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Play Creation: Shadow Puppetry Design

Grades 2–4 · Shadow puppetry is an ancient and still thriving art form with varying origins in China, Greece/Turkey, and Indonesia/Cambodia. Students will journey to Indonesia and create an original piece based on a traditional folk tale, The Dancing Pig. Meet Rangsasa, the ogress with superhuman powers, the dancing pig who outsmarts her, and the great trickster Pelan. Students will design and make their own puppets, and learn vocal and physical performance techniques and basic principles of how light, color, and shadow operate to share with family and friends on the last class.

In the 2–4 grade Play Creation class, young artists will create a shadow play from start to finish using full color puppetry, vocal projection, full body movement, and dynamic backdrops.

SAT 11am–12:30pm · 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18 (dress rehearsal), 12/2 (performance) · $195

Suzi Garner is a shadow puppeteer, writer, and visual artist. Living in Southeast Asia for 15 years, she studied traditional forms of puppetry, art, and music throughout the region. Since moving to the Bay Area she has performed with ShadowLight Productions in San Francisco and teaches at a wide variety of schools and art programs.

Performance Workshop: Masks, Mayhem, and Emojis

Grades 4–6 · Come and explore a world of masks and Emojis! Create your own action-packed thriller, full of magic and mayhem, with twists and turns, villains, hackers, heroes, and heroines. No firewall is too hot, no code is too hard to crack. Choose from a wide range of exquisitely crafted animal, character, and fantasy masks (a three faced person) to work with, or create your own Emoji mask. You will design costumes, sets, and soundtracks to share with family and friends on the last class. Learning to create the physical life of a character is a primary tool for any performer. Mask work is an excellent discipline to learn physical expression, emotional expression, and storytelling.

TUE 4–6pm · 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14 (dress rehearsal), 11/21 (performance) · $285

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: The Addams Family

Grades 5–8 · Let us celebrate what it is to be an Addams! Based on the original cartoon characters that inspired the TV show and movie, the musical comedy The Addams Family tells the story of a family with an affinity for shadows, gloom, and the macabre. When Wednesday Addams falls in love with a “normal” boy named Lucas, her family members are horrified. When Lucas and his family come for a visit, it is a disaster! The comedic score includes “Pulled,” “Morticia,” and “What If?” 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 will learn the acting process for developing a scene. The final performance will include their 16-bar singing solos, ensemble musical number, and prepared scenes.

TUE 4–6:30pm · 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/28 (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.

Improvisation

Grades 6–8 · Expand your imagination through improvisation! As an ensemble, students explore technique, theory, games, and tricks 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 · 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26 (showing) · $160

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.

Acting Intensive

Grades 6–8 · 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 1–2:30pm · 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28 · $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.

Act, Direct, FILM!

Grades 7–10 · Ever wanted to make your own film? Now you can! We will be using DSLR and professional Camcorders to capture our footage and learn the basics of pre- and post-production as we journey to bring original stories to life on film. We will explore pitching an idea, writing a script, creating a story board, planning camera shots, and directing, acting, and editing your final project. Each week we will learn and apply a new skill to bring you one step closer to becoming a filmmaker. Equipment will be provided by the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre for use.

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

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.

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.

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 6–8 · 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