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About the School

Berkeley Rep creates ambitious theatre that entertains and challenges its audiences, provokes civic engagement, and inspires people to experience the world in new and surprising ways. The School of Theatre supports this mission through meaningful connections between audiences and our mainstage work, creative entry points for new audiences, tools for artists and students to harness their imaginative power, and immersive training for future theatre makers.

Having first opened its doors in 2001, the School of Theatre offers programming as eclectic as the productions onstage at Berkeley Rep, reaching some 20,000 people in the Bay Area each year. Driven by an expanding community of inspired, curious, and creative theatre lovers, the School’s programming provides opportunities for engagement on a variety of levels.

Since its inception, the School has:

  • Served over 321,340 people;
  • Collaborated with 565 professional teaching artists;
  • Led workshops in 3,630 classrooms in nine counties in the Bay Area;
  • Produced 142 original plays created by youth and teen students;
  • Mentored 359 young professionals through our Fellowship program (since 1985).

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Berkeley Rep School of Theatre faculty and staff are highly trained professional theatre artists who work regularly in their respective areas of expertise.


Rachel Hull

Rachel Hull is the director of Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre, where she oversees a team of talented artists and arts educators. Working within 10 counties in the greater Bay Area, Berkeley Rep’s programming is through elementary, middle, and high school partnerships and all ages programming at the Theatre. Rachel is a member of the Lead Action Team for the Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership through Alameda County Office of Education Arts Education Alliance Bay Area, co-lead of the Berkeley Arts Education Steering Committee, and past board member of American Alliance for Theatre Education. Previously, she was the director of education at Dallas Theater Center, where she oversaw all education and community programs including Project Discovery, winner of the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, given by Frist Lady Michelle Obama. As a contributor within the Dallas Arts District, Rachel lead collaborations with a variety of arts and cultural organizations during her tenure at DTC including the Dallas Museum of Art, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Big Thought, Dallas ISD and other surrounding districts, and a founding member of the Informal Educators of Dallas County, Theatre Educators of North Texas advisor, and steering committee member of Theatre Forward’s education task force. Outside of her work within regional theatre, Rachel mentors student teachers at UC Berkeley, and has taught at Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas at Austin, Educational Theatre Association, Dallas ISD professional development, and presented at the University of Houston’s Center for Arts Leadership, the American Alliance for Theatre Education, and the National Guild for Community Arts Education.

MaryBeth Cavanaugh

MaryBeth Cavanaugh is the associate director of Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. She recently received her continuing appointment in the Department of Theatre and Dance at UC Davis, where she has taught for 15 years in the MFA and BFA programs. She also teaches at Academy of Art University. She is a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a few of her choreography credits include resident choreographer at California Shakespeare Theater for twenty seasons, where she also served as associate artist. She also choreographed for Oregon Shakespeare Festival for five seasons, Shakespeare Santa Cruz for nine seasons, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The New Victory Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, Brisbane Arts Festival—Powerhouse, Black Swan Theatre Company in Western Australia, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Mills College Repertory, and Summerfest Dance. Directing credits: Following the Wrong God Home, Theatre 212; Possession, United Solo Theatre Festival, New York City; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, TheatreFIRST; Twelfth Night, North Bay Shakespeare Company; and Measure for Measure, Shakespeare at Stinson. Ms. Cavanaugh was invited (all expenses paid) by the Norwegian Consulate in San Francisco to attend the Ibsen Festival in Oslo, Norway and to finish a new English translation of A Doll’s House from Ibsen’s original manuscript with an Ibsen scholar and a documentary film maker.

Anthony Jackson

Anthony Jackson is a director, deviser, educator, and arts administrator. He currently serves as the associate director of the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre where he oversees the Teen Council and fellowship programs, among other projects. Duties include programming the annual Teen One-Acts Festival and the Young Writers of Color Collective workshops and final presentation at Berkeley Rep’s acclaimed new play development program, The Ground Floor. He also serves as a mentor for 15 teens that are part of the Core Council teen leadership program. Previously Anthony was at Arena Stage in Washington, DC where he taught in all of the Community Engagement department’s programming as the Training Programs Manager and previously as the Partnership Manager. Anthony has traveled to India and Croatia as a guest artist with the U.S. Department of State, devising original plays with Arena Stage’s Voices of Now program. Anthony has also presented workshops at the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, Theatre Communications Group Conference, as well as the Southeastern Theatre Conference. In 2019 he was selected to be a member of the artEquity cohort. As an actor he has toured the U.S. and has performed with the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Olney Theatre, Arena Stage, and other regional theatres.

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Christine Adaire

is a Designated Master Linklater voice teacher, trained by the world renowned voice authority Kristin Linklater. She is Head of Voice at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. She has worked as an actor, voice coach, and director in many American regional theatres, including Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Old Globe, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Guthrie Theater, Chicago Shakespeare, Goodman Theatre, Lyric Opera, Steppenwolf, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Shakespeare & Company. She has taught workshops in Shanghai, Barcelona, London, Australia, and New Zealand. In addition to working with actors, she specializes in working with Trans/Gender Diverse individuals to help them find a voice that is consistent with their gender identity. She is a contributing writer to the third edition of Voice and Communication Therapy for the Transgender/Gender Diverse Client: A Comprehensive Guide (Plural Publishing).

Rachael Adler

studied with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse in NY, and was designated there to teach the Meisner Technique. Rachael founded two Meisner acting conservatories: Studio Magnetic and the Waterfront Playhouse and Conservatory, and is the Master Meisner teacher at MeisnerEspaña in Barcelona, Spain.

Miriam Ani

is an actor, director, and educator deeply committed to unfolding the artistry of the human body, voice, and spirit through the theatrical medium. Since relocating to the Bay Area, Miriam has appeared in the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre’s West Coast premiere of The Urban Retreat, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s The Comedy of Errors: Shakespeare on Tour, understudied for California Shakespeare Theater (Queen Margaret, War of the Roses), and appeared as the title role in The Heiress at Lucie Stern Theatre, Irina in Three Sisters at Douglas Morrisson Theatre, Sébastienne in Livermore Shakes’ Tempest, Lady Macbeth for Half Moon Bay Shakes, and as Karen in August: Osage County (Novato Theater Company), among others. Miriam directed The Crucible for Pacifica Spindrift Players (2018) and The Hallelujah Girls for North Bay Stage Company (2016). Miriam also teaches acting for Cal State East Bay, Sacramento State, Marin Shakespeare Company, and San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and is a proud KCACTF respondent, TBA adjudicator, and member of AEA. MFA, Acting, CUNY Brooklyn College.

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. They created and performed Crawl and Ligilo at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. 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.

Erica Blue

is an international performance art, dance, and theatre maker. She has a BA in performance studies from Sarah Lawrence College and has done Master’s work at Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre and Wesleyan University. After founding The Raw Material Performance Ensemble in Amsterdam, she then traveled and studied dance extensively in Southern Asia. Once arriving in the Bay Area she began teaching, directing, and performing with her ensemble, Teatro Auzzura. Her solo work has been performed at La Mama in New York, the Cleveland Performance Art Festival, and has won Best of the Fringe in San Francisco and Seattle. She also received a Goldie award in 2000 for her role as Salvador Dali’s wife, Gala. Blue’s company has received critical acclaim for their dance theatre work around the US and in Europe.

Larry Bogad

is Professor of Performance Studies at UC Davis. He is the author of the books Tactical Performance: The Theory and Practice of Serious Play and Electoral Guerrilla Theatre, and the play Cointelshow: A Patriot Act. He was “Art and Controversy” Fellow at Carnegie Mellon and “Humanities and Political Conflict” Fellow at Arizona State University. Bogad is a veteran of the Lincoln Center Director’s Laboratory and cofounder of the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army. He has performed on many picket lines in roles such as Saint Francis, Ronald McDonald, and the Angry Banker. Bogad has written and performed for the Yes Men, La Pocha Nostra, Reclaim the Streets, and many other groups. He has performed in major museums and occupied buildings, and lectured and led performance-activist workshops internationally including in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Spain, and the UK. He is the world’s best, worst, and only economusician. Bogad draws on 20 years of experience as an artist-activist, having worked with most of the contemporary groups he discusses as a writer, performer, and strategist.

Martha Brigham

is a Massachusetts raised, Bay Area “wash ashore” who has worked in professional theatre for the past eight years. Martha graduated from the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and studied with Steppenwolf West under alumni Tom Irwin and LA’s comedy improv group, The Groundlings. Locally, she has worked with Magic Theatre, Shotgun Players, Aurora Theatre, SF Playhouse, Marin Theatre Company, and Central Works, as well as La Jolla Playhouse and Secret Rose Theatre in Southern California. Martha currently coaches acting, improvisation, and audition technique. She’s excited to be back at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre creating and discovering honesty and expression through performance.

Millie Brooks

is a local theatre, film, and voice-over actor here in the Bay Area. After spending her college career in Chicago, Millie moved out to San Francisco. In addition to her work on stage, Millie has worked at Nancy Hayes Casting for several years where she assisted many television, film, and theatrical productions with casting. Past credits include the world premiere of Testmatch (ACT), Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday and the Congregant in The Christians (SF Playhouse), Peddler in A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (Chicago Playworks), and Tiffany in The Shakespeare Bug (Playground and Killing My Lobster). Millie can also be seen in Episode 8 of 13 Reasons Why on Netflix.

Nicole Apostol Bruno

is an AEA actor, educator, and movement artist. As an actor, she has performed with Marin Theatre Company (The Wolves), Z Space (A Good Neighbor), and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Great Expectations, The Winter’s Tale, Richard II). She holds a BFA from Southern Oregon University, where she studied under neoclassic mime and movement pioneer James Donlon. As an educator, she has worked with TheatreWorks and Marin Shakespeare Company as well as Berkeley Rep.

Steve Budd

is an actor, writer, storyteller, stand-up comic, and solo performer. He’s been teaching college writing classes, including creative writing and memoir, for over 15 years. Steve has acted with numerous Bay Area companies, including San Francisco Playhouse, Central Works, Symmetry, Impact, New Conservatory, Custom Made, and Marin Shakespeare. He’s appeared as a solo performer and storyteller at The Marsh, Solo Sundays, Tell It On Tuesday, and the Mill Valley Public Library. His autobiographical solo show What They Said About Love won Best of the 2016 San Francisco Fringe Festival and ran for four months in 2018 at The Marsh.

James Bundy

has served as Dean of Yale School of Drama and Artistic Director of Yale Repertory Theatre since 2002. He teaches in the Acting program at the School and in the Theater Studies program in Yale College. During his tenure, Yale Rep has produced more than thirty world, American, and regional premieres, nine of which have been honored by the Connecticut Critics Circle as Best Production of the year and two of which have been Pulitzer Prize finalists. During this time, Yale Rep has also commissioned more than fifty artists to write new work and provided low-cost theatre tickets and classroom visits to thousands of middle and high school students from Greater New Haven through WILL POWER!, an educational program initiated in 2004. In addition to his work at Yale Rep, he has directed productions at Theatre for a New Audience, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Theater Festival, The Acting Company, California Shakespeare Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and The Juilliard School Drama Division. James served from 2007–13 on the board of directors of Theatre Communications Group. Previously, he worked as Associate Producing Director of The Acting Company, Managing Director of Cornerstone Theater Company, and Artistic Director of Great Lakes Theater Festival. He is a graduate of Harvard College; he trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and Yale School of Drama.

Jon Burnett

is a Bay Area teaching artist who currently works with 3–8 graders at the San Francisco Friends School (since 2002), and has frequently taught middle/high school students at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre (play creation, play making, improv, and Monty Python sketch). He has worked locally at Porchlight, Cinnabar Theater, and La Luna. Jon is a founding member of The Incidentalists, a group dedicated to creating an eclectic array of long form improvised plays based on a few audience suggestions.

Ron Campbell

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.

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.

Paul Cello

is an artist and consultant with a passion for collaboration and a cross-disciplinary approach to theatre making. Paul has been teaching, acting, and directing for the last 25 years. Locally, Paul helped facilitate (through theatre collective 2by4) the early development of Christopher Chen’s Obie Award-winning play Caught and has also directed several productions of other Bay Area playwrights. Paul has also had the pleasure of working at Shakespeare and Company, Steppenwolf Theatre, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Chichester Festival Theatre, and Royal Court. In addition to his theatre work, Paul has worked globally in the areas of leadership and organization development for the last 20 years, helping individuals and teams increase their capacity for authentic collaboration and transformational change.

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).

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.

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.

Sally Clawson

is the owner of Voice One Training, the premiere voice acting school in San Francisco, and has over 20 years of experience as a voice actor, teacher, and performer. Her many voice over clients include Yoplait, Clorox, Toyota, Old Navy, McDonalds, Pixar, Apple, Google, Microsoft, EA Games, Telltale Games, and Lucas Arts, among others. Sally began developing the voice over curriculum at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre in 2010, and is thrilled to be teaching for her ninth consecutive year at the school. She has also taught at Cal Shakes, Google Arts, and is a certified executive coach with the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. In addition, Sally has a master’s degree in Performance from Mills College.

Mindy Cooper

is a veteran of the Broadway community for over 30 years. As a director, choreographer, and performer: Broadway and off-Broadway: Chicago (original revival cast); Titanic (original cast); Dracula, The MusicalWrong MountainBeauty and the BeastSong and Dance50 Shades! The Musical ParodyThe Eternal SpaceMars/Venus LiveSoul DoctorFive Course LoveHoi PolloiBeing Seen (FringeNYC); and Deployed (NYMF). Readings, commissions, and world premieres as director: Mothers (NNPN); Social Life: the Musical; American Monkey; Still Will Be Heard (Peak Performances); 2+2+1; HystericalBrise; A Punchline; My Friend Hafiz (SF Mission); and Ranked, A Musical. In San Francisco as director/choreographer: Me and My GirlOn The TownCabaret; and The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!). Her work has received multiple awards from Bay Area Theatre Critics, Theatre Bay Area, and  Women in the Arts and Media Collaboration (NY). She is co-founder of Catalyst: a Theatre Think Tank (C3T), dedicated to moving new theatre forward, and a professor of theatre and dance at University of California, Davis.

Michael Curry

is a local actor/writer. He recently played Malachai in Cal Shakes’ production of black odyssey. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Michael graduated from Morehouse College in 2016 with a BA in Drama. He recently completed a year-long education fellowship with Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Shannon R. Davis

directs and educates in the Bay Area, across the country, and internationally. Current: Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Killian Directing Fellow, Berkeley Rep teaching artist, company member and director at Theatre of Yugen. Directing: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Theatre of Yugen, Microsoft Research, Facebook Research, San Anselmo Playhouse, Musical Café, Shotgun Players, Exit Theatre, Brava Theater, others. Teaching: UW–Madison, International School of Asia Karuizawa, Beyond Acting, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, FOGG Theatre, StageWrite, others. Acting: Forward Theater Co., Renaissance Theaterworks, Theatre of Yugen, Children’s Theater of Madison, City Theatre Co., Vortex Rep, others. MFA, Directing. MFA, Acting. BA, Directing/Voice. Studied at UW–Madison and MXAT–Harvard.

Lura Dolas

is emerita from UC Berkeley where she was the advanced acting teacher for the Department of Theater and Dance. She was the founding director of the California Shakespeare Festival Conservatory and has also taught for Boston University as well as for university sponsored programs in London and Ireland. Her most recent local acting credits include Augustine in Everything Is Illuminated and Queen Atossa in The Persians at Aurora Theatre—roles for which she received San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award Nominations. She performed in productions for Cal Shakes, where she played over thirty roles including Cleopatra, Kate, Titania, Gertrude, Beatrice, and Lady M. She has also performed for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Santa Fe Shakespeare, and venues in Seattle and Atlanta. Dolas is the recipient of the 2015 Divisional Teaching Award for non-senate faculty.

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 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. Jim also works as an audio consultant to voice actors setting up home studios and is on the faculty at Voicetrax SF.

Si Mon’ Emmett

is a native of Dallas who graduated with a BFA in the UTeach Theatre program at the University of Texas at Austin. Now a certified educator for theatre arts, she works both in classrooms and in administration for the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre as the Education and Youth Programs Associate. Her background in TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) spans from acting to directing and devising. Previously, she has worked with Dallas Children’s Theater, Victory Gardens Theater (Chicago), and VORTEX Repertory Company and Teatro Vivo (Austin).

Deborah Eubanks

was born and raised in London where she combined her knowledge of anatomy as an RN tutor with her theatre training at the Harold Pinter Studios. Deb currently serves on the faculty at SF Academy Art University. She worked with Stephen Hawking’s theatre company Libra. She offers courses at Berkeley Rep and the University of San Francisco (“Voice for Performance”), and coaches for executives from companies such as Sephora, Wells Fargo, Financial Times, Facebook, and Oculus.

Lissa Ferreira

has been teaching for 20+ years to students of all ages. She has taught at UC Davis, CSU Chico, Napa Valley College, Solano College, and SRJC, among others. She has directed 45 shows in California, the Bahamas, and Australia, and has acted in over 50. She is an award-winning choreographer (both dance and fight). After obtaining her MFA in Teaching and Directing, she co-founded Napa Valley Repertory Theatre. She also served as executive director of Theatre in the Mountains and Shakespeare in the Redwoods. One of her favorite teaching experiences was for CLAP in San Jose where she taught acting and directed a show with 1st–3rd graders. Lissa values creative expression in life and emphasizes authenticity, specificity, taking risks, and making bold choices.

Steven Flores

has performed in both national and state repertory theatres across the country. He has recently returned to the Bay Area after time away performing at Yale Repertory Theatre in the role of Seketemaqua/Luke in Manahatta after having first performed in the world premiere at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Originally raised in Northern California, he is a descendant of the Numunuu (Comanche) and Mexica peoples. Other professional credits include: Menelaus in Helen and Master Puppeteer for Puppets & Poe (Theatre of Yugen). Other credits: Last of the Caucasians (The Barrow Group Theatre Company, NY), Delusion: The Blood Rite (Haunted Play, Los Angeles), Jakubei in A Noh Christmas Carol. TV/Film: The Monster Project, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He has taught at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Theatre, and Theatre of Yugen.

Safiya Fredericks

has been a working actor navigating this business for several years. After studying at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and bumbling around New York, she found her way to a steady career in regional theatre, most recently onstage as a company member at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She has previously worked at ACT, SF Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, and others. She was the recipient of the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Actress for her work in black odyssey at Cal Shakes after being nominated once before for her role as the Witch in Into the Woods. You can see her in the film Bitter Melon now streaming on all platforms, and the upcoming I’m Charlie Walker with Mike Colter.

Anthony Fusco

is an award-winning actor and teaching artist with over 30 years’ experience. As an actor in the Bay Area he’s appeared in nearly 50 productions at American Conservatory Theater, and in shows for Cal Shakes, Berkeley Rep, SF Playhouse, the Magic Theatre, and Marin Theatre Company. Anthony has also performed at other theatres across the country, off Broadway, and on Broadway. He teaches regularly for ACT’s MFA program, and has taught previously for the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre as well. He trained at The Juilliard School and with The Barrow Group.

Hannah Gaff

is a movement theatre creator, acrobatic clown, and teaching artist based in San Francisco and a core member of UpLift Physical Theatre. She received a MFA in ensemble-based physical theatre from Dell’Arte International in 2015. Compelled by the transformative power of performance, Hannah seeks to disarm the world through joyful play, physical engagement, and authentic connection. In San Francisco, Hannah works as a hospital clown with the Medical Clown Project, teaches at the Clown Conservatory in San Francisco, manages the youth circus performance program at AcroSports, and performs with Clowns Without Borders, providing entertainment in crisis situations as a means of psychological support to communities who have suffered trauma.

Nanci Gaglio

is a film writer and director who began her career as a character actress in New York City before enrolling into New York University on a full scholarship to study Film and TV Writing. Upon graduating with a Masters of Fine Art, she relocated to San Francisco where she wrote and directed various short films including Pussies From Outta Space, Love Life, Fredericka, and Edge of 12, among others. Her films have screened in over 150 film festivals across the world. Ms. Gaglio is the creator and exec-producer of Venus Rising, a TV series previously in development with BBC and Channel 4 in London. Her latest script Thank Dog!, a feature, is currently in development in New York. Ms. Gaglio is an active and former member of several professional film organizations including Film Fatales in New York City, NY Women in Film & Television, The Philadelphia Film Society, and the San Francisco Film Society, where she participated as film juror for short film, screenwriting instructor, and distribution consultant. She has been on the Cimena & Television faculty of Drexel University in Philadelphia, and has taught film writing at University of California, Berkeley, School of Continuing Ed.

Nina Galin

is a dance-theatre artist, educator, and a somatic therapist. She grew up doing a range of theatre practices, from Marlowe to The Music Man. Her passion for movement and performance as research led her into modern and postmodern dance and choreography. In recent years her love for text and movement has included experimental productions based on Shakespeare, Melville, and Beckett as well as original autobiographical words, verbatim interviews, and historical research. She did extensive study of dance history, theory, and experimental choreography at UC Riverside and received her MFA in choreography and doctorate in performance studies from UC Davis. As a somatic therapist and educator, she draws on Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Body-Mind Centering, Pilates, yoga, and connective tissue massage. She lives in Santa Rosa with her wife and dogs.

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!

Gabriela Garcia

is an artist dividing her time between the theatre, dance, commercial, and education industries with an extensive international career. As an actress, some theatre credits include: Half Time directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, Chicago Mexico City and Vienna (Velma Kelly), Chicago Broadway (cast member and dance captain), Roman Holiday (Guthrie), Carousel (Paper Mill Playhouse). Choreography credits include: Chicago Düsseldorf (Dance Associate), Sweeney Todd at the Barrow Street Theatre (Movement Associate), Twelfth Night for Public Works at the Delacorte (Associate Choreographer). She choreographed Sweet Charity and Chicago for Preludio Cultural Association in Peru. She has created works for the Joffrey Ballet School’s NYC Jazz and Contemporary summer intensive performances, BC/EFA benefits, and R.Evolución Latina’s Choreographer Festival. Her ballet and theatre dance classes have reached schools in Sweden, Peru, Mexico, China, Germany, and other countries. In New York, she has taught at institutions such as Ellison Ballet, Pace University, Ithaca College, and CAP 21, and was co-coordinator for the Joffrey Ballet School’s Joffrey Ensemble. Professional dance companies include Tanzforum Koeln (Germany) and Pacific Northwest Ballet. TV credits include: Succession, Jessica Jones. Film credits: In The Heights, Enchanted, Whatever Lola Wants (Tribeca Film Festival). As a voice-over actor, her voice can be heard in numerous TV commercials and radio spots for the US national Hispanic market, as well as Spanish language audio books. She is co-founder and director of R.Evolución Latina, a nonprofit organization making a difference through the arts.

Adrian Gebhart

is a performer, voice actor, and teaching artist born and raised in the Bay Area. She has worked locally as an education intern with American Conservatory Theater. While living in New York she worked as an education intern with Atlantic Theater Company, Theatre Askew, TADA! Youth Theater, as well as a press and marketing intern for Joe’s Pub. Her areas of education and training include Practical Aesthetics technique from Atlantic Theater Company, Devised Theater and Acting at ACT, and Advanced Voice-Over at Berkeley Rep. She holds a BA in Theatre from Lewis & Clark College. Adrian is currently pursuing a MA in Drama Therapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

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.

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.

Michaela (Mickey) Goldhaber

is the artistic director of Wry Crips Disabled Women’s Theater Group in Berkeley; was the founder and artistic director of Flying Fig Theatre in New York; has worked as an assistant director at Berkeley Rep, American Conservatory Theater, California Shakespeare Theater, and Aurora Theatre; and has an MFA in directing from UCLA.

Gary Graves

is a company co-director of Central Works Theater Ensemble in Berkeley. Now in its 12th season, Central Works is dedicated to the development of new works for the theatre. He has written and directed numerous productions with Central Works, UC Berkeley, Hardback Theater, and American Theater Arts in Los Angeles. He holds an MFA in Playwriting from Southern Illinois University and a PhD in directing from UC 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.

Susan-Jane Harrison

is a British-American playwright, performer, and teacher. She trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, with a MFA from the University of California at Davis. Unusual collaborations in Harrison’s artistic work have allowed her to develop across disciplines (acting, writing, and dance). As performer and playwright, she continues to work internationally (the UK, USA, NZ, and AU). Most notably she has worked with BBC Radio and A&BC Theatre Co in the UK. In the USA, she has worked with Berkeley Rep, Aurora Theatre Company, Woman’s Will, American Conservatory Theater, California Shakespeare Theater, and A Traveling Jewish Theatre. She has performed on Theatre Row in NYC at United Solo Festival, and her work as a playwright has been produced as part of the RADA Festival and in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Richard Hayes

holds an AA in vocal performance as well as completing his BAs in music education and musical theatre. He has spent the last 10 years performing and educating young performers across the Bay Area. He has had the opportunity to perform in such productions as Rent and In the Heights and co-direct and musical direct such shows as Mary Poppins and Ruined. With a passion for education and authentic expression, Richard is thrilled to be working with the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre.

Maya Herbsman

is a Bay Area-raised director, playwright, teaching artist, and arts administrator. She is currently serving as the associate artistic director and education coordinator at Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco. Maya received her BA in theater from Wesleyan University, where she was awarded the Rachel Henderson Memorial Prize for Excellence in Directing. Locally, she has worked with Shotgun Players, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Z Space, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, We Players, Spotlight: Girls, and Idiot String. Maya teaches acting, theatre creation, movement, musical theatre, improv, creative writing, and self-empowerment through theatre to children and teens across the Bay.

Gendell Hing-Hernández

has been a teacher for Berkeley Rep, San Jose Rep, Word for Word, TheatreWorks, SF Shakes, and Cal Shakes. He has been seen in such productions as: Food Stories with Word For Word, Around the World in 80 Days with San Jose Rep, House On Mango Street with Teatro Vision, Show Up with New Pickle Circus, The Gate of Heaven with the Old Globe, The Possum Play with Shotgun Players, and Much Ado About Nothing with Shakespeare at Stinson. Gendell has been a company member of Theater of Yugen and The Red Ladder Theatre Company and is also a veteran collaborator of Felonious One Love Hip Hop, with whom he acted in and directed Beatbox: A Raparetta for the Bay Area and New York Hip-Hop theatre festivals.

William Thomas Hodgson

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.

Joan Howard

is a physical theatre creator, slapstick acrobat, and clown. She is a graduate of Flying Actor Studio’s Physical Theatre Conservatory and a student of red nose clown and pedagogy with master teacher Giovanni Fusetti. Joan is core faculty at SF Circus Center’s Clown Conservatory, is a slapstick choreographer and props designer for Bay Area Children’s Theatre, and works as a hospital clown with the Medical Clown Project. She is co-creator of Idiot String, an ensemble theatre company devoted to inciting delight and activating meaningful human connection through play.

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.

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.

Krista Knight

is writer-in-residence and full-time professor of playwriting and screenwriting at Vanderbilt University. She is a Juilliard School Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program Fellow (2016–2018), Page 73 Playwriting Fellow (2007), MacDowell Fellow (2008), Shank Playwriting Fellow at the Vineyard Theatre (2011–2012), the Chance Theater Resident Playwright (2020), and winner of the Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville (2016). Plays include Lipstick Lobotomy (2019 Kilroys List, Trap Door Theatre), Don’t Stop Me (musical with Dave Malloy), Kirk at the SF Airport Hyatt (NYTW Summer Residency, Vineyard reading), Primal Play (New Georges), Selkie (Williamstown Workshop, Dutch Kills), and 17 plays and musicals for young audiences. Commissions include the script for a ride at Tokyo Disney, the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, The Assembly, Live Girls!, the Steinmetz Lab, and an EST/Sloan Commission (2020). BA: Brown University, MA: Performance Studies from NYU, MFA: Playwriting from UCSD.

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.

Sarah Rose Leonard

is the literary manager at Berkeley Rep. Before returning to the Bay Area, where she grew up, she was the literary associate at Signature Theatre in NYC. She has dramaturged productions of twenty50 (Denver Center); The Great Wave, The Good Book, Angels in America, Ain’t Too Proud (Berkeley Rep); In Braunau (SF Playhouse); Iron Shoes (Shotgun Players); A Tale of Autumn, You For Me For You (Crowded Fire); A Particle of Dread, Kung Fu, Big Love, The Wayside Motor Inn (Signature Theatre); and The Hotel Colors (The Bushwick Starr). Every summer she workshops new plays at The Ground Floor.

Rebecca Longworth

is a theatre director, producer, and arts educator dedicated to connecting people to one another through creative storytelling. She creates and directs ensemble plays with her company, Idiot String, and the Samuel Peaches’ Peripatetic Players, a travelling troupe that performs in Bay Area parks. Other Bay Area directing credits include New Conservatory Theatre Center, Hatch Collective, SF Theater Pub, the One-Minute Play Festival, Ragged Wing Ensemble, Boxcar Theatre, Dragon Productions, and others. Rebecca holds a Master of Arts in Text and Performance Studies from King’s College London and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Julian López-Morillas

is well known in the Bay Area as a professional actor and director specializing in Shakespeare. He holds the rare distinction of having appeared in professional productions of all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays and has directed some 20 of them. He had a long association with California Shakespeare Theater and served as its Associate Artistic Director for several years. Julian has taught Shakespeare as literature at Mills College and classical acting technique at UC Berkeley, San Jose State, Foothill College, Solano College, and Dominican.

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.

Jarvis B. Manning, Jr.

is a native of Houston, TX, where he studied classical voice at the Grammy Award-winning High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA). He moved to New York to attend American Music and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) and pursue a career in entertainment. Jarvis has been able to travel the world (for free) performing on many historical stages. He’s an original company member of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations portraying Al Bryant and Norman Whitfield. He has been with the show since the first workshop and world premiere at Berkeley Rep in 2017. Favorite credits include: SUGA FOOT music video (produced by Jarvis), Hairspray (Seaweed), Ragtime (Pas De Deux), Nickelodeon’s The Backyardigans, Motown: The Musical (Jackie Wilson, Rick James), and Ain’t Too Proud (Al Bryant, Norman Whitfield).

Susie Medak

has served as Berkeley Rep’s managing director since 1990, leading the administration and operations of the Theatre. She has served as president of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) and treasurer of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), organizations that represent the interests of nonprofit theatres across the nation. Susie chaired panels for the Massachusetts Arts Council and has also served on program panels for Arts Midwest, the Joyce Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Closer to home, Susie serves on the board of the Downtown Berkeley Association (DBA). She is the founding chair of the Berkeley Arts in Education Steering Committee for Berkeley Unified School District and the Berkeley Cultural Trust. Susie serves on the faculty of Yale School of Drama and is a member of the International Women’s Forum and the Mont Blanc Ladies’ Literary Guild and Trekking Society. She was awarded the 2012 Benjamin Ide Wheeler Medal by the Berkeley Community Fund and the 2017 Visionary Leadership Award by TCG. During her time in Berkeley, Susie has been instrumental in the construction of the Roda Theatre, the Nevo Education Center, the renovation of the Peet’s Theatre, and in the acquisition of the Harrison Street campus. She also worked with three consecutive mayors to help create Berkeley’s Downtown Arts District.

Alex Moggridge

is an actor/playwright based in New York City. He has appeared on Berkeley Rep’s mainstage multiple times, including the recent production of Metamorphoses. He has also acted with such companies as American Conservatory Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Yale Rep, Long Wharf Theatre, and many more. Alex’s plays have appeared off Broadway and regionally. His most recent production, The Boatman (an adaptation of a Greek myth, which he wrote for Berkeley Rep School of Theatre’s Summer Intensive), recently opened to critical acclaim at Flint Repertory Theatre. Alex holds an MFA in acting from ACT.

Colum Parke 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 University of Texas, Austin.

Edward Morgan

has directed at various regional theatres including Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Stage Company, Next Act Theatre, Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Merrimack Rep, the Kennedy Center, Clarence Brown Theatre, Round House Theatre, the Studio, and Milwaukee Rep where he was associate artistic director for six years and directed nearly 30 plays. He and his works have been honored with Helen Hayes Awards and nominations, and he was a Drama League of New York Directors Project Fellow. He has written adaptations and plays that have been produced at regional theatres, universities, and filmed for Public TV including Way Downriver: William Faulkner’s “Old Man,” which was recently produced at North Coast Rep; A Rising Wind co-written with John Kishline; A Christmas Carol co-written with Joe Hanreddy; Sounding River; Appalachian Voices; An Irish Reunion; and The Last Ride of the Bold Calhouns. Edward has worked as a teacher and guest artist at numerous graduate and undergraduate programs and frequently conducts master classes. Internationally, he toured India as an actor and director through the U.S. State Department and has directed and taught in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. He is a member of SD&C and AEA, a casting partner for Cirque du Soleil, and is on the roster of Fulbright Specialists.

Ariela Morgenstern

Utilizing the communications tools honed from her 20+ years as a professional singing actor across the country, Ariela is passionate about using vocal technique and the tools of the actor as a bridge to enable anyone to be more authentically present and vibrant. She teaches leadership communications, public speaking, and storytelling at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Berkeley’s Executive Education programs, and at organizations across the Bay Area with the Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute (BECI). Ariela has also been an award-winning performer in the professional theatre and opera world for over two decades and spent ten years in New York as well as touring across the country before moving back home to San Francisco. She has sung as the soloist for Imant Raminsh’s Symphony of Psalms at Carnegie Hall, and was most recently seen in the Bay Area in the new musical A Walk On The Moon at ACT and as Mama Rose in Bay Area Musicals’ production of Gypsy. In addition to performing she also teaches musical theatre acting and cabaret performance at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, and at her own Singing Actor Studio in San Francisco. She holds her degree in Opera Performance and Theater from UC Santa Cruz.

Christopher Morrison

has written and produced projects in the fields of feature films, short films, VR 360 filmmaking, video games, and theatre 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 Videogame Writers Caucus.

Jonathan Moscone

is chief producer of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and was just appointed California Arts Council member. A 30 year veteran of the American theatre, Jonathan served for 15 years as artistic director of the California Shakespeare Theater and is the first recipient of the Zelda Fichandler Award, given by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation for “transforming the American theater through his unique and creative work.” Born and raised in San Francisco, he received a BA from Williams College and an MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama. Jonathan continues to pursue directing throughout the country.

Jack Nicolaus

has been integrating the wisdom of storytelling and acting with the needs of organizational leaders for over a decade. He received his Masters in Education at Harvard and has worked all over the globe, from Fortune 100 businesses to disruptive startups to education non-profits.

Madeleine Oldham

is the director of The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work and the Theatre’s resident dramaturg. She oversees commissioning and new play development, and dramaturged the world premiere productions of The House that will not Stand, Passing Strange, and In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), among others. As literary manager and associate dramaturg at Center Stage in Baltimore, she produced the First Look reading series and headed up its young audience initiative. Before moving to Baltimore, she was the literary manager at Seattle Children’s Theatre, where she oversaw an extensive commissioning program. She also acted as assistant and interim literary manager at Intiman Theatre in Seattle. Madeleine served for four years on the executive committee of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and has also worked with ACT (Seattle), Austin Scriptworks, Crowded Fire, the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, the Kennedy Center, New Dramatists, Playwrights Center, and Portland Center Stage.

Joe Orrach

is an actor, choreographer, dancer, and story-teller in live theatre and film. Joe started as a boxer, Welterweight Champion of the US Air Force, before turning his athleticism to dance, especially tap. Joe has performed with the Smothers Brothers, Lilianne Montevecchi, Melissa Manchester, Michael Davis, Bill Irwin, Joan Baez, and others; tap-danced with Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Nicholas Brothers, and Michelle Dorrance; and has been directed by Woody Allen, James Mangold, Tim Boxell, Jeremiah Chechik, Stefan Haves, and David Shiner. During 2013–18, Joe conceived, directed, choreographed, and performed his original works 147, In My Corner, The Boxer, Roughing It Up, and STReeT/FeaT in US and European theatres. Joe choreographed and was guest artist and boxing consultant in Terrence Blanchard’s opera Champion at SFJazz and reprised his featured role in 2017 at the Kennedy Center in DC. He recently choreographed The Royale at Aurora Theatre, Berkeley. Joe has an MFA from USC’s School of Dramatic Arts. When not on stage, Joe can be found in the classroom, community center, or boxing gym. Through Joe Orrach Performance Project, he reaches hundreds of students with programs that help them tell their own stories through rhythm, movement, and voice. He is the recipient of Dance Studio Life’s Generous Heart Award for his teaching.

Claire Noelle Pearson

holds two BAs in Theatre and English from UC Berkeley. Throughout the past few years, she has worked as a teaching artist for Berkeley Playhouse, leading and assisting various camps and classes as well as choreographing and assistant directing six YouthStage productions; titles including: Assassins, Urinetown, Les Misérables, and The Music Man to name a few. Locally, Claire has performed musicals with Theatre Rhinoceros, Berkeley Playhouse, Bay Area Musicals, and San Francisco Playhouse. She believes that musical theatre is a wonderful way to discover the gifts of young actors and hone them to their highest potential.

Slater Penney

is a local and international award-winning performing artist and instructor. He grew up in Berkeley and upon graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Theatre Arts, he began his circus training at the San Francisco Circus Center (SFCC). Since 1997, Slater has taught children circus arts at SFCC, Make-A-Circus, Trapeze Arts, Head Over Heels, Teatro Zinzanni, and the Kinetic Arts Center. Slater was a body performer for motion capture with Tech TV, earning an Emmy Award in 2000 for “Specialty: Technical Achievement.” He currently performs both nationally and abroad in his two award-winning creations, Le Projet Migration and The Submarine Show.

Roxie Perkins

is an artist who writes and directs for theatre, opera, TV, and film. She is the librettist of Ellen Reid’s Pulitzer Prize winning opera p r i s m. Together they also won The Music Critics Association of North America’s 2019 “Best New Opera” Award. Director James Darrah’s production of p r i s m is currently a nominee for “Best World Premiere” at the International Opera Awards of 2020. p r i s m was released as an album through Universal’s Decca Gold label and was featured on NPR’s list of the “Best Classical Music of the Decade.” Roxie has been awarded a Sundance Playwright Fellowship, and her plays have been a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Theater Conference as well as for the Princess Grace Award. Her writing has been nominated to The Kilroy’s “THE LIST” and We For She’s “WriteHer List,” annual rankings of the best unproduced plays and original TV pilots by women. She directed Green Umbrella: Theater of the Outrageous, a program of three short operas performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Her work has been programmed at The Kennedy Center’s DIRECT CURRENT Festival, REDCAT, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, New York Philharmonic, Jazz at Lincoln Center, PROTOTYPE Festival, LA Opera, Opera Omaha’s ONE Festival, Cutting Ball Theater, A Noise Within’s “Noise Now” Artist Residency, Crowded Fire Theater’s Matchbox Reading Series, The Tank NYC, The LARK’s Roundtable Reading Series, On The Verge Summer Repertory Theater, and internationally at Theatro Municipal in São Paulo. p r i s m’s production in São Paulo was nominated for the 2019 Prêmio CONCERTO Award for Best Opera Production in Brazil. Roxie has worked as a visiting lecturer at CalArts and UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television, as well as a teaching artist at Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre.

Lisa Anne Porter

is co-head of Voice and Dialects at American Conservatory Theater and also serves on the graduate, undergraduate, and Global Studies faculties at UC Davis. She is a Designated Linklater voice instructor and has taught at Shakespeare & Company, Syracuse University, Naropa University, San Francisco State University, and the Tepper Center in NYC. She has professionally coached over 50 productions in voice and dialect. She has performed with numerous repertory companies and Shakespeare festivals, including ACT, California Shakespeare Theater, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, and San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. She has her own professional coaching business and has coached professionals in many fields in their spoken communication skills.

Amy Potozkin, CSA

has had the pleasure of casting plays for ACT (Seattle), Arizona Theatre Company, Aurora Theatre Company, B Street Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Berkeley Rep, Dallas Theater Center, Marin Theatre Company, the Marsh, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Social Impact Productions Inc., and Traveling Jewish Theatre. She worked on various independent films, including Conceiving Ada, starring Tilda Swinton; The 8th Year of the Emergency by Maureen Towey; Haiku Tunnel and Love & Taxes, both by Josh Kornbluth; and Beyond Redemption by Britta Sjogren. Amy received her MFA from Brandeis University, where she was also an artist in residence. She has been an audition coach to hundreds of actors and a presentation/communication coach to many businesspeople. Amy taught acting at Mills College and audition technique at Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre, and has led workshops at numerous other venues in the Bay Area. Amy is a member of CSA, the Casting Society of America, and received an Artios Award for Excellence in Casting for Angels in America and Artios nominations for The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures; One Man, Two Guvnors; and An Octoroon at Berkeley Rep.

Kenneth Ransom

is a professional actor, teacher, and coach who has worked consistently in the industry for over 30 years in the US and Australia and has himself secured most of his recent work through self-tests. Most recently, on the Untitled Amazon Project and The Wilds, starring Rachel Griffiths, both shot in New Zealand this year. Kenneth’s acting credits include over 35 films and television productions, including Gods of Egypt with Geoffrey Rush, Gerard Butler, and Chadwick Boseman; China Beach with Dana Delaney and Michael Boatman; Equal Justice with Sarah Jessica Parker and Joe Morton; and Fame with Debbie Allen and Gene Anthony Ray. Kenneth has taught acting at most of the major actor training institutions in Australia, where he lives, and did a successful two-course stint at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre last year.

Christian Roman

has been involved in telling stories with animation since 1994, working on shows like The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Mission Hill, and finally landing at Pixar in 2007, where he continues to work and help craft engaging and entertaining stories as a story artist. He has contributed to the story development of such films as Toy Story 3, Cars 3, Toy Story 4, Onward, many Pixar short films, and the upcoming Luca. He has also taught story classes at Laguna College of Art and Design, the Animation Collaborative, Bridges Animation Academy, and been a featured speaker on story at Stanford University,, UC Berkeley, California Center for Arts, O’Reilly Design Conference, and many others.

Alyson Rutter

recently moved to the Bay Area after 10 years as a union actor in NYC where she 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, and 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 taught acting.

Remi Sandri

is an award winning actor and teaching artist with over thirty years’ experience. He has appeared in over a hundred productions at theatres across the country, Off-Broadway, and here in the Bay Area with American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Marin Theatre Company, SF Playhouse, and TheatreWorks. He has appeared on television in Law & Order, Deadline, and Conviction.

Rolf Saxon

(AEA, BAE, SAG/AFTRA) trained with ACT’s first Young Conservatory class and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Working extensively in film, television, and theatre, including the Royal Shakespeare Company and Theatre Complicte as well as West End and regional productions, his film and television credits include over 25 films and being a regular on three television series. Among others, he has worked with Tom Cruise, Brian De Palma, Vin Diesel, Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, Helen Mirren, Trevor Nunn, Ryan Reynolds, and Steven Spielberg. A director in both theatre and film, he has also been a private tutor and coach for over 20 years teaching including the Drama Lab (London) and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor of Drama at Ohlone College, teaches at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, SFAA, and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

Lindsey Marie Schmeltzer

is an actor and teaching artist based out of the Bay Area. Lindsey teaches with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Cal Shakes, Livermore Shakespeare’s So Wise So Young in-school Shakespeare program, and Town Hall Theatre. Lindsey has performed with Sacramento Theatre Company, Shakespeare Napa Valley, Texas Shakespeare Company, and Milwaukee Repertory Theater. She has a BA in Musical Theatre from California State University, Chico, and was the education intern for Milwaukee Repertory Theater for their 2012–13 season, where she taught reading skills through acting to low income schools.

Elyse Shafarman

holds a Master’s degree in Physiological Psychology and Alexander Technique Teacher Certification from Frank Ottiwell (2003). Elyse is on the faculty of American Conservatory Theater’s MFA program and maintains a private Alexander Technique practice in San Francisco and Berkeley. Her background as a modern dancer and training in psychology, yoga, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction influence her approach to teaching.

Kimiya Shokri

is a Bay Area born and raised teaching artist and theatre maker, working as an actor, director, dramaturg, and writer. Since graduating summa cum laude from Saint Mary’s College of California with a BA in English and Theatre, she has been teaching with ACT, Berkeley Rep, Cal Shakes, StageWrite, and more, as well as working as the education director at TheatreFIRST. She focuses on creating equitable theatre and uplifting the voices of her students through the arts.

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.

Cleavon Smith

graduated from Mills College and US Naval Academy. He is the writer of Vs., produced by TheatreFIRST in their 2016–17 season. His short plays have been featured in the 2012 PlayGround and the 2015 Ohlone College Playwrights Festivals. He lives in Oakland and teaches in the English department at Berkeley City College.

M. Graham Smith

is a San Francisco-based director, educator, and producer. He is an O’Neill National Directing Fellow and an Oregon Shakespeare Festival FAIR Fellow. He’s directed at HERE in New York City and venues in San Francisco, including American Conservatory Theater, Aurora Theatre, Crowded Fire, Central Works, EXIT Theatre, PlayGround, Brava, The Playwright’s Foundation, Cutting Ball Theater, Ray of Light, Berkeley Playhouse, Golden Thread, San Francisco Opera, New Conservatory, and The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work. He directed the West Coast premiere of Jerry Springer: The Opera in San Francisco and Truffaldino Says No at Shotgun Players, winning a Best Director award from the Bay Area Critic’s Circle. Recent credits include The Lady Onstage at Profile Theatre in Portland, Oregon; The Liar, adapted by David Ives at Occidental College in Los Angeles as an Edgerton Foundation Fellow; and Deal with the Dragon at Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Rebecca Stockley

has been teaching and performing theatrical improvisation since the 1980s, and has been doing so online since March 2020. Co-founder of BATS Improv in San Francisco, Rebecca has taught improv for acting schools and theatre companies all over the world. Many of her former students, like Kasey Klemm and Zoe Galvez, have gone on to perform and teach at reputable improv and acting schools, including the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. Rebecca is eager to share what she has learned about improv online and how to engage playfully in the Zoom spaces we create theatre together.

Randall Stuart

trained at the American Conservatory Theater and later returned to teach and direct in ACT’s Advanced Training Program. Having made his professional debut at Berkeley Rep (playing Pompey in Measure for Measure), he spent the next few decades on the stages of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Rep, ACT/Seattle, Portland Rep, and Artists Rep. As a professor and trainer Randall has taught at ACT, Berkeley Shakes, Southern Oregon University, Pacific University, among others. His stage directing work includes Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland Opera, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and the award-winning 2003 theatrical event Lysistrata Project at Berkeley Rep. Randall is the founder and director emeritus of Cerimon House, an arts and humanities organization in Portland, Oregon.

Gabriel Vergez

initially came to theatre through singing, first with San Francisco Boys Chorus, and then with Kairos Youth Choir. This led to an audition for Berkeley Rep’s Brundibar. The wonderful creation, direction, and ensemble and excitement of a world premiere ensured that Gabriel was bitten by the theatre bug. He was later cast as The Boy in The Pillowman, and served as understudy in Troublemaker, also with Berkeley Rep. After acting in numerous high school projects and participating in independent theatre productions in Berkeley as well, Gabriel continued at University of Puget Sound as both a performing actor and theatre arts and French major. Gabriel is a practitioner of capoeira and an avid basketball player in addition to being a fluent French speaker. Recently graduated, Gabriel has worked as both assistant and teaching staff with Berkeley Rep School of Theatre for over seven years and is happy to be back at his second home.

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 explores cutting-edge acting techniques—believing that we live in an evolving universe and that acting must have its own evolutionary trajectory. He uses integrative techniques that connect body, mind, emotion, and spirit to the various aspects of spatial and interpersonal relationships on stage. James also believes the creative process can be more than just a craft and a profession, but also a sacred process and a transformative practice. He is an MFA graduate of American Conservatory Theater and has a PhD in Transformative Studies from California Institute of Integral Studies.

Joshua Waterstone

is a director, arts producer/administrator, actor, and educator. He has taught improvisation and devising classes previously with Berkeley Rep, Horizon Theatre, the Center for Creative and Performing Arts at GTCC, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, BlankStage, the OTC, TellTale, and multiple colleges and universities. On the improv performance side Joshua was a company member of OTC (Off The Cobb) Improv Troupe, which premiered at the Punchline Comedy Club in Atlanta, GA, as well as an ensemble member of Blank Stage Improv and Fly-By-Theatre, a dance/theatre improvisation troupe. He created the ongoing improvisation troupes Lazzi at UNL and Spontaneous at GTCC. Joshua is a company member of FoolsFURY Theater in San Francisco.

Dan Wolf

is an actor, rapper, playwright, director, producer, and educator. His work crosses artistic and cultural borders to combine conventional theatre styles with the themes, language, music, history, politics, and aesthetics of the Hip-Hop generation. Dan is a founding member of the critically acclaimed Hip-Hop music and theatre collective Felonious. Dan is currently developing Curren$y, an all female Hip-Hop adaptation of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. His play Daylighting was produced by Shotgun Players in 2014. His play Stateless, a Hip-Hop and beatbox-infused theatrical collaboration with Tommy Shepherd, balancing German and Jewish history with the problems of racism and the African American experience, has been produced in San Francisco, Hamburg, and New York. His play Angry Black White Boy, based on the novel by Adam Mansbach, premiered at Intersection for the Arts in October 2008, ran for 12 sold-out weeks, and was named Top Ten Best Theater Plays by the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner. His play Beatbox: A Raparetta (co-authored with Tommy Shepherd) has been produced in San Francisco, Oakland, Petaluma, Germany, and at the New York Hip-Hop Theater Festival.

School policies

Registration / Cancellation

All registrations are processed in the order they are received. Registrations will be accepted until the class is full or until the end of the first week of class, whichever comes first.

Class confirmations: After your order is processed, you will receive an email from confirming your registration.

We reserve the right to cancel a class if enrollment is insufficient. In this instance, any tuition paid will be refunded in full.

Returned checks: A $25 service charge will be attached to any check returned by the bank due to insufficient funds.

Class cancellation policy:

  • If you cancel 48 hours or more before the first class meeting begins, we will refund tuition less a $50 processing fee per class. If you cancel within 48 hours before the first class meeting begins, we will refund tuition less a $75 processing fee. If you cancel within 24 hours after the first class meeting, we will refund half the tuition amount. And 24 hours or more after the first class meeting, no refund will be given. Refunds will not be given for the following classes: Alexander Technique for Mind/Body Balance; Beginning Voice-Over Acting; Creating Story; Feldenkrais Method® Awareness through Movement: Improve Posture; Improvisation Performance Lab; Influencing in the Virtual World: A Primer for Business Professionals; Professional Voice-Over Acting; Stay Calm and Book the Gig; Theatre of the Oppressed: Mindfulness, Meditation & Liberation

Summer programs cancellation policy:

  • If you cancel before June 1, we will refund tuition less a $150 fee. After June 1, no refund will be given.

Teen Night Season Pass cancellation policy:

  • Teen Night Season Pass registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable. Season Pass holders will receive a reminder email before each Teen Night. If you are unable to attend a performance, please send an email to to release your ticket for another teen.

Berkeley Repertory Theatre is not responsible for any lost, damaged, or stolen personal belongings.

Disruptive or disrespectful behavior is not tolerated and will result in immediate expulsion from the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre with no refund.

Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes and scene partner rehearsals on time and ready to work. Repeated non-compliance without notification may result in dismissal from class without refund.

All dates, times, and programming subject to change.

Vaccination policy

Berkeley Rep School of Theatre’s youth and teen programming is limited to children who are up-to-date with those vaccinations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and required by California Education Code Section 48980.5, unless a medical exception applies. For children with medical exemptions, the School must be notified and a physician’s written statement supporting the medical exemption must be submitted prior to participation.

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