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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 provide proof of vaccination, including a booster for those eligible, to attend. Students must remain masked at all times within the building, except for during scene or performance sharing in class.

Class protocol regarding Covid safety will be emailed to students several days 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.

FRI 6:30–10pm, SAT & SUN 10:30am–4pm · 1/6, 1/7, 1/8 · $260

Audit: $185

 

This retreat is a unique blend of spiritual retreat and acting workshop.
The time following New Year’s offers the perfect opportunity to rest, rejuvenate, and envision a wonderful year to come. This retreat is intended to help you achieve all three. Mornings are devoted to voice and movement techniques that cultivate embodied presence. In the afternoons we apply ourselves to scene work, and we finish each day envisioning and setting specific goals for the coming year. You will deepen your technique, nurture your creative spirit, and envision your 2023 artistic goals. You will leave with enough inspiration, warmth, and wisdom to last for months.
Note: Due to the holiday season, the class is designed to be a self-contained experience, so pre-class prep and rehearsal is encouraged but optional. There will be one thirty minute lunch break.

  

Auditors may watch all the work and participate in all exercises, but will not be assigned a scene to present.  

 

Students must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination, including a booster for those eligible, to attend. Class will be held at the School of Theatre located at 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley.  

 

Instructor: James Wagner 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 and spiritual approaches. James sees creativity as a sacred process and tries to support each student’s unique voice and process. He is an MFA graduate of American Conservatory Theater and completed a PhD at the California Institute of Integral Studies, exploring spiritual experiences on stage. 

 

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SAT 12:30–4:30pm · 12/3 · $65 

 

Imagination is the creative engine behind every artist’s story.  We will focus on cultivating the imagination through the process of making theatre. We’ll explore exercises and tasks to help artists cultivate a creative state, and to identify the types of imagination and how to apply them on stage while inviting artists to find new and unique applications of the work in their own art.  

 

Students must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination, including a booster dose for those eligible, to attend. Class will be held at the School of Theatre located at 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley. 

 

Instructor: Colum Park Morgan is happy to be back in the US as a recent transplant to San Francisco. After working regionally for many years with an MFA in American Realism, Colum moved to Paris, France for six years and embarked on a study in European and Russian theatre methodologies. He studied with many great teachers including Gennadi Bogdanov, Sergei Ostrenko, Norman Taylor, Theatre De L’Ange Fou, Robin Carr, as well as École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. Now he returns to the US as a graduate of Integral Movement and Performance Practice (IMPP) from the Thomas Prattki Center in Berlin, Germany. As an actor, Colum has worked internationally. In Paris, Colum worked in many new works, including immersive theatre at the Centre Culturel Irlandais with Cinémorphe. He was a company member with Big Funk Company and NEW! The Improvised Musical, he toured France with Z Space’s Word for Word, and worked for many years as a resident actor with the award-winning Compagnie Oz. Regionally in the US, Colum has been a resident actor with PCPA, and performed many shows with Austin Shakespeare, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, ZACH Theatre, Jarrott Productions, and State Theatre. He brings together a deep understanding of theatrical methods and the ways they overlap and are unique, supported with recent findings in psychology, neurology, and behavior sciences. He received his MFA from the University of Texas, Austin. 

 

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SAT 10:30am–3:30pm (Including 30 min lunch break) · 12/3  · $130

 

Storytelling is an art form as old as human civilization and there has never been a better time to explore personal stories from the heart than in this current moment. Our personal stories are dovetailing into the global narrative, resulting in powerful tales yearning to be told. 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.

 

Students must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination to attend. Class will be held at the School of Theatre located at 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley.

 

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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Special offers

Sign up for two $285 adult classes and pay $513, or two $340 adult classes and pay $612—save 10%!

Current Berkeley Rep season subscribers receive 10% off classes.

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

Certain specialty classes may not qualify for discounts.

 

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Classes in progress

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WED 4:30–6pm · 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9 · $175

 

Being funny is a serious business. 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.

 

WED 4:30–6pm · 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2 · $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!

TUE 4:30–6pm · 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29 · $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!  

 

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!

MON 4:30–6:30pm · 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14 · $285

 

This 8-week class will focus on vocal training for Musical Theater styles. The curriculum is based off of wholistic approaches to help singers to find freedom in their own authentic singing voice in a healthy way. Topics such as posture, breath, placement, and proper repertoire for the individual will be addressed. Each student will work on a solo agreed upon with the instructor and then performed at the end of the course. Even though this is group class, each student will be given one-on-one time during class to make it more individualized. The class is very interactive while creating a supportive, safe environment for the singer to explore their voice. 

 

Instructor: Todd Fortier 

MON 4:30–6pm · 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12 · $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!  

 

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.

 

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. 

TUE 7–9:30pm · 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8 · $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.

 

Students must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination, including a booster for those eligible, to attend. Class will be held at the School of Theatre located at 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley.  

 

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 11am–1pm · 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12 · $285

 

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.

 

Students must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination, including a booster for those eligible, to attend. Class will be held at the School of Theatre located at 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley.  

 

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. 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.

WED 7–9:30pm · 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26 · $285

 

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. 

 

Students must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination to attend. Class will be held at the School of Theatre located at 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley.

 

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 7–9:30pm · 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5 · $285

 

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.  

 

Students must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination to attend. Class will be held at the School of Theatre located at 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley.

 

Instructor: Tracy Ward is a Freelance Director based in the Bay Area. She specializes in New Work and is committed to bringing forward the work of Female Playwrights and Designers. Recent: Fun Home at 42nd St. Moon, Disbelief at Playground, World Premiere of The Lady Scribblers at Custom Made Theatre. Regional Premieres include: The Cake at NCTC, Actually at Aurora Theatre Company; When We Were Young and Unafraid at CMT SF; Bright Shining Sea at Playground; The Thrush and the Woodpecker at CMT, The Dragon Play, and What Every Girl Should Know at Impact Theatre, Hunter/Gatherers at Thick House, Glickman Award for Best Premiere of a Play in the Bay Area, 2006. She is a proud company member of Playground and an associate member and The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Union.

 

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MON 6:30–9pm · 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24 · $285

 

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. 

 

Students must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination to attend. Class will be held at the School of Theatre located at 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley.

 

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 in Twelfth Night, the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Queen Margaret in Richard III, and Emilia in Othello, 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.

MON 7–9:30pm · 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/17, 10/24 · $255

 

Words are not just things we say: they are effective tools and dangerous weapons we use to move and provoke those around us.  No one understood this better than Shakespeare. In this class, we will explore monologues, soliloquies, and scene work from Shakespeare’s folio.  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.  

 

Students must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination to attend. Class will be held at the School of Theatre located at 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley.

 

Instructor: 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. 

SAT 10am–12:30pm · 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19 · $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.

 

Students must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination to attend. Class will be held at the School of Theatre located at 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley.

 

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 10:30am–12:30pm · 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12 · $285  

 

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!

 

Students must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination, including a booster dose for those eligible, to attend. Class will be held at the School of Theatre located at 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley. 

 

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. 

TUE 7–9:30pm · 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15 · $340  

 

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.

 

Students must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination, including a booster dose for those eligible, to attend. Class will be held at the School of Theatre located at 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley. 

 

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 11am–1pm · 9/24, 10/8, 10/22, 11/5, 11/19 · $175

 

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 must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination to attend. Class will be held at the School of Theatre located at 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley.

 

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.

TUE 6:30–9pm · 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15 · $340 

 

Ever wanted to write a play? Got a little time on your hands? Push that dream forward in a 10-week playwriting workshop online. 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.

 

Students must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination, including a booster for those eligible, to attend. Class will be held at the School of Theatre located at 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley.  

 

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.

MON 7–10pm · 11/14, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12 · $255

 

This class explores techniques for adapting public domain novels and stories into plays. We will discuss picking source material, deciding which adaptation style works best, converting narration into dialogue, how exposition differs between novels and on stage, and how to choose what to cut and what to keep. This course will use Emma Rice’s adaptation of Wuthering Heights as one example of an adaptation and students will be invited to the final dress rehearsal of the production here at Berkeley Rep. 

 

Students must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination to attend. Class will be held at the School of Theatre located at 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley.

 

Instructor: 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. 

WED 7–9:30pm · 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2 · $285

 

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. 

 

Students must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination to attend. Class will be held at the School of Theatre located at 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley.

 

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 7–9pm · 9/28, 10/5, 10/12 · $125 · $90 for auditors 

 

Times are uncertain, but one thing is for sure – self taping is the order of the day. Like everyone else, producing organizations are looking for what can be done given the current circumstances, and many realize that pre-production work – including casting – is one thing they can do. Theatres across the Bay Area and even across the country are posting open requests for self-taped auditions – often even in lieu of open calls. As such, actors must be prepared to take advantage of this.  

 

In this class you will learn how to find self-tape auditions, how to get and use all the equipment you need to make your self-tapes look professional grade (without breaking the bank), and how to actually execute self-tapes and even virtual auditions and callbacks at a competitive level, while still social distancing. Using material from theatre, film, and television - our goal will be to help the actor create compelling and competitive work to…BOOK. THE. JOB. Class limited to 12; Auditors will be able to participate in all discussions and pose ideas and ask questions; they will not be permitted to show virtual auditions. 

 

Instructor: James Wagner 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 and spiritual approaches. James sees creativity as a sacred process and tries to support each student’s unique voice and process. He is an MFA graduate of American Conservatory Theater and completed a PhD at the California Institute of Integral Studies, exploring spiritual experiences on stage. 

THU 7–9pm · 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3 · $225 

 

Ever wonder why actors speak so differently in old movies from the 30's and 40's?  During this distinct moment in film history, studios taught actors to speak with a blend of upper class American and British dialects called the Transatlantic Dialect. In this class, we will learn physical triggers that will help you quickly find the placement, melody, and general sound changes for the Transatlantic dialect. We will study the dialect in a multi-sensorial way, with a focus on the physical changes, the phonetic sound changes, and immersion (listening to films from this era).  We will apply this dialect to scenes from classic film noirs such as Gilda; Double Indemnity; The Big Sleep; The Postman Always Rings Twice; and Mildren Pierce. 

 

Instructor: 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 main stage 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.

SAT 1–4pm · 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10 · $260

 

This 4-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. 

 

Students must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination, including a booster dose for those eligible, to attend. Class will be held at the School of Theatre located at 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley. 

 

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. 

Lead education funders

Jonathan Logan Family FoundationWells Fargo

Gisele & Kenneth F. Miller

The Woodlawn Foundation

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