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The Art of Auditioning: Prep for College & 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 acting 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 which will be performed during mock auditions the final night.

TUE 4:30–6:30pm · 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, 11/28 · $220

Dan Wolf is an actor, rapper, playwright, director, producer, and educator. His work crosses artistic and cultural borders to combine conventional theatre styles with the themes, language, music, history, politics, and aesthetics of the Hip-Hop generation. Dan is a founding member of the critically acclaimed Hip-Hop music and theatre collective Felonious “known to turn Hip-Hop shows into ass-shaking Musical Theater.” Dan is also the Artistic Director of Sound in the Silence an experiential education project that uses history to inspire new performance and creative expression. Dan is currently developing Curren$y, an all female Hip-Hop adaptation of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. His play Daylighting was produced by Shotgun Players in 2014. His play Stateless, a hip-hop and beatbox infused theatrical collaboration with Tommy Shepherd, balancing German and Jewish history with the problems of racism and the African American experience, has been produced in San Francisco, Hamburg, and New York. His play Angry Black White Boy, based on the novel by Adam Mansbach, premiered at Intersection for the Arts in October 2008, ran for 12 sold-out weeks, and was named Top Ten Best Theater Plays by the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner. His play Beatbox: A Raparetta (co-authored with Tommy Shepherd) has been produced in San Francisco, Oakland, Petaluma, Germany, and at the New York Hip-Hop Theater Festival. Beatbox is published by TCG in the Hip-Hop Theater anthology Plays from the Boom Box Galaxy.

Musical Theatre Scene Study: American Idiot

Grades 9–12 · Don’t wanna be an American Idiot! Based on the punk rock band Green Day’s conceptual rock-opera album, American Idiot explores the lives of three unhappy suburban youths. Numbed by television and angered by the repetitive pointlessness of their lives, the three youths each follow a different path to try to find a more authentic life. The Grammy-winning score includes “Jesus of Suburbia,” “Good Riddance,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” and “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.” Individually, students will work on the singing and acting of a 16- to 32-bar selection from the score. 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 number, and prepared scenes.

THU 4–6:30pm · 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30 (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 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.

SAT 11am–12:30pm · 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28 · $150

William Thomas Hodgson is an artist, an activist, and an educator. He has appeared locally at Berkeley Rep, Cal Shakes, TheatreWorks, Shotgun Players, and Berkeley Playhouse. He has led training for all ages in acting, movement, public speaking, imaginative play, and more at Berkeley Playhouse, UCSD, ACT, PCPA, and recently Park Day School. Acting credits include An Octoroon (Mixed Blood), Ragtime (PCPA), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (La Jolla), El Henry (San Diego Rep), and I Am My Own Wife (Ubuntu). He trained at PCPA, Santa Fe University, and UCSD. William is the Co-Artistic Director of Ubuntu Theater Project in Oakland, CA. Peace.

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.

WED 4:30–6:30pm · 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18 · $160

Embodied Movement: Breakdance and Contemporary Movement

Grades 9–12 · This course is open to all levels of thinkers, expressers, movers, and explorers. Develop embodied movement and learn improvisational movement fundamentals in order to hone your natural impulses and intuition. We begin by exploring the qualities of contemporary hip hop, Laban, and dance/physical theatre movement. Gain a greater understanding of self, presence, rootedness, and connectedness to the external: time, spatial relationships, the environment, and the frequencies of other beings. Movers will navigate their abilities to adapt, shift, improvise, and derive creative impulses from varying sources of stimuli—sound, breath, music, text, spoken word, and visual images. Ultimately, we will uncover pathways to imbue movement with intention, expression, and storytelling.

MON 4:30–6pm · 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8 · $150

Hien Huynh is a movement artist, performer, choreographer, and dancer. Hien began as a self-taught free form mover with exposure to break dance, contemporary, and hip hop. He holds a BA in Dramatic Arts: Dance and Theater and also a BA in Communication. Hien has performed professionally in the works of Kim Epifano, Robert Moses’ Kin, Raissa Simpson, Kinetech Arts, Angela Dice Nguyen, John Jasperse, Bob McGrath, and Qudus Onikeku. He is also a member of Axis Connect 2016 in Los Angeles. Hien is a 2017 solo artist recipient of the Bay Area CA$H Grant. Using movement as a medium to communicate the unspoken, he hopes to closer link the human to human-heart to heart connection.

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 · 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4 · $265
SOLD OUT—Please call 510 647–2996 for wait list

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 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