Teen Council


Who we are

Teen Council

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

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

Core Council

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

Questions? Email teencouncil@berkeleyrep.org or call 510 647–2984.

The application window for the 2018–19 Core Council will open on April 27.

2017–18 Core Council

The 2017–18 Core Council: teen leaders today, arts leaders of the future!

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Teen Night

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One of our most popular events, Teen Night brings together 9–12 grade high school students to watch shows from our dynamic season at Berkeley Rep.

For only $10, teens receive exclusive access to:

  • A catered dinner from a local eatery
  • A teen-hosted pre-show talk with a professional artist involved in the production
  • A ticket for the performance
  • A post-show discussion led by our Core Council

Teen Night schedule

  • 6:30pm · Sign in
  • 6:30–7:30pm · Guest artist interview and dinner
  • 8pm · Performance followed by post-show discussion

Teen Night sign in is at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre (2071 Addison Street).

No parents, guardians, or non-teens permitted at the event—School of Theatre staff are present to supervise. Those who wish to attend the same performance can contact the box office at 510 647–2949 to reserve seats.

2017–18 Teen Night dates

September 8 · Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations
October 6 · Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit
December 1 · Watch on the Rhine
February 23 · Office Hour
April 21 · Angels in America (Part One)
April 27 · Angels in America (Part Two)
May 4 · What the Constitution Means to Me

Questions? Email teencouncil@berkeleyrep.org or call 510 647–2984.

Workshops

Workshops give teens an insider look at all aspects of the artistic process.

  • Learn from esteemed Berkeley Rep artists
  • Interact with other teens who love the arts
  • Learn the skills it takes to be a professional artist

Workshops will be held throughout the Theatre, but we’ll always meet at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre (2071 Addison Street). Workshops are free of charge.

2017–18 Workshop dates

October 9 · Rough Draft playwriting workshop
October 23 · Rough Draft playwriting workshop
November 6 · Rough Draft playwriting workshop
November 13 · Directing workshop
December 11 · Rough Draft playwriting workshop
February 5 · Rough Draft playwriting workshop
March 19 · Rough Draft playwriting workshop
April 23 · Rough Draft playwriting workshop
May 7 · Rough Draft playwriting workshop

Questions? Email teencouncil@berkeleyrep.org or call 510 647–2984.

Teen One-Acts Festival rehearsal

Teen actors in Teen One-Acts Festival rehearsal

YWoCC students and professional actors in rehearsal

YWoCC students and professional actors at The Ground Floor presentation rehearsal

Theatre Scene

Explore the Bay Area theatre scene with Teen Council. For only $18, travel to see a variety of work ranging from big budget shows to local new plays. Theatre Scene is a great way to check out the local performing arts landscape with other teens.

2017–18 Theatre Scene dates

November 3 · Barbecue at San Francisco Playhouse (450 Post St Floor 2, San Francisco)
February 9 · Widowers’ Houses at Aurora Theatre (2081 Addison St, Berkeley)
May 11 · Father Comes Home from the Wars at ACT’s Geary Theater (415 Geary St, San Francisco)

Questions? Email teencouncil@berkeleyrep.org or call 510 647–2984.

Next Theatre Scene

Father Comes Home from the Wars
Written by Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Liz Diamond

ACT’s Geary Theater
Friday, May 11 · 6:30pm
Meet at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre
2071 Addison Street, Downtown Berkeley

$18 in advance—permission slip required
Transportation will be BART
($18 does not cover transportation costs)

About the show: From Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) comes an explosively powerful and lyrical new play set against the backdrop of the American Civil War. In this epic take on the Odyssey, Southern slave Hero faces a terrible choice: to earn his freedom by fighting for the Confederacy alongside his master, or to stay home with the woman and family he loves but remain a slave. This poignant and musical-infused journey mixes contemporary wit, folk ballads, and classical traditions to tell a timeless story of freedom, heroism, and belonging. By turns comic and heartbreaking, Father Comes Home from the Wars is a mythic journey through the American soul from one of our most accomplished contemporary playwrights.

Teen One-Acts Festival

Explore the creative and collaborative elements of theatre-making with the Teen One-Acts Festival. Every year two original plays are written, performed, directed, designed, and produced by Bay Area high school students. Teens build two world premieres from the ground up, while being mentored by Berkeley Rep professionals.!

Lucky

Written by Lucy Urbano
Directed by Max Green

Lucky production photo

The arrival of a newcomer causes four teenagers to forge friendships in the most unlikely of circumstances. Confined in a futuristic juvenile detention center, the young inmates must rebel against their own insecurities to survive the haunting loneliness of prison life. Lucky is a dystopian exploration of government, privilege, and the bravery to believe in oneself.

Production and design team
Milo Bailey · Stage Manager
Adin Gilman-Cohen · Scenic Designer
Naseem Alavi · Costume Designer
Hannah Portner · Lighting Designer
Avery Martin · Sound Designer
Adin Gilman-Cohen · Properties Master

Acting ensemble
Neo Barnes, Jude Bennett, Mirabel Connor, Fiona Deane-Grundman, and Devin Elias

Fig and Wasp

Written by Eleanor Boes
Directed by Zoe Larkin

Fig and Wasp production photo

What does it mean to grow up? Where do lost dreams go? Fig and Wasp illuminates the liminality between childhood and adulthood. While their parents are out of town, precocious and quirky Zoe leads her skeptical older brother Wyatt on a creative journey to rediscover his passion.

Production and design team
Marc Jensen · Stage Manager
Alana Walker · Scenic Designer
Naseem Alavi · Costume Designer
Hannah Portner · Lighting Designer
Avery Martin · Sound Designer
Adin Gilman-Cohen · Properties Master

Acting ensemble
Fidela Bisseret Martinez, Noé Castrejon, Miya Drain, Rory Dreyfus, and Roan Pearl

Jesias Burrell · Teen Producer
Avery Martin · Teen Producer

Questions? Email teencouncil@berkeleyrep.org or call 510 647–2984.

2018 Teen One-Acts Festival cast and crew

2018 Teen One-Acts Festival cast and crew.

Teen Council Leadership Fund

Teen Council’s leadership team has been invited to attend the 2018 Theatre Communications Group (TCG) conference in St. Louis, Missouri in June. TCG is the national organization for the American theatre with nearly 700 member theatres and affiliate organizations. This annual conference is a place to connect, discuss, and plan for the future of the American theatre.

Representatives from Teen Council have attended several TCG conferences in prior years and have gained a reputation for our creativity, curiosity, and willingness to learn. We’ll be raising our voices with other teens from across the country.

The leadership team will act as representatives and we will share what we learn at the conference with the hundreds of Teen Council members in the Bay Area.