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Berkeley Rep Summer Programs

Summer programs are now open for registration. To receive priority notification about registrations and school events, please join our email list and select "School—Adult Classes" or "School—Youth/Teen Classes" under interests.

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Youth and Teen Summer Programs

Youth and teen summer programs will be held at the School of Theatre located at 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley. Masks are encouraged but will be optional for all students. Information regarding camp expectations, COVID safety details, and more will be emailed to families before the program begins.

MON–FRI · 9am–4pm, meal break included · 7/8–7/12 · $450

 

Let’s get creative! 

 

In this one-week summer program, we welcome all young artists to explore the fundamentals of storytelling through acting, voice, movement, improv, and even live musical accompaniment! Working together with their peers and our professional theatre artists, students will harness their creative power and develop valuable tools such as communication, confidence, and problem-solving skills, all while creating a short performance to share with families on our final day of camp. 

 

All students must be 6 years old before the start date of their camp. 

 

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MON–FRI · 9am–4pm, meal break included · 7/15–7/19 · $450

 

Let’s get creative! 

 

In this one-week summer program, we welcome all young artists to explore the fundamentals of storytelling through acting, voice, movement, improv, and even live musical accompaniment! Working together with their peers and our professional theatre artists, students will harness their creative power and develop valuable tools such as communication, confidence, and problem-solving skills, all while creating a short performance to share with families on our final day of camp. 

 

All students must be 6 years old before the start date of their camp. 

 

Register

MON–FRI · 9am–4pm, meal break included · 6/10–6/28 · $1,350

Note: Camp will not be held on 6/19 in observance of Juneteenth.

 

Jump in and explore the magic of theatre-making by performing in an original play with Berkeley Rep!

 

Students will harness their imaginative power by collaborating with peers alongside a professional playwright and director to breathe life into a play that challenges, thrills, and speaks to young artists and their community. With daily acting, improv, voice, and movement classes, as well as special electives such as playwriting, stage combat, and on-camera acting, students will have the opportunity to let their voices shine explore a wide variety of creative mediums!

 

Mid-way through the program, we’ll shift into rehearsal mode to focus on staging, character development, and incorporating the skills learned in classes and electives. Students will collaborate with Berkeley Rep’s professional cohort of artists and designers during this process to add production elements such as lights, sound, and costumes, to prepare for the final professional performance.

 

On the last day of camp, we invite friends, family, and community members to join us for a performance of this original play starring all summer intensive students on Berkeley Rep’s world-renowned stage! 

 

All experience levels are welcome and embraced for this dynamic theatrical adventure!

 

Register

MON–FRI · 9am–4pm, meal break included · 7/8–7/26 · $1,350

 

Jump in and explore the magic of theatre-making by performing in an original play with Berkeley Rep!

 

Students will harness their imaginative power by collaborating with peers alongside a professional playwright and director to breathe life into a play that challenges, thrills, and speaks to young artists and their community. With daily acting, improv, voice, and movement classes, as well as special electives such as playwriting, stage combat, and on-camera acting, students will have the opportunity to let their voices shine explore a wide variety of creative mediums!

 

Mid-way through the program, we’ll shift into rehearsal mode to focus on staging, character development, and incorporating the skills learned in classes and electives. Students will collaborate with Berkeley Rep’s professional cohort of artists and designers during this process to add production elements such as lights, sound, and costumes, to prepare for the final professional performance.

 

On the last day of camp, we invite friends, family, and community members to join us for a performance of this original play starring all summer intensive students on Berkeley Rep’s world-renowned stage! 

 

All experience levels are welcome and embraced for this dynamic theatrical adventure!

 

Register

MON–FRI · 4:30–7:30pm · 6/10–6/21 · $800

Note: Camp will not be held on 6/19 in observance of Juneteenth.

 

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 · 11am–4pm (1–7pm on Fri 8/2), meal break included · 7/22–8/2 · $1,000

 

Are you ready to dance, sing, and act your heart out? Join us for this dynamic, super-charged musical theatre camp featuring Musical Direction by Daniel Feyer (Hamilton National Tour Accompanist)!

 

This two-week summer intensive is a unique opportunity for students to reach the next level in their musical theatre training and learn from a team of professional theatre artists. During the first week, students will expand their technical skills in dance, voice, and acting through a rigorous training regimen that challenges each student to cultivate their artistic prowess. 

 

Week two is performance-focused as students begin a rigorous rehearsal process, culminating in a live cabaret-style presentation on stage in Berkeley Rep's renowned theatre. 

 

Designed for aspiring triple threats, this program offers specialized training for students to hone their skills. This camp welcomes all levels of performer, and is the perfectly tailored to help any young artist take the next step on their artistic journey.

 

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Special offers

There will be an Early Bird Discount on all summer programs, available through Mar 8, 2024. This discount will give all early registrants $100 off, and will appear on each class registration page.

Current Berkeley Rep season subscribers receive 10% off all programs.

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

Discounts cannot be combined or applied retroactively.

 

Payment plans available

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

Summer Program teaching artists

More summer program teaching artists will be announced soon!

Samuel Tomfohr is a filmmaker and actor who holds a BA in Film from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University. He is also a former Fulbright Scholarship recipient in filmmaking to Brazil.  His past short films have screened in film festivals throughout the US. He has taught courses and workshops in screenwriting and filmmaking in New York and Brazil. More recently Sam has been acting in Bay Area theatre and short films. Sam loves the collaborative nature of film and continues to write scripts and stories for future work. He lives in Oakland.

Daniel Feyer is a native of San Francisco and graduate of Princeton University. He served as Music Associate for Hamilton's And Peggy tour, playing keyboard for rehearsals and performances and conducting the show over 50 times. He has worked with American Conservatory Theater's Young Conservatory and MFA program, and music-directed A Christmas Carol from 2015-2023. Other Bay Area credits include Berkeley Playhouse (TBA Award for Ragtime), Center REP, Foothill Music Theatre, CCMT, and Ray of Light. He is a Resident Artist in the Theatre Department at Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts.

 

Off-Broadway and regional highlights include The Underclassman (Drama Desk nom. for Orchestrations), Evil Dead: The Musical (U.S. premiere and cast recording), IllyriaWith GleeWorking, and 11 seasons at the Weston Playhouse in Vermont, where he met his wife Gretchen. Dan is also a crossword editor, and has won the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament a record nine times.

Peter Gregus has performed on Broadway in Ain't Broadway Grand, Contact ( Tony Award: Best Musical, 2000), and originated the role of iconic music producer Bob Crewe in the Tony Award-winning Jersey Boys, a role which he played for the entire 11 year run. Other favorite roles include John/James Jeckyll in Love/Valor/Compassion, Marc in Art and Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady. Television Credit include fashion designer Bill Blass in Netfilx’s Simply Halston opposite Ewan McGregor, Show Me a Hero on HBO and The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. Peter is a director and choreographer and has a long association producing events for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Dylan Russell is an actor/director/teaching artist and playwright who loves working with young theatre makers. She started her career in San Francisco at New Conservatory Theatre Center as a touring actor in their YOUTH AWARE program and teaching acting classes. Dylan has taught actors of every age, from 5 years old to 75 years old. Last summer, she directed the High School Summer Intensive students in Alex Moggridge’s The Albatross.

 

Dylan created the acclaimed OUR STORIES program at Laguna Playhouse, through Orange County Healthcare Agency, utilizing generative theatre practices to create awareness about mental health and amplify the voices of youth and young adults ages 16-25. Dylan was the founding Director of the Drama Department at Jewish Community High School of the Bay, recognized as one of the top high school theatre programs in America by Stage Directions Magazine and twice performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland. She has taught at Laguna Playhouse, California Shakespeare Theatre, Northwestern University's National High School Institute, Marin Theatre Company and New Conservatory Theatre Center. She is the Associate Director of the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre and formerly the Director of Education, Youth Theatre & Community Engagement at Laguna Playhouse.

An educator and a director of theatre and opera, Kate Cherry's productions have been seen in Seattle, Hong Kong, New York. Boston, San Francisco, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and every capital city in Australia. She has directed over 70 professional productions and programmed over 120 productions from the micro to the macro. Her international directing work includes productions for Seattle Opera, New Zealand Opera, Lincoln Centre (NYC), Shakespeare and Company (Mass), California Shakespeare Festival and American Conservatory Theatre. Her work has been seen at every major festival in Australia and she has directed sixty productions for major arts organizations. 

 

As an educator, Kate has directed and taught Acting for NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art), VCA (Victorian College of the Arts) 2x, WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of the Arts) 3x, and QUT (Queensland University of Technology). She has been on the faculty of Berkeley Rep school Theatre and Colorado College where she has taught and directed 3x, UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) and has directed for ACT (American Conservatory Theatre) Conservatory, Shakespeare and Company, and Hong Kong Academy.

Bri Reads (she/her) is an international preschool teacher turned content creator with a passion for children's literacy. Bri's YouTube channel brings stories to life with interactive read-alouds, original songs, and crafts for a global audience of over 400k subscribers, reaching over 200 million channel views.

 

Bri started her career as an educator in Hanoi, Vietnam, and later Tokyo, Japan. It was in Japan she discovered a love of theatre for kids and left the classroom to be a touring performer with Disney's World of English. In the Bay Area, Bri has worked with Palo Alto Children's Theatre and Bay Area Children's Theatre in both local and touring productions. Whether it's on camera, on the stage, or in a classroom, Bri Reads continues to bring immersive storytelling experiences to young audiences worldwide.

Alexandra Rivers (she/her) originally came to the Bay Area to play Frog in Bay Area Children's Theatre's A Year With Frog and Toad and has loved it so much that she decided to stay! You also may know her from her role as Zebra in Bay Area Children's Theatre's Giraffes Can't Dance! Alexandra's passions lie not only in acting, but also in teaching and directing. Currently, she directs plays and musicals for students ages 5-17 with Contra Costa Civic Theatre, teaches improv and acting through Berkeley Rep, and teaches after school drama to students at Emerson Elementary right here in Berkeley. For the last three summers she has also had the delight of working as a Teaching Artist and photographer at Ghostlight Theatre Camp, a residential theatre camp in Oakland, Maine. Alexandra earned her degree in Theatre from Muhlenberg College In Allentown, Pennsylvania, and spent time studying acting and Shakespeare at Theatre Academy London as well. She is so excited to be working with Berkeley Rep this summer and to create magic with amazing young actors!

Summer programs cancellation policy

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

Elementary school programs: Cancellations made before Apr 1 will be refunded less a $75 fee. Cancellations made after Apr 1 will be refunded less a $150 fee. After May 1, no refunds will be given.

Frequently asked questions

If you have a question not addressed below, please email school@berkeleyrep.org.

Absolutely! Our summer programs are for students of all experience levels and backgrounds. Our teaching artists will meet each student where they’re at, and make sure to challenge more experienced students, while welcoming and celebrating those who are taking their first journey into theatre.

We understand that scheduling conflicts may arise. As long as you notify our camp staff of your student’s absence ahead of time, that shouldn’t be a problem! Attendance is crucial, however, during the final days of camp as students work hard on their final performances. We ask that students try their best to attend camp during our tech rehearsal hours, which will be communicated to families ahead of time.

For each camp's final performance/sharing we invite friends, families, and community members to join us in one of Berkeley Rep’s performance spaces to celebrate our campers’ hard work. Exact details will be emailed to families a week in advance, but performances are typically around 7pm, last one hour, and conclude with a small celebration in our lobby space. RSVP is not necessary.

We ask that all students come dressed to move, and with close-toed shoes. Please bring water, snacks, and writing utensils. With parental consent, students in 9–12 grade may buy lunch nearby in downtown Berkeley. To ensure student safety, all high school students must sign out for lunch, and bring all food back to eat campus. All other students must bring lunch and remain on campus during lunchtime.

Schedules vary for each program and will be different in the days leading up to the final sharing, but here are some sample schedules:

Summer Theatre Camp: Play Creation (Gr. 1-5)

9–9:15am: Check-In and Warm Up Activities
9:15–10:15am: Acting/Voice/Movement Session 1
10:15–10:30am: Snack Break
10:30–11:30am: Acting/Voice/Movement Session 2
11:30–12:30pm: Lunch
12:30–1:30pm: Play Creation/Rehearsal Session 1
1:30–2pm: Mindfulness Moment
2–3pm: Play Creation/Rehearsal Session 2
3–3:15pm: Snack Break
3:15–4pm Afternoon Wrap Up and Check-Out

 

Summer Theatre Intensive: Play Creation (Gr. 6-8 & Gr 9-12)

9–10:30am: Improv or Voice class
10:30am–12pm: Acting class
12–1pm: Lunch
1–3pm: Play Creation/Rehearsal
3–4pm: Electives (ex: Clowning, Playwriting, On-Camera Acting)

 

Summer Filmmaking Intensive
4:30–5:30pm:
Discussion and Writing/Storyboarding time
5:30–5:45pm: Snack Break
5:45–7:30pm: Film Making 

 

Summer Musical Theatre Intensive: The Broadway Experience
11am–12:30pm: Dance/Acting/Voice Class
12:30–1:15pm: Lunch 
1:15–2:30: Dance/Acting/Voice Class
2:30–4pm: Rehearsal

After camp childcare is available for elementary programs only, for an additional fee of $100 ($25 per day). After care will take place from 4-5:30pm Monday through Thursday (families are invited for a final sharing on Friday). 

 

If you have already registered your student for camp and would like to add After Care to your enrollment, please email school@berkeleyrep.org.

Financial aid

Families applying for financial aid must complete our application form first, before submitting a $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.

Deadline to apply for financial aid is Monday April 1, 2024.

Lead education funders

California Arts CouncilJonathan Logan Family Foundation

Gisele & Kenneth F. Miller

The Woodlawn Foundation

Executive education funder

Koret Foundation

Sustaining education funder

Wells Fargo

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