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04/25/16: New Director for School of Theatre…

Berkeley Rep Announces New Director for Its School of Theatre

Education professional Rachel Hull to head the School of Theatre programming

Berkeley Rep announced today that it has named Rachel Hull as the new director for its School of Theatre. Hull previously spent 11 seasons as the director of education and community enrichment for the Dallas Theater Center where she managed all of the education and community programs, including the Project Discovery, winner of the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, given by First Lady Michelle Obama. At Berkeley Rep, Hull will oversee all of the School of Theatre’s programs, including the Teen Council and Berkeley Rep’s professional fellowship, docent, and staff development programs.

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10/15/15: Berkeley Rep’s Annual One-Acts Festival…

Teens Invited to Participate in Berkeley Rep’s Annual One-Acts Festival

Local high schoolers write, direct, produce, and star in this year’s celebration of new work

At Berkeley Repertory Theatre, opportunities abound for teens to explore the creative and collaborative elements of theatre-making. Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre invites local high school students to participate in its annual Teen One-Acts Festival in March 2016 to practice their craft in acting, directing, playwriting, designing, and ultimately producing an exciting festival of new works from the ground up.

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10/12/15: School of Theatre Announces Partnership…

Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre Announces Partnership with Berkeley Public Schools Fund to Expand Its Popular Story Builders Program District-Wide

Innovative arts-integrated curriculum funded for expansion to 36 third-grade classrooms

Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre today announced a partnership with Berkeley Public Schools Fund (BPSF) to expand its Story Builders program to every third-grade classroom in Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) during the 2015–16 academic year. This partnership will bring Story Builders, a popular literacy and theatre workshop, into a total of 36 classrooms, reaching over 1,000 students.

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09/10/15: School of Theatre’s Course Offerings…

Fall in Love with Berkeley Rep School of Theatre’s Course Offerings

Classes available for beginners and professionals of all ages

As Berkeley Repertory Theatre prepares to open its 2015–16 season with the world premiere of Amélie, A New Musical, its School of Theatre announces a new slate of classes for its popular fall session. Starting September 21, the school will offer 40 classes for youth, teens, and adults to explore theatre and gain valuable training. Classes include acting, improvisation, voice, movement, playwriting/devising, auditioning, and more. Prospective students can learn about the wide variety of programming offered at the School of Theatre at the free Sunday Sampler on September 20 from 1–3pm at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA.

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05/21/15: Exciting Summer Classes…

Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre Offers Exciting Summer Classes

Nonprofit’s education branch offers an array of engaging courses for all ages

Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre is excited to announce a new slate of classes for its summer session. Classes start as early as June 15, but many start in July. The summer session features over 20 engaging classes for students of all ages and skill levels, all taught by the School’s professional theatre artists. Registration for all classes is now open online or by calling 510 647–2996.

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02/02/15: 13th Annual Teen One-Acts Festival…

13th Annual Teen One-Acts Festival Comes to Berkeley Rep

School of Theatre will produce two original plays written by local teenagers

Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre is proud to announce its selection of two original works for its 13th Annual Teen One-Acts Festival. This year’s two chosen plays are A Little Bit Less Than Infinity by David Kaus, a senior at Berkeley High School, and Blast Razor: Viral Hero by Eli Gaal, a junior at Berkeley High School. A Little Bit Less Than Infinity will be directed by Anna Talajkowski, a senior at Castro Valley High School, and Blast Razor: Viral Hero will be directed by Chloe Xtina, a sophomore at Oakland School of the Arts.

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11/17/14: A Flurry of Winter Classes…

A Flurry of Winter Classes at Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre

Nonprofit’s education arm welcomes students of all ages for a variety of theatre classes

Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre is excited to announce a new slate of classes for its 2014–15 winter session. January 5 marks the beginning of a new session featuring over 40 engaging classes for students of all ages and skill levels, all taught by the School’s professional theatre artists. Prospective students can try a unique selection of classes from the winter line-up for free at Sunday Sampler on December 14, 2014 from 1–3pm at the School of Theatre.

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06/19/14: Take the Summer Plunge with a Class…

Take the Summer Plunge with a Class at Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre

Classes available for beginners and professionals of all ages

As Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s 46th season comes to a close with Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures and the special presentation of Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro, its School of Theatre begins its summer session. The School’s list of summer session class offerings includes something for everyone. Beginning June 30, theatre buffs of all ages can participate in a rich selection of performance workshops, theatre and film intensives for youth, and classes, ranging from classical acting to theatrical combatant certification to script analysis.

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03/13/14: Spring Forward with a Class…

Spring Forward with a Class at Berkeley Rep

Classes available for all theatre enthusiasts at Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre

This spring, as Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces five captivating shows for its upcoming 2014–15 subscription season, Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre announces a new slate of spring classes for students of all ages and levels of experience. Beginning March 31, the school will offer over 40 dynamic classes ranging from classical acting to street performance to script analysis. Prospective students can preview the wide array of youth, teen, and adult classes from the spring session for free at the Sunday Sampler on March 16 from 1–3pm at the School of Theatre.

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02/13/14: Local Teens Showcase Talent…

Local Teens Showcase Talent in Berkeley Rep’s Teen One-Acts Festival

Two winning plays produced by Bay Area youth

As Berkeley Repertory Theatre premieres receive such accolades as one of “10 reasons for theater lovers to leave New York in 2014” in Time magazine, fresh and promising talent also emerges from local teenaged playwrights from the nonprofit’s annual Teen One-Acts Festival, produced by its School of Theatre. This year’s iteration will showcase the world premiere of plays by two local high-school students in productions directed, designed, and performed entirely by local high-school students.

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12/13/13: A Winter Wonderland of Activity…

A Winter Wonderland of Activity at Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre

Nonprofit’s education arm welcomes students of all ages for a variety of theatre classes

Holiday cheer is in full swing with Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s latest hit Tristan & Yseult, and in anticipation of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s return with Man in a Case in January, Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre announces a new slate of classes for its 2013–14 winter session. January 6 marks the beginning of a new round of 47 exciting classes for students of all ages and skill levels, all taught by the School’s professional theatre artists. Prospective students can try a unique selection of classes from the winter line-up for free at Sunday Sampler on December 15 from 1–3pm at the School of Theatre.

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11/07/13: Berkeley Rep Invites Teens to Lead and Inspire…

Berkeley Repertory Theatre Invites Teens to Lead and Inspire at Annual One-Acts Festival

Call to local high schoolers to write, direct, produce, and star in this year’s celebration of new work

At Berkeley Repertory Theatre, opportunities abound for teens to explore the creative and collaborative elements of theatre-making. This spring local high school students are invited to audition to participate in Berkeley Rep School of Theatre’s annual Teen One-Acts Festival. An ensemble of teens will delve into acting, directing, playwriting, and designing, producing another exciting festival of new works from the ground up. Now in its 12th season, the Teen One-Acts Festival has produced 24 original works, including one short film. Over the years, approximately 350 young artists have participated in the festival whose notable alumni include Lauren Yee (Ching Chong Chinaman), Katie Henry (winner of Young Playwrights Inc.’s National Playwriting Contest), and Roxie Perkins (recipient of Dr. Floyd Gaffney National Playwriting Award).

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09/10/13: Free Arts Education to Local Schools…

Berkeley Rep School of Theatre Provides Free Arts Education to Local Schools

Outreach to the nine-county Bay Area helps schools meet state education standards

Berkeley Repertory Theatre is committed to providing access and opportunities for participation in the arts to educate, inspire, and empower. Through its extensive Outreach program, the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre offers a wide range of free and low-cost theatre-based workshops to Bay Area schools from September 2013 through May 2014. With the help of highly qualified teaching artists—many of whom work as actors and theatre artists—students learn acting, storytelling, playwriting, improv, and stage combat and valuable life skills such as communication, problem solving, collaboration, and creative expression. The workshops cover multiple California content standards and are aligned with the Common Core. The first hour is free for any public school in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma counties (pending staff availability) with additional sessions ranging from $55 to $75 an hour for up to 30 students.

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09/05/13: Berkeley Rep School of Theatre’s Fall Session…

Berkeley Rep School of Theatre’s Fall Session Offers 40 Classes for the Curious and Creative

Classes available for beginners and professionals of all ages

As Berkeley Repertory Theatre prepares to open its 46th season with the Tony Award-winning play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, its School of Theatre announces a new slate of classes for its popular fall session. Starting September 23, the school will offer 40 classes for youth, teens, and adults to explore theatre and gain valuable training. Classes include acting, improvisation, stage combat, playwriting, auditioning, clowning, and more. Prospective students can learn about the wide variety of programming offered at the School of Theatre at the free Sunday Sampler on September 15 from 1–3pm at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA.

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05/13/13: Fall in Love with Berkeley Rep’s School…

Fall in Love with Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre this Summer

Nonprofit’s education arm welcomes students of all ages for a variety of theatre classes

This summer, as Berkeley Repertory Theatre welcomes the lush love songs of George Gershwin and the bittersweet marriage of true minds between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre has announced a new slate of classes that people of all ages will love. Whether nurturing a lifelong commitment to theatre or just looking for a summer fling, students this season can fine-tune their skills in acting, directing, writing, and even flirting, under the guidance of Bay Area arts professionals.

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03/13/13: Students Take Center Stage…

At Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre, Students Take Center Stage

Summer Theatre Intensive and Teen Actors Studio Give Local Youth the Summer Spotlight

As it opens Lawrence Wright’s Fallaci, its 65th world premiere, Berkeley Repertory Theatre also announces open registration for its Summer Theatre Intensive and Teen Actors Studio programs. These summer camps provide middle- and high-school students a rigorous and rewarding training program with full access to the creativity and operations of the Tony Award-winning nonprofit. Throughout June and July, local youth will adapt and mount their own performances on one of the Theatre’s renowned stages.

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02/15/13: The Play’s the Thing for Spring…

The Play’s the Thing for Spring at Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre

Nonprofit’s education arm provides platform for sparring, speech, and courtship

At Berkeley Repertory Theatre, acclaimed director Mark Wing-Davey presents his new take on Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre to audiences this spring. Just next door, the nonprofit’s School of Theatre gives local drama enthusiasts the chance to take on the Bard too—along with Pinter, new performance techniques, and even romance. Under the guidance of Bay Area arts professionals, the School has 40 exciting classes for people of all ages, from beginners to seasoned performers—and everyone is invited to preview the spring fare at a free Sunday Sampler at 1pm on March 17.

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01/29/13: Local Teens Win Playwriting Prizes…

As Berkeley Rep Goes Global, Local Teens Win Playwriting Prizes

24 youth from nine local communities collaborate to present a pair of winning plays

As shows from Berkeley Repertory Theatre crisscross the globe—from Hong Kong to London to New York—local teenagers are getting in on the act with Berkeley Rep’s 11th annual Teen One-Acts Festival. This year, two winning teens will premiere their plays at the nonprofit’s new Osher Studio in productions directed, designed, and performed entirely by local high-school students.

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Rachel Hull · Director

Rachel Hull is the director of Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, where she oversees a team of talented artists and arts educators working within the greater Bay Area. Previously, she was the director of education at Dallas Theater Center, where she oversaw all education and community programs including Project Discovery, winner of the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, given by First Lady Michelle Obama. As a contributor within the Dallas Arts District during her tenure at DTC, Rachel lead collaborations with a variety of arts and cultural organizations, including the Dallas Museum of Art, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Big Thought, Dallas’ Latino Cultural Center, South Dallas Cultural Center, Dallas Children’s Theater, Southern Methodist University, Dallas ISD, and other surrounding districts. Rachel received her MA in Educational Theatre from New York University, BA in Theatre & Dance from the University of Texas at Austin, and she is committed to furthering the field as past chair of the Professional Theatre Network of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. And during her time in Dallas, Rachel was a City of Learning consultant for Big Thought, a founding member of the Informal Educators of Dallas County, a Theatre Educators of North Texas advisor, and a previous steering committee member of Theatre Forward’s education task force. Outside of DTC Rachel has taught at Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas at Austin, Educational Theatre Association, and Dallas ISD professional development, and presented at the University of Houston’s Center for Arts Leadership and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. Rachel was also named one of the 100 Creatives in the Dallas Observer’s 2014–15 feature of cultural entrepreneurs.

MaryBeth Cavanaugh · Associate Director

MaryBeth is the associate director of Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. REGIONAL (Choreographer): California Shakespeare Theater for fifteen seasons, where she is an associate artist; Oregon Shakespeare Festival, for five seasons as choreographer and actor; Berkeley Repertory Theatre; The New Victory Theater; Yale Repertory Theatre; Cincinnati Playhouse; Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; La Mama E.T.C.; Aurora Theatre Company; Shakespeare Santa Cruz; Lincoln Center Director’s Lab; San Francisco Shakespeare Festival; TheatreWorks; Shakespeare at Stinson; Mills College Rep; Summerfest Dance. DIRECTING: Twelfth Night, North Bay Shakespeare Company; Measure for Measure and The Red Wheelbarrow, Shakespeare at Stinson; Peter and the Wolf, Napa Valley Repertory Theatre. Ms. Cavanaugh currently teaches in the MFA program in the Department of Theatre and Dance at U.C. Davis and has taught in the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance studies at U.C. Berkeley, California Shakespeare Theater, and at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. She received her MFA in Dance Composition from Mills College.

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Classes for kids

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(l to r) Gideon Lazarus, Samantha Wright, and Sarah Epstein get goofy in a clowning class at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre.

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With Story Builders, teaching artists from the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre visit local classrooms and help kids bring multicultural stories to life.

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(l to r) Nathanielle Lesser and Adrienne Lee applaud their peers’ performance in a class at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre.

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For kids like Talya Brott, the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre is a place that fosters imagination, exploration and creativity.

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Classes for teens

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The Berkeley Rep School of Theatre is a place that fosters imagination, exploration and creativity for kids of all ages.

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For teens like (l to r) Aharon Hebert and Gabe Crane, the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre is a place to explore imagination and creativity.

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For teens like Morgan Saltz (center), the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre is a place that fosters imagination, exploration and creativity.

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(l to r) Rachel Lee and Julianna Aker enjoy a costume seminar for teens at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre.

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Classes for adults

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The Berkeley Rep School of Theatre offers a fun, supportive place for working professionals, emerging artists, and theatre enthusiasts to hone their skills.

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The Berkeley Rep School of Theatre offers a fun, supportive place for working professionals, emerging artists, and theatre enthusiasts to hone their skills.

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The Berkeley Rep School of Theatre offers a fun, supportive place for working professionals, emerging artists, and theatre enthusiasts to hone their skills.

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Instructor Marvin Greene demonstrates a relaxation technique in a movement class for adults at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre.

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Student matinees

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Every year, thousands of Bay Area students experience Tony Award-winning theatre thanks to Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s student matinees.

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Our building

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The historic building next door to the Peet’s Theatre houses the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre.

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In this classroom at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, activities are organized for theatre lovers of all ages and all skill levels.

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The historic building next door to the Peet’s Theatre houses the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre.

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Leadership

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Rachel Hull is the director of Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre.

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MaryBeth Cavanaugh is the associate director of Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre.

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