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Design Runway: Extreme Fashion

Grades 7–11 · Calling all designers! If you love fabric, mixing colors, and dressing characters, then this is the class for you. Develop a creative eye for design by using found objects, thrift store finds, and recycled materials to create outrageous costumes and haute couture. Let’s collaborate and learn how to craft cool outfits with sewing machines, hand stitching, and hot glue. After you make your amazing design, you or a model of your choice will walk the walk down the runway and display your creation!

TUE 4–6pm · 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28 (showing) · $225

Erica Blue received her dance/theatre degree from Sarah Lawrence College where in addition to choreographing and producing shows of her own she also worked in the costume and fashion departments making costumes for many productions. During her extensive theatre career, Erica has created costumes for over 50 different shows, designing for a variety of genres such as musicals, circus, period pieces, rock opera, steam punk, as well as producing a full line of couture designs for the runway.

Playwriting

Grades 8–11 · Put words in people’s mouths, or don’t let them say anything at all. These are the playwright’s basic tools, which we will use to create drama and comedy. Get your ideas for great plays down on the page and discover ideas you didn’t know you had.

WED 4:30–6:30pm · 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15 · $150

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.

Musical Theatre Scene Study: Chicago

Grades 8–12 · All That Jazz! Chicago, with music written by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and book by Ebb and Bob Fosse, is a Tony Award-winning musical set in the energetic and free-spirited world of the roaring 20s. Night club singer, Velma Kelly, is sent to prison for murdering her straying husband, while wanna-be starlet, Roxie Hart, is also sent to prison for murdering her boyfriend. The two fight for the attention and support of top lawyer, Billy Flynn, as they both hope to get off their murder charge. In this scene study class, students will work on a group musical scene as an ensemble. Individually, students will work on the singing and acting of a 16-bar selection from the score, which includes such hits as “All That Jazz,” “Cell Block Tango,” and “All I Care About is Love.” In addition, students will be paired with scene partners and taught the acting process for developing a scene. The final performance will include their 16-bar singing solos, ensemble musical numbers with choreography, and prepared scenes.

THU 4–6:30pm · 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16 (performance) · $325

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 Fifth 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.

Shakespeare

Grades 9–12 · Let’s work collaboratively to recreate the magic and myth in classic Shakespearean scenes. This class is an excellent stepping stone towards applying for a Theater Arts degree or just having fun with Shakespeare! Students will work from scenes in A Winter’s Tale and The Tempest. Each scene will be rehearsed and memorized and then reimagined through improvisation. Students will take familiar phrases and re-create dramatic scenes as they evolve in collaboration. Students can reimagine and reconstruct outcomes thereby creating a new set of improvised scenes and plots. The class will culminate in a presentation for parents and friends and open discussion.

TUE 4:30–6:30pm · 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7 (showing) · $150

Deborah Eubanks is in her twelfth year teaching at the School of Theatre. She is currently serving on the faculty at the Academy of Art University where she created two MFA classes in dialect reduction and audition. She also teaches acting technique for Art Experience High School students at SF Academy. Deborah completed her training at Harold Pinter Studios in the U.K. 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. Her work in the U.K. includes directing at Libra Theater Company under Stephen Hawking, as well as teaching and performing at Covent Garden Arts Center Cambridge and Age Exchange Theater in London. Deb was previously an RN Tutor and voted SF Divafest Playwright for Crystal Daze.

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 · 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11 · $150

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.

Stage Combat Certification: Unarmed—Level 2

Ages 16 and up · Go beyond taking a punch! Learn to apply unarmed techniques to classical and contemporary scenes. This scene study class will prepare you for roles by great playwrights both contemporary and classical and incorporate theatrical violence. Students will review standard unarmed moves, learn advanced techniques, and rehearse and perform choreography specific to the needs of an assigned scene. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to take a “Skills Proficiency Test” for recognition as an Intermediate Theatrical Combatant with Dueling Arts International. Prerequisite: Level 1 Unarmed or permission from the instructor.

MON 7–10pm · 1/9, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 · $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 International.

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 International.

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 Fifth 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