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 and discussing their ideas in Play Creation while taking daily core (skill-based) classes including acting, improv, voice, and movement. Students can also choose from daily electives based on individual interests such as musical theatre, playwriting, stage combat, and on-camera acting, along with weekly seminars in directing, hip hop dance, dialects, and production disciplines such as sound design and lighting.

During 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, in order to prepare 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 one of Berkeley Rep’s performance spaces to an invited audience of family and friends.


Email or call 510 647–2996.

Summer Theatre Intensive Session 2 performance

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.

Anthony Jackson is a professional actor, filmmaker, theatre administrator, and teaching artist. At Berkeley Rep he serves as the Program Manager, Training and Community Programs. Previously he was at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. There, he taught in all of the Community Engagement department’s programming while also serving as the Training Programs Manager and previously as the Partnership Manager. He has taught for several summers at the State Theatre of Georgia’s Springer Theatre Academy, Camp Arena Stage, and has also taught numerous workshops for students around the country as a member of the National Players. Anthony has traveled to India and Croatia as a guest artist with the U.S. Department of State, devising original plays with Arena Stage’s Voices of Now program. As an actor he has toured the U.S. and has performed with the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Olney Theatre, Arena Stage, and other regional theatres. Anthony has acted in several short films as well as training videos for branches of the United States Military. He has also directed and produced training videos for hotels and beverage companies.


Email or call 510 647–2996.



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