Teen Council


Who we are

Teen Council

We are actors, directors, writers, designers, improvisers, and theatre-goers. Teen Council brings together a diverse group of teens (grades 9–12) from all over the Bay Area. We write, direct, and perform in our own productions, see plays at local theatres, explore different artistic departments through interactive workshops, and get a behind-the-scenes look at what happens at Berkeley Rep through interviews with professional artists. Click the tabs above to learn more and join our mailing list to stay updated on upcoming events!

Our mission is to cultivate the next generation of theatre audiences and professionals, preparing them to think critically and creatively about theatre arts through discussion-based programming.

Core Council

Berkeley Rep’s Core Council is a group of 10–15 student leaders from around the Bay Area who engage their peers through theatre arts. As the face of Berkeley Rep’s teen programming, Core Council are the leaders of the general Teen Council. Some Core Council responsibilities are planning Teen Nights, Theatre Scenes, fundraising events, and workshops for their peers. At the beginning of every school year, a new group of students is accepted to be a part of this leadership group.

Questions? Email teencouncil@berkeleyrep.org or call 510 647–2984.

The application window for the 2018–19 Core Council has closed.

2017–18 Core Council

The 2017–18 Core Council: teen leaders today, arts leaders of the future!

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Teen Night

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One of our most popular events, Teen Night brings together 9–12 grade high school students to watch shows from our dynamic season at Berkeley Rep.

For only $10, teens receive exclusive access to:

  • A catered dinner from a local eatery
  • A teen-hosted pre-show talk with a professional artist involved in the production
  • A ticket for the performance
  • A post-show discussion led by our Core Council

Teen Night schedule

  • 6:30pm · Sign in
  • 6:30–7:30pm · Guest artist interview and dinner
  • 8pm · Performance followed by post-show discussion

Teen Night sign in is at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre (2071 Addison Street).

No parents, guardians, or non-teens permitted at the event—School of Theatre staff are present to supervise. Those who wish to attend the same performance can contact the box office at 510 647–2949 to reserve seats.

2017–18 Teen Night dates

September 8 · Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations
October 6 · Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit
December 1 · Watch on the Rhine
February 23 · Office Hour
April 21 · Angels in America (Part One)
April 27 · Angels in America (Part Two)
May 4 · What the Constitution Means to Me

Questions? Email teencouncil@berkeleyrep.org or call 510 647–2984.

Teen Night pre-show dinner

Teens enjoy a catered dinner before seeing a show.

Teen Night post-show discussion

Teens engage in a post-show discussion.

Workshops

Workshops give teens an insider look at all aspects of the artistic process.

  • Learn from esteemed Berkeley Rep artists
  • Interact with other teens who love the arts
  • Learn the skills it takes to be a professional artist

Workshops will be held throughout the Theatre, but we’ll always meet at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre (2071 Addison Street). Workshops are free of charge.

2017–18 Workshop dates

October 9 · Rough Draft playwriting workshop
October 23 · Rough Draft playwriting workshop
November 6 · Rough Draft playwriting workshop
November 13 · Directing workshop
December 11 · Rough Draft playwriting workshop
February 5 · Rough Draft playwriting workshop
March 19 · Rough Draft playwriting workshop
April 23 · Rough Draft playwriting workshop

Questions? Email teencouncil@berkeleyrep.org or call 510 647–2984.

Rough Draft workshop

Teens working on their one-act plays during monthly Rough Draft workshops.

Teen One-Acts Festival rehearsal

Teen actors in Teen One-Acts Festival rehearsal.

Theatre Scene

Explore the Bay Area theatre scene with Teen Council. For only $18, travel to see a variety of work ranging from big budget shows to local new plays. Theatre Scene is a great way to check out the local performing arts landscape with other teens.

2017–18 Theatre Scene dates

November 3 · Barbecue at San Francisco Playhouse (450 Post St Floor 2, San Francisco)
February 9 · Widowers’ Houses at Aurora Theatre (2081 Addison St, Berkeley)
May 11 · Father Comes Home from the Wars at ACT’s Geary Theater (415 Geary St, San Francisco)

Questions? Email teencouncil@berkeleyrep.org or call 510 647–2984.

Teen Council members delve into the program before seeing a show at ACT in San Francisco.

Teen One-Acts Festival

Explore the creative and collaborative elements of theatre-making with the Teen One-Acts Festival. Every year two original plays are written, performed, directed, designed, and produced by Bay Area high school students. Teens build two world premieres from the ground up, while being mentored by Berkeley Rep professionals.!

Lucky

Written by Lucy Urbano
Directed by Max Green

Lucky production photo

The arrival of a newcomer causes four teenagers to forge friendships in the most unlikely of circumstances. Confined in a futuristic juvenile detention center, the young inmates must rebel against their own insecurities to survive the haunting loneliness of prison life. Lucky is a dystopian exploration of government, privilege, and the bravery to believe in oneself.

Production and design team
Milo Bailey · Stage Manager
Adin Gilman-Cohen · Scenic Designer
Naseem Alavi · Costume Designer
Hannah Portner · Lighting Designer
Avery Martin · Sound Designer
Adin Gilman-Cohen · Properties Master

Acting ensemble
Neo Barnes, Jude Bennett, Mirabel Connor, Fiona Deane-Grundman, and Devin Elias

Fig and Wasp

Written by Eleanor Boes
Directed by Zoe Larkin

Fig and Wasp production photo

What does it mean to grow up? Where do lost dreams go? Fig and Wasp illuminates the liminality between childhood and adulthood. While their parents are out of town, precocious and quirky Zoe leads her skeptical older brother Wyatt on a creative journey to rediscover his passion.

Production and design team
Marc Jensen · Stage Manager
Alana Walker · Scenic Designer
Naseem Alavi · Costume Designer
Hannah Portner · Lighting Designer
Avery Martin · Sound Designer
Adin Gilman-Cohen · Properties Master

Acting ensemble
Fidela Bisseret Martinez, Noé Castrejon, Miya Drain, Rory Dreyfus, and Roan Pearl

Jesias Burrell · Teen Producer
Avery Martin · Teen Producer

Questions? Email teencouncil@berkeleyrep.org or call 510 647–2984.

2018 Teen One-Acts Festival cast and crew

2018 Teen One-Acts Festival cast and crew.

Teen Council Leadership Fund

Berkeley Rep School of Theatre invites you to an exclusive pre-release screening at Pixar Animation Studios. Join us for this incredible evening benefiting the teen programs and scholarships at the School!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Pixar Animation Studios
1200 Park Avenue, Emeryville CA 94608

Event details

  • 5:30pm · VIP Reception and Studio Tours
  • 6pm · General Reception, Studio Store Shopping, and Silent Auction
  • 7:30pm · Incredibles II Screening

Tickets

  • $125 tickets · Includes screening and reception
  • $250 VIP tickets · Includes VIP reception, guided tour, and reserved priority seating for screening

To purchase tickets contact Anthony Jackson, Berkeley Rep School of Theatre’s training and community programs manager.

Disney · Pixar

2017–18 Core Council