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Acting Intensive: Spring Training

Grades 7–10 · 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 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 get better at performing, together.

FRI 4–6pm · 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12 · $150

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.

Musical Theatre Scene Study: Spring Awakening

Grades 8–12 · “All they say…is trust in what is written…wars are made, and somehow that is wisdom.” Spring Awakening, based on the controversial play by Frank Wedekind, with music written by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater, is a Tony Award-winning rock musical set in late 19th century Germany. It explores the often tumultuous journey from adolescence to adulthood with the added conflict of religious repression of 1891 Germany. As the teens rebel against the control of the teachers and parents in their lives, they stumble into adult situations that they are woefully unprepared to handle. Individually, students will work on singing and acting a 16-bar selection from the score, which includes such hits as “All That’s Known,” “Mama Who Bore Me,” and “Left Behind.” Additionally, students will be paired with scene partners to explore the acting process for developing a scene. The final performance will include solos, ensemble musical numbers, and prepared scenes.

THU 4–6:30pm · 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1, 6/8 (performance) · $300

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.

The Art of Audition: Prep for College and High School Auditions

Grades 8–12 · Students will learn what is required to audition for some of the top drama schools in the country. Using exercises to make strong and interesting choices, as well as practicing how to introduce their pieces, each student will be able to enter the audition space with ease and confidence. Each student will work on and refine two contrasting pieces. Undergraduate drama programs will be thoroughly discussed and critiqued.

TUE 4:30–6:30pm · 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9 · $150

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.

Improvisation

Grades 9–12 · Expand your imagination through improvisation! As an ensemble, students explore technique, theory, games, tricks, and pranks that help them open up to the kind of spontaneity that breeds better comic timing on stage, stronger reactions in rehearsals, laughter at parties, and a lot more fun at family functions. All levels welcome. Returning students will be challenged with more advanced exercises.

SAT 1–3pm · 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13 · $150

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.

Stage Combat Certification: Broadsword—Level 1

Ages 16 and up · Broadsword: weapon of choice in the Middle Ages. This certification course will prepare you for great steel slinging roles like Richard III, Macbeth, Beowulf, Robin Hood, and Joan of Arc. This class will stress safety, partnership, and telling the story of the fight while covering basic sword fighting history and terminology. Additionally, students will learn the skills necessary to perform realistic broadsword fights. All students will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform scenes that include stage combat and take a “Skills Proficiency Test” for recognition as a Theatrical Combatant with Dueling Arts International. Full fingered gloves are required. Class size is limited to 10.

MON 7–10pm · 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27 · $220

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.

Stage Combat: Rapier and Dagger

Ages 16 and up · Unleash your inner Mercutio! Learn to create the illusion of violence while studying the martial art most commonly practiced in Renaissance Europe. Students will learn to layer acting skills and stage combat technique to create convincing scenes containing theatrical violence. Use both sides of the brain and body while learning this unique and versatile art form. All students will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform scenes that include a choreographed fight and take a skills proficiency test for certification as a Theatrical Combatant with Dueling Arts International. Full-fingered gloves are required. Class size is limited to 12. Open to all levels.

MON 7–10pm · 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8 · $220

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.

Stage Combat: 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. Additionally, students will rehearse and perform a scene containing unarmed violence. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to take a skills proficiency test for certification as a Theatrical Combatant with Dueling Arts International. Open to all levels.

MON 7–10pm · 5/15, 5/22, 6/5, 6/12, 6/19 · $220

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.

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.

THU 3–3:50pm · $75/session
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

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 17–August 4 · $800

Summer Theatre Intensive

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.

Session 2 · July 18–August 11 · $1350