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Theatre of the Oppressed: Mindfulness, Meditation, & Liberation

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

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

SAT 12:30–5:30pm · 4/18 · $95

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.

Truth in Auditioning

This two-day workshop covers all aspects of the audition process (résumés, interactions, interpretative choices, responding to directors’ adjustments) with the primary focus on bringing your full, true self to the experience. Actors should prepare two monologues: one contemporary and one classical. Each actor will receive individual attention on their monologue, and we will recreate the audition situation with a director and several sides from one or two plays. Be prepared to think on your feet, do cold reads, and have a great time.

SAT & SUN noon–5pm · 4/25, 4/26 · $200

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.

Feldenkrais Method® Awareness through Movement

Bring more creativity in your daily life! Everyone can benefit from the Feldenkrais Method® Awareness through Movement—from athletes and artists to administrators and attorneys. Students learn to widen the perception they have of themselves and how to make clear choices that will enhance their creativity. This method helps to rewire the nervous system in order to become aware of habits and eliminate unnecessary movements, which are often the source of limitation and discomfort. Improve physical function and health, reduce pain, increase sensitivity and vitality, and expand your movement repertoire. Moving becomes more pleasurable, more graceful, and effortless. Open to all levels.

SAT 1–4pm · 5/2 · $65

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.

Alexander Technique for Mind/Body Balance

Alexander Technique is a time-honored method used by actors to improve posture, breath, and movement. Effective movement liberates your acting skills and enriches your life. As you stop responding to the world in a habitual manner, new avenues of physical ease and creativity open up. Discover the Alexander Technique for mind/body balance. Let your body’s physical genius emerge!

SAT 1–4pm · 5/9 · $65 (spring)

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.

Going Solo: A Master Class on the Art of the One Person Show

Want to make loads of money and tour the world with your own one person show? Unleash the physical possibilities that lurk in each of us when tackling the solo form. Think of it as: a sculpture class for your performance muscles or simply your personal boot camp in the battle to create your own one person show. Learn everything you need to develop, create, perform, and market your one person show in one fun filled session. Whether the show inside you is an extended stand-up routine, a stirring memoir, or simply a story well told. Participants can bring in material they’ve developed as well as work with texts created in class and from a variety of non-traditional sources.

SAT 12:30–4:30pm · 5/16 · $85

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.

The Actor in the Moment

This workshop is for working and aspiring professionals who want to find a greater sense of truth and ease in the contemporary repertoire. Plays are written to reveal the human experience, and the project of acting continues to be shaped by the evolution of culture and taste alongside that project: it is useful to interrogate both the repertoire and one’s own self, as both evolve. At the same time, the individuality of each actor ensures that no two artists will employ the same strategies for work in exactly the same way at the same time: one can be trained or acculturated in craft, but it is also personal, as it does not come off the shelf. By working on scenes or monologues of their choosing, participants will acquire or sharpen the tools to tap deeper wells of creativity and spontaneity, collaborate more effectively, and to connect to the fullness of their powers and responsibilities as interpretive artists, with an emphasis on rigor and generosity.

SAT & SUN 10am–1pm · 5/30, 5/31 · $150

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.

Shakespeare Gym for Actors

In a repertoire of infinite interpretive possibility, actors who want to go further and deeper into the work benefit from taking up scenes and monologues in a space in which trial and error are prized and not feared. This is an opportunity to explore the use of tools and resist the imposition of rules, using any scenes, soliloquies, monologues, or sonnets of actors’ choosing. This workshop gives particular attention to the opportunities available in the workings of verse drama, so as to build strength and flexibility in the sphere of the actor’s imagination.

MON 6–10pm · 6/1 · $100

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.

Confidence and Craft: A Monologue Workshop

It has been said that great and memorable auditions come from dynamic, relaxed, and specific choices. That is exactly what students will focus on in this workshop. Simple and effective tools will be offered to help you do your best work and make auditioning something to enjoy, rather than dread. Students should prepare a classical or modern monologue for the workshop. Expect to have fun in a relaxed environment that will promote greater confidence and craft!

SAT 1–4pm · 6/6 · $65

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.

Vocal Presence for Women

Is your voice enhancing or reducing your impact? We speak every day in a variety of situations, and our voice is the most powerful tool to achieve our objectives and navigate the workplace. Yet we rarely focus on how to use it effectively. In this interactive workshop, voice and speech coach Deborah Eubanks will help you explore the range and dynamism of your voice. Through warm-up exercises, breathing techniques, and practice, you’ll develop the skills to unleash your innate, unique vocal power.

SAT 10am–4pm (30-minute lunch break) · 6/13 · $145

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.

Speak with Confidence Off the Cuff

Address, recognize, and embrace the fear of speaking in the moment. Learn techniques which will enable you to respond to questions with control and calmness. Carry out and take away life-changing exercises to warm up and reduce the fight-or-flight response that gets in our way! This workshop will be an active improvisational day of on-your-feet exercises. It will enable you to more effectively master the Q & A while responding on the spot without empty pauses.

SUN 11am–3pm · 6/14 · $100

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.

Acting

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Beginning Acting

Develop a basic understanding of acting fundamentals through Stanislavski-based practice. Using exercises and scene work, this class introduces students to the elements of dramatic action, text analysis, and character development, as well as the tools for releasing inhibitions and expanding vocal and physical range. May be repeated.

MON 7–9:30pm · 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 6/1, 6/8, 6/15 · $335 (August)
TUE 7–9:30pm · 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9 · $335 (Longworth)

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.

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.

Beginning/Intermediate Acting

Develop a basic understanding of acting fundamentals through Stanislavski-based practice while analyzing and performing contemporary scenes and monologues. Special emphasis is placed on elements of dramatic action, text analysis, and character development, as well as the tools for releasing inhibitions and expanding vocal and physical range. May be repeated.

SAT 10:30am–1pm · 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13 · $305 (Greene)
MON 1:30–3:30pm · 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4 · $200 (Dolas)

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.

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.

Shakespeare Gym for Actors

In a repertoire of infinite interpretive possibility, actors who want to go further and deeper into the work benefit from taking up scenes and monologues in a space in which trial and error are prized and not feared. This is an opportunity to explore the use of tools and resist the imposition of rules, using any scenes, soliloquies, monologues, or sonnets of actors’ choosing. This workshop gives particular attention to the opportunities available in the workings of verse drama, so as to build strength and flexibility in the sphere of the actor’s imagination.

MON 6–10pm · 6/1 · $100

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.

Intermediate Acting

Students will analyze and perform scenes straight from dramatic literature. Special emphasis is placed on encouraging students to make dramatically effective choices by playing provocative actions, discovering the event within the scene, and finding creative obstacles. May be repeated.

Prerequisite: Prior acting experience or previous acting classes at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre or another reputable theatre studio that stressed the fundamentals of text analysis, beat breakdown, and character objectives.

WED 7–10pm · 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10 · $360

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.

Intermediate/Advanced Acting: Late Stanislavski

When Stanislavski died, his system for training the actor had evolved long after his visit to the United States 15 years before. His system transformed through a Method of Physical Actions and into Active Analysis—an actor training, preparation, and rehearsal technique. Learn the version of Stanislavski taught in Russia. This class will teach you the basics of Stanislavski’s Method of Physical Actions and Active Analysis as applied to scenes, which will be presented at the end of the quarter. Actors (and directors) use Method of Physical Actions and Active Analysis as ways to tell clear story, and bring more detail into character arcs. This class was designed to be taken with Mask and Mime, but can be taken as a stand alone class.

Sign up for two $245 adult classes and pay only $395—save close to 20%!

WED 7–10pm · 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6 · $245

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.

Mask and Mime: Creating Compelling Physical Theatre

“When we play, we are open to possibility and the sparks of new insight and thought. Play provides the glue for relationships and fuels our creativity. In short, we are designed by nature to flourish through play.” from PLAY, by Stuart Brown, MD

This class explores the basic principles of imaginative play. These tools build the expressive body while strengthening the imagination. By combining mime with mask, the actor embarks on a journey of individuality and discovers the power of gestures, poses, and the architecture of movement. This training method is rare in American theatre programs. Actors use these tools to build a stronger physical vocabulary, used in rehearsal methods and performance. “With a pinch of pleasure, (play) integrates our deep physiological, emotional, and cognitive capacities.”

Sign up for two $245 adult classes and pay only $395—save close to 20%!

WED 7–10pm · 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10 · $245

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.

Meisner: Level 1

Meisner teaches the reality of doing and to act on your “river of impulses.” Meisner’s fundamental principles bring authenticity to what the actor must do, rather than the impulse to indicate or self-generate actions. Students will learn the elements that define his exercises, thereby developing the imagination and helping the actor find emotional truth in their roles.

Sign up for two $245 adult classes and pay only $395—save close to 20%!

THU 7–10pm · 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7 · $245

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.

Meisner: Level 2

Building on Meisner’s fundamental principles, this class will apply the work toward scenes to discover how this method is used in performance. This class will teach Meisner’s method as applied to scene work, building from repetition and activity work into scripted text. Using Meisner’s method trains the “reality of doing” and helps the actor find emotional truth in their roles.

Sign up for two $245 adult classes and pay only $395—save close to 20%!

THU 7–10pm · 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11 · $245

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.

The Actor in the Moment

This workshop is for working and aspiring professionals who want to find a greater sense of truth and ease in the contemporary repertoire. Plays are written to reveal the human experience, and the project of acting continues to be shaped by the evolution of culture and taste alongside that project: it is useful to interrogate both the repertoire and one’s own self, as both evolve. At the same time, the individuality of each actor ensures that no two artists will employ the same strategies for work in exactly the same way at the same time: one can be trained or acculturated in craft, but it is also personal, as it does not come off the shelf. By working on scenes or monologues of their choosing, participants will acquire or sharpen the tools to tap deeper wells of creativity and spontaneity, collaborate more effectively, and to connect to the fullness of their powers and responsibilities as interpretive artists, with an emphasis on rigor and generosity.

SAT & SUN 10am–1pm · 5/30, 5/31 · $150

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.

Advanced Acting

Advanced Acting is an intensive scene study course for students with previous acting training and/or experience. The class focuses on solidifying technique, deepening internal connection, and strengthening textual analysis skills. Scenes are drawn from a variety of styles and genres, and students should expect to spend substantial rehearsal time outside of class.

For acceptance into this class, students must submit a résumé to school@berkeleyrep.org.

Due to instructor’s high demand, class schedule can change occasionally. Total instructional hours will always be met.

MON 6:30–9:30pm · 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11 · $275

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.

On-Camera Acting: Levels 1 and 2

Students will focus on creating character by thoroughly understanding the relationship between the text, situation, and the technical aspects of camera work. When these fundamental tools are genuinely understood and used correctly, only then can actors be free to work to the best of their ability in front of a camera. Areas of study will include script analysis, scene study, and character development, as well as camera technique, set discipline, and set etiquette. All scenes will be rehearsed with direction from the instructor, and copies will be given to students for their reference; please bring a 16GB SD card. A variety of other subjects will also be discussed relating to the business side of show business, including audition technique, agents, union membership, photographs, and websites. May be repeated.

Prerequisite for Level 2: For acceptance into this class, students must submit a résumé to school@berkeleyrep.org. Prior on-camera acting experience or previous acting classes at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre or another reputable theatre studio.

MON 7–10pm · 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 6/1, 6/8, 6/15 · $340 (Level 2)
TUE 7–10pm · 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9 · $360 (Level 1)

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.

Beginning Voice-Over Acting

This voice-over class introduces and establishes the skills required to perform different genres of voice acting. Beginning and professional actors will learn the techniques and artistry of reading commercial, narration, and character copy. Students will also learn professional microphone techniques, home-recording tips, and how to read authentically, as well as how to launch a freelance voice-over career. Students will also get to work with a professional sound engineer who will attend most classes. Lessons will be recorded for students to keep for their records.

WED 7–10pm · 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10 · $425

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.

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.

Advanced Voice-Over Acting

This voice-over class focuses on establishing the student’s home studio for recordings and auditions, as well as shaping, refining, and individualizing each student’s singular voice. Students will be allowed to focus on their preferred type of copy, and will be required to record assignments outside of class. Students without a home studio can record assignments on their phone or other device that creates MP3s. Class size is limited.

Prerequisite: Intermediate skills, or permission from the instructor, are required to take this class.

MON 7–10pm · 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 6/1 · $395

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.

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.

Theatre of the Oppressed

Theatre of the Oppressed, conceived by Augusto Boal, is a collection of games, techniques, and exercises for using theatre as a vehicle for personal and social transformation. It uses the dynamized human body and the charged theatrical space as laboratories for exploring power, transforming oppression, and finding solutions to the fundamental problems of conflict, inequality, injustice, and human suffering. This workshop will introduce basic techniques (demechanization, dynamization, image theatre, forum theatre) from the Theatre of the Oppressed, with an end to understanding their application as practical and essential tools for artistic development, creative expression, social engagement, and personal transformation. This class is open to both experienced and beginning performers, as well as anyone interested in exploring art as a method for social and personal change, while developing spontaneity, fluidity, presence, creativity, and critical intelligence.

THU 7–10pm · 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11 · $360

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.

Theatre of the Oppressed: Mindfulness, Meditation, & Liberation

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

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

SAT 12:30–5:30pm · 4/18 · $95

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.

Stage Combat: Small Sword

Ages 16 and up · Small sword is the most elegant and deadly of the personal combat weapons. Students will explore this juxtaposition of grace and violence by studying period movement in conjunction with swordplay. This course will cover the basic skills of theatrical small sword, stressing safety and partnership. Participants will also learn footwork, parries, thrusts, deceptions, wounds, kills, and many other skills allowing them to create the illusion of violence. It will be fast-paced, fun, and a good workout, too! All students will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform scenes that include stage combat and take a skills proficiency test for recognition as an Actor Combatant with Dueling Arts International. Class size is limited to 12. Full-fingered gloves are required. Open to all levels.

Sign up for two $245 adult classes and pay only $395—save close to 20%!

Class is held at Berkeley Rep’s rehearsal studio at 999 Harrison St, Berkeley CA 94710.

MON 7–10pm · 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/11, 5/18 · $245

Dave Maier is the resident fight director at San Francisco Opera, California Shakespeare Theater, and a company member with Shotgun Players. He has won several awards for Fight Direction and has choreographed violence for several Berkeley Rep productions, including Pericles, Prince of Tyre and Troublemaker, or the Freakin Kick-A Adventures of Bradley Boatright. His work has been seen at ACT, La Jolla Playhouse, San Jose Rep, Magic Theatre, and Aurora Theatre Company, among others. He is a Full Instructor of Theatrical Combat with Dueling Arts.

Storytelling: Find Your Voice

In this six-week course, we will dive into the art of storytelling and solo performance. Storytelling is an art form as old as human civilization. Personal stories from the heart keep us connected to one another and to our compassion, a vital need in our world today. Whether you have a solo show you are working on or you want to hone your performance skills for professional reasons, this class will help you harness your creativity, trust your instincts, quiet your inner critic, find your unique voice, and develop presence and ease in front of an audience. Through acting, improv, and writing exercises, we will get that story out of your head and onto the stage. The class will culminate in a student performance at the School of Theatre.

THU 7–10pm · 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14 (showing) · $280

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.

Memoir Writing for Actors and Playwrights

As actors and playwrights, we sometimes create biographies for our characters. But what about our own life stories? The better we know ourselves and our own stories, the better we can create vivid characters and tell compelling stories onstage. This class will give you the opportunity to write memoir—stories that spring from your lives. In a supportive environment, students will explore a variety of ways to take the raw material of their lives and turn it into memoir or fiction. We will draw on the traditions of storytelling, comedy, and drama, and make use of fiction skills, such as description, characters, dialogue, plot, and scene to bring our stories to life.

Sign up for two $245 adult classes and pay only $395—save close to 20%!

MON 7–10pm · 5/18, 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22 · $245

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.

One-on-One Audition Coaching

Don’t be caught unprepared for an upcoming audition. Berkeley Rep faculty members are available to work with actors on contemporary and classical monologues. Make choices that you feel confident about. Be directed by and collaborate with working professionals.

Dates/Times: to be scheduled with the instructor · $80/hour
Please call 510 647–2996 to schedule a coaching session

Private Voice

Learn to sing with ease and confidence, eliminating vocal pain and fatigue while improving your range and breath control. Each session includes breathing and relaxation exercises, vocal exercises and technique, and vocal coaching on songs, including how to act a song and how to prepare a musical theatre audition.

Dates/Times: to be scheduled with the instructor · $80/hour
Please call 510 647–2996 to schedule a voice session

Improvisation

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Beginning/Intermediate Improvisation

Gain experience and understanding of the philosophies and fundamentals of improvisational theatre via a Keith Johnstone (IMPRO)-based practice in this beginning/intermediate class. Through playful interactive theatre games and storytelling, students are introduced to the elements of spontaneity, listening, accepting, and responding. This methodology helps students access their imagination, free their inhibitions, and increase their confidence. This class, taught by a professional improviser, focuses on skills that enhance the student’s creative path. Principles explored include being present in the moment, letting go of the inner critic, and strengthening creative impulses. May be repeated.

THU 7–10pm · 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11 · $360 (Galvez)
THU 1:30–3:30pm · 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11 · $230 (Waterstone)

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!

Joshua Waterstone is a director, arts producer/administrator, actor, fight choreographer, educator, and ensemble theatre maker. Bay Area ensemble theatres that Joshua is working with are Ragged Wing Ensemble, recently closing Time Sensitive by Amy Sass, and Fools Fury, acting in the upcoming September/October regional premiere of Dionysus Was Such A Nice Man by Kate Tarker. Joshua serves as Company and Production Manager of Ragged Wing Ensemble. As a director Joshua has created/devised the ensemble works Perspective, which investigates reactions to the overview effect, as well as Under Construction 2017: A Collage of America Today. Joshua is a former company member of Fly-By-Theatre in Atlanta, which devised productions at the intersection of theatre and dance. Joshua holds an MFA in Directing for Stage and Screen from the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at UNL. Joshua is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, an Actor/Combatant and member of the Society of American Fight Directors, and a 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher.

Advanced Improvisation

Open your mind to the infinite possibilities of improvised theatre. Delve into the more potent possibilities of improv, while exploring the nuances of style in storytelling, long form, genre work, and continued development of spontaneity and dynamic play. You will receive direct, tailored, and supportive feedback. This class will be geared toward performance-level improv—getting you ready to hit the stage or giving you a tune-up wherever you are as an improviser. No matter what, we will have fun and laugh. A lot.

THU 7–10pm · 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11 · $360

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.

Advanced Long Form Improvisation: Genre—Western

This class will have a threefold approach: narrative improvisation, dialects and language, and movement. We will be learning storytelling techniques as well as advanced improvisation skills so that the ensemble can develop a group mind and a sense of “what happens next” in a story. We will also be learning a variety of Southern and Western Ranch dialects to develop our characters. The dialects will be approached in a multi-sensorial way, with a focus on the physical changes, the phonetic sound changes, and with immersion (listening to primary sources of the dialect). There will be two movement classes devoted to stage combat for barroom brawls, grave insults, shoot-outs at high noon, and of course some square/country dancing moves. The class will culminate in a full-length improvised play based on the style of Western films such as True Grit, The Unforgiven, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

TUE 7–10pm · 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9 · $360

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.

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.

Improvisation Performance Lab

One of the joys of improvisation is sharing the creativity and spontaneity with an audience. This class introduces the skill of performing improvisational games and stories in a light and generous atmosphere. Students explore the philosophy of “giving” rather than “shining,” and practice interaction techniques that demystify the perceived barriers between performers and an audience. There will be two scheduled performances during class time. The class will have eight participants.

Prerequisite: Approval from instructor prior to registration.

WED 7–10pm · 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6 (performance), 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3, 6/5 (performance) · $410

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.

Audition

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Truth in Auditioning

This two-day workshop covers all aspects of the audition process (résumés, interactions, interpretative choices, responding to directors’ adjustments) with the primary focus on bringing your full, true self to the experience. Actors should prepare two monologues: one contemporary and one classical. Each actor will receive individual attention on their monologue, and we will recreate the audition situation with a director and several sides from one or two plays. Be prepared to think on your feet, do cold reads, and have a great time.

SAT & SUN noon–5pm · 4/25, 4/26 · $200

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.

Confidence and Craft: A Monologue Workshop

It has been said that great and memorable auditions come from dynamic, relaxed, and specific choices. That is exactly what students will focus on in this workshop. Simple and effective tools will be offered to help you do your best work and make auditioning something to enjoy, rather than dread. Students should prepare a classical or modern monologue for the workshop. Expect to have fun in a relaxed environment that will promote greater confidence and craft!

SAT 1–4pm · 6/6 · $65

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.

One-on-One Audition Coaching

Don’t be caught unprepared for an upcoming audition. Berkeley Rep faculty members are available to work with actors on contemporary and classical monologues. Make choices that you feel confident about. Be directed by and collaborate with working professionals.

Dates/Times: to be scheduled with the instructor · $80/hour
Please call 510 647–2996 to schedule a coaching session

Movement

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Mask and Mime: Creating Compelling Physical Theatre

“When we play, we are open to possibility and the sparks of new insight and thought. Play provides the glue for relationships and fuels our creativity. In short, we are designed by nature to flourish through play.” from PLAY, by Stuart Brown, MD

This class explores the basic principles of imaginative play. These tools build the expressive body while strengthening the imagination. By combining mime with mask, the actor embarks on a journey of individuality and discovers the power of gestures, poses, and the architecture of movement. This training method is rare in American theatre programs. Actors use these tools to build a stronger physical vocabulary, used in rehearsal methods and performance. “With a pinch of pleasure, (play) integrates our deep physiological, emotional, and cognitive capacities.”

Sign up for two $245 adult classes and pay only $395—save close to 20%!

WED 7–10pm · 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10 · $245

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.

Alexander Technique for Mind/Body Balance

Alexander Technique is a time-honored method used by actors to improve posture, breath, and movement. Effective movement liberates your acting skills and enriches your life. As you stop responding to the world in a habitual manner, new avenues of physical ease and creativity open up. Discover the Alexander Technique for mind/body balance. Let your body’s physical genius emerge!

SAT 1–4pm · 5/9 · $65 (spring)

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.

Stage Combat: Small Sword

Ages 16 and up · Small sword is the most elegant and deadly of the personal combat weapons. Students will explore this juxtaposition of grace and violence by studying period movement in conjunction with swordplay. This course will cover the basic skills of theatrical small sword, stressing safety and partnership. Participants will also learn footwork, parries, thrusts, deceptions, wounds, kills, and many other skills allowing them to create the illusion of violence. It will be fast-paced, fun, and a good workout, too! All students will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform scenes that include stage combat and take a skills proficiency test for recognition as an Actor Combatant with Dueling Arts International. Class size is limited to 12. Full-fingered gloves are required. Open to all levels.

Sign up for two $245 adult classes and pay only $395—save close to 20%!

Class is held at Berkeley Rep’s rehearsal studio at 999 Harrison St, Berkeley CA 94710.

MON 7–10pm · 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/11, 5/18 · $245

Dave Maier is the resident fight director at San Francisco Opera, California Shakespeare Theater, and a company member with Shotgun Players. He has won several awards for Fight Direction and has choreographed violence for several Berkeley Rep productions, including Pericles, Prince of Tyre and Troublemaker, or the Freakin Kick-A Adventures of Bradley Boatright. His work has been seen at ACT, La Jolla Playhouse, San Jose Rep, Magic Theatre, and Aurora Theatre Company, among others. He is a Full Instructor of Theatrical Combat with Dueling Arts.

Feldenkrais Method® Awareness through Movement

Bring more creativity in your daily life! Everyone can benefit from the Feldenkrais Method® Awareness through Movement—from athletes and artists to administrators and attorneys. Students learn to widen the perception they have of themselves and how to make clear choices that will enhance their creativity. This method helps to rewire the nervous system in order to become aware of habits and eliminate unnecessary movements, which are often the source of limitation and discomfort. Improve physical function and health, reduce pain, increase sensitivity and vitality, and expand your movement repertoire. Moving becomes more pleasurable, more graceful, and effortless. Open to all levels.

SAT 1–4pm · 5/2 · $65

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.

Going Solo: A Master Class on the Art of the One Person Show

Want to make loads of money and tour the world with your own one person show? Unleash the physical possibilities that lurk in each of us when tackling the solo form. Think of it as: a sculpture class for your performance muscles or simply your personal boot camp in the battle to create your own one person show. Learn everything you need to develop, create, perform, and market your one person show in one fun filled session. Whether the show inside you is an extended stand-up routine, a stirring memoir, or simply a story well told. Participants can bring in material they’ve developed as well as work with texts created in class and from a variety of non-traditional sources.

SAT 12:30–4:30pm · 5/16 · $85

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.

Voice / Dialects

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Voice for Performance: On the Stage and in Daily Life

Free your natural speaking voice! This class will enable students to gradually and safely build vocal strength while continually aiming to reach full vocal potential. Through a series of exercises designed to eliminate the blocks that inhibit vocal freedom, students will develop strength and creative vocal range. Classes will begin with extensive warm-ups, which will be incorporated into relevant texts specifically chosen to best embody and express the true unique vocal life of each student. Students will be given the opportunity to apply techniques learned to a piece of their choice.

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WED 7–10pm · 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13 · $245

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.

Beginning Voice-Over Acting

This voice-over class introduces and establishes the skills required to perform different genres of voice acting. Beginning and professional actors will learn the techniques and artistry of reading commercial, narration, and character copy. Students will also learn professional microphone techniques, home-recording tips, and how to read authentically, as well as how to launch a freelance voice-over career. Students will also get to work with a professional sound engineer who will attend most classes. Lessons will be recorded for students to keep for their records.

WED 7–10pm · 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10 · $425

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.

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.

Advanced Voice-Over Acting

This voice-over class focuses on establishing the student’s home studio for recordings and auditions, as well as shaping, refining, and individualizing each student’s singular voice. Students will be allowed to focus on their preferred type of copy, and will be required to record assignments outside of class. Students without a home studio can record assignments on their phone or other device that creates MP3s. Class size is limited.

Prerequisite: Intermediate skills, or permission from the instructor, are required to take this class.

MON 7–10pm · 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 6/1 · $395

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.

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.

Advanced Long Form Improvisation: Genre—Western

This class will have a threefold approach: narrative improvisation, dialects and language, and movement. We will be learning storytelling techniques as well as advanced improvisation skills so that the ensemble can develop a group mind and a sense of “what happens next” in a story. We will also be learning a variety of Southern and Western Ranch dialects to develop our characters. The dialects will be approached in a multi-sensorial way, with a focus on the physical changes, the phonetic sound changes, and with immersion (listening to primary sources of the dialect). There will be two movement classes devoted to stage combat for barroom brawls, grave insults, shoot-outs at high noon, and of course some square/country dancing moves. The class will culminate in a full-length improvised play based on the style of Western films such as True Grit, The Unforgiven, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

TUE 7–10pm · 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9 · $360

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.

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.

Vocal Presence for Women

Is your voice enhancing or reducing your impact? We speak every day in a variety of situations, and our voice is the most powerful tool to achieve our objectives and navigate the workplace. Yet we rarely focus on how to use it effectively. In this interactive workshop, voice and speech coach Deborah Eubanks will help you explore the range and dynamism of your voice. Through warm-up exercises, breathing techniques, and practice, you’ll develop the skills to unleash your innate, unique vocal power.

SAT 10am–4pm (30-minute lunch break) · 6/13 · $145

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.

Speak with Confidence Off the Cuff

Address, recognize, and embrace the fear of speaking in the moment. Learn techniques which will enable you to respond to questions with control and calmness. Carry out and take away life-changing exercises to warm up and reduce the fight-or-flight response that gets in our way! This workshop will be an active improvisational day of on-your-feet exercises. It will enable you to more effectively master the Q & A while responding on the spot without empty pauses.

SUN 11am–3pm · 6/14 · $100

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.

Private Voice

Learn to sing with ease and confidence, eliminating vocal pain and fatigue while improving your range and breath control. Each session includes breathing and relaxation exercises, vocal exercises and technique, and vocal coaching on songs, including how to act a song and how to prepare a musical theatre audition.

Dates/Times: to be scheduled with the instructor · $80/hour
Please call 510 647–2996 to schedule a voice session

Playwriting / Storytelling

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Playwriting

This class is for anyone who has ever wanted to write a play, and those who have already written one and want to develop it further with a writers group. Areas of focus include character development, dramatic structure, writing dialogue, and effective exposition. The course provides a structured writing program, deadlines for presenting work, and a supportive group of writers with which to share and discuss projects. Students present portions of the developing work to the class and submit a draft of the final project to the instructor for written feedback at the end of the course.

TUE 7–10pm · 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9 · $360

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.

Writing the Short Film

The goal for the nine-week class is to have students develop short scripts which can be used as a blueprint for production. Through screenings, in-class writing exercises, and discussion, writers will ideate, develop, and build a portfolio of short film scripts. There will be in-class writing exercises to kick-start story ideas, and writers will table read and provide critical insight to their peers’ work. Additionally, the class will screen and examine numerous short films and TV shows. The discussions following class table reads and film screenings will ignite and prosper the writing and re-writing process. We will specifically pinpoint what makes short films successes, failures, or near misses, and explore character, setting, setup, twists, and payoff.

SAT 10:30am–1pm · 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13 · $305

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.

Storytelling: Find Your Voice

In this six-week course, we will dive into the art of storytelling and solo performance. Storytelling is an art form as old as human civilization. Personal stories from the heart keep us connected to one another and to our compassion, a vital need in our world today. Whether you have a solo show you are working on or you want to hone your performance skills for professional reasons, this class will help you harness your creativity, trust your instincts, quiet your inner critic, find your unique voice, and develop presence and ease in front of an audience. Through acting, improv, and writing exercises, we will get that story out of your head and onto the stage. The class will culminate in a student performance at the School of Theatre.

THU 7–10pm · 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14 (showing) · $280

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.

Memoir Writing for Actors and Playwrights

As actors and playwrights, we sometimes create biographies for our characters. But what about our own life stories? The better we know ourselves and our own stories, the better we can create vivid characters and tell compelling stories onstage. This class will give you the opportunity to write memoir—stories that spring from your lives. In a supportive environment, students will explore a variety of ways to take the raw material of their lives and turn it into memoir or fiction. We will draw on the traditions of storytelling, comedy, and drama, and make use of fiction skills, such as description, characters, dialogue, plot, and scene to bring our stories to life.

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MON 7–10pm · 5/18, 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22 · $245

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.

Going Solo: A Master Class on the Art of the One Person Show

Want to make loads of money and tour the world with your own one person show? Unleash the physical possibilities that lurk in each of us when tackling the solo form. Think of it as: a sculpture class for your performance muscles or simply your personal boot camp in the battle to create your own one person show. Learn everything you need to develop, create, perform, and market your one person show in one fun filled session. Whether the show inside you is an extended stand-up routine, a stirring memoir, or simply a story well told. Participants can bring in material they’ve developed as well as work with texts created in class and from a variety of non-traditional sources.

SAT 12:30–4:30pm · 5/16 · $85

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.

Social justice

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Theatre of the Oppressed

Theatre of the Oppressed, conceived by Augusto Boal, is a collection of games, techniques, and exercises for using theatre as a vehicle for personal and social transformation. It uses the dynamized human body and the charged theatrical space as laboratories for exploring power, transforming oppression, and finding solutions to the fundamental problems of conflict, inequality, injustice, and human suffering. This workshop will introduce basic techniques (demechanization, dynamization, image theatre, forum theatre) from the Theatre of the Oppressed, with an end to understanding their application as practical and essential tools for artistic development, creative expression, social engagement, and personal transformation. This class is open to both experienced and beginning performers, as well as anyone interested in exploring art as a method for social and personal change, while developing spontaneity, fluidity, presence, creativity, and critical intelligence.

THU 7–10pm · 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11 · $360

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.

Theatre of the Oppressed: Mindfulness, Meditation, & Liberation

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

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

SAT 12:30–5:30pm · 4/18 · $95

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

 

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