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Performance Workshop: Create Your Own Play

Grades 2–3 · Students will become part of an acting/improv ensemble and create a performance piece based on popular children’s books and films. Explore the process of bringing stories to life through movement, dialogue, music, improvisation, and character work. This class will conclude with a final performance for family and friends. May be repeated.

SAT 9:30–11am · 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9 (dress rehearsal), 3/16 (performance) · $235

Mallory Penney has been involved in theatre since she was 6 years old and has never looked back. From acting to stage managing to directing, Mallory has always felt at home working with young actors exploring the wonders theatre can offer. While attending school, Mallory founded and ran a theatre program at Earhart Elementary School in Alameda. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in Theater and Performance Studies. Mallory currently works as a teaching artist with companies such as Tomorrow Youth Repertory and Throckmorton Theatre.

Vocal Workshop for Singers and Actors

Grades 3–5 · This introductory vocal workshop is designed for students grades 3–5. Students will learn the basics of vocal health, technique, and performance; to include locating head and chest voice, posture and alignment, ear training, and creative expression in the context of learning from various musicals. Students will perform selections of the music they learned throughout the quarter.

SAT 9–10:30am · 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/8 (dress rehearsal), 3/9 (performance) · $235

Marissa Rudd holds a BM in Vocal Performance and has studied beneath world renowned singers, to include: Nicole Cabell, George Shirley, Michelle DeYoung, Jennifer Black, and more. She has spent the last 13 years performing and educating young performers across the US. She has been nominated three times for Best Actress in a Musical for her take on Sarah in Ragtime. With a passion for personal empowerment through performance, Marissa is thrilled to be back with Berkeley Rep School of Theatre after holding the assistant director position in the Summer Intensive.

Play Creation: Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus

Grades 4–6 · Become a hero, just like Percy, Annabeth, and Grover! Inspired by the Percy Jackson series, we will dive into the magical world of Greek gods and goddesses, mythical creatures, and more, creating our own original story. This is your chance to be an actor, playwright, designer, and director as we create our own characters, adventures, costumes, sets, and props, culminating in a final performance for your friends and family. Come share and discover the superpowers inside of you!

SAT 10:30am–12:30pm · 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/15 (dress rehearsal), 3/16 (performance) · $315

Maya Herbsman is a Bay Area-raised director, playwright, teaching artist, and arts administrator. She is currently serving as the associate artistic director and education coordinator at Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco. Maya received her BA in theater from Wesleyan University, where she was awarded the Rachel Henderson Memorial Prize for Excellence in Directing. Locally, she has worked with Shotgun Players, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Z Space, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, We Players, Spotlight: Girls, and Idiot String. Maya teaches acting, theatre creation, movement, musical theatre, improv, creative writing, and self-empowerment through theatre to children and teens across the Bay.

Musical Theatre Scene Study: The Wiz

Grades 6–8 · When Harlem schoolteacher Dorothy tries to save her dog from a storm, she’s miraculously whisked away to an urban fantasy land called Oz. After accidentally killing the Wicked Witch of the East upon her arrival, Dorothy is told about the Wiz, a wizard who can help her get back to Manhattan. As Dorothy goes in search of the Wiz, she’s joined by the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. As an ensemble, the students will work on a group musical scene. Individually, each student will work on the singing and acting of a 16-bar selection from the musical score. In addition, each student will be paired with a scene partner, and will be taught the acting process for developing a scene. The final performance will include their solos, an ensemble musical number, and prepared scenes.

TUE 4–6:30pm · 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12 (performance) · $310

Marissa Rudd holds a BM in Vocal Performance and has studied beneath world renowned singers, to include: Nicole Cabell, George Shirley, Michelle DeYoung, Jennifer Black, and more. She has spent the last 13 years performing and educating young performers across the US. She has been nominated three times for Best Actress in a Musical for her take on Sarah in Ragtime. With a passion for personal empowerment through performance, Marissa is thrilled to be back with Berkeley Rep School of Theatre after holding the assistant director position in the Summer Intensive.

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 4:15–6:15pm · 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14 (showing) · $280

Maya Herbsman is a Bay Area-raised director, playwright, teaching artist, and arts administrator. She is currently serving as the associate artistic director and education coordinator at Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco. Maya received her BA in theater from Wesleyan University, where she was awarded the Rachel Henderson Memorial Prize for Excellence in Directing. Locally, she has worked with Shotgun Players, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Z Space, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, We Players, Spotlight: Girls, and Idiot String. Maya teaches acting, theatre creation, movement, musical theatre, improv, creative writing, and self-empowerment through theatre to children and teens across the Bay.

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. 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! Can be repeated.

Prerequisite for Level 2: Previous acting classes at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre or another reputable theatre studio.

MON 4:30–6pm · 1/7, 1/14, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11 · $160 (Level 1—Vergez)
MON 4:30–6pm · 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25 · $160 (Level 2—Herbsman)

Maya Herbsman is a Bay Area-raised director, playwright, teaching artist, and arts administrator. She is currently serving as the associate artistic director and education coordinator at Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco. Maya received her BA in theater from Wesleyan University, where she was awarded the Rachel Henderson Memorial Prize for Excellence in Directing. Locally, she has worked with Shotgun Players, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Z Space, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, We Players, Spotlight: Girls, and Idiot String. Maya teaches acting, theatre creation, movement, musical theatre, improv, creative writing, and self-empowerment through theatre to children and teens across the Bay.

Gabriel Vergez initially came to theatre through singing, first with San Francisco Boys Chorus, and then with Kairos Youth Choir. This led to an audition for Berkeley Rep’s Brundibar. The wonderful creation, direction, and ensemble and excitement of a world premiere ensured that Gabriel was bitten by the theatre bug. He was later cast as The Boy in The Pillowman, and served as understudy in Troublemaker, also with Berkeley Rep. After acting in numerous high school projects and participating in independent theatre productions in Berkeley as well, Gabriel continued at University of Puget Sound as both a performing actor and theatre arts and French major. Gabriel is a practitioner of capoeira and an avid basketball player in addition to being a fluent French speaker. Recently graduated, Gabriel has worked as both assistant and teaching staff with Berkeley Rep School of Theatre for over seven years and is happy to be back at his second home.

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.

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 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

 

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