then again as a teaching apprentice while assisting the opening of his own Terry Knickerbocker Studio. Other creative mentors over the years include Maggie Flanigan, Fay Simpson, Richard Armstrong, Elena McGhee, Alisa Endsley, Ted Morin, and Jeff Wirth. Some of Carolyn's favorite theatre credits are The Spoon River Project (Green-Wood Cemetery), Crimes of the Heart (Fable Farm Theatre), Stomp and Shout (Babel Theatre Project), and Donnie Darko (American Repertory Theater). She was a founding member of art.party.theater.company, which specialized in designing creative performance installations and reinvigorating classical texts through site-specific, physical theater, and she co-founded the interactive, dramatic improv ensemble Playing With Reality, with which she performed and taught in Amsterdam and across New York City. Carolyn co-wrote, co-produced, assistant directed and acted in Whispers in the Dark, an interactive 24-hour film project for the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center. She received a B.A. from Harvard and a Master's in Social Work from NYU with an additional focus on therapeutic drama techniques. She is a firm believer in the healing and transformative powers of acting.

 

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WED 7–9:30pm · 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5 · $280

 

The essential duty of a dramaturg is to explore the meaning, intention, and opportunities hidden within deeper layers of a literary text. In this class we will explore some of the many roles of the dramaturg, such as: play analysis, historical research, supporting designer or directorial decisions, production history research, and contextualizing the playwright.

 

Through scene-by-scene analysis, students are given the opportunity to explore and embody characters, learn elements of breaking down a scene (e.g., beats, objectives, obstacles), and experiment using secondary research to explore characters, actions, and circumstances.

 

Students will receive one free ticket to the dress rehearsal of "English," playing at Berkeley Rep this March.

 

Instructor: Farin Zahedi

 

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WED 7–10pm · 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29 · $280

 

Theatre of the Oppressed, conceived by Augusto Boal, is a collection of games, techniques, and exercises for using theatre as a vehicle for personal and social transformation. It uses the dynamized human body and the charged theatrical space as laboratories for exploring power, transforming oppression, and finding solutions to the fundamental problems of conflict, inequality, injustice, and human suffering. This workshop will introduce basic techniques (demechanization, dynamization, image theatre, forum theatre) from the Theatre of the Oppressed, with an end to understanding their application as practical and essential tools for artistic development, creative expression, social engagement, and personal transformation. This class is open to both experienced and beginning performers, as well as anyone interested in exploring art as a method for social and personal change, while developing spontaneity, fluidity, presence, creativity, and critical intelligence. 

 

Instructor: 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 a veteran, a martial artist, and three decades of vipassana meditation.

 

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SAT 10:30am–1pm · 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25 · $280

 

Dive into the possibilities of improvised theatre! In this class we’ll do lots of scene work to deepen comfort and spontaneity in a variety of genres. Students will work on establishing character, building and exploring the world of the scene, and co-creating a cohesive story together. Students will receive direct, tailored, and supportive feedback. No matter what, we will play and laugh—a lot.

 

Instructor: Diana Brown is an award winning performing and teaching artist, a producer, director and playwright. She was named Most Valuable Mentor and Teacher at the San Francisco Improv Festival. She’s taught with Laguna Playhouse, Grupology, and as a guest teaching artist at City College San Francisco. She is Director of Community and Senior Producer with Leela Improv Theatre Companyin San Francisco. She serves as director for the improv ensemble The Professionals. Diana is also a communication facilitator, working with physicians and business leaders, helping them to interact with patients and clients in ways that promote empathy and cultural equity. She is half of the nationally touring improv comedy duo Bingewatch. Bingewatch was awarded Best Improv at the Fringe Festival of Pittsburgh. She’s performed and presented workshops at festivals around the country including San Francisco Sketch Fest, New York Improv Festival, Twin Cities Improv Festival, New Orleans Improv Fest, Vintage Improv Fest, Denver Improv Festival, 2nd Best Comedy Fest, San Francisco Improv Fest, Tucson Comedy Arts Fest. She’s appeared in theater productions in New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C. Diana has studied with master improv teachers from Second City, IO, Annoyance Theatre, UCB, The Pack Theatre. She studied performing arts with the Arizona Theatre Company Conservatory. Diana co-authored and performed the solo play When You Are Called with award winning playwright Susan Jackson. 

 

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SAT 1:30–4:30pm · 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1 · $300

 

This 5-week class is a combination of the methods of Kristen Linklater, The Tao of Voice, and Deborah’s own approach. Hand-outs will be given prior to classes. We will practice warm up exercises designed to release unique vocal freedom, which will serve to build and sustain a safely supported voice and access each clients’ whole range. Each week texts will be chosen in order to build upon vocal variety. Sides and scenes will be practiced incorporating pace pitch power and pauses, and expanding range and resonance. Passion pieces will be chosen by clients in order to weave together unique creative imaging and unique interpretation thereby authentically embodying language, in order to bring the words alive, and truly own the text. 

 

Instructor: Deborah Eubanks been teaching and directing voice and speech to actors and non-actors for over 3 decades in UK and US. She is currently in her 7th year with Strictly Speaking Group, coaching under EDI, and in her 12th year at Academy of Art University, where she has built classes and is  teaching Acting and Voice. Deb has been with BRT for over 15 years. She received her Theater Arts degree in UK at Harold Pinter Studios, UEA, and has written and performed in Covent Garden Arts Center, Cambridge. Deb has also toured the UK with a series of one woman shows. Deborah has taught Voice, Acting Techniques and Dialects at American Conservatory Theatre,  University of San Francisco and S.F. Shakespeare. Deborah was the 2021, inspirational speaker at Google Women’s summit, and has created workshops specifically for LGBTQ vocal transitioning. She is a trained Registered Nursing Instructor and has an extensive understanding of anatomy of voice and speech. She was in residence with Stephen Hawking’s company and has an acting resume which includes many classic and contemporary roles. She is an SF Divafest Playwright, and in October 2021, she was guest to Ralph Fiennes’s dialect coach for The Dig, on BBC radio.

 

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MON 7–9:30pm · 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20 · $280

 

Small sword is the most elegant and deadly of the personal combat weapons! Students will explore this juxtaposition of grace and violence by studying period movement in conjunction with swordplay. This course will cover the basic skills of theatrical smalls word, stressing safety and partnership. Participants will also learn footwork, parries, thrusts, deceptions, wounds, kills and many other skills allowing them to create the illusion of violence. It will be fast paced, fun and a good workout too.

 

All students will have opportunity to rehearse and perform scenes that include stage combat and take a skills proficiency test for recognition as an Actor Combatant with Dueling Arts International.

 

Class size is limited to 10. Full fingered gloves are required.

 

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.

 

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Special offers

Sign up for two classes and save 10%! Simply add both classes to your cart, and our multi-class discount will automatically apply.

The following classes are not eligible for multi-class discount: A Taste of Meisner Workshop, Tactical Performance: The Theory and Practice of Serious Play, Beginning Voice-Over, Playwriting, and Improv Performance Lab.

Current Berkeley Rep season subscribers receive 10% off classes.

Blue Star families receive 15% off classes. Please email school@berkeleyrep.org to register.

Discounts cannot be combined or applied retroactively. Certain specialty classes may not be eligible for discounts.

Adult classes | Online

Online classes will be held through Zoom meetings. Zoom links will be emailed to students the day before class starts. If you do not receive your link, please email school@berkeleyrep.org.

MON 6:30–9:30pm · 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3 · $355

 

From audiobooks to dubbing, narration of web videos and documentaries, and of course animated characters— voice acting continues to grow and expand. This voiceover class introduces and establishes the core skills required to perform different genres of voice acting. Beginning and professional actors will learn the techniques and current styles through exploring and reading commercial, narration, and character copy - with an emphasis on authentic “real” reads. Students also learn professional microphone techniques, home-recording tips, as well as steps to create a freelance voiceover career. Script performances will be recorded for students to keep for their records. Class size is limited. 

 

Instructor: 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 several characters in Helheim Hassle, 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. With a lifelong love of teaching, Jim has led voiceover classes through the Global Voice Acting Academy and Google Arts. Jim also works as an audio consultant training voice actors to set up home studios and is on the faculty at Voice One, San Francisco.

 

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TUE 7–9pm · 3/14, 3/21, 3/27 · $175 

 

Sustain a powerful presence when speaking! In this class we will practice techniques in order to claim your ideas, be heard, and seamlessly interject to avoid being talked over. Students will learn to channel responses to stress when in high stakes scenarios, and understand how to re-direct anxiety and use it fuel enthusiasm while speaking. Through interactive exercises, polls, and breakout sessions, this virtual class will include improvisation, breathing techniques and detailed handouts which address spontaneity, authenticity and recovery.

 

Instructor: Deborah Eubanks been teaching and directing voice and speech to actors and non-actors for over 3 decades in UK and US. She is currently in her 7th year with Strictly Speaking Group, coaching under EDI, and in her 12th year at Academy of Art University, where she has built classes and is  teaching Acting and Voice. Deb has been with BRT for over 15 years. She received her Theater Arts degree in UK at Harold Pinter Studios, UEA, and has written and performed in Covent Garden Arts Center, Cambridge. Deb has also toured the UK with a series of one woman shows. Deborah has taught Voice, Acting Techniques and Dialects at American Conservatory Theatre,  University of San Francisco and S.F. Shakespeare. Deborah was the 2021, inspirational speaker at Google Women’s summit, and has created workshops specifically for LGBTQ vocal transitioning. She is a trained Registered Nursing Instructor and has an extensive understanding of anatomy of voice and speech. She was in residence with Stephen Hawking’s company and has an acting resume which includes many classic and contemporary roles. She is an SF Divafest Playwright, and in October 2021, she was guest to Ralph Fiennes’s dialect coach for The Dig, on BBC radio. 

 

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Jonathan Logan Family FoundationWells Fargo

Gisele & Kenneth F. Miller

The Woodlawn Foundation

Classes in progress

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WED 4:30–6pm · 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22 · $175

 

Expand your imagination through improvisation! As an ensemble, students explore technique, theory, games, and tricks that help them open up to the kind of spontaneity that breeds better comedic timing on stage, stronger reactions in rehearsals, laughter at parties, and a lot more fun at family functions. All levels welcome. Returning students will be challenged with more advanced exercises.

 

Instructor: Hans Probst has been teaching acting and improv to young actors for the past year at Berkeley Rep. He has been acting since middle school. He attended a Summer Camp production of Guys and Dolls and immediately fell in love with the theatre. While attending San Francisco State University’s Theatre Arts program, he directed with Tri-Valley Young Performer’s Academy. Hans led the Kinderdrama Program and the Center Stage Players Program with TVYPA. The Kinderdrama program, a class designed for very young actors ages 4-6, would teach the basics of stage performance using children’s books as inspiration. The Center Stage Players was a company of 20-25 young actors from ages 7 and up that performed a variety of plays such as Fools, Metamorphosis, and A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream. Teaching children the art of theatre is a passion he holds dearly!

SAT 10:30am–1pm · 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11 · $340

 

This course explores the art of acting in a playful, encouraging, collaborative atmosphere, and offers a dynamic and engaging introduction to the craft of acting. Develop a basic understanding of acting fundamentals through Stanislavski-based practice. Using exercises and scene work, this class introduces students to the elements of dramatic action, text analysis, and character development, as well as the tools for releasing inhibitions and expanding vocal and physical range. May be repeated.

 

Instructor: 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. 

TUE 7–9:30pm · 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7 · $340

 

This course explores the art of acting in a playful, encouraging, collaborative atmosphere, and offers a dynamic and engaging introduction to the craft of acting. Develop a basic understanding of acting fundamentals through Stanislavski-based practice. Using exercises and scene work, this class introduces students to the elements of dramatic action, text analysis, and character development, as well as the tools for releasing inhibitions and expanding vocal and physical range. May be repeated.

 

Instructor: 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.

SAT 10am–12:30pm · 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11 · $340

 

Students will focus on creating character by thoroughly understanding the relationship between the text, situation, and the technical aspects of camera work. When these fundamental tools are genuinely understood and used correctly, only then can actors be free to work to the best of their ability in front of a camera. Areas of study will include script analysis, scene study, and character development, as well as camera technique, set discipline, and set etiquette. All scenes will be rehearsed with direction from the instructor, and copies will be given to students for their reference; please bring a 16GB SD card. A variety of other subjects will also be discussed relating to the business side of show business, including audition technique, agents, union membership, photographs, and websites.

 

Instructor: 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.

MON 7–9:30pm · 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27 · $340

 

Dive into the world of scene study! Students will analyze and perform scenes straight from dramatic literature to develop a better understanding of character, voice, and narrative. Special emphasis is placed on encouraging students to make dramatically effective choices by playing provocative actions, discovering the event within the scene, and finding creative obstacles.

 

Instructor: Dylan Russell 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.

MON 6:30–9:30pm · 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 · $250

 

Advanced Acting is an intensive scene study course for students with previous acting training and/or experience. The class focuses on solidifying technique, deepening internal connection, and strengthening textual analysis skills. Scenes are drawn from a variety of styles and genres, and students should expect to spend substantial rehearsal time outside of class. 

 

Instructor: Catherine Castellanos most recently appeared as Fefu in Fefu And Her Friends at the American Conservatory Theatre. Other ACT credits are the Ghost of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol at A.C.T. and Between Riverside and Crazy as The Church Lady. She holds thirteen seasons as an Associate Artist with the California Shakespeare Theater in such roles as Prospero in The Tempest, Sir Toby Belch inTwelfth Night, the Nurse inRomeo and Juliet, Queen Margaret in Richard III, and Emilia inOthello, to name a few of the 21 roles performed. She has also been a company member with Magic Theatre’s resident theatre company Campo Santo since 2001, creating premiere works with renowned writers. Other Bay Area credits include The Magic Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Roe at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Phaedra at Shotgun Players. Regionally, Catherine has acted at Yale Repertory Theatre, La MaMa, Arena Stage, Portland Center Stage, and with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2016-2020 seasons. Castellanos has worked coaching and teaching restorative justice through theatre art with Community Works West Rising Voices and with the men in blue at San Quentin.

SAT 1–4pm · 1/21 · $65

 

The Meisner technique (one of the most widespread and renowned acting techniques of the past century) was designed to create work that is raw, spontaneous, truthful, and alive. This teaser workshop will give participants a taste of the technique’s foundational principles in order to hone students’ listening skills, which are essential to every great performance.

 

With practice of this technique, students will develop more self-awareness about their inner experiences, respond organically and intuitively off an acting partner's emotional life, and break through habitual patterns to spark more freedom in their work. This course is equally suited for seasoned actors looking to deepen truthfulness and spontaneity in their performances as well as any human interested in cultivating their voice and taking risks in a safe space. Participants will be encouraged to show up as the most authentic versions of themselves, with a willingness to look at the social habits that may be getting in the way of honest human connection.

 

Instructor: Carolyn McCandlish has taught the Meisner acting technique at NYU Tisch’s Experimental Theatre Wing, the Terry Knickerbocker Studio, Acting Studio Chicago, the Actors' Center D.C., and the Greenbrier Valley Theatre. Carolyn trained with Terry Knickerbocker in two subsequent 2-year Meisner conservatory programs, first as an actor at the William Esper Studio, then again as a teaching apprentice while assisting the opening of his own Terry Knickerbocker Studio. Other creative mentors over the years include Maggie Flanigan, Fay Simpson, Richard Armstrong, Elena McGhee, Alisa Endsley, Ted Morin, and Jeff Wirth. Some of Carolyn's favorite theatre credits are The Spoon River Project (Green-Wood Cemetery), Crimes of the Heart (Fable Farm Theatre), Stomp and Shout (Babel Theatre Project), and Donnie Darko (American Repertory Theater). She was a founding member of art.party.theater.company, which specialized in designing creative performance installations and reinvigorating classical texts through site-specific, physical theater, and she co-founded the interactive, dramatic improv ensemble Playing With Reality, with which she performed and taught in Amsterdam and across New York City. Carolyn co-wrote, co-produced, assistant directed and acted in Whispers in the Dark, an interactive 24-hour film project for the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center. She received a B.A. from Harvard and a Master's in Social Work from NYU with an additional focus on therapeutic drama techniques. She is a firm believer in the healing and transformative powers of acting.

WED 7–9:30pm · 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8 · $280

 

The Meisner technique (one of the most widespread and renowned acting techniques of the past century) was designed to create work that is raw, spontaneous, truthful, and alive. While the full Meisner curriculum unfolds over 128 classes, this 6-week class will give participants an introduction to the technique’s foundational principles. In this class, students will focus on Meisner’s “repetition exercise” in order to hone listening skills and stay present, which are essential skills for every great performance.

 

This course is equally suited for seasoned actors looking to deepen truthfulness and spontaneity in their performances as well as any human interested in cultivating their voice and taking risks in a safe space. Students will be asked to rehearse with partners between weekly classes. They will be encouraged to show up as the most authentic versions of themselves, with a willingness to look at the social habits that may be getting in the way of honest human connection.

 

For a deeper experience, we recommend students continue with Meisner Technique: Applications.

 

Instructor: Carolyn McCandlish has taught the Meisner acting technique at NYU Tisch’s Experimental Theatre Wing, the Terry Knickerbocker Studio, Acting Studio Chicago, the Actors' Center D.C., and the Greenbrier Valley Theatre. Carolyn trained with Terry Knickerbocker in two subsequent 2-year Meisner conservatory programs, first as an actor at the William Esper Studio, then again as a teaching apprentice while assisting the opening of his own Terry Knickerbocker Studio. Other creative mentors over the years include Maggie Flanigan, Fay Simpson, Richard Armstrong, Elena McGhee, Alisa Endsley, Ted Morin, and Jeff Wirth. Some of Carolyn's favorite theatre credits are The Spoon River Project (Green-Wood Cemetery), Crimes of the Heart (Fable Farm Theatre), Stomp and Shout (Babel Theatre Project), and Donnie Darko (American Repertory Theater). She was a founding member of art.party.theater.company, which specialized in designing creative performance installations and reinvigorating classical texts through site-specific, physical theater, and she co-founded the interactive, dramatic improv ensemble Playing With Reality, with which she performed and taught in Amsterdam and across New York City. Carolyn co-wrote, co-produced, assistant directed and acted in Whispers in the Dark, an interactive 24-hour film project for the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center. She received a B.A. from Harvard and a Master's in Social Work from NYU with an additional focus on therapeutic drama techniques. She is a firm believer in the healing and transformative powers of acting.

TUE 7–9:30pm · 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21 · $475

 

Ever wanted to write a play? Got a little time on your hands? Push that dream forward in a 10-week playwriting workshop. We’ll meet weekly, discuss the basics of playwriting, and share excerpts of developing scripts. If you’ve never written a play before, this is a good way to get started. If you’ve got a script in the works, but no one to share it with, here’s a writer’s group ready to listen and respond supportively. Do you find (like most playwrights) that nothing motivates you like a deadline? We’ll provide that, too. Join us, and start working on that play you’ve always wanted to write.

 

Instructor: 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.

TUE 7–9:30pm · 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21 · $475  

 

One of the joys of improvisation is sharing creativity and spontaneity with an audience. This class introduces the skill of performing improvisational games and stories in a light and generous atmosphere. Students explore the philosophy of “giving” rather than “shining,” and practice interaction techniques that demystify the perceived barriers between performers and an audience. There will be two scheduled performances during the 10-week time frame.  Prerequisite: Previous enrollment in a Berkeley Rep improv class or approval from instructor prior to registration (email school@berkeleyrep.org for approval request).

 

Instructor: Diana Brown is an award winning performing and teaching artist, a producer, director and playwright. She was named Most Valuable Mentor and Teacher at the San Francisco Improv Festival. She’s taught with Laguna Playhouse, Grupology, and as a guest teaching artist at City College San Francisco. She is Director of Community and Senior Producer with Leela Improv Theatre Companyin San Francisco. She serves as director for the improv ensemble The Professionals. Diana is also a communication facilitator, working with physicians and business leaders, helping them to interact with patients and clients in ways that promote empathy and cultural equity. She is half of the nationally touring improv comedy duo Bingewatch. Bingewatch was awarded Best Improv at the Fringe Festival of Pittsburgh. She’s performed and presented workshops at festivals around the country including San Francisco Sketch Fest, New York Improv Festival, Twin Cities Improv Festival, New Orleans Improv Fest, Vintage Improv Fest, Denver Improv Festival, 2nd Best Comedy Fest, San Francisco Improv Fest, Tucson Comedy Arts Fest. She’s appeared in theater productions in New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C. Diana has studied with master improv teachers from Second City, IO, Annoyance Theatre, UCB, The Pack Theatre. She studied performing arts with the Arizona Theatre Company Conservatory. Diana co-authored and performed the solo play When You Are Called with award winning playwright Susan Jackson. 

SAT 10:30am–1pm · 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18 · $250

 

Play helps us stay connected—through improv you can bring play and laughter into your life during these times of uncertainty! This class is designed to introduce you to the thrills and chills of improv and to develop your acting and narrative skills to boot, all while reconnecting with others in real time. Tap into your sense of joy, connection, and creativity as you learn the basic building blocks of improv! 

 

Instructor: Diana Brown is an award winning performing and teaching artist, a producer, director and playwright. She was named Most Valuable Mentor and Teacher at the San Francisco Improv Festival. She’s taught with Laguna Playhouse, Grupology, and as a guest teaching artist at City College San Francisco. She is Director of Community and Senior Producer with Leela Improv Theatre Companyin San Francisco. She serves as director for the improv ensemble The Professionals. Diana is also a communication facilitator, working with physicians and business leaders, helping them to interact with patients and clients in ways that promote empathy and cultural equity. She is half of the nationally touring improv comedy duo Bingewatch. Bingewatch was awarded Best Improv at the Fringe Festival of Pittsburgh. She’s performed and presented workshops at festivals around the country including San Francisco Sketch Fest, New York Improv Festival, Twin Cities Improv Festival, New Orleans Improv Fest, Vintage Improv Fest, Denver Improv Festival, 2nd Best Comedy Fest, San Francisco Improv Fest, Tucson Comedy Arts Fest. She’s appeared in theater productions in New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C. Diana has studied with master improv teachers from Second City, IO, Annoyance Theatre, UCB, The Pack Theatre. She studied performing arts with the Arizona Theatre Company Conservatory. Diana co-authored and performed the solo play When You Are Called with award winning playwright Susan Jackson. 

THU 7–10pm · 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9 · $250

 

Whether you have a solo show dying to be birthed or you want to hone your storytelling skills for professional reasons, this class will help you harness your creativity, trust your instincts, quiet your inner critic, and find your unique voice. Through acting, improv, and writing exercises, we will get that story out of your head and into the world. There will be a final showcase of work on the last night of the class for an invited audience.

 

Instructor: Joyful Simpson is an actress, writer, and creativity educator who combines improv theatre, behavioral sciences, and mindfulness to create dynamic trainings for businesses and institutions. She studied theatre and psychology at Sarah Lawrence College in New York and earned an MFA in Dramatic Art from UC Davis. While at Davis, she spearheaded an applied improv-based training program for the Graduate School of Management. In 2013 she founded Pro-CreativeArts—an applied theatre organization—and is hired throughout the United States to lead trainings that foster creativity, collaboration, and communication for teams and leaders. Born into an iconic theatre family, she brings to her classes a unique body of experience gained from creating and performing theatre professionally since childhood. Her solo comedy recently won Best of Fringe at the 2016 San Francisco Fringe Festival. Her theatre credits include lead actor and co-author of four plays for “Prize of Hope”-winning company Human Nature and co-founder of the ensemble-driven theatre company Rococo Risqué, winner of SF Weekly Best Theater Ensemble 2005. Joyful has also appeared as an actor in many projects on stage and film, including Odyssey Works, an immersive theatre project; The Pursuit of Happiness, with Will Smith; and Spring Awakening, directed by Broadway and West End director Stafford Arima.

 

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WED 7–9:30pm · 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22 · $280

 

Borrowing from the Method approach to acting, students will explore and apply their own truths, histories, and imaginations, to the genre of memoir and creative non-fiction. Using various exercises and techniques, we shall loosen the mind and tap into the unknown that lies just beneath the surface, standing right there in front of you. Students may produce work in a variety of mediums including solo performances, plays, poems, novels, and more. 

 

Instructor: Bob Ernst attended The Iowa Writer’s Workshop and then became a founding staff member at the University’s Center for the New Performing Arts Department where he co-founded The Iowa Theatre Lab, a Jerzy Grotowski-inspired physical theater company. He created his first two original memoir solo pieces and performed them in Berkeley at the Blake Street Studio in December of 1973. In 1975, he co-founded The Blake Street Hawkeyes with playwright John O’Keefe and actor David Schein. Since then he has created another dozen solo works and three musical innovations—all memoir-driven. Ernst  performed solo for 24 hours and 12 minutes in 1987, breaking the then current Guinness Book of Records for Solo Performance. For over a decade, he has held the title of the play and screen-writing instructor at the independently produced Conservatory Theatre Ensemble within the Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley.  He has acted on every main-stage in the Bay Area, including Berkeley Rep (Speed of Darkness, The Green Bird, Fuente Oveuna).  Ernst was also the initial writing instructor when the Berkeley Rep school first opened.

WED 7–9:30pm · 1/18, 2/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22 · $280

 

Explore the dynamic emerging world of "ritual theatre," a style of theatre that is still being developed and shaped by artists across the nation! This style of theatre is generally based on myth, religion, or spirituality, or is intended to create a transcendent experience for audiences and participants. We will discuss immersive theatre, the relationship of audience and stage, and best practices for engaging your audience. We will explore how drama therapy and Theatre of the Oppressed exercises fit in this context, then to put it all into practice, we will create some theatrical rituals by interpreting familiar texts to engage audiences in new and creative ways.

 

Instructor: Robin Dolan served as Co-Artistic Director of Magical Acts Ritual Theatre where she directed the ensemble-created piece Heretics, Harlots and Heroes. She has taught classes in audition prep, singing, improvisation, and acting. Additionally, Robin has been leading post show talks with audience members at the Aurora Theatre, and pre-show talks at California Shakespeare Theatre for over 10 years. She works as a theatre administrator, and loves delving into the heart of the art.

SAT 12:30–4:30pm · 1/28 · $80

 

This workshop will lead aspiring artist-activists through an exploration of the history, ethics, aesthetics, and practical concerns of tactical performance and creative activism. Students will do performance exercises from traditions such as rebel clowning, Theatre of the Oppressed, nonviolent civil disobedience, among others. They will brainstorm creative responses to given scenarios, as well as watch and critically evaluate videos and actual artistic artifacts from many a variety of creative campaigns and mediums. The goal is to learn from the successes and failures of past efforts, and to activate the body and the mind to meaningfully engage art and activism.

 

Instructor: L.M. Bogad (Guggenheim Fellow 2021; Art and Controversy Fellow, Carnegie Mellon; Humanities and Political Conflict Fellow, Arizona State; Arts and Publics Fellow, Northwestern) is a theatre artist, author and game designer specializing in humor, imagination, and theatrics in social movements, professor of political performance at U.C. Davis, author of the books TACTICAL PERFORMANCE: The Theory and Practice of Serious Play and ELECTORAL GUERRILLA THEATRE: Radical Ridicule and Social Movements.and performances including ECONOMUSIC, HAYMARKET, SANTIAGO 9/11/1973, and TAHRIR.  

Bogad was the Creator and Artistic Director of Delivering Democracy, a troupe of dancing mailboxes and ballot boxes, entertaining and informing voters in 2020 across the “battleground state” of Pennsylvania, joyfully resisting authoritarian disinformation and voter repression. Bogad has innovated playful interventions, street theatre, and mediagenic pranks with social movement organizations for 25 years, performing/leading workshops internationally in twenty countries, from Chile to Finland, from New Zealand to Egypt (during the first phase of the 2011 Revolution), on picket lines, in squatted buildings, and in major museums and theatres.  He is a Cabinet Member and WPA Artist with the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, alumnus of the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab, and cofounder of the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army.   

SAT 11am–1pm · 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18 · $200

 

Connect with your body and discover new depths of your mind! Butoh is an avant-garde Japanese physical-theatre dance form developed in the 1950s by Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ono. It illuminates the wonders of the unconscious, the abstract, and the integrated imagination through the body. The fundamental movement work of this class will enable students to more consciously engage body, mind, and feelings simultaneously. This class will help participants develop sensory awareness and engage in embodied expression through durational and imagery-based work that engages the somatic-imagination. Using sense-memory and visualizations, we will embark on embodied explorations of different landscapes, states of being, and the connections that create the world within and around us.

 

Students will have the option to attend this class virtually via Zoom, or in-person at the School of Theatre.

 

Instructor: Iu-Hui Chua choreographs, performs, directs, and devises experimental physical theatre, dance, and video performance. Chua has performed professionally with Anna Halprin, Dandelion Dancetheater, Headmistress, Inkboat, Disneyland, and was a founding member of the butoh company, Ledoh and Salt Farm, for 14 years. She is an award-winning dance-film artist whose video and live performance works have been supported nationally and presented in North America, Asia, and Europe. She directed Gruesome Playground Injuries, nominated for “Outstanding Production of a Play” by the Theatre Bay Area Awards in 2015. Chua has taught dance as a lecturer at the University of California Davis and currently works as a professional expert teaching movement for actors at Tamalpais High School’s Conservatory Theatre Ensemble program.

THU 7–9pm · 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2 · $210 

 

Learn physical triggers that will help you quickly find the placement, melody, and general sound changes for Received Pronunciation. We will study the dialects in a multi-sensorial way, with a focus on the physical changes, the phonetic sound changes, and immersion (listening to primary sources of the dialect). 

 

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.

 

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