Theatre-based workshops led by professional artists

Introduction

Bring Berkeley Rep to your school

“Education in the arts is more important than ever. In the global economy, creativity is essential. To succeed today and in the future, America’s children will need to be inventive, resourceful, and imaginative. The best way to foster that creativity is through arts education.”—Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, Foreword to Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools

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. 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 or developing students’ original work, our professional teaching artists help students apply their creative potential to fundamental skills and concepts, challenging them to explore complex ideas and universal themes.

Discover the variety of workshops available now, including Story Builders and Performance Lab—two literacy-based options perfect for deeper engagement.

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 are:

  • Available September 2016 through May 2017
  • For high school, middle school, and upper elementary school**
  • In one-, three-, six-, or 10-hour sessions
  • For up to 30 students at a time
  • Creative workshops include story creation, playwriting, and design
  • Skill based workshops include acting, movement, improvisation, stage combat, and voice
  • Able to integrate a topic from your curriculum
  • Exposing students to multiple modalities of learning and expression
  • Flexible based on your students’ grade, experience level, and your feedback.

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

** Early childhood (Grades K–2) available upon consultation.

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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 as a one-, three-, six-, or 10-hour workshop, with the option of a bilingual program for Spanish-speaking ELL students. Berkeley Rep Teaching Artists will modify curriculum based on students’ grade, level of experience, and teacher feedback.

To best serve Kindergarten students, please note that the total classroom instruction time for ten-hour workshops will be 50 minutes per workshop session. The remaining ten minutes from each hour will be devoted to collaborative planning time between the classroom teacher and the teaching artist, to be held over the phone and scheduled at times that best fit both schedules.

Program benefits

  • 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)

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.

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: For a 10-hour Story Builders workshop, please identify three stories from the list of literature selections above. Additionally, 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 a culminating event, such as a sharing of work for other students or families.

Workshop dates

September 2016–May 2017

Workshop length

One-, three-, six-, or 10-hour sessions

Maximum class size

30 students / 1 teaching artist

Grade level

Kindergarten–Grade 5

New concepts and vocabulary introduced

  • Antagonist
  • Blocking
  • Character development
  • Collaboration
  • Conflict and resolution
  • Courage in the face of public speaking and performing
  • Five Ws (who, what, when, where, why)
  • Improvisation
  • Metaphor
  • Personal space and control of motor functions
  • Problem solving
  • Protagonist
  • The role of the actor
  • Stage presence
  • Tableau
  • Theatre

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.

Program benefits

  • Learn and apply basic theatre vocabulary, skills, and knowledge. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.3)
  • Apply theatre arts curriculum to real-world context.
  • Teach students about career opportunities in the performing arts.

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.

Workshop dates

February–May 2017

Workshop length

One-hour

Maximum class size

30 students / 1 teaching artist

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 improvisation 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.

Program benefits

  • Learn and apply theatre vocabulary, skills, and knowledge. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.3)
  • Develop skills necessary to pursue character objectives based on point of view, relationship, and conflict. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.3)
  • Build public speaking and performance skills to help present ideas more clearly and confidently. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.1)
  • Collaborate with peers, creating material shaped by one another’s ideas, strengths, and feedback. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.1)

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.

Workshop dates

September 2016–May 2017

Workshop length

One-, three-, six-, or 10-hour sessions

Maximum class size

30 students / 1 teaching artist

Grade level

Grades 6–12

New concepts and vocabulary introduced

  • Character
  • Character development
  • Character want
  • Conflict
  • Dialogue
  • Diction
  • Ensemble
  • Gesture
  • Given circumstances
  • Improvisation
  • Mood
  • Neutral scene
  • Objective
  • Place
  • Playwright
  • Rehearsal
  • Rhythm
  • Script
  • Stage direction
  • Status
  • Subtext
  • Tactic
  • Theme
  • Vocal projection
  • Voice

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.

Program benefits

  • Learn and apply basic theatre vocabulary, skills, and knowledge. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.3)
  • Apply theatre arts curriculum to real-world context.
  • Teach students about career opportunities in the performing arts.

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.

Workshop dates

February–May 2017

Workshop length

One-hour

Maximum class size

30 students / 1 teaching artist

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.

Program benefits

  • Learn and apply theatre vocabulary, skills, and knowledge necessary to create improvised scenes and characters. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.3)
  • Build public speaking and performance skills to help confidently present ideas and make spontaneous choices while experiencing their consequences. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.1)
  • Collaborate with peers in an environment that requires teamwork, goal setting, and creative support. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.1)

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.

Workshop dates

September 2016–May 2017

Workshop length

One-, three-, six-, or 10-hour sessions

Maximum class size

30 students / 1 teaching artist

Grade level

Grades 6–12

New concepts and vocabulary introduced

  • Blocking / Use of space
  • Character
  • Committing to the immediate choice
  • Conflict
  • Emotion
  • Expression
  • Giving and receiving offers
  • Just say “yes…and”
  • Objective
  • Obstacle
  • Partnering
  • Relationship
  • Setting the scene
  • Shape
  • Spontaneity
  • Subtext
  • Tactic

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. This program also incorporates creative writing and critical thinking assignments to challenge students and spark their engagement, giving them a deeper experience with the subjects that they study and a richer understanding of the world of theatre. 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.

Program benefits

  • Learn and apply basic theatre vocabulary, skills, and knowledge to create short plays through writing, improvisation, and individual/group work. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.3)
  • Analyze themes found in a certain topic, text, historical period, or classroom subject. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.2)
  • Strengthen creative writing skills with exercises that teach development, structure, and revision of material. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.5)
  • Increase understanding of objective, point of view, conflict, and dialogue by creating and exploring characters. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.3)
  • Find relevant information on a certain topic to create an original performance from students’ perspectives. (CSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.8)

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.

Workshop dates

September 2016–May 2017

Workshop length

10-hour sessions

Maximum class size

30 students / 1 teaching artist

Grade level

Grades 6–12

New concepts and vocabulary introduced

  • Action
  • Blocking
  • Character
  • Character development
  • Comedy
  • Conflict
  • Cue
  • Dialogue
  • Diction
  • Dramatic structure
  • Ensemble
  • Exposition
  • Giving and taking focus
  • Intention
  • Non-narrative structure
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Offers
  • Objective
  • Obstacle
  • Playwriting
  • Plot
  • Point of view
  • Set
  • Setting
  • Tactic
  • Time / Mood
  • Tragedy
  • Use of language
  • Voice
  • Volume

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.

Program benefits

  • Learn and apply theatre vocabulary, skills, and knowledge that will inspire innovative thinking across various subject areas. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.3)
  • Strengthen skills necessary to write dramatic narratives. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.3)
  • Discover how dialogue and language function in a dramatic text through the use of voice and point of view. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.3)
  • Work collaboratively with peers towards a common goal, practicing decision-making, problem solving, and conflict resolution. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.1)

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.

Workshop dates

September 2016–May 2017

Workshop length

One-, three-, six-, or 10-hour sessions

Maximum class size

30 students / 1 teaching artist

Grade level

Grades 6–12

New concepts and vocabulary introduced

  • Adaptation
  • Aesthetic
  • Aside
  • Character
  • Character profile
  • Dialogue
  • Diction
  • Emotion
  • Expression
  • Objective
  • Relationship
  • Setting the scene
  • Stage direction
  • Statues
  • Tableau
  • Tactic

Pre-/Post-show Workshop

Enhance the student matinee experience with pre- and post-show workshops. Over the course of two one-hour classroom visits, 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, please complete the registration form and indicate which Student Matinee performance you’re attending. Click here for booking details and more information about the 2016–17 Student Matinee Series. We will contact you to confirm your scheduling once we have received all necessary registration information.

Workshop dates

September 2016–May 2017 (in conjunction with Student Matinee Series schedule)

  • It Can’t Happen Here:
    October 26, 2016 · noon
    November 1, 2016 · noon
  • The Last Tiger in Haiti:
    November 2, 2016 · noon
  • 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips:
    January 17, 2017 · noon
  • Roe:
    March 30, 2017 · noon

Workshop length

Two one-hour sessions

Maximum class size

30 students / 1 teaching artist

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 study iambic pentameter, scansion, verse, and prose through Shakespeare’s texts. 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.

Program benefits

  • Learn and apply a range of theatre and Shakespearean vocabulary. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.3)
  • Explore the basics of Shakespeare’s figurative and poetic language with an emphasis on iambic pentameter. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.5)
  • Strengthen skills necessary to write short pieces using style, structure, and language similar to Shakespearean text. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.4)
  • Be empowered to recite and confidently perform Shakespeare’s text with a clear understanding of meaning and context. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.4) (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.1)

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.

Workshop dates

September 2016–May 2017

Workshop length

One-, three-, six-, or 10-hour sessions

Maximum class size

30 students / 1 teaching artist

Grade level

Grades 6–12

New concepts and vocabulary introduced

  • Adaptation
  • Aside
  • Comedy
  • Conflict
  • Dialogue
  • Elizabethan theatre
  • Iambic pentameter
  • Monologue
  • Objective
  • Playwright
  • Script
  • Sonnet
  • Stage direction
  • Statues
  • Status
  • Subtext
  • Tableau
  • Tactic
  • Theme
  • Tragedy
  • History (as a play type)

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.

Program benefits

  • Learn and apply theatre vocabulary, skills, and knowledge necessary to create a combat-based performance through improvisation, collaboration, and partner work. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.3)
  • Collaborate with peers in an environment that requires teamwork, goal setting, and creative support. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.1)

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.

Workshop dates

September 2016–May 2017

Workshop length

One-, three-, six-, or 10-hour sessions

Maximum class size

30 students / 1 teaching artist

Grade level

Grades 6–12

New concepts and vocabulary introduced

  • Backhand slap
  • Block
  • Blocking
  • Character
  • Clap knap
  • Collaboration
  • Conflict & resolution
  • Cross punch
  • Foot stomp
  • Hair pull
  • In / out of distance
  • Jab / straight
  • Knap
  • Objective
  • On / off line
  • Partnering
  • Personal space and control of motor functions
  • Roundhouse
  • Slap
  • Slip knap
  • Stage left, right, center
  • Tactics
  • Traverse
  • Up stage, down stage

Fees

2016–17 rates

Public schools

  • One-hour workshop—$80/hour
  • Three- or six-hour workshop—$65/hour
  • 10-hour workshop—$60/hour

Title I discount

  • One- or multiple-hour workshop—$60/hour

Private and non-public schools

  • One- or multiple-hour workshop—$80/hour

Educator discount

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

  • One-hour workshop—$65/hour
  • Three- or six-hour workshop—$60/hour

Special offer!

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

* Limited to one free teaching hour per public 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.

2016–17 notes

  • There may be additional charges for organizing large school bookings. Please call 510 647–2974 for more information.
  • Due to high fuel costs, schools located over 40 miles away from Berkeley Repertory Theatre may be charged for an additional transportation fee.

Expand your opportunities

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

  • 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.
  • Book an acting workshop for the cast of your school play.
  • Take a field trip to Berkeley Rep and participate in a workshop on-site in conjunction with a backstage tour.
  • Book a 10-hour Performance Lab workshop based on themes from a Berkeley Rep production, culminating in attending a student matinee (grades 6–12).

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 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 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 ask that classroom teachers:

  • Remain in the classroom at all times.
  • Enforce school policies, class rules, and any discipline issues that may arise.
  • Inform the School of Theatre about students with special needs or circumstances.
  • Model active engagement for their students.
  • Encourage all students to participate fully.
  • 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.