Summer programs


Summer Theatre Intensive

Fill this summer with imagination and creativity

Join the School of Theatre for a fun-filled, enriching, affordable camp experience for middle school and high school students—right here in Berkeley! Summer Theatre Intensive is an opportunity to become fully immersed in every facet of the world of theatre—regardless of experience level. The only requirement is an active mind open to imagination, collaboration, hard work, and, of course, lots of fun.

Create your own play

Experience the thrill of creating and performing in an original play! Each group builds a unique theatrical piece adapted from mythology, short stories, and fairy tales, written and directed by professional playwrights and directors. Through the process of Play Creation, students explore their own voice and vision while experiencing the art of collaboration as an ensemble. Students are challenged to take imaginative risks as they apply and showcase the skills they’ve learned in camp.

Study with master teaching artists

Learn from Berkeley Rep’s nationally recognized teaching faculty. These theatre professionals and teaching artists are committed to training the next generation of theatre artists through their respective areas of expertise. Faculty credits include works at American Conservatory Theater, Barrymore Theatre (Broadway), Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Old Globe, San Francisco Opera, Second City, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company—to name a few.

Delve into performance

Jump in and explore all elements of theatre-making in this dynamic four-week intensive. During the first two weeks, students will dive into storyboarding their play ideas while taking daily ensemble-based classes including acting, improv, and stage combat.

Plus, students can choose from daily electives based on individual interests such as musical theatre, playwriting, and on-camera acting, along with weekly seminars in directing, dialects, and production disciplines such as sound design and lighting.

In the last two weeks, students shift into rehearsal mode with faculty and directors, fine-tuning each group’s play and focusing on staging, character development, and incorporating the skills learned in classes and electives. Groups enter daily rehearsals, adding production elements such as lights, sound, and costumes, prepping for a professional performance.

Perform onstage at Berkeley Rep

At the end of each four-week session, students have the opportunity to perform their original work in Berkeley Rep’s performance space to an invited audience of family and friends.

Summer Theatre Intensive Session 1 performance

Filmmaking and Acting Intensive

This hands-on three-week filmmaking and acting intensive covers theory, pre- and post-production, and concludes with a final screening for family and friends. During the first week, students will be immersed in on-camera acting theory and practice. Students will perform for the camera multiple times to develop and demonstrate their understanding of acting for film. The intensive will shift gears, taking students behind the camera to learn film theory from all major disciplines, including screenwriting, directing, and editing/post-production. By the end of week two, students will have the opportunity to submit a short script, and two scripts will be selected by staff for production during week three. Students will serve as crew for each film (e.g., director, producer, cinematographer) and will be mentored by the instructor overseeing the productions. The third week will consist of shooting, a rigorous post-production process, and a public screening of the student films at the School of Theatre. All students will be filming using the technology native to their phones, laptops, and/or tablets. Believe it or not, those cameras are the same ones being used to shoot films screened in festivals all around the world, including a couple of full-length features being distributed this year! A limited number of iPads may be available for student use during class time.