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About the School

Mirroring the mission of the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the School of Theatre’s programs strive to stretch their students’ imaginations, foster their creative potential, and encourage them as artists to develop the commitment necessary for artistic excellence.

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

Since its inception, the School has:

  • Served over 289,000 people
  • Collaborated with 525 professional teaching artists
  • Led workshops in 3,440 classrooms in nine counties in the Bay Area
  • Produced 120 original plays created by youth and teen students
  • Mentored 240 young professionals through our Fellowship program.

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


Rachel Hull

Rachel Hull is the director of Berkeley Rep 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

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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Anthony Jackson · Program Manager, Training and Community Programs
Marcela Chacon · Education Communications and Partnerships Manager
Katie Riemann · Registrar
Modesta Tamayo · Community Programs Administrator
Michael Curry · Education Fellow


Bobby August, Jr.

is an actor, improviser, and teacher. 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.

Jeffrey Bihr

is a director, performer, musician, and composer. He has taught at Drama Studio in London, the MFA program at American Conservatory Theater, Stanford University, and College of Marin, among other acting studios. His vast experiences as an artist abroad have inspired him towards a global theatrical sensibility with a strong interest in developing world-conscious artists. An accomplished musician and composer, his musicality and sense of orchestration feeds the tempos and structures in the pieces that he directs for the stage as well as his approach to teaching. He has always been passionate about engaging, training, challenging, and developing emerging theatre artists.

Erica Blue

has a BA in dance/theatre and child development from Sarah Lawrence College. She has taught and performed around the U.S. from La MaMa in New York to the Cleveland Performance Art Festival and won Best of the Fringe in San Francisco and Seattle. Now a mother of two boys, she has redoubled her enthusiasm for teaching young people how to explore their imaginations.

Ron Campbell

In a career that has spanned three decades and four continents, Ron Campbell has performed everywhere from the streets of Paris, Rome, and Florence to the Royal Albert Hall in London and the Fuji Dome in Japan. A recipient of the Fox Fellowship for Distinguished Achievement, The “King of the Clowns” in Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza, and award-winning one man show practitioner (R. Buckminster Fuller, The Thousandth Night, Shylock, The Dybbuk, The Boneman of Benares, Beckett’s Eh Joe among others), Ron has trained with such luminaries as Philippe Gaulier, David Shiner, Min Tanaka, and Georges Bigot and has taught physical theatre, clowning, and mask in Japan, Europe, and North America. An Associate Artist at California Shakespeare Theater, Ron has played everything from Richard the Third to Sherlock Holmes to Don Quixote, for which he received both the Bay Area Critic’s Award and Theatre Bay Area’s Outstanding Principal Performance Award. Ron is the founder and CEO of Soar Feat Unlimited.

Joy Carlin

has been an actress, director, and teacher in the Bay Area for many years. For 25 years she was a company member of the American Conservatory Theater. She served as an Associate Artistic Director of ACT for five years, as well as the Interim Artistic Director at Berkeley Rep, where she also acted and directed. She graduated from the University of Chicago, went to the Yale School of Drama, studied with Lee Strasberg in New York, and has roots in Chicago’s Second City. She often acts or directs at Aurora Theatre Company, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre Company, TheatreWorks, Shotgun Players, and San Jose Rep. She has been seen on TV and in films, including most recently in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.

Nancy Carlin

is a director, actor, writer, dialect coach, and acting teacher. A former company member of American Conservatory Theater and associate artist with California Shakespeare Theater, Nancy has performed and directed extensively in regional theatres, including ACT, Berkeley Rep, Aurora Theatre Company, Shotgun Players, African-American Shakespeare Company, A Traveling Jewish Theatre, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Nancy is the co-author of a new musical, Max Understood. A theatre arts lecturer with UC Santa Cruz and San Jose State, she holds a BA in comparative literature from Brown University and an MFA in acting from ACT. Nancy is a member of SDC, AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and the Dramatists Guild.

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.

Eugenie Chan

is a San Francisco-based playwright. Theatre/Opera: Cutting Ball Theater, San Francisco Mime Troupe, Magic Theatre, Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Houston Grand Opera: HGOco, and other companies. Film: Berlin International, Mill Valley, Big Apple, Cinestory, DisOrient, San Diego Asian Film Festivals. Alumna: New Dramatists, Playwrights Foundation. Playwright Emerita, Cutting Ball. Company Member: 6NewPlays, a Bay Area playwriting and producing collective. Eugenie teaches at the University of San Francisco’s Performing Arts & Social Justice Department. Artistic Director: Eugenie Chan Theater Projects.

Iu-Hui Chua

is a director, choreographer, and movement artist with an MFA in Dramatic Arts with an emphasis in Choreography. She has danced with Anna Halprin, Ledoh, Dandelion Dancetheater, Headmistress, and Disneyland, and has devised original work with long-time collaborator Bobby August, Jr. Her work aims to illuminate the human experience, encouraging connection and transformation. An artist in residence at Djerassi and the Peñasco Theatre Collective, she has been supported by the Puffin Foundation Ltd., Theatre Bay Area’s CA$H Grant, Creative Capacity Fund’s Quick Grant Award, and the Consortium for Women and Research, and is a recipient of the Cass Calder Smith Artful Harvest Fellowship. Recently she directed Gruesome Playground Injuries starring Bobby August, Jr. and Maria Candelaria, which was nominated for a Theatre Bay Area Outstanding Production of a Play award in 2015.

Jiwon Chung

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

Sally Clawson

is a SAG-AFTRA/AEA actor in voice over, film, and theatre. She has been voicing commercials, industrials, and video games for over 15 years. A partial list of her clients include Clorox, Yoplait, Old Navy, Target, Apple, Google, Wells Fargo, EA Games, Telltale Games, and Lucas Arts. She is currently in her sixth year of teaching at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, has taught at Cal Shakes Conservatory, and is currently on the faculty of Voice One. Sally has an MFA in Performance from Mills College.

Laura Derry

was a scripted actor terrified of improv, but after her first class, it was so much fun that she hasn’t stopped doing it. She has a BA in Theatre Arts from UCSC and trained at ACT, Berkley Rep, and BATS Improv. Laura performs improv all over the Bay Area, was on TLC’s reality show Four Weddings, and recently starred in the short film Displacement, which received an award at the Monaco International Film Festival. Laura is a guest artist who teaches in the K–12 school system, applying improv and getting students ready for performances. She works with beginning adult improvisers, more advanced classes geared towards performances involving short form or long form, and local businesses doing leadership and communication trainings with applied improv. Laura is a walking testament to the power of improv—she was once very shy, highly self-critical of her creativity, and terrified of improv. Now she is a professional improviser and teacher who creates a safe, fun space to laugh with a wonderful group of people.

Lexi Diamond

is a performer, writer, director, and teaching artist with a BA in drama, music, and education from Vassar College. She came to Berkeley Rep after receiving the Peter F. Sloss Literary/Dramaturgy Fellowship, and is delighted to now teach with the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. Before moving to the Bay Area, Lexi worked in the literary office and education department at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI, and as an assistant director with the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA program. She teaches drama and voice classes with organizations throughout the Bay and is the Conservatory Associate at Berkeley Playhouse. Lexi studied comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles, and she is a performer, coach, and producer at Endgames Improv in the SF Mission.

Lauren English

is a founding member and artistic associate at San Francisco Playhouse where she serves as Casting Director, casting all Mainstage and Sandbox productions. Most recently she directed the world premiere of 1 2 3 by Lila Rose Kaplan in SF Playhouse’s Sandbox Series. Some of her favorite Playhouse onstage roles include: Kate in Seminar (TBA Award nomination), Pilot in Grounded, Steph in reasons to be pretty, Sally in Cabaret, Emily in Our Town, and Lisa in The Glory of Living. Other recent performance credits include: Sally in Talley’s Folly directed by Joy Carlin at Aurora Theatre and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at California Shakespeare Theater. Selected New York theatre performance credits: TACT’s Off Broadway production of The Cocktail Party, Hamlet at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and The Idealist at The New York Times Theatre. She has also worked at the Public Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Lark Theatre, and Playwrights Realm. Locally, she has worked with California Shakespeare Theater, Word for Word, Marin Theatre Company, Marin Shakespeare Company, PlayGround, and Magic Theatre among others. She is a two-time BATCC award winner and three-time Dean Goodman award recipient. Lauren teaches acting at San Francisco State University, City College of San Francisco, San Jose State University, and coaches privately. Training: Foothill Theatre Conservatory, MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program.

Steven Epp

is an actor, writer, director, and was co-artistic director at Theatre de la Jeune Lune, winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Regional Theatre, from 1983–2008. In his 25 years with Jeune Lune, Steven collaborated in the creation and performance of over 50 productions. Acting credits include title roles in Tartuffe, Crusoe, Hamlet, Gulliver, Figaro, The Miser, and other major roles. Steven has appeared regionally at the Guthrie Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, The Spoleto Festival, American Repertory Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alley Theatre, Intiman, and The New Victory Theater, off-Broadway. Steven holds a degree in theatre and history from Gustavus Adolphus College. He was a 1999 Fox Fellow and a 2009 McKnight Playwrights Center Theatre Artist Fellow.

Deborah Eubanks

is in her 14th year teaching at the School of Theatre. She is currently serving on the faculty at the Academy of Art University. She also serves on the URTA audition panel and teaches acting technique for Art Experience High School students at SF Academy. She has served on the faculty at the University of San Francisco, was Director in Residence at Sonoma State University, Head of Curriculum Design of the Theater Arts program at St. Vincent’s High School, and has taught at American Conservatory Theater and San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. Deborah completed her training at Harold Pinter Studios in the U.K. She has directed at Libra Theatre Company under Stephen Hawking, as well as teaching and performing at Covent Garden Arts Center Cambridge and Age Exchange Theatre in London. Deborah was voted SF Divafest Playwright for Crystal Daze. She is a vocal coach to Oculus, Facebook, and an inspirational speaker at Old Navy.

Suzi Garner

is a shadow puppeteer, writer, and visual artist. Living in Southeast Asia for 15 years, she studied traditional forms of puppetry, art, and music throughout the region. Since moving to the Bay Area she has performed with ShadowLight Productions in San Francisco and teaches at a wide variety of schools and art programs.

Christine Germain

is a movement explorer, dancer, and choreographer. She takes pleasure in discovering new ways to move. She is intrigued by how people move by themselves in relationship to others and space. After traveling and studying various dances around the world, Christine earned her BFA in dance from Concordia University (Montréal, Canada) in 2007. The Feldenkrais Method helped her to recover from a serious injury and a car accident, which allowed her to get back to dance and even circus. This convinced her to become an instructor and practitioner of the Method. She recently graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Arts with specialization in choreography at UC Davis, where she teaches dance and Awareness Through Movement.

Nancy Gold

is a multifaceted performing artist, director, teacher, and author of Finding Your Funny Bone! The Actor’s Guide to Physical Comedy and Characters. Her teaching experience includes Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, ACT Young Conservatory, California Shakespeare Theatre, Marin Theatre, UCLA, and public and private schools throughout the country. Directing credits include A Servant of Two Masters, Pipping Longstocking, Madeline and the Gypsies, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and original adaptations based on literature. She studied with Jacques LeCoq and Ctibor Turba, and has a BFA from the University of Illinois and a Master’s equivalency degree. Nancy performs comedy and vaudeville with her partner, Lol Levy.

Gary Graves

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

Marvin Greene

is a professional actor and has performed with major regional theatres such as ACT, Aurora Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, Westport Country Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, and San Jose Rep. Marvin served as an instructor at ACT for over a decade and also teaches at the Academy of Art College and Voice One in San Francisco. Marvin has taught at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre since 2003.

Susan-Jane Harrison

trained as an actor at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and received an MFA in Dramatic Art from UC Davis. As an actor, Susan-Jane has performed throughout the UK. Locally, she has worked with Berkeley Rep, ACT, Aurora Theatre, Woman’s Will, Center Rep, California Shakespeare Theater, and A Traveling Jewish Theatre, among others. She was the recipient of a First Bite Award from Radio 4 where her first play, Alaska, was subsequently produced. A second radio play, The Quetzal, has been aired on the PBS Satellite Network. Her first stage play, Today I Live, has been workshopped through RADA in London. Susan-Jane has taught Laban Movement, Voice into Text, and acting in numerous acting programs throughout the Bay Area.

Melissa Hillman

is the Artistic Director of Impact Theatre in Berkeley, which specializes in new plays by emerging playwrights and reimagined classics. She holds a PhD in Dramatic Art from UC Berkeley and has taught theatre at Cal, at CSU East Bay, De Anza, and the Berkeley Digital Film Institute in addition to the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. She’s a contributor to Theatre Bay Area Magazine and blogs as Bitter Gertrude at

Gendell Hing-Hernández

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

Andrew Hurteau

has been acting and teaching since graduating from ACT. He has performed with Berkeley Rep, ACT, the Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Aurora Theatre Company, and throughout the Bay Area. In addition to the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Andrew has taught at ACT, Academy of Art University, and the Nueva School.

Krista Knight

is a playwright whose work, including Salamander Leviathan, Clementine and the Cyber Ducks, Phantom Band, Un-Hinged: A Silent Opera, and Anaerobic Respiration, has been produced at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre, Ars Nova, Alley Theatre, Ontological Hysteric Incubator, Hangar Theatre, Dixon Place, WordBRIDGE, The Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco, and the NYC Fringe Festival, among others. Krista received her BA from Brown University, her MA in Performance Studies from NYU, and her MFA in Playwriting from UC San Diego. She is a Page 73 Playwriting Fellow, MacDowell Fellow, and Shank Playwriting Fellow at the Vineyard Theatre and teaches playwriting at St. Mary’s College.

Bruce Ladd

holds a Master’s degree in acting from the UCSD Professional Actor Training Program, and has been a working actor in Hollywood since 1996. Bruce has taught Introduction to Acting at the undergrad level at UCSD, as well as master classes in Acting For The Screen and How To Direct Actors at the University of the Nations’ School of Acting for the Screen and School of Digital Filmmaking in Hawaii and Brisbane, Australia for the past nine years. Onscreen credits (film and webseries) include Gunfight at La Mesa, X-Treme Weekend, The Audition, Giving Her Away, as well as two seasons of The Fur is Gone. A member of Actors Co-op Theatre Company in Hollywood since 1996, Bruce has appeared in 16 mainstage productions during the last 18 years. Additional theatre credits include productions at the California Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Fremont Centre Theatre, and George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick.

Michele Leavy

is an actor and theatre educator. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she has performed locally with such companies as the American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Center Repertory Company, California Conservatory Theatre, Livermore Shakespeare Festival, Marin Theatre Company, and TheatreWorks, among others. In farther locales, she has appeared with Key West Theater (Florida), Elephant Theatre Company (Los Angeles), and Theatre 167 (New York City). As a teaching artist she has taught throughout the Bay Area for American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and California Shakespeare Theater. She also serves as adjunct faculty with UC Davis’ Department of Theatre and Dance, as well as the Cañada College’s Theatre Arts Department. Michele is a Resident Artist with the San Francisco-based ensemble company Crowded Fire Theater and a core member of Bay Area Latino Theatre Artists Network (BALTAN).

Julian López-Morillas

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

Dave Maier

is the resident fight director at San Francisco Opera, California Shakespeare Theatre, 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.

JanLee Marshall

is an actor, director, clown, and teaching artist. She received her BA in Theatre from Ohio Wesleyan University and her MFA in Dramatic Art from University of California, Davis. Some of her favorite roles include Bananas in The House of Blue Leaves, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Annette and Veronica in God of Carnage, and B in Three Tall Women. JanLee’s work as a teaching artist includes all levels of acting and clowning at a variety of schools and theatres, including Florida Studio Theatre, California Theatre, Key Players North Carolina, Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Touring Program in Washington DC, Meher Schools, UC Davis, and B8 Theatre Company. JanLee is a graduate of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, and although rarely seen “in face” these days, she brings her love of clowning and comedy to life throughout her theatrical endeavors. JanLee currently serves as the Artistic Director for B8 Theatre Company in Concord, CA.

Patricia Miller

has an MFA from UC Davis and is a graduate of Commercial Theater Institute, CounterPULSE Artist’s Bootcamp, and is a Theatre Bay Area Titan Award winner. She is a freelance director/producer (Magic Theatre, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Ashby Stage, Marine’s Memorial, Ross Valley Players). Patricia’s teaching credits include Studio School and Mountview Theatre Schools, London, Berkeley Rep, UC Riverside, UC Davis, City College of San Francisco, Cal Shakes, and SF Shakes. She is Artistic Director of Pollinator and PantoSF.

Edward Morgan

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

Christopher Morrison

is an award-winning writer/director/actor who has worked on over 100 theatrical productions and films. His shorts have appeared in festivals throughout the United States and Europe. He has been commissioned for feature scripts, multiple short scripts, pilots, and a full length play that premiered in Melbourne, Australia. His theatrical directing has been seen on both coasts and in Chicago. He has worked with and trained top Hollywood talents such as Emily Deschanel, Dan Folger, and Diane Ladd. His directing has been called “a brave move towards a different style of theatre,” and Cirque du Soleil called him “a huge asset to the creative process.” He is currently writing a book on middle class artists in America, which will see print in 2015.

Jack Nicolaus

is an actor, director, clown, educator, and arts advocate with 10 years of experience in the professional theatre world. He has worked with organizations such as the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, American Repertory Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 59E59, Peoples Improv Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and the Department of Defense. He is the artistic director emeritus of Everybody Nose: NYC, a clown ensemble in New York. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Acting and Directing from UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television and a Master’s in Education from Harvard University.

Slater Penney

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

Lisa Peterson

is a two-time Obie Award-winning writer and director who is currently the associate director at Berkeley Rep. Previous projects at the Theatre include It Can’t Happen Here (2016); An Iliad (2012), which Lisa co-wrote with Denis O’Hare, and which won Obie and Lortel Awards for Best Solo Performance; Mother Courage (2006); The Fall (2001); and Antony & Cleopatra (1999). For California Shakespeare Theater, Lisa directed You Never Can Tell, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale, All’s Well That Ends Well, and Love’s Labour’s Lost. Other recent West Coast productions include Hamlet, Henry IV Pt 2, and Othello (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); and Chavez Ravine (Ovation Award for Best Production), Palestine New Mexico, Electricidad, Water & Power, The House of Bernarda Alba, Body of Bourne, and Mules (Mark Taper Forum). In New York, Lisa has directed The Trestle at Pope Lick CreekTraps, and Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (Obie Award for Direction), all at New York Theatre Workshop; King Liz (2nd Stage Uptown); Hamlet in Bed (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); To the Bone (Cherry Lane Theatre); The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters and The Chemistry of Change (Playwrights Horizons); The Square and Tongue of a Bird (the Public Theater); Fourth Sister and Batting Cage (Vineyard Theatre); Collected Stories (Manhattan Theatre Club); and The Model Apartment (Primary Stages). In Canada, she recently directed The Philanderer (Shaw Festival) and The Trouble with Mr. Adams (Tarragon). She has directed world premieres by many major American writers, including Tony Kushner, Beth Henley, Donald Margulies, Jose Rivera, Ellen McLaughlin, Mac Wellman, Marlane Meyer, Polly Pen, Naomi Wallace, and many others. She regularly works at the Guthrie Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Long Wharf Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Ojai Playwrights Conference, and Sundance Theatre Lab. Lisa and Denis are working on a commission for the McCarter Theatre titled The Song of Rome, and Lisa is writing a new music-theatre piece with Todd Almond called The Idea of Order, co-commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, and Seattle Rep.

Greg Pierotti

is a writer, performer, and director. He is co-author of The Laramie Project, Laramie: 10 Years Later, and The People’s Temple. He has performed in classical work and in his own original work in many New York and regional theatres including Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Denver Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Arena Stage, The Minetta Lane, and The Union Square Theater. As a writer/director, he has received residencies to develop his work at Sundance Theatre Lab, Maison Dora Maar, and The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work—to name a few. He is a winner of a San Francisco Theatre Critics Circle award, The Humanitas Prize, and the Will Glickman award. He has been nominated for a NY Drama Desk Award, an Emmy Award, and an Alpert Award for individual contribution to the theatre.

Keith Pinto

is a professional actor, singer, choreographer, and musician. He is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts and has been the hip hop dance instructor at San Jose State University for nearly 14 years, as well as Ohlone Junior College. He has been a company member of Red Ladder Theatre Company in San Jose, as well as a teaching artist for Berkeley Rep. Tours: Fame the Musical, European and North American. Off Broadway: Beatbox: A Raparetta, Hip-Hop Theater Festival; Becoming Britney, International Fringe Festival. Regional: 1776, Scapin, American Conservatory Theater; Fly By Night, TheatreWorks; Into the Woods, Company, San Francisco Playhouse; Sweet Charity, The Underpants, Lucky Stiff, Center Rep; Harry Thaw Hates Everybody, God’s Ear, Shotgun Players; Where’s Charley, Snoopy, 42nd Street Moon. Pinto is co-founder of the award winning hip hop band and theatre company, Felonious. Felonious theatre pieces, which Pinto appeared in as well as choreographed include: Beatbox: A Raparetta, Angry Black White Boy, Campo Santo; Stateless: A Hip Hop Vaudeville, Jewish Theatre SF. Felonious has recorded numerous albums and performed with groups such as The Black Eyed Peas, LL Cool J, The Roots, Digital Underground, and De La Soul.

Marty Pistone

has worked in professional film and theatrical production for over 20 years, and has worked as a producer and assistant director on numerous independent features, videos, and commercials. His television and film work includes directing for Guiding Light and Another World, The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show, The Man Show, Connecting Dots, Heart of Stone, April’s Shower, The Violent Kind, and Billboard Dad. He has performed, directed, and choreographed for numerous regional theatre, SF Opera, and SF Ballet companies. Marty received an MFA in Acting from ACT. Other faculty credits include positions at Stanford University, California Institute of the Arts, the Juilliard School of the Arts, Berkeley Digital Film Institute, The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, and New York University. Pistone is a member of SAG/AFTRA, AGMA, and Actors’ Equity Association.

Lisa Anne Porter

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

Amy Potozkin

is in her 26th season at Berkeley Rep. Through the years she has also had the pleasure of casting plays for ACT (Seattle), Arizona Theatre Company, Aurora Theatre Company, B Street Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Dallas Theater Center, Marin Theatre Company, the Marsh, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Social Impact Productions Inc., and Traveling Jewish Theatre. Amy cast roles for various independent films, including Conceiving Ada, starring Tilda Swinton; Haiku Tunnel and Love & Taxes, both by Josh Kornbluth; and Beyond Redemption by Britta Sjogren. Amy received her MFA from Brandeis University, where she was also an artist in residence. She has been an audition coach to hundreds of actors and presentation/communication coach to many business people. Amy taught acting at Mills College and audition technique at Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre, and has led workshops at numerous other venues in the Bay Area. Prior to working at Berkeley Rep, she was an intern at Playwrights Horizons in New York. Amy is a member of CSA, the Casting Society of America, and was nominated for an Artios Award for Excellence in Casting for The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures.

Diane Rachel

has been performing and teaching at BATS Improv since 1989. She created a specialty long-form program with a focus on intimate acting and stage combat, which has attracted an international following. She has led workshops in Melbourne, Paris, Amsterdam, and Helsinki and has taught at ACT and Stanford. Diane is a founding member of San Francisco improv group True Fiction Magazine.

Rolf Saxon

(AEA, BAE, SAG/AFTRA) is originally from the Bay Area and trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he remained after graduation working extensively in film, television, and theatre, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Theatre Complicite, the Royal Court, and the National, as well as West End and regional productions working with, among others, directors Simon Curtis, Simon McBurney, Adrian Noble, Trevor Nunn, and Matthew Warchus, and actors Daryl Hannah, Rosemary Harris, Kelly McGillis, and Gene Wilder. His film and television credits include working with directors Steven Spielberg and Brian De Palma, and actors Tom Cruise, Vin Diesel, Tom Hanks, Dame Helen Mirren, Jonathan Pryce, and Ryan Reynolds. A director in both theatre and film, he has also been a private tutor and coach for over 20 years as well as a teacher at the Drama Lab (London) and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Presently, he is a Professor at Ohlone College and teaches at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (London).

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.

Arje Shaw

is a playwright, actor, and producer best known for The Gathering, produced on Broadway in 2001. He has written sit-coms for ABC along with his plays: A Catered Affair, produced Off Broadway, and Magic Hands Freddy, Soho Playhouse starring Ralph Macchio. Moolah is soon to open in New York in 2017; Marriage In Play is being workshopped regionally, and his one-man show, Freddy Goes Solo, is being developed at the Marsh and Stage Werx in San Francisco. He is currently co-producer of the new hit musical Love Sick at the Osher Studio and Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Arje is the creator and producer of The Sonnet Man, a hip hop Shakespeare fusion starring spoken word poet Devon Glover. In collaboration with artist Maggie Silverman and Devon Glover, Arje is writing “Billy Eats the Big Apple,” a children’s guide to New York City through rap.

Joyful Simpson

is an actress, writer, and creativity educator who combines improv theatre, behavioral sciences, and mindfulness to create dynamic trainings for businesses and institutions. She studied theatre and psychology at Sarah Lawrence College in New York and earned an MFA in Dramatic Art from UC Davis. While at Davis, she spearheaded an applied improv-based training program for the Graduate School of Management. In 2013 she founded Pro-CreativeArts—an applied theatre organization—and is hired throughout the United States to lead trainings that foster creativity, collaboration, and communication for teams and leaders. Born into an iconic theatre family, she brings to her classes a unique body of experience gained from creating and performing theatre professionally since childhood. Her solo comedy recently won Best of Fringe at the 2016 San Francisco Fringe Festival. Her theatre credits include lead actor and co-author of four plays for “Prize of Hope”-winning company Human Nature and co-founder of the ensemble-driven theatre company Rococo Risqué, winner of SF Weekly Best Theater Ensemble 2005. Joyful has also appeared as an actor in many projects on stage and film, including Odyssey Works, an immersive theatre project; The Pursuit of Happiness, with Will Smith; and Spring Awakening, directed by Broadway and West End director Stafford Arima.

Cleavon Smith

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

M. Graham Smith

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

Lynne Soffer

is a professional actor, teacher, director, and dialect/text coach. Lynne has taught for a variety of schools and theatre companies, including Berkeley Rep, ACT, PCPA Theatrefest, San Jose State University, Stanford University, California and Marin Shakespeare Theaters, The Voice Factory, Voicetrax Studios in Marin, and various schools throughout Alaska. She has served as dialect, text, and/or voice coach for over 285 productions at theatres across America, including ACT, Berkeley Rep, San Jose and Seattle Repertory Theatres, SF Opera, the Old Globe (San Diego), Dallas Theater Center, Arizona Theatre Company, Magic Theatre, Denver Center, Marin Theatre Company, San Jose Stage, California Shakespeare Theater, and the world premiere of The Laramie Project in Denver and New York, and for several motion pictures including Fruitvale Station (2013), Duets, and Metro, and an upcoming Netflix miniseries 13 Reasons Why. A proud member of Actors’ Equity for 35 years, she is the recipient of their Lucy Jordan Humanitarian Award for her work with actors, and holds an MFA from ACT.

Rebecca Stockley

is co-founder of BATS Improv in San Francisco where she continues to perform and teach. She has been improvising since the mid ‘80s, holds a BFA from the University of Washington Professional Actor Training Program, and has created improvisation training for numerous theatre-training programs. Rebecca’s company, Improv Lady, brings applied improvisation to organizational training within a diverse range of industries, from Apple Inc., Pixar Animation Studios, and Telltale Games to Telecare Corporation and Stanford University.

Daniel Talbott

is currently a staff writer for the Weinstein Company and Spike TV on The Mist, based on the Stephen King novella, and in development with Jim Parsons’ company That’s Wonderful Productions for a feature film, Tuolumne. His hour-long drama pilot Summer has been optioned and is in development with Sonar Entertainment and Killer Films. He is a writer, director, and actor, as well as an artistic associate of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, associate artistic director of {Your Name Here}, and artistic director of the Lucille Lortel and NYIT Award-winning Rising Phoenix Rep. His plays include Slipping (Rattlestick, The Side Project), Yosemite (Rattlestick), Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait (Rattlestick/piece by piece, Encore), What Happened When (Rattlestick, Your Name Here, Rising Phoenix Rep/HERE), Someone Brought Me (Quince Productions), Mike and Seth (Quince, Encore, The Side Project), Extraordinary Things (RPR), and Gray (Your Name Here). Recent directing work includes Ugly Little Sister (NYU/Strasberg), First Born (The Actors Studio), Selkie (RPR/Weathervane), Thieves (Weathervane/RPR/ Rattlestick), F**king Immaculate (RPR), A Fable (piece by piece/RPR/Rattlestick), Gin Baby (IRT), Scarcity (Rattlestick/Hill Town Plays—OBIE Award), Lake Water (Neighborhood Productions), Eightythree Down (Hard Sparks), Much Ado About Nothing (Boomerang), Squealer (Lesser America), and The Umbrella Plays (the teacup company/FringeNYC—Overall Excellence Award: Outstanding Play). He received a 2011 Theater Hall of Fame Fellowship, a 2007 New York Innovative Theatre Award for directing, a Drama-Logue Award, two Dean Goodman Choice Awards, and a Judy Award for acting, and was also named one of the 15 People of the Year by He is a graduate of Juilliard and teaches at NYU/Strasberg and Primary Stages/ESPA. He is a proud member of Lesser America and a member of the Actors Studio.

Libby Vega

holds a BA from St. John’s College and an MFA in Staging Shakespeare (emphasis directing) from Exeter University. A professional drama teacher, math tutor, and director, she has worked around the Bay Area for such organizations as the Cal Shakes Summer Conservatories, Porchlight Theatre Company, and the San Francisco Olympians Festival. Libby is also the co-founder of Those Women Productions, an independent theatre company based in Berkeley.

James Wagner

is a Los Angeles based actor who has taught acting workshops in the Bay Area for over 10 years. As a teacher he explores cutting edge acting techniques—believing that we live in an evolving universe and that acting must have its own evolutionary trajectory. He has pursued integrative techniques that connect body, mind, emotion, and spirit to the various aspects of spatial and interpersonal relationships on stage. James also believes the creative process can be more than just a craft and a profession but also a sacred process and a transformative practice. He is an MFA graduate of American Conservatory Theatre and has a PhD in Transformative Studies from California Institute of Integral Studies.

School policies

Vaccination policy

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

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Registration / Cancellation

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

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

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

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

Class cancellation policy:

  • If you cancel before class begins, we will refund tuition less a $50 processing fee per class. If you cancel within 24 hours after the first class meeting, we will refund half the tuition amount. After 24 hours after the first class meeting, no refund will be given. Refunds will not be given for the following classes: Advanced Voice-Over Acting; Alexander Technique for Mind/Body Balance; Int/Adv Acting: Contemporary Poetic Texts in Performance; Int/Adv Acting: Existentialism & Theatre of the Absurd; Int/Adv Technique Intensive: The Rehearsal Toolbox; The Art of Auditioning.

Summer Intensive cancellation policy:

  • Cancellation policy: If you cancel before April 1, we will refund tuition less a $150 fee. If you cancel after April 1, we will refund tuition less a $425 fee. After June 1, no refund will be given.
  • Summer Intensive payment policy: The credit card provided during online registration will be automatically used for remaining payments to cover the balance of the tuition. For Session 1 (middle school), $425 will be charged on April 1, 2017 and $400 will be charged on June 1, 2017. For Session 2 (high school), $475 will be charged on April 1, 2017 and $400 will be charged on June 1, 2017. If you do not wish to use the same method of payment for each installment, please call the School of Theatre at 510 647–2996.

Filmmaking and Acting Intensive cancellation policy:

  • If you cancel before April 1, we will refund tuition less a $150 fee. If you cancel after May 1, we will refund tuition less a $400 fee. After June 1, no refund will be given.

Teen Night Season Pass cancellation policy:

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

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

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

All dates, times, and programming subject to change.