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Teen Council

Who we are

Teen Council

We are actors, directors, writers, designers, improvisers, and theatre-goers. Teen Council brings together a diverse group of teens (grades 9–12) from all over the Bay Area. We write, direct, and perform in our own productions, see plays at local theatres, explore different artistic departments through interactive workshops, and get a behind-the-scenes look at what happens at Berkeley Rep through interviews with professional artists.

Our mission is to cultivate the next generation of theatre audiences and professionals, preparing them to think critically and creatively about theatre arts through discussion-based programming.

 

Core Council

Berkeley Rep’s Core Council is a group of 10–15 student leaders from around the Bay Area who engage their peers through theatre arts. As the face of Berkeley Rep’s teen programming, Core Council are the leaders of the general Teen Council. Some Core Council responsibilities are planning Teen Nights, fundraising events, and workshops for their peers. At the beginning of every school year, a new group of students is accepted to be a part of this leadership group.

Questions? Email teencouncil@berkeleyrep.org.

The Berkeley Rep School of Theatre requires all students attending in-person programming to be fully vaccinated against COVID. As of Jan 31, 2022, this will include a 3rd booster dose for all adults. For students ages 12–18, boosters will be required starting in Feb 2022. Proof of vaccination will be checked at the door before entering the building.

Berkeley Rep’s Teen Council is supported by the California Arts Council, Ken & Gisele Miller, and the Miranda Lux Foundation.

Teen Council is a program of Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre, which is funded by Barbara Bass Bakar, the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation, the Koret Foundation, the Woodlawn Foundation, and other corporate, foundation, and individual supporters.

 

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Teen night

Berkeley Rep's Teen Council will return this winter and host it's first Teen Night accompanying a 7pm showing of Swept Away. Join us on Fri, Feb 25 to catch a special showing of this highly anticipated new musical!

Teen Night tickets are $10 and cash only, but space must be reserved via the link below. Teen Night tickets are only available to current high school students (grades 9–12). Please arrive at 6:15pm at the School of Theatre (2071 Addison St) to pick up your ticket and take part in the pre-show activities. Any tickets not picked up by 6:30pm will be released to Teen Council members on the wait list.

Tickets

 

Film festival

Berkeley Rep’s Teen Council held its first ever short film festival competition in June 2021. Teens from California were invited to submit their original short films made within a 72 hour window in response to or centering the theme of hope. Teen Core Council alumni Christian Santiago, Lucy Urbano, and Chloe (Smtih) Xtina, who are all working artists/filmmakers, taught free online workshops on screenwriting, acting, and directing for film for teens interested in submitting to the festival. We were so impressed by the creativity of the submitted films that came in the form of documentary, experimental, and traditional narrative. We are so thankful to all the students who submitted, and below are the winners.

First place

Breathing Unbroken
Kea Morshed | Filmmaker

Content warning: Discusses self-harm

Hope in a Bottle video still with two teens sitting on a rocky beach together

Second place

Hope in a Bottle
Dane Hohmeyer | Filmmaker

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Different Light video still with close up profile view of a teen's face

Third place (tie)

Different Light
Veronica Becerra-Santiago | Filmmaker

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The Loop video still with close up view of a bruised face

Third place (tie)

The Loop
Bahia Rozan | Filmmaker

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