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Performance Workshop: Create Your Own Play

Grades 2–4 · 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 · 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/31 (dress rehearsal), 6/1 (performance) · $190

Amelia Adams is a performer, director, choreographer, and puppeteer. She is a resident artist with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and a teaching artist with Cal Shakes, the Quinan Street Project, Arabian Shakespeare Festival, and Circus of Smiles. Amelia performs with Gamelan Sekar Jaya, Berkeley’s Balinese performing ensemble. She most recently played Malvolio/Sebastian in Twelfth Night with Arabian Shakespeare Festival. Amelia has toured commedia dell’arte shows to fringe festivals on both coasts with her company AlulA Ensemble. Her solo work has premiered at San Francisco Fringe Festival and Utopia Theatre Project. She ran the youth circus performance ensemble at Kinetic Arts Center and created two full-length circus adaptations of The Borrowers and Alice in Wonderland. Amelia graduated from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre and continues to specialize in ensemble-based physical theatre.

Vocal Workshop for Singers and Actors

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 through the context of learning from various musicals. Students will perform selections of the music they learned throughout the quarter.

SAT 9–10:30am · 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 6/1 (sharing) · $170

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

Grades 5–7 · Helmed by a professional playwright and director, this class gives students the opportunity to experience the thrill of creating and performing in an original play! Students will dream up and fully realize a play adapted from a story of their choosing. Does your student want to become a wizard? A superhero? A god or goddess? Now’s their chance! Through the process of Play Creation, students will explore their own voice and vision while experiencing the art of collaboration as an ensemble. Join us as we embark on the adventure of making an original play, crafted especially for the individuals in the class, together!

SAT 10:30am–1pm · 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 6/1, 6/7 (dress rehearsal), 6/8 (performance) · $340

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: Heathers

Grades 6–8 · Heathers is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously handsome new kid J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heather’s “aerobicized butt”…but J.D. has another plan for that bullet. 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 · 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4 (performance) · $275

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 4:30–6:30pm · 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6 (showing) · $265

Amelia Adams is a performer, director, choreographer, and puppeteer. She is a resident artist with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and a teaching artist with Cal Shakes, the Quinan Street Project, Arabian Shakespeare Festival, and Circus of Smiles. Amelia performs with Gamelan Sekar Jaya, Berkeley’s Balinese performing ensemble. She most recently played Malvolio/Sebastian in Twelfth Night with Arabian Shakespeare Festival. Amelia has toured commedia dell’arte shows to fringe festivals on both coasts with her company AlulA Ensemble. Her solo work has premiered at San Francisco Fringe Festival and Utopia Theatre Project. She ran the youth circus performance ensemble at Kinetic Arts Center and created two full-length circus adaptations of The Borrowers and Alice in Wonderland. Amelia graduated from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre and continues to specialize in ensemble-based physical theatre.

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.

MON 4:30–6pm · 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13 · $160

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

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 17–July 12 · $1290

 

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