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Musical Theatre Scene Study: Wicked

Grades 9–12 · “It’s time to try defying gravity!” Explore the gravity-defying score and script of the award winning musical Wicked by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman. Based on the book by Gregory Maguire, Wicked is a re-imagining of the Wizard of Oz story, as seen through the eyes of Elphaba, also known as the Wicked Witch of the West. It’s electrifying score features songs like “Popular,” “For Good,” “I’m not that Girl,” and of course, “Defying Gravity.” Each student will focus on a 16 to 32 bar selection from the score to hone their vocal and acting skills. They will also be directed in a scene with a partner, and will play a part in a large ensemble musical number, all of which will be presented in the final performance for family and friends.

THU 4–6:30pm · 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 5/31, 6/7 (performance) · $310

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.

Acting Intensive

Grades 9–12 · This class is designed for serious young actors who want to take their performance to the next level and are interested in searching for ways to make authentic work. Grapple with and examine the same techniques professionals use: learn to analyze scripts, play an action in a scene, identify your objective, overcome your obstacles, and focus your energy. Work with other serious young actors who want to hone their craft!

Prerequisite for Level 2: Previous acting classes at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre or another reputable theatre studio.

TUE 4:30–6pm · 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15 · $150 (Level 1—Rutter)
SAT 11:30am–1pm · 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5 · $150 (Level 2—teacher TBA)

Alyson Rutter recently moved to the Bay Area after 10 years as a union actor in NYC where she starred in the award-winning films Video, Apathy, and The Great Love Rosemary, and performed in numerous stage productions. She can also be seen in The Knick, Damages, Bored to Death, and the feature film We Only Know So Much. Directing credits include The Pavilion, called a “tantalizing revival” by the New York Times, Dying City, and Gruesome Playground Injuries, among others. She wrote and performed her one-woman show, The Goldilocks Effect, at The Barrow Group Theatre Company where she also taught acting.

On-Camera Acting

Grades 9–12 · Learn how to give truthful and authentic performances on camera. This class gives beginning and experienced students a professional approach to acting that covers cold reading, scene study, and on-camera acting skills. Scenes will be recorded and will be available for students to keep for their records.

WED 4:30–6:30pm · 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30 · $220

Anthony Jackson is a professional actor, filmmaker, theatre administrator, and teaching artist. At Berkeley Rep he serves as the Program Manager, Training and Community Programs. Previously he was at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. There, he taught in all of the Community Engagement department’s programming while also serving as the Training Programs Manager and previously as the Partnership Manager. He has taught for several summers at the State Theatre of Georgia’s Springer Theatre Academy, Camp Arena Stage, and has also taught numerous workshops for students around the country as a member of the National Players. Anthony has traveled to India and Croatia as a guest artist with the U.S. Department of State, devising original plays with Arena Stage’s Voices of Now program. As an actor he has toured the U.S. and has performed with the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Olney Theatre, Arena Stage, and other regional theatres. Anthony has acted in several short films as well as training videos for branches of the United States Military. He has also directed and produced training videos for hotels and beverage companies.

Improvisation

Grades 9–12 · Students will develop skills that are essential for creating improvised stories. Through games, scene work, and interactive play, we will encourage spontaneity and creative impulses, while doing away with the need to be clever or funny. Topics of particular interest include the role of listening, honesty, and accepting offers as the foundation for collaborative work. Our emphasis will be on creating a safe environment for students to take risks, make mistakes, and learn through doing. We will also explore developing a performance troupe that could eventually put on shows for the public.

SAT 11am–12:30pm · 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19 · $150

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.

Stage Combat/Acting Violence: Unarmed

Ages 16 and up · Learn to take a punch! Unarmed combat techniques are the most common violence techniques found in the theatre. Increase your skill set and versatility, while honing your craft as an actor. This class will cover falls, slaps, punches, hair pulls, fighting with found objects, and other theatrical violence techniques essential to creating the illusion of violence. Students will rehearse and perform a scene containing unarmed violence. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to take a “Skills Proficiency Test” for recognition as a Theatrical Combatant with Dueling Arts International.

MON 7–10pm · 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 6/4, 6/11 · $265

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.

Private Voice

Grades 9–12 · 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 · $75/hour
Please call 510 647–2996 to schedule a voice session

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.

One-on-One Audition Coaching

Grades 9–12 · Don’t be caught unprepared for an upcoming high school or college 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 · $75/hour
Please call 510 647–2996 to schedule a coaching session

Summer Theatre Intensive: Session 2

Entering grades 9–12 · Explore all facets of theatre through a fun-filled, four week experience for all levels. Students study with professional artists, creating an original play to be performed onstage at Berkeley Rep! Click here for more information.

MON–FRI 9am–4pm · July 17–August 10 · $1390

Filmmaking and Acting Intensive

Entering grades 9–12 · Dive into the world of film production with an exciting hands-on experience this summer. From theory to pre-/post-production, learn what it takes to create for film as actor, writer, director, and editor. Click here to learn more.

MON–FRI 6:30–9:30pm · July 16–August 3 · $840