Improv Storytelling Laboratory
Grades 2–4 · Come play improv games and learn about creating and acting out stories as a team. Where will your story take us? Perhaps we will go to the moon to discover aliens, or have a battle with the evil villain called the Popcorn King! Or maybe we will create a story about the adventure of a spike-less porcupine. The possibilities are endless when we work together to create story magic.
SAT 9–10:30am · 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28 (sharing) · $110
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.
Time Travelers’ Tales—A Wrinkle in Time—Another Chapter
Grades 4–6 · Come and be a Time Traveler as you create your original tale based on the book A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. You create it all. You will not only create your own characters, act in the story you have written, and create the set, costumes, and props, but also add elements of video, photos, audio, music, and sound! Blending the world of live performance with digital elements to create a multimedia living theatre piece! Come and learn how to create the magic of theatre—and even learn some real magic tricks to include in your Wrinkle in Time tale. Share your vision and your talents at a performance for family and friends at the final class. The time has come to tell your tale!
SAT 9:30–11:30am · 7/7, 7/14, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11 (performance) · $175
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. She has studied physical theatre in Paris with Jacques LeCoq, mime with Claude Kipnis, and clowning with Ctibor Turba. She has a BFA from the University of Illinois and a Master’s equivalence. She teaches at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, ACT Young Conservatory, Academy of Art University, California Shakespeare Theater, Marin Theatre, UCLA, and public and private schools throughout the country. Directing credits include A Servant of Two Masters, Pippi Longstocking, Madeline and the Gypsies, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, as well as numerous original plays about empowering women for young audiences and adaptations based on literature. Nancy performs comedy and vaudeville with her partner, Lol Levy.
Summer Theatre Intensive: Session 1
Entering grades 6–8 · 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–3pm · June 18–July 13 · $1290
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/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 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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Current Berkeley Rep season subscribers receive a 10% discount off summer classes!*
Blue Star families can receive 15% off summer classes. Please call 510 647–2996 to register.*
* Discounts may not be applied to certain classes (as indicated), Summer Theatre Intensive, Filmmaking and Acting Intensive, private voice, or coaching.
Berkeley Rep School of Theatre is pleased to be able to offer financial aid for students enrolling in our youth and teen classes. Scholarships will be granted to students attending classes who demonstrate a strong financial need. Financial aid will be disbursed on a sliding scale—eligible families generally receive scholarships covering between 30%–100% of tuition.
Families applying for financial aid must submit a minimum $25 deposit per student at the time of registration. This amount secures the student’s place in the program while their financial aid application is under consideration.
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School of Theatre major sponsors
Walter & Elise Haas Fund
The Reva & David Logan Foundation
The Woodlawn Foundation