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Adult classes | In person

Adult classes may be taken by students age 18 and over. 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.

MON 6:30–9pm · 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8 · $230

 

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

 

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TUE 7–9:30pm · 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9 · $270

 

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 dose 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.

 

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TUE 7–9:30pm · 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9 · $270 

 

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, 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: 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 · 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8  · $230

 

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, 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: 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.

 

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SAT 10am–12:30pm · 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13 · $270 

 

The Camera is ruthless at picking up on your thoughts. Meryl Streep once said that “good acting can be measured in thoughts per second.” The camera immediately reveals those thoughts, (or lack thereof), and tells us whether you’re succeeding or failing to convey the truth of the situation.

 

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 be also 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, 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: 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, MON, WED 7–10pm · 8/3, 8/8, 8/10 · $175 

 

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, 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: 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 4:30–7pm · 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10, 8/17 · $270

 

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, 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: Mia Tagano is a voice coach, teacher (currently teaching also at ACT in their SF Semester and Studio ACT programs), and professional actor whose local credits include Berkeley Rep (Macbeth), Aurora Theatre (Splendour and Bull In A China Shop), ACT (Love and Information), Cal Shakes (Hamlet and Nicholas Nickleby), TheatreWorks (M. Butterfly, Snow Falling on Cedars, Calligraphy and Loudest Man on Earth); Regional credits include Tamburlaine, (Shakespeare Theatre), Tantalus (Denver Center), and Snow Falling on Cedars (Hartford Stage). New York credits include Far East (Lincoln Center), 99 Histories (Cherry Lane Theater) and Song of Singapore (Capital Repertory). Internationally, Mia toured the UK with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the 10-hour Tantalus closing at the Barbican.  A member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA since 1998, Mia received her MFA in Acting from the University of Washington. She can be heard as Lily in Pixar's upcoming film, Turning Red.

 

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THU 7–9:30pm · 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11 · $270 

 

This class will use Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Karen Zacharias’ Romeo y Juliet (performed this summer at California Shakespeare Theatre) to practice script analysis— plot, character arc, beats, objectives, close reading, etc. in order to make the language sing while still sounding authentic. Students will also develop text work skills that pertain specifically to Shakespeare’s works, such as scansion, and dramaturgy to understand the text, pronunciation, rhetoric of The Bard. You will be encouraged to make exciting, text-based choices for your character and find the turning point in every speech.

 

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: 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.

 

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MON 6:30–9pm · 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8 · $230

 

Through this brief but in-depth course, Students will gain hands-on experience in all aspects of directing: scene analysis, blocking a scene, working with actors, giving notes to cultivate performances, and auditioning actors. Students will work on two projects: a ‘blank’ (contentless) scene, and a short scene from a play script for their final project, enabling them to put to use all concepts discussed and workshopped in class.

 

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: 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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TUE 7–9:30pm · 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9 · $270 

 

If the word "Dramaturgy" is unclear to you, you're not alone. It's a word and job that is frequently defined in many different ways, depending on context and who you ask! In this class, we'll explore some of the jobs of the dramaturg, such as: Play Analysis, researching historical context of the play's setting, in support of designer choices or directorial decisions, researching history of prior productions, researching the playwright, and engaging the Audience through talks or articles or social media. 

 

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: Robin Dolan 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 research and delving into the heart of the creative process. She was 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.

 

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SAT 1–4pm · 7/16, 7/23, 7/30 · $225

 

This 3-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. 

 

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SAT 10am–2pm · 6/25, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, followed by a showcase of staged readings presented over 4 days from THU 8/11 to SUN 8/14 at the School of Theatre · $550 

 

This program is for playwrights who are interested in an intensive developmental workshop period of 6 weeks, followed by a staged reading of the work in an open workshop setting. Writers all participate as readers in workshop presentations. The workshop is limited to 8 writers/8 projects. The workshop is an exciting process that moves scripts from the page to the first stage of production: a staged reading. It’s a hands-on production program that requires writers to take the lead in the staging of your play, participate in the readings of other writers in the group, and generate an audience for your own reading (if you want one). The culminating reading series amounts to the presentation of eight new plays in four days. It's an exhilarating experience, and a demanding one. So, if you're interested, be prepared to work hard and learn 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: 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.

 

Instructor approval required for enrollment. Submissions are reviewed in the order received. To apply, email school@berkeleyrep.org with the following:

  • A brief description of the project you plan to work on in the class. 
  • A PDF draft of the script (partial drafts are acceptable).

 

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THU 7–9:30pm · 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11 · $270

 

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. 

 

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: 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–12:30pm · 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6 · $200  

 

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. 

 

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SAT 12:30–4:30pm · 8/6 · $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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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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Gisele & Kenneth F. Miller

The Woodlawn Foundation

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.

THU 7–9pm · 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11 · $225 

 

Learn physical triggers that will help you quickly find the placement, melody, and general sound changes for the Boston dialect.   We will study the Boston dialect in a multi-sensorial way, with a focus on the physical changes, the phonetic sound changes, and immersion/mimicry (listening to and imitating primary sources of the dialect).  Once there is a comfort level with the Boston dialect, we will work on text from films and plays. 

 

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.

 

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MON 6:30–9:30pm · 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8 · $355  

 

Building on skills learned in Beginning Voice-Over, this class will study and refine multiple styles of voice acting, introduce students to more advanced techniques, and encourage students to deepen their choices and gain confidence on the microphone. In addition, students will learn about recording equipment and how to set up a home studio. 
 

Prerequisite: Beginning Voice-Over acting class.

 

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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THU 7–9pm · 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11 · $225 

 

Dive into the possibilities of improvised theatre online! 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 story together. You will receive direct, tailored, and supportive feedback. No matter what, we will play and laugh—a lot.

 

Instructor: Zoe Galvez has been teaching and performing improv over a decade. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and a Main Stage company member of the nationally acclaimed BATS Improv. Zoe has introduced thousands of people to the magic of improv in the Bay Area and beyond. She is a pioneer in bringing improvisational theatre to the world of business with Unscripted Leaders. Zoe believes the world would be a better place if everyone took an improv class. She studied improv and acting with David Razowsky, Uta Hagen, Keith Johnstone, Rebecca Northan of Loose Moose, SF Mime Troupe, Anne Bogart and the SITI company, BATS, The Groundlings, and The Moscow Art Theatre. Ask her about her dog Mochi!

 

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