Theatre-based workshops led by professional artists

Introduction

Bring Berkeley Rep to your school

The term “well-rounded education” means courses, activities, and programming in subjects such as English, reading or language arts, writing, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, geography, computer science, music, career and technical education, health, physical education, and any other subject, as determined by the State or local educational agency, with the purpose of providing all students access to an enriched curriculum and educational experience. (ESSA, Title VIII, Section 8002)

By providing access and opportunities for participation in the arts, Berkeley Rep uses theatre as a means to challenge, thrill, and galvanize what is best in the human spirit.

We offer a wide range of new FREE* and low-cost theatre-based workshops to Bay Area schools that align with Common Core through interactive learning and goal-setting curriculum. Whether bringing dramatic text to life, developing students’ original work, or using critical thinking to reimagine our future, our professional teaching artists help students apply their creative potential to fundamental skills and concepts, challenging them to explore complex ideas and universal themes.

We understand the unique challenges facing California schools today. Now, more than ever, we must work together to reinforce arts education as a community value and as an integral part of our cultural fabric.

Discover the variety of workshops available now

* Limited to one free teaching hour per public middle and high school in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma counties. Free hour issued based on availability; must request at least one week in advance. Must sign and agree to Berkeley Rep School of Theatre booking agreement.

Workshops at your school

Utilizing acting, movement, voice, and playwriting techniques, our workshops support the development of social/emotional life skills such as communication, problem solving, collaboration, and creative expression. Click the links below for more information about specific workshops.

Workshops available:

  • September 2017 through June 2018;
  • For high school, middle school, and upper elementary school;
  • For up to 30 students at a time;
  • In one-, three-, six-, or 10-hour sessions.

Teaching artists bring:

  • Multiple modalities of learning and expression with students;
  • Creative workshops including story creation, playwriting, and design;
  • Skill based workshops including acting, improvisation, Shakespeare, voice, movement, and stage combat;
  • Ability to integrate a topic from your curriculum;
  • Flexibility based on your students’ grade, experience level, and your feedback;
  • Connections to Common Core Standards in ELA-Literacy and California Department of Education Visual and Performing Arts Standards in Theatre.

Classroom teachers choose Berkeley Rep to:

  • Develop students’ literary skills;
  • Develop theatre vocabulary and skills;
  • Develop creative skills necessary to adapt stories, originate ideas, and develop characters;
  • Build cooperative skills amongst students;
  • Encourage students’ practice of empathy and self-reflection;
  • Encourage students to make informed artistic choices;
  • Bring working artists into your classroom.

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Elementary

Story Builders

Bring a story to life! Using sound, movement, dialogue, and improvisation, students turn the classroom into a living theatre, becoming characters in a story chosen from our reading list. This workshop introduces students to theatre and helps develop literacy and communication skills in an artistic environment.

Story Builders is available in all the above hour formats. Berkeley Rep Teaching Artists will modify curriculum based on students’ grade, level of experience, and teacher feedback. Depending on availability, Story Builders has the option of a bilingual program for Spanish-speaking ELL students.

To bring Story Builders into your classroom, please look at the literature selection list and complete the registration form. We will contact you to confirm your scheduling once we have received all necessary registration information.

Grade level

Grades 2–5

Sample of key concepts and vocabulary introduced

Theatre vocabulary

  • Acting
  • Character
  • Design
  • Dialogue
  • Directing
  • Ensemble
  • Scene
  • Script
  • Setting

SEL skills

  • Risk-taking
  • Collaboration
  • Confidence
  • Visualization
  • Motivation

Literary skills

  • Understanding plot structure
  • Writing dialogue
  • Reading and analyzing text

Literature selections

Based on the California Board of Education recommended reading list, the following stories are appropriate for the following grades (click here for a printable PDF of the literature selections).

Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti (Grades K–3)

by Gerald McDermott

When the cunning and mischievous Anansi is about to become someone else’s dinner, his six sons come to his rescue. This Caldecott Honor award-winning book celebrates the value of family and how everyone’s unique talents make up the whole.

Lucha Libre (Grades K–3, Spanish or English)

by Xavier Garza

Carlitos travels with his father to Mexico City where he attends his first luchador match. As the good guys enter the ring, the most famous luchador walks past Carlitos and smiles right at him! There’s something familiar about the Man in the Silver Mask…but in any case, he is Carlitos’ new greatest hero.

The Hungry Coat (Grades K–3)

by Demi

The Turkish folk hero Nasrettin Hoca is a friend to all. After corralling an escaped goat, he attends a friend’s party in his dirty coat, and is shunned by his friends because of his appearance. However, when Nasrettin changes into a fancy new coat, he is treated like a king and served a feast. To his friends’ astonishment, he begins to feed his coat! Discover how Nasrettin teaches his friends a valuable lesson about what really matters.

Room on the Broom (Grades K–3)

by Julia Donaldson

A witch, a cat, and a big black hat. The hat falls to the ground, by a dog it is found. A bow made of ribbon from her braid does it fly, snatched from the air by a bird in the sky. Her wand! Slips from her hands and tumbles below, rescued by a frog in a pond with a croak. A fun, rhyme-infused storybook about helping others and friendship.

Musicians of the Sun (Grades 1–3)

by Gerald McDermott

The day the Lord of the Night came out into the world he was struck by its gray joylessness. He called Wind to his side, and bade him to free the musicians of the sun and bring joy back into the world. Will Wind succeed? Or will the world remain colorless for all time?

Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth (Grades 1–3)

by Sanjay Patel and Emily Haynes

Ganesha, a Hindu god, loves candy. With an elephant’s head, and a magical mouse for transport, he wanders from temple to temple collecting fruit, rice, and sweets. But when one day he breaks a tusk, his confidence is shook. What can he do with a lopsided tusk? Will the other gods laugh and poke fun? Find out in this encouraging tale about the power of believing in yourself.

The Word Collector (Grades 1–3, Spanish or English)

by Sonja Wimmer

Just like some people collect stamps or coins or bottle caps, Luna collects words. All types of words: big words, little words, funny words, and beautiful words. But one day the interesting words begin to disappear. Afraid of what that might mean, Luna sets out on a journey to spread words of love and friendship across the world.

Zomo the Rabbit (Grades 1–4)

by Gerald McDermott

Zomo the Rabbit goes to the Sky God to ask for the gift of wisdom. Sky God gives Zomo three impossible tasks to complete in order to earn this valuable gift. Will Zomo’s clever tricks be enough to appease the Sky God and reach his goal? A trickster tale from West Africa.

Coyote (Grades 1–4)

by Gerald McDermott

Coyote has a nose for trouble. He always finds it. And he always wants to be something other than what he is. The day he meets the crows is no different. Does he have what it takes to be one of them? Or will he stay a coyote forever?

Floating on Mama’s Song (Grades 1–4, Spanish or English)

by Laura Lacamara

Mama loves to sing. Her song is so beautiful that when notes escape her throat, everyone around her is so filled with happiness they begin to float in the air (even the neighbor’s cow!). But what happens when Mama stops singing and her family can no longer float on her song? This melodic story of family and the magic of music is available in both English and Spanish.

Tasty Baby Belly Buttons (Grades 2–4)

by Judy Sierra

In this tale from Japan, Uriko’s parents taught her to be a great warrior and master dumpling maker. When giant monsters named oni (who love to munch on baby belly buttons) invade her village and steal all the babies, Uriko’s skills are put to the test. With a sack full of dumplings, a sword, and some loyal companions, Uriko’s quest teaches that brains and teamwork are worth far more than brute strength.

Ananse and the Lizard: A West African Tale (Grades 2–5)

by Pat Cummings

In this retelling of a West African tale, the ever-popular spider, Ananse, makes another appearance in a story about why the lizard stretches its neck. The clever Ananse happened to discover along his journey that the Chief was looking to have his daughter married, and the one who knows her name will win her hand. Due to a combination of luck and slyness, Ananse discovers the name of the girl, but through Ananse’s lapse in judgment, the lizard ends up marrying the Chief’s daughter. A variation of the Rumpelstiltskin tale.

The Big Orange Splot (Grades 3–5)

by Daniel Manus Pinkwater

Mr. Plumbean lives in a town where all the houses look exactly the same. But when a lucky accident gives his home a spot of color, Mr. Plumbean has a choice to make. Will he cave to the demands of his neighbors, or will he find the courage to break free of the mold? A riveting tale about daring to make your dreams come true that is sure to add a little color to your life.

The Magic Gourd (Grades 3–5)

by Baba Wagué Diakité

During a terrible drought, Brother Rabbit saves Chameleon from a thorn bush. In exchange, Chameleon gives Brother Rabbit a magic gourd that will fill with whatever the owner desires. The magic gourd sustains Brother Rabbit and his family until a greedy king hears about its wonders and steals it to build an endless supply of gold. However, the king underestimates the power of friendship and generosity and is soon taught that they are worth far more than any shiny treasure in this story from Mali.

Raisel’s Riddle (Grades 3–5)

by Erica Silverman

A Polish Cinderella story, Raisel is brought up by her scholarly grandfather to value learning and studying. When her grandfather dies, Raisel leaves for the city to seek work. The work is hard, but she finds solace in the kindness of the rabbi’s son. On the night of the Purim play, an act of kindness earns Raisel a chance to attend the play in a beautiful costume which captures the attention of the rabbi’s son. However, it is her wit in creating the perfect riddle which captures his heart.

Grace for President (Grades 3–5)

by Kelly DiPucchio

Grace cannot believe there has never been a woman president, so she decides to run for President of her class and is pretty sure she’ll win…until Thomas Cobb, the very popular spelling-bee-champion-soccer-captain, decides to run against her. Will hard work and good ideas be enough to win this election? Grace for President gives an excellent explanation of the election process while also teaching lessons in defying stereotypes and achieving goals.

The Woman Who Outshone the Sun (Grades 3–5, Spanish or English)

by Alejandro Cruz Martinez

When Lucia Zenteno arrives in an ancient Mexican village surrounded by butterflies and accompanied by an iguana, the civilians are overwhelmed with her beauty and majesty. Despite the elders’ warnings to respect Lucia, they are frightened of her power and turn to insults to drive her out of their village. With her departure she brings the village’s river, and they must seek her forgiveness to save their homes. Written in Spanish and English, this story works well with multicultural and environmental units.

Thunder Rose (Grades 3–5)

by Jerdine Nolen

Thunder Rose vows to grow up to be more than just big and strong, thank you very kindly—and boy, does she ever! Born on a stormy night, Thunder Rose is a hopeful child who turns away a tornado with her song and the depth of her “fortunate feeling.” A tall tale of joy, love, and thunderous music.

Smoky Night (Grades 3–5)

by Eve Bunting

Daniel and his mom are living in turbulent times: riots in the streets, looting, and fires. In all the chaos, Jasmine, Daniel’s cat, goes missing. But when she is later found paw-in-paw with Mrs. Kim’s fat, mean cat, everyone learns a little something new about being kind to thy neighbor.

Red Bird (Grades 3–5)

by Barbara Mitchel and Todd L.W. Doney

There is often more to a person than meets the eye. Although Katie leads a life like any other kid at school, she is also part of a completely different, vibrant community. As she goes off to a powwow, we see the world through the eyes of Red Bird, as she’s known in her Native American tribe, and explore her heritage through the sights, sounds, and smells of a time-honored cultural tradition.

The Remembering Stone (Grades 3–5)

by Barbara Timberlake Russell

As a young girl, Ana feels unsure of the person she wants to become. One night, after placing a stone from the volcanoes of Costa Rica underneath her pillow, Ana finds herself in a deep slumber full of magical adventures. What will she learn about herself in her dreams? Journey alongside in this tale of family, friends, and self-discovery.

Brothers (Grades 3–5)

by Yin

Ming travels from China to join his brothers at their grocery shop in San Francisco. Business is so bad that his brothers are often gone while working on the railroad and frequently leaves him alone. Against his brother’s wishes, Ming ventures outside of Chinatown and meets an American boy named Patrick. What follows is a true tale of friendship and brotherhood.

Riding the Tiger (Grades 4–5)

by Eve Bunting

Sometimes we can make bad choices when we’re lonely and bored. Things are no different for young Danny. When the Tiger asks Danny if he wants a ride, Danny jumps at the chance to make a new friend. But the more time they spend together, the more Danny realizes that Tiger isn’t who he thought he was. Will Danny succumb to the Tiger’s desires? Or will his strength be enough to break free?

Note to teachers: You have the option of recommending a story from your class (as approved by Berkeley Rep staff) or you may choose from a list of previous Story Builders literature selections (provided by Berkeley Rep). 10-hour workshops may conclude with an in class sharing of work for other students or families.

Backstage Tour

Go behind the scenes at a Tony Award-winning theatre. Students get up close and personal with the working life of a professional theatre and experience the real-world context of class curriculum. Get a taste for how shows are created, from rehearsal to costume shop, backstage to balcony. Learn about career opportunities in the performing arts and meet theatre professionals. Backstage Tours last approximately one hour and can be combined with other outreach workshops or student matinees, based on availability and scheduling.

To book a Backstage Tour, please complete the registration form. We will contact you to confirm your scheduling once we have received all necessary registration information.

Grade level

Grades 4–12

New concepts and vocabulary introduced

  • Acting areas
  • Actor
  • Actor’s position
  • Blocking
  • Character
  • Collaboration
  • Costume
  • Cue
  • Design
  • Dialogue
  • Diction
  • Director
  • Dramaturg
  • Dress rehearsal
  • Ensemble
  • Genre
  • Place
  • Play
  • Playwright
  • Proscenium
  • Rehearsal
  • Run crew
  • Script
  • Stage direction
  • Stage manager
  • Theme
  • Thrust
  • Vocal projection
  • Voice

Middle and High School

Acting

In this engaging workshop your students learn to express themselves while venturing into the dynamic world of acting. Using acting exercises and scene work, students are introduced to the elements of dramatic action, text analysis, and character development. Berkeley Rep Teaching Artists will modify curriculum based on students’ grade, level of experience, and teacher feedback.

To bring an Acting workshop into your classroom, please complete the registration form. We will contact you to confirm your scheduling once we have received all necessary registration information.

Grade level

Grades 6–12

New concepts and vocabulary introduced

Acting vocabulary

  • Character motivation
  • Conflict
  • Dialogue
  • Ensemble
  • Given circumstances
  • Objective
  • Stage directions
  • Subtext
  • Tactic
  • Vocal projection and diction

SEL skills

  • Risk-taking
  • Confidence
  • Motivation

Literary skills

  • Reading and analyzing text

Backstage Tour

Go behind the scenes at a Tony Award-winning theatre. Students get up close and personal with the working life of a professional theatre and experience the real-world context of class curriculum. Get a taste for how shows are created, from rehearsal to costume shop, backstage to balcony. Learn about career opportunities in the performing arts and meet theatre professionals. Backstage Tours last approximately one hour and can be combined with other outreach workshops or student matinees, based on availability and scheduling.

To book a Backstage Tour, please complete the registration form. We will contact you to confirm your scheduling once we have received all necessary registration information.

Grade level

Grades 4–12

New concepts and vocabulary introduced

  • Acting areas
  • Actor
  • Actor’s position
  • Blocking
  • Character
  • Collaboration
  • Costume
  • Cue
  • Design
  • Dialogue
  • Diction
  • Director
  • Dramaturg
  • Dress rehearsal
  • Ensemble
  • Genre
  • Place
  • Play
  • Playwright
  • Proscenium
  • Rehearsal
  • Run crew
  • Script
  • Stage direction
  • Stage manager
  • Theme
  • Thrust
  • Vocal projection
  • Voice

Improvisation

Discover spontaneity through Improvisation. Using a series of theatre games, listening exercises, improvisations, and narrative scenes, students learn to communicate effectively and trust their impulses. In this workshop, your students will open up to the kind of spontaneity that breeds better comic timing on stage, stronger reactions in rehearsals, and increased laughter in the classroom. Berkeley Rep Teaching Artists will modify curriculum based on students’ grade, level of experience, and teacher feedback.

To bring an Improvisation workshop into your classroom, please complete the registration form. We will contact you to confirm your scheduling once we have received all necessary registration information.

Grade level

Grades 6–12

New concepts and vocabulary introduced

Improvisation concepts

  • Giving and receiving offers
  • Partnering
  • Relationship
  • Spontaneity
  • “Yes…and”

SEL skills

  • Risk-taking
  • Collaboration
  • Confidence
  • Motivation

Performance Lab

Bring your curriculum to life! Performance Lab is a program in which middle and high school students create plays that are rooted in a particular topic or theme as identified by the classroom teacher, such as a required novel, a historical period, or a theme inspired by one of Berkeley Rep’s productions. Through interactive exercises, students are taught practical theatre skills such as acting, script analysis, and character development. Berkeley Rep Teaching Artists will modify curriculum based on students’ grade, level of experience, and teacher feedback. Performance Lab is offered as a ten-hour workshop and concludes with a culminating event.

To bring Performance Lab into your classroom, please complete the registration form. We will contact you to confirm your scheduling once we have received all necessary registration information.

Grade level

Grades 6–12

New concepts and vocabulary introduced

Performance Lab vocabulary

  • Action
  • Blocking
  • Character development
  • Conflict
  • Cue
  • Dialogue
  • Dramatic structure
  • Ensemble
  • Non-narrative structure
  • Objective
  • Obstacle
  • Playwriting
  • Plot
  • Point of view
  • Set

SEL skills

  • Risk-taking
  • Collaboration
  • Confidence
  • Visualization
  • Motivation

Literary skills

  • Understanding plot structure
  • Writing dialogue
  • Editing and refining ideas

Playwriting

Enliven your curriculum through your students’ voices! In Playwriting, students create short texts inspired by a particular classroom topic or theme, such as ancient civilizations or contemporary literature, as identified by the classroom teacher. Through individual writing and interactive theatre exercises, students will explore main events, given circumstances, over-arching themes, character development, obstacles, and motivations as they work towards developing a basic script. Berkeley Rep Teaching Artists will modify curriculum based on students’ grade, level of experience, and teacher feedback.

To bring a Playwriting workshop into your classroom, please complete the registration form. We will contact you to confirm your scheduling once we have received all necessary registration information.

Grade level

Grades 6–12

New concepts and vocabulary introduced

Playwriting vocabulary

  • Adaptation
  • Character profile
  • Dialogue
  • Director
  • Exposition
  • Form
  • Relationship
  • Setting
  • Stage directions
  • Workshop reading

SEL skills

  • Risk-taking
  • Collaboration
  • Confidence
  • Visualization
  • Motivation

Literary skills

  • Understanding plot structure
  • Writing dialogue
  • Reading and analyzing text

Pre-/Post-show Workshop

Enhance the student matinee experience with pre- and post-show workshops. Before and/or after the performance, these workshops deepen engagement by introducing, exploring, and further grounding the work students see onstage at Berkeley Rep. Students use theatrical tools to examine the themes of the play, learning how to dissect and articulate their points of view while creating a richer connection to the production.

To bring a Pre-/Post-show workshop into your classroom, or add one to your visit to Berkeley Rep, please complete the registration form and indicate which Student Matinee performance you’re attending. Click here for booking details and more information about the 2017–18 Student Matinee Series. We will contact you to confirm your scheduling once we have received all necessary registration information.

2017–18 student matinee schedule

  • Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations
    September 20, 2017 · 11am
  • Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit
    October 25, 2017 · 11am
  • Watch on the Rhine
    December 6, 2017 · 11am
  • Office Hour
    March 7, 2018 · 11am
  • Angels in America (Part One: Millennium Approaches)
    May 9, 2018 · 11am

Grade level

Grades 6–12

Shakespeare

Engage your students with the classic works of Shakespeare through interactive exercises. This workshop introduces students to the playwright’s world, language, and plays. Examine the connection that exists between the stories of Shakespeare’s plays, the world in which he lived, and present day. Students activate scansion, verse, and prose through Shakespeare’s texts while exploring Shakespeare’s connections to their own world. Berkeley Rep Teaching Artists will modify curriculum based on students’ grade, level of experience, and teacher feedback.

Note: These workshops can be modified to accommodate a specific play from Shakespeare’s canon and advanced activities.

To bring a Shakespeare workshop into your classroom, please complete the registration form. We will contact you to confirm your scheduling once we have received all necessary registration information.

Grade level

Grades 6–12

New concepts and vocabulary introduced

Shakespeare vocabulary

  • Aside
  • Comedy
  • Dialogue
  • History (as a play type)
  • Monologue
  • Prose
  • Soliloquy
  • Stage direction
  • Tragedy
  • Verse

SEL skills

  • Collaboration
  • Confidence
  • Visualization

Literary skills

  • Understanding plot structure
  • Understanding literary forms
  • Reading and analyzing text

Stage Combat

En garde! Stage Combat is an engaging and physical workshop in which students discover the art of creating the illusion of violence. Stressing safety and teamwork, students explore techniques including falls, ear pulls, tripping, and slaps, as well as how to use stage combat as a storytelling technique. Students learn a choreographed fight and create a scene that puts the fight in context, using partner exercises to create the illusion of violence. Berkeley Rep Teaching Artists will modify curriculum based on students’ grade, level of experience, and teacher feedback.

To bring a Stage Combat workshop into your classroom, please complete the registration form. We will contact you to confirm your scheduling once we have received all necessary registration information.

Grade level

Grades 6–12

New concepts and vocabulary introduced

Stage Combat vocabulary

  • Backhand slap
  • Block
  • Blocking
  • Clap knap
  • In / out of distance
  • Jab / straight
  • On / off line
  • Partnering
  • Safety
  • Stage directions

SEL skills

  • Conflict & resolution
  • Personal space and control of motor functions
  • Collaboration
  • Confidence
  • Risk-taking
  • Visualization
  • Motivation

Ties to state standards:

  • Learn and apply basic theatre vocabulary, skills, and knowledge through various forms of creative expression. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.3)
  • Develop skills necessary to theatrically adapt stories, originate ideas, develop characters, and create a performance through improvisation, collaboration, and group work. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.4) (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.1)
  • Practice empathy and self-reflection while exploring themes such as courage, honesty, bullying, and friendship found in the text. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.2)
  • Make artistic choices informed by the text and apply theatre skills when exploring the Five Ws: who (character), what (setting), when (time), where (place), and why (reflection). (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.1)
  • Theatre standards: artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, aesthetic valuing, and connections, relationships, and applications (cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/thgrade3.asp).

For more information about outreach programming or to schedule large school bookings, email outreach@berkeleyrep.org or call 510 647–2974.

Fees

2017–18 rates

Public schools

  • One-hour workshop—$85/hour
  • Three- or six-hour workshop—$70/hour
  • 10-hour workshop—$65/hour

Title I discount

  • One- or multiple-hour workshop—$65/hour

Private and non-public schools

  • One- or multiple-hour workshop—$85/hour

Educator discount

Educators using personal funds to pay for workshops are eligible for a discounted rate.

  • One- or three-hour workshop—$65/hour
  • Six- or 10-hour workshop—$60/hour

Special offer!

Get one free hour per public middle and high school. Based on availability.*

* Limited to one free teaching hour per public middle and high school in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma counties. Free hour issued based on availability; must request at least one week in advance. Must sign and agree to Berkeley Rep School of Theatre booking agreement.

Whether full-price or discounted, all workshops are subsidized by our generous funders and community partners.

2017–18 notes

  • Due to high fuel costs, schools located over 30 miles away from Berkeley Repertory Theatre will be charged a transportation fee.
  • There may be additional charges for organizing large school bookings. Please call 510 647–2974 for more information.

Get creative

Our in school programming is flexible and can be catered to the specific needs of your classroom. Here are a few ways to customize or increase the impact of our offerings:

  • Build a variety package of workshops for your class to experience the different artistic disciplines in theatre.
  • Book an acting or movement workshop for the cast of your school play.
  • Have a special social justice topic you’re exploring? Partner with a teaching artist to activate the student’s findings.
  • Take a field trip to Berkeley Rep and participate in a workshop on-site in conjunction with a backstage tour.
  • Book a Performance Lab workshop based on themes from a Berkeley Rep production, culminating in attending a student matinee (grades 6–12).
  • Collaborate with your colleagues to hold the same workshop, such as a 10-hour Story Builders, across classrooms at your school, culminating in a school-wide event.
  • Hold workshops across one grade-level at your school.

Jan and Howard Oringer teaching artists

  • Erica Blue
  • Carmen Bush
  • Khalia Davis
  • Amber Flame
  • Safiya Fredericks
  • Gendell Hing-Hernández
  • Dave Maier
  • Michelle Navarette
  • Jack Nicolaus
  • Carla Pantoja
  • Marcelo Pereira
  • Radhika Rao
  • Salim Razawi
  • Patrick Russell
  • Lindsey Schmelzter
  • Teddy Spencer
  • Simon Trumble
  • Elena Wright
  • Michelle Wyman

Teacher expectations

We hope that your Berkeley Rep outreach workshop will not only benefit your students, but will provide inspiration and tools for you to integrate the arts into your classroom curriculum throughout the school year.

We want your outreach workshop to be as successful as possible. Below is a list of tips that can help you work with your teaching artist to guarantee that you and your students get the most out of our programs.

We ask that classroom teachers:

  • Inform the School of Theatre about students with special needs or circumstances.
  • Remain in the classroom at all times.
  • Model active engagement for their students.
  • Encourage all students to participate fully.
  • Enforce school policies, class rules, and any discipline issues that may arise.
  • Review or build upon the workshop material in-between teaching artist visits (10-hour workshops).

We value your feedback. Please let us know about your experiences by emailing outreach@berkeleyrep.org and completing our online survey at the conclusion of your outreach workshop.

What is a Teaching Artist?

Eric Booth, a leader in the teaching artist profession, defines a teaching artist as “a practicing professional artist with the complementary skills and sensibilities of an educator, who engages people in learning experiences in, through, or about the arts.” Teaching artists integrate their art form, perspectives, and skills into arts and non-arts curricula in a wide range of educational settings. Teaching artists are important practitioners and advocates for arts organizations, such as Berkeley Rep, that provide the community with direct access to the arts.

Frequently asked questions

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How do I book a workshop?

You can book a workshop the following ways:

How do I request more than one workshop?

If you are requesting multiple workshops for your own class, you may submit one registration form. If you are requesting workshops on behalf of another teacher or classroom, we ask that you submit a separate registration form for each of the classes.

I submitted my registration form, now what?

Once you submit your registration form you will receive notification that your request was submitted. Our team will process your request and contact you if we have any additional questions. Once all of the information has been processed, we reach out to our team of dedicated teaching artists to find someone who fits within the structure of your classroom. Teaching artists review date options and provide a schedule that is then sent to you for approval. Once you have approved your dates, we confirm your workshop schedule and provide you with a booking agreement and invoice to complete and return. All requests are processed based on start date and are subject to availability.

Is the requested start date for my workshop guaranteed?

We do absolutely everything in our power to build a workshop schedule around your preferred start date. Workshop dates are subject to availability and request dates are not guaranteed until confirmed by Berkeley Rep. In the case that we are unavailable for your preferred dates, we will contact you to discuss alternative options.

When is the best time to schedule a workshop?

Our programming is the most popular from December through June, and scheduling time with one of our artists becomes highly competitive. Beat the rush and have your choice of artists by booking with us earlier in the school year, from the end of August through November.

Is there a limit to the number of students that can be in a workshop?

Yes, both for safety and quality of instruction, we limit our workshops to 30 students. If you have a group that is more than 30 students, please email us at outreach@berkeleyrep.org to learn what options are available for larger groups.

Do I need to be present during my workshop?

All in-school workshops require that a district employee be present during the workshop. If you cannot be present, we ask that you arrange for someone else to be in the classroom with the teaching artist. We ask that a parent or parent volunteer be available for our home school groups.

How involved should I be during my workshop?

As visitors in your classroom, our teaching artists look to you to support behavior and classroom expectations. Some teachers utilize our workshops as a tool to build a deeper relationship with students and actively engage as participants. Other teachers use the time to observe the teaching artist’s activities for their own teaching. We are flexible and want to support your needs as long as you, or another district employee, remain in the classroom during the workshop.

Where do your workshops happen?

Our trained teaching artists travel to your site to deliver workshops, or they can be booked at our campus.

Can my group come to the School of Theatre?

Yes! If space allows, we always love to welcome our partners into our building and host a workshop on site. Please indicate that you would like to visit us on your registration form and we will contact you regarding availability.

Is there a travel fee for having you come to our site?

If your site is within 30 miles of Berkeley Repertory Theatre there is no travel fee associated with your workshop. Our address is 2025 Addison St, Berkeley CA 94704. Due to high fuel costs, sites located over 30 miles from the Theatre may be charged an additional fee. Please contact us at outreach@berkeleyrep.org for a travel quote.

Which age groups do you serve?

We offer workshops for groups that range from second grade to adult.

Can I customize my workshop to meet my needs?

Yes! We are well versed at customizing workshops based on your partnering needs. Take a look at the “get creative” tab or email us at outreach@berkeleyrep.org to get started.

Do you offer corporate workshops?

Yes! In addition to our usual offerings, we also provide customizable workshops. Please call us at 510 647–2974 or email outreach@berkeleyrep.org to share your vision and discuss options.

I received a grant. Is it possible to add additional hours?

Absolutely! Just let us know how many additional hours you would like to build into your workshop and we will happily process a separate invoice for you.

I’m applying for a grant. Will you supply supplementary materials?

We are happy to support our partners who are applying for grants to fund programming with us. We ask that you contact us at least two weeks in advance and we will provide you with supplementary materials and data to strengthen your grant request. We can also generate an invoice in advance if your grant requires proof of cost.

Will someone from your site come and talk to us about programming?

We are happy to come and talk to your teachers, PTA, or administration about the benefits of our programming and what we have to offer for your specific site. We do ask that you request a personalized visit at least two weeks in advance. All visit requests are based on availability.

Is it possible to request a specific teaching artist?

Yes! Please request your artist in the section that allows for additional notes about your classroom needs. Since our teaching artists are working artists, we cannot guarantee that your preferred artist will have availability to teach your class. However, we do match you with your requested artist whenever possible.

Who is eligible for a free workshop?

We offer one hour of free instruction to any public school in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma counties. Free hours are available for second grade to high school, with priority going to middle and high school requests. All free hours are issued based on availability and require a minimum of one week advance notice.

Do you offer workshops taught in Spanish?

Yes. Please contact us at outreach@berkeleyrep.org to discuss dates, as our bilingual options are limited.

I’m a parent. Can I book a workshop outside of school hours?

Yes, please contact us at outreach@berkeleyrep.org to discuss booking options and dates.

We are a home school group. Can we book a workshop?

Yes, simply complete and return our registration form and someone will contact you to finalize your workshop.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you cancel your workshop with more than one month’s notice, all fees will be refunded. If you cancel your workshop with less than one month’s notice, you will be required to pay one half of the full fee. If you cancel your workshop with less than two weeks’ notice, you will be required to pay the full fee.

Can I request to reschedule my workshop date(s)?

Yes, you may request to reschedule your workshop date(s) without penalty up to 48 hours before the start of your workshop. Any reschedule requests after 48 hours are subject to our cancellation policy.

Please email us at outreach@berkeleyrep.org or call 510 647–2974 to reschedule your workshop.

Additional questions?

Email outreach@berkeleyrep.org or call 510 647–2974.