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Musical Theatre Scene Study: Les Misérables

Grades 9–12 · Do You Hear the People Sing? Students will explore songs and scenes from Les Misérables, the epic revolutionary musical based on Victor Hugo’s novel. A winner of eight Tony Awards, the show is set in France and follows a former convict on his path of redemption, as he makes his way in a society that heavily favors the rich and ignores the poverty-stricken masses. As the musical is completely sung, we will be working on vocal technique along with acting the song from moment to moment. Each student will have their own solo, as well as participate in several ensemble numbers. Some of the songs that will be in the final performance include “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Master of the House,” “Castle on a Cloud,” and “Stars.”

THU 4–6:30pm · 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6 (performance) · $290

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.

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 · 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22 · $250

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.

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 learning 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!

TUE 4:30–6pm · 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26 · $160 (Winter—Simpson)
MON 4:30–6pm · 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13 · $160 (Spring—Curry)

Michael Curry is a local actor/writer. He recently played Malachai in Cal Shakes’ production of black odyssey. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Michael graduated from Morehouse College in 2016 with a BA in Drama. He recently completed a year-long education fellowship with Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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.

Spring Training for Actors

Grades 9–12 · This training intensive focuses not only on craft but also on keeping our minds and bodies healthy and open. We will dive in and create our own tool belt each week while we look at all forms of techniques. Discover Adler’s imagination process, Meisner’s repetition, Strasberg’s relaxation, and Hagen’s take on honesty in performance. Along with a few other techniques, the class can introduce and explore what helps us as individuals connect to our art, mind, body, and soul.

“Acting is the most personal of our crafts. The makeup of a human being—their physical, mental and emotional habits—influence their acting to a much greater extent than commonly recognized.”—Lee Strasberg

“The actor has to develop their body. The actor has to work on their voice. But the most important thing the actor has to work on is their mind.”—Stella Adler

TUE 4:30–6pm · 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21 · $160

Martha Brigham is a Massachusetts raised, Bay Area “wash ashore” who has worked in professional theatre for the past eight years. Martha graduated from the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and studied with Steppenwolf West under alumni Tom Irwin and LA’s comedy improv group, The Groundlings. Locally, she has worked with Magic Theatre, Shotgun Players, Aurora Theatre, SF Playhouse, Marin Theatre Company, and Central Works, as well as La Jolla Playhouse and Secret Rose Theatre in Southern California. Martha currently coaches acting, improvisation, and audition technique. She’s excited to be back at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre creating and discovering honesty and expression through performance.

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.

MON 4:30–6pm · 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25 · $160 (Winter—Curry)
THU 4:30–6pm · 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30 · $160 (Spring—Simpson)

Michael Curry is a local actor/writer. He recently played Malachai in Cal Shakes’ production of black odyssey. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Michael graduated from Morehouse College in 2016 with a BA in Drama. He recently completed a year-long education fellowship with Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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: Small Sword

Ages 16 and up · Small sword is the most elegant and deadly of the personal combat weapons. Students will explore this juxtaposition of grace and violence by studying period movement in conjunction with swordplay. This course will cover the basic skills of theatrical small sword, stressing safety and partnership. Participants will also learn footwork, parries, thrusts, deceptions, wounds, kills, and many other skills allowing them to create the illusion of violence. It will be fast-paced, fun, and a good workout, too! All students will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform scenes that include stage combat and take a skills proficiency test for recognition as an Actor Combatant with Dueling Arts International. Class size is limited to 12. Full-fingered gloves are required. Open to all levels.

Class is held at Berkeley Rep’s rehearsal studio at 999 Harrison St, Berkeley CA 94710.

MON 7–10pm · 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13 · $230

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.

MON between 10am–noon · $75/hour
To schedule a voice session email rcastelli@berkeleyrep.org

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–5pm · July 16–August 9 · $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 15–August 2 · $840

 

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