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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, including a booster, and provide proof of vaccination 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 · 6/13–6/24 · $850

 

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 · 6/27–7/15 · $1,200

 

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 · 4:30–8pm · 6/13–6/24 · $700

 

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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MON–FRI · 9am–4pm · 7/18–8/5 · $1,200

 

Be part of a dynamic ensemble and create your own music, lyrics, and choreography to bring an original musical to life! Work with a professional playwright, director, composer, choreographer, and Pulitzer prize winning librettist for a three-week intensive that will develop new work, explore the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre's extraordinary canon of original work, and culminate in a sharing of selections from an original musical as well as other popular Broadway hits.

 

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Early Bird Special

There will be an Early Bird Special on all summer programs, available 1/18—2/1. This discount will give all early registrants $50 off of two-week classes and $100 off of three-week classes, and will be appear on each class registration page. 

Summer Program Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made before Apr 1 will be refunded less a $200 fee. Cancellations made after Apr 1 will be refunded less a $450 fee. After May 16, no refunds will be given.

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 provide proof of vaccination 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.

THU 4:30–6pm · 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24 · $150  

 

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.

 

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. 

 

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MON 4:30–6pm · 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/7 · $150 

 

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!

 

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. 

 

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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WED 7–9:30pm · 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2 · $250 

 

Learn to take a punch! Unarmed combat techniques are the most common violence techniques found in the theatre. Increase your skill set and versatility while honing your craft as an actor. This class will cover falls, slaps, punches, hair pulls, fighting with found objects, and other theatrical violence techniques essential to creating the illusion of violence. Open to all levels.

 

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. 

 

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.

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 6:30–8:30pm · 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24 · $175 

 

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.

 

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

 

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WED 7–9pm · 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23 · $175

 

Concurrent with Berkeley Rep’s production of John’s musical Swept Away, this class will delve deeply into his work. Many 21st century writers work across all major mediums – theatre, film, and TV.  John is a great example of such a writer. An American playwright, screenwriter, film producer, and television producer, John Logan is best known for credits such as Ridley Scott's Gladiator, Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, and Showtime's Penny DreadfulIn addition to several Academy Award nominations, he has also earned two Tony Award nominations for his play Red, and for the book of Moulin Rouge!.

In this class scenes will be assigned and studied from all three mediums – so not only will you get a better idea of his how to play his material, but you’ll also learn how to approach material whether you're working for the stage or the screen.

 

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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TUE 6:30–8:30pm  · 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22 · $175 

 

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.

 

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

 

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MON 7–9pm · 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/7 · $210 

 

From cold readings and video auditions, to monologues and callbacks, sometimes being an actor is stressful. This class is an opportunity to transform your audition approach, lower your stress, hone your skills, and expand your repertoire. We’ll dissect auditions from A to Z, toss out preconceptions, and offer fresh perspectives. We’ll review key insights and work with a variety of texts. We’ll lay out and practice a method for different types of auditions, and also for finding and developing monologues. Participants should have at least one monologue they’ve learned or want to develop.   

 

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

 

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WED 7–9pm · 3/2, 3/9, 3/16 · $100 · $60 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. 

 

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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WED 7–8pm · 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16 · $160 

 

Join us as we examine some of the immense questions that Shakespeare’s King Lear poses about identity, authority and legacy. Why, and how, does a dramaturg approach this play which boasts some of the most misogynist lines in the English language? And why are we even interested in centering the entitlements of an ancient, white, male regent?  

 

In this class we will not only delve into the text, but attempt to better understand this play’s context— how it emerged in the context of Feudal values, a crumbling of the monarchy, Saint Stephen’s day, and the particular conditions of 1605— and how that emergence provides vital context for students who come to the play over 400 years later. How does a dramaturg prepare the text? What issues are useful for a cast and crew to think about? What have some of the world’s iconic theater figures said about playing the role of Lear? How do we give voice to female characters who have pitifully few lines? All of these issues will be considered, in conversation with folio work, script doctoring, rhythm, scansion, meter, character arc, beats, objectives, close reading, etc., in order to help this play live actively in our world and on our stages. 

 
It is recommended to take Acting Shakespeare in concert with this class. 

 

Dr. Phillipa Kelley is Resident Dramaturg for the California Shakespeare Theater, Resident Dramaturg for Remote Theater, and Production Dramaturg for many regional theaters. Philippa moved to the Bay from Australia in 2002. She has been awarded fellowships from the Fulbright, Rockefeller, and Commonwealth Awards, and grants from the California Arts Council, the National Endowment of the Humanities, the Walter and Elise Haas Foundation, and the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (Bly Award for Innovation in Dramaturgy). Philippa has published 11 books, 48 internationally peer-reviewed articles, and 52 playbill articles. Her Arden book, The King and I, is closest to her heart, illuminating King Lear through the lens of Australia’s history of outcasting. Her Run the Canon series at Cal Shakes presents original 12-minute video talks on Shakespeare’s canon. She leads a year-round community theater appreciation group entitled Berkeley Theater Explorations.

 

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

 

Performers have always had to adapt to changing times. Gather the skills and tools to develop, create, and perform your own adaptation in this six -week workshop designed to help artists find their own unique “take” on work from other mediums and bring them to life. Whether it be a one-person version of a sweeping epic or a more effective telling of a personal memoir, Going Solo: Adaptation is a place to start your journey with gently guided exercises that culminates in a performance, all in the safety of Zoom. These are crazy times. Learn to adapt!

 

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

 

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TUE noon–2pm · 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15 · $270 

 

Learn the tried-and-true structure of sketch comedy writing in a supportive and fun environment. Packed with easy to understand exercises and examples, this class will break down common sketch types to uncover what makes them ‘funny.’ Students of all levels will write their own sketches in and out of class and develop confidence in their own unique sense of humor. The class will follow a writers’ room format, with facilitated group pitch sessions ensuring positive feedback in an encouraging and often hilarious environment. The series will culminate in an invite-only virtual reading performed with student sketches. 

 

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

 

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SAT 1–3pm · 1/29 · $45

 

Explore ‘clown presence' through surprising group exercises where we'll explore authenticity, presence and connection. You will bravely transcend beyond sarcasm and shed your everyday masks to end up with a lot of laughter and a realization that your own personal weirdness can be your most powerful tool. Zero experience necessary. Come with a sense of curiosity and be ready to move.  

 

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

 

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FRI noon–2pm · 1/28, 2/4, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11 · $210

 

Supercharge your presentation skills in a variety of virtual contexts to prepare for any audience. Topics will include stage fright, audience awareness, extemporaneous speaking, executive presence, non-verbal communication and presentation structure. Your Toastmasters-Championship-winning instructor will facilitate a supportive, positive, and surprisingly fun space to push beyond your virtual comfort zone. Sessions will include research based best practices, experiential exercises, extemporaneous and prepared presentations and personalized feedback. Participants will come away with a great support group and an increased ability to speak with confidence when the stakes are high. 

 

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

 

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SAT 1–3:30pm · 2/5 · $55 

 

How do actors, directors, designers, and other theatre professionals approach a script? This course will take you through the process of analyzing a play scene by scene, as you would in the first stages of a rehearsal process. Students will learn all elements of breaking down a scene (e.g., beats, objectives, obstacles) and experiment using secondary research to explore characters, actions, and circumstances. Our discussions will also emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of the production process, which includes research, interpretation, and collaboration. We’ll be working with the play Red by John Logan. Please read the play in preparation for the workshop. 

 

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

 

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SAT 10am–1pm · 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/17 · $375 

 

If you have “the idea” that you believe will make the next great film or TV series, it’s time to learn the ins and outs of screenwriting! Spend eight weeks learning structure, dialogue, form, and how to make your characters believable and leap off the page. Great for writers of all levels as Christopher will also go over "alternative" storytelling structures that will be immediately applicable from beginning writers to seasoned pros. As an amazing bonus, the skills you learn in this class are applicable to other media as well: TV/VR/Games/short form content/theater/immersive entertainments.  

 

Christopher Morrison has written and produced projects in the fields of feature films short films, VR 360 film-making, video-games & theater magazine writing. His work has been screened/experienced on three continents and has active projects in Paris, LA, Belgium, and Australia. He is a member of the WGA West’s Video-Game Writer’s Caucus. 

 

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MON 6:30–9:30pm · 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4 · $450

 

From audiobooks to dubbing, narration of web videos and documentaries, commercial VO and of course characters in videogame and animation 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. 

 

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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WED 7–9:30pm · 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30 · $375 

 

One of the joys of improvisation is sharing the 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 one scheduled performance during class time. The class will have eight participants. Prerequisite: Approval from instructor prior to registration. 

 

 

Kasey Klemm is a professional improviser with 20+ years of experience. He is the former artistic director of BATS Improv, San Francisco’s longest running and most-acclaimed improvised theatre company, and cites Keith Johnstone as one of his biggest influences. Kasey’s easy-going nature and passion for improvisation helps create a playful space for students of all levels to explore their inherent creativity and take risks in a positive and supportive environment. 

 

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MON 7–9:30pm · 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28 · $175

 

During COVID so many of us have lost the opportunity to come together to tell stories.  This course is a timely reminder of all the way theatre artists can prepare as individuals to work effectively as collaborators, and to thrive as they engage with a myriad of firsts.  First audition, first meeting with a casting director: preparing for the first day in a rehearsal room or on a set: analyzing the text for first day of rehearsal, preparing for the first day of staging or filming. These are just a few of the challenges theatre artists face.  First day of production, first preview and opening night.  Each first offers challenges and opportunities.  With knowledge of craft, preparation, and ability to engage with other collaborators from a place of knowledge, comes artistic freedom.  Join us in refreshing your knowledge of the fundamentals, an discover just how liberated your artistic freedom can be even in the most challenging of circumstances.

 

Kate Cherry is an internationally acclaimed artistic director and director of theatre and opera. As artistic director of both Australia’s Black Swan State Theatre Company and NIDA, and associate director at Melbourne Theatre Company, Kate has directed over 50 professional productions for various notable performance institutions, including Seattle Opera, New Zealand Opera, Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney’s Belvoir Street Theatre, and many other theatre and opera companies throughout Australia. She has commissioned over 30 new works, and created labs to explore new ways of creating work. Kate has an MFA from UCLA where she assisted Oskar Eustis and Tony Taccone and studied with Martha Clarke and Peter Sellars. She is a Drama League Alumnae and has received numerous awards for her directing. She has listened to over 1000 pitches, and advocated for work like The Sapphires, by Tony Briggs, ensuring the story skyrocketed from a conversation in a Melbourne pub to an acclaimed Hollywood movie. Kate has directed numerous screen and theatre luminaries, including multi-award winners Ben Mendelssohn (Emmy Award), Guy Pearce (Golden Globes and SAG Award), and Greta Scaachi (Emmy Award). She has also produced work by Judy Davis (BAFTAs, Golden Globes, Emmys) as a director, and studied with Oskar Eustis (artistic director of New York’s Public Theater, dramaturg of Angels in America, and producer of Hamilton).

 

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THU 7–9pm · 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17 · $270 

 

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. 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.

 

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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THU 7–9pm · 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31 · $175

 

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. 

 

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 1–3pm · 3/5 · $45

 

Bring more creativity and comfort in your daily life by improving your posture! A better posture improves your breathing, your voice, and how you feel. And how you feel affects your posture. Everyone can benefit from the Feldenkrais Method® Awareness through Movement—from athletes and artists to administrators and attorneys. This method helps to rewire the nervous system in order to become aware of habits and eliminate unnecessary movements, which are often the source of limitation and discomfort. Improve physical function and health, reduce pain, increase sensitivity and vitality, and expand creativity by widening the perception you have of yourself. This is an opportunity to feel refreshed while improving self-esteem. Open to all levels.

 

Christine Germain is a movement explorer, dancer, and choreographer. She takes pleasure in discovering new ways to move. She is intrigued by how people move by themselves in relationship to others and space. After traveling and studying various dances around the world, Christine earned her BFA in dance from Concordia University (Montréal, Canada) in 2007. The Feldenkrais Method® helped her to recover from a serious injury and a car accident, which allowed her to get back to dance and even circus. This convinced her to become an instructor and practitioner of the Method. She recently graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Arts with specialization in choreography at UC Davis, where she teaches dance and Awareness Through Movement.

 

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SAT 1–3pm · 3/12 · $45

 

In a time where the unknown can bring anxiety, this is a good moment to tune in. Whether you want to know yourself better, or want to understand your colleagues in order to improve communication, this class will offer you many tools to improve your well-being and quality of life. Students will explore many different ways of breathing which will allow access to parts of yourself that may not have been accessible before. Some lessons will be on our back, some sitting, and some will require you to move. However, if you’re in a wheelchair and certain movements are not accessible, the instructor will help you modify as needed. You can even do parts of the lesson in your imagination. The neurotransmitters will still be active, and you’ll still receive the benefit of the work!

 

Christine Germain is a movement explorer, dancer, and choreographer. She takes pleasure in discovering new ways to move. She is intrigued by how people move by themselves in relationship to others and space. After traveling and studying various dances around the world, Christine earned her BFA in dance from Concordia University (Montréal, Canada) in 2007. The Feldenkrais Method® helped her to recover from a serious injury and a car accident, which allowed her to get back to dance and even circus. This convinced her to become an instructor and practitioner of the Method. She recently graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Arts with specialization in choreography at UC Davis, where she teaches dance and Awareness Through Movement.

 

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Special offers

Sign up for two $175 adult classes and pay $315, or two $210 adult classes and pay $380—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.

 

Payment plans available

Email school@berkeleyrep.org to set up a payment plan for classes.

 

Lead education funders

Jonathan Logan Family FoundationWells Fargo

Gisele & Kenneth F. Miller

The Woodlawn Foundation

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, to attend.

Class protocol regarding vaccination checks and 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 6:30–8:30pm · 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21 · $175 

 

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. 

 

Andrew Hurteau has been acting and teaching since graduating with an MFA from American Conservatory Theater. Andrew is an award-winning actor who has performed with Berkeley Rep, American Conservatory Theater, California Shakespeare Theater, the Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Aurora Theatre Company, and across the country. In addition to the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Andrew has taught at ACT, Academy of Art University, and the Nueva School.

 

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SAT 10:30am–12:30pm · 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19 · $270 

 

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. 

 

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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MON 6:30–8:30pm · 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28 · $175 

 

In this class we will explore monologues, soliloquies, and scene work from Shakespeare’s King Lear. 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. 

 

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. 

 

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WED 7–10pm · 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 · $245

 

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.

 

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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MON 7–9pm · 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28 · $175  

 

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 to attend. Class will be held at the School of Theatre located at 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley.

 

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.

 

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WED 7–9:30pm · 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2 · $250 

 

Learn to take a punch! Unarmed combat techniques are the most common violence techniques found in the theatre. Increase your skill set and versatility while honing your craft as an actor. This class will cover falls, slaps, punches, hair pulls, fighting with found objects, and other theatrical violence techniques essential to creating the illusion of violence. Open to all levels.

 

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. 

 

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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Adult classes | Hybrid

Hybrid classes may be attended either online via Zoom, or in person at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, located at 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley. Please review COVID safety protocol for in person classes as listed above.

MON 7–9pm · 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28 · $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.

 

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SAT 1–5pm · 2/19 · $85

 

“Theatre is a weapon, and it is the people who must wield it”—Augusto Boal

 

Anti-Asian attacks, assaults, and hate crimes are on the rise. According to a Pew Research Poll, 45% of Asian American adults have recently experienced some kind of slur, threat, insult, or other hate-related incident. Many Asians are afraid to leave their homes, as the incidents become more frequent, more violent, and more deadly. Theatre of the Oppressed is a form of popular theatre that was developed in Latin America under conditions of ethnic cleansing and mass atrocity. It seeks to empower oppressed communities to resist, challenge, and transform oppression and systemic violence using theatre as a tool/language to envision and rehearse change. It is, as the founder Augusto Boal called it, “Theatre as a Martial Art.” This workshop/teach-in will explore ways of resisting, defusing, and transforming racism with a focus on anti-Asian hatred, aggression, and violence. Theatre of the Oppressed does not prescribe a predetermined method or canned formula for defusing an assault or aggression. Instead, it uses the charged energy of the theatrical space as a laboratory to explore all possible solutions. This allows the group to pool their collective, creative wisdom and ingenuity, while developing fluid, dynamic, in-the-moment responses. This is done while sharpening critical analysis of structural factors enabling oppression, allowing intelligent intervention as well as upstream engagement and advocacy. It also empowers allies and bystanders to take action rather than to remain passive witnesses to violence, injustice, and horror, building an enduring sense of solidarity and allyship. If you’ve felt helpless, dismayed, outraged, or fearful at the attacks on your family, community, friends or neighbors, this is the workshop for you. This approach is designed to give participants concrete tools and insights, empowering you to be an active agent—an actor—in any situation, rather than a victim or a spectator to violence. This allows the insight, healing, and true empowerment that comes from awareness, preparedness, and genuine solidarity in justice. No theatre experience required. Please dress to move.

 

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.

 

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

 

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SAT 1–4pm · 2/26 · $65

 

“Within this fathom-long body, lies the world of suffering, its cause, and its liberation.”—Gautama Buddha

 

All oppression involves the body—the body holds and reflects the experience of its oppression. Fear, anxiety, and oppression bleed their way into the habits of our human expression, trapping, binding, and shutting down our natural spontaneity and aliveness, making us mechanized, divided, and imbalanced in our bodies and our minds and isolated, aggressive, or confused in our relationships and interactions. The original form of mindfulness—the mind’s capacity to observe itself, reflect, and transform—is theatre. This workshop will explore the rich, deep, powerful practices of mindfulness, dishabituation, and embodiment within the corpus of Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, focusing on practical techniques for transforming and finding liberation through somatic and energetic awareness in the personal, interpersonal, and political dimensions. We will use demechanization, dynamization, image theatre, forum theatre, and rainbow of desire while developing presence, focus, and a strong capacity for meditative awareness. Open to anyone with a desire to use theatre, art, and meditation to explore a powerful approach to transforming self and society. Please dress comfortably to move.

 

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.

 

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

 

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Classes in progress

If you are interested in joining a class that has already started, please email school@berkeleyrep.org.

TUE 7–9pm · 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8 · $270

 

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 to attend. Class will be held at the School of Theatre located at 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley.  

 

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.

WED noon–2pm · 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 · $320 

 

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.

 

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.

THU 7–9pm · 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24 · $210 

 

Learn physical triggers that will help you quickly find the placement, melody, and general sound changes for the Russian dialect and other Slavic regions. 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). In the final two weeks of the class, each student will pick a specific sound source from Russia to research and will present the sound changes of this specific region's dialect to the class, as well as perform a monologue from a play or film, utilizing that specific region's 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.

 

SAT 10am–noon · 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/18 (dress rehearsal), 3/19 (performance) · $310 

 

Harry Potter is back…and just waiting for you to fill in the title of his newest adventure! Using characters from the world of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts, The Cursed Child, and your imagination, come and create the next chapter in his adventure. Learning skills in acting, playwriting, improvisation, set design, sound design, costumes, and physical character, we will create a live theatre piece and share this new adventure with family and friends during the last class. Whether this is your first time in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or you are already a wizard, muggle, or magical beast — join us and create some magic! 

 

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. 

 

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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