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Play Creation: Native American Myths and Legends

Grades K–1 & 2–3 · Join us as we explore the mythical creatures, heroic humans, and wise spirits that inhabit the stories of Native American legends. We’ll meet Tricky Coyote, Mother Bear, and Gods and Goddesses with incredible powers as we bring to life the folklore of the Chumash and Lakota tribes through action and movement.

In the K–1 grade play creation class, our youngest artists will use dynamic movement and vocal projection to create the world of the play and embody a clear adventure from start to finish.

In the 2–3 grade play creation class, young artists will create a fully realized script through dynamic movement and individualized character development.

Grades K–1: SAT 9:30–10:30am · 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/3 (dress rehearsal), 3/4 (performance) · $140
Grades 2–3: SAT 11am–12:30pm · 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/10 (dress rehearsal), 3/11 (performance) · $225

Lexi Diamond is a performer, writer, director, and teaching artist with a BA in drama, music, and education from Vassar College. She came to Berkeley Rep after receiving the Peter F. Sloss Literary/Dramaturgy Fellowship, and is delighted to now teach with the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. Before moving to the Bay Area, Lexi worked in the literary office and education department at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI, and as an assistant director with the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA program. She teaches drama and voice classes with organizations throughout the Bay and is the Conservatory Associate at Berkeley Playhouse. Lexi studied comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles, and she is a performer, coach, and producer at Endgames Improv in the SF Mission.

Erica Blue has a BA in dance/theatre and child development from Sarah Lawrence College. She has taught and performed around the U.S. from La MaMa in New York to the Cleveland Performance Art Festival and won Best of the Fringe in San Francisco and Seattle. Now a mother of two boys, she has redoubled her enthusiasm for teaching young people how to explore their imaginations.

Performance Workshop: Potter Plays—The Series Continues

Grades 3–5 · Inspired by Harry Potter’s magical world, we will create an original tale of mayhem, might, and magic. Share your special skills and invent unique songs, dances, and characters in the world of Hogwarts. The show belongs to you as director, actor, and playwright. Make your costumes, sets, and props for the premiere performance to share with family and friends during the last class—and be sure to stay for the after-party!

SAT 9:30–11:30am · 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/10 (dress rehearsal), 3/11 (performance) · $285
SOLD OUT—Please call 510 647–2996 for wait list

Nancy Gold is a multifaceted performing artist, director, teacher, and author of Finding Your Funny Bone! The Actor’s Guide to Physical Comedy and Characters. Her teaching experience includes Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, ACT Young Conservatory, California Shakespeare Theatre, Marin Theatre, UCLA, and public and private schools throughout the country. Directing credits include A Servant of Two Masters, Pipping Longstocking, Madeline and the Gypsies, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and original adaptations based on literature. She studied with Jacques LeCoq and Ctibor Turba, and has a BFA from the University of Illinois and a Master’s equivalency degree. Nancy performs comedy and vaudeville with her partner, Lol Levy.

Musical Theatre Scene Study: Putnam County Spelling Bee

Grades 5–8 · Is your best friend the dictionary? Tony Award-winning musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, book by Rachel Sheinkin and score by William Finn, throws six eccentric young students together as they compete for the ultimate spelling bee prize. While they search for the correct way to spell increasingly difficult words, each student also reveals touching and hilarious secrets from their home life. The wildly funny score includes: “My Unfortunate Distraction,” “I Speak Six Languages,” “I’m Not That Smart,” and “Magic Foot.” Individually, students will work on the singing and acting of a 16-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.

FRI 4–6:30pm · 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17 (performance) · $300
SOLD OUT—Please call 510 647–2996 for wait list

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.

Improvisation

Grades 6–8 · 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.

THU 4:30–6:30pm · 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16 (showing) · $280

Laura Derry was a scripted actor terrified of improv, but after her first class, it was so much fun that she hasn’t stopped doing it. She has a BA in Theatre Arts from UCSC and trained at ACT, Berkley Rep, and BATS Improv. Laura performs improv all over the Bay Area, was on TLC’s reality show Four Weddings, and recently starred in the short film Displacement, which won an award at the Monaco International Film Festival. Laura is a guest artist who teaches in the K–12 school system, applying improv and getting students ready for performances. She works with beginning adult improvisers, more advanced classes geared towards performances involving short form or long form, and local businesses doing leadership and communication trainings with applied improv. Laura is a walking testament to the power of improv—she was once very shy, highly self-critical of her creativity, and terrified of improv. Now she is a professional improviser and teacher who creates a safe, fun space to laugh with a wonderful group of people.

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.

Private Voice

Grades 6–8 · 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 6–8 · Don’t be caught unprepared for an upcoming high school 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