Teen Council


Who we are

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!

Teen Council is run by the Core Council, a creative teen leadership collective who meet monthly to design and run an exciting season of exclusive teen events.

Our mission is to cultivate the next generation of theatre audiences and professionals.

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

Teen Night

Tell me more

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.

2016–17 Teen Night dates

September 23 · It Can’t Happen Here
October 14 · The Last Tiger in Haiti
December 2 · 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
February 3 · Hand to God
March 3 · Roe
May 5 · Monsoon Wedding

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

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.

2016–17 Workshop dates

October 1 · Playwriting workshop
October 8 · Playwriting workshop
October 22 · Playwriting workshop
November 7 · Backstage tour
November 16 · Directing workshop
November 28 · Design workshop
December 7 · Audition workshop
April 12 · TBA
May 10 · TBA

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

Theatre Scene

Explore the Bay Area theatre scene with Teen Council. For only $20, 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.

2016–17 Theatre Scene dates

October 7 · The Shipment at Crowded Fire (1695 18th St, San Francisco)
November 10 · Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Shotgun Players (1901 Ashby Ave, Berkeley)
April 21 · Needles and Opium at ACT’s Geary Theater (405 Geary St, San Francisco)
May 19 · Phèdre at Cutting Ball Theater (277 Taylor St, San Francisco)

Please check back for additional Theatre Scene dates.

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

Next Theatre Scene

Needles and Opium
Written and directed by Robert Lepage
Produced by Ex Machina

ACT’s Geary Theater
Friday, April 21 · 6:30pm
Meet at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre
2071 Addison Street, Downtown Berkeley

$20 in advance—permission slip required
Transportation will be BART
($20 does not cover transportation costs)

About the show: Jazz legend Miles Davis travels to Europe in 1949 to discover the pleasures of Paris, unlock his creativity, and find his heroine in Juliette Gréco. At the same time, French filmmaker Jean Cocteau embarks on his own opium-fueled journey to New York. Individually, the stories are thrilling and heartbreaking, but what elevates this production is the extraordinary storytelling. Visionary Canadian director Robert Lepage mounts his set inside a vast suspended cube, with which he frames interlocking scenes from the different journeys. The result is not only a breathtaking dive into art and exile but also a spellbinding mix of stagecraft and visual storytelling.

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.

Leap

Written by Chloe Xtina
Directed by Fiona Deane-Grundman

Hard-hitting college journalist Oouli just broke the latest national news scandal, and her viral article has the students and faculty of Stewart University eager to bring change to their campus. Simultaneously, two film majors attempt a sci-fi opus that aims to be both a tribute and an exposé. Contrasting the portrayal of women in science fiction with the treatment of sexual assault on modern college campuses, Leap investigates the power of perspective—fact and fiction, and how life often lurks in the gray areas between.

Production and design team
Avery Martin · Stage Manager
Isabelle Smith · Scenic Designer
Naseem Alavi · Costume Designer
Abram Blitz · Lighting Designer
Miya Drain · Sound Designer
Adin Gilman-Cohen · Properties Master
Julia Holston · Scenic Painter

Acting ensemble
Neo Barnes, Lucy Curran, Fidela Bisseret-Martinez, Sumayya Bisseret-Martinez, Hiwot Dereje, Rory Dreyfus, Devin Elias, and Max Green

Grapefruit Girls

Written by Penelope Gould
Directed by Claire Talbott

Is a grapefruit juicy, or sour? Full, or large? Curvy, or lumpy? As a grapefruit embodies many conflicting qualities, life as a woman can sometimes feel like a contradiction. Using flowing language and poetic movement, Grapefruit Girls serves a new and freshly-squeezed narrative, wrestling with the discomfort and displeasure that many women feel about their bodies and finding nourishment in the most unlikely of places.

Production and design team
Leah Harwood · Stage Manager
Evan Streshinsky · Scenic Designer
Naseem Alavi · Costume Designer
Abram Blitz · Lighting Designer
Miya Drain · Sound Designer
Adin Gilman-Cohen · Properties Master
Julia Holston · Scenic Painter

Acting ensemble
Nah’Jahae Bolds, Marina Carlstroem, Carmela Catoc, Anais Pacheco, and America Vasquez

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

2017 Teen One-Acts Festival cast and crew

2017 Teen One-Acts Festival cast and crew.

Playwriting competition

Leap

Written by Chloe Xtina
Directed by Fiona Deane-Grundman

Hard-hitting college journalist Oouli just broke the latest national news scandal, and her viral article has the students and faculty of Stewart University eager to bring change to their campus. Simultaneously, two film majors attempt a sci-fi opus that aims to be both a tribute and an exposé. Contrasting the portrayal of women in science fiction with the treatment of sexual assault on modern college campuses, Leap investigates the power of perspective—fact and fiction, and how life often lurks in the gray areas between.

Grapefruit Girls

Written by Penelope Gould
Directed by Claire Talbott

Is a grapefruit juicy, or sour? Full, or large? Curvy, or lumpy? As a grapefruit embodies many conflicting qualities, life as a woman can sometimes feel like a contradiction. Using flowing language and poetic movement, Grapefruit Girls serves a new and freshly-squeezed narrative, wrestling with the discomfort and displeasure that many women feel about their bodies and finding nourishment in the most unlikely of places.

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

Leap production photo

From the 2017 Teen One-Acts Festival: Leap by Chloe Xtina

Grapefruit Girls production photo

From the 2017 Teen One-Acts Festival: Grapefruit Girls by Penelope Gould

Revenge or Renaissance production photo

From the 2016 Teen One-Acts Festival: Revenge or Renaissance by Armando Byrd

The Man Under the Piano production photo

From the 2016 Teen One-Acts Festival: The Man Under the Piano by Sasha Barish

A Little Bit Less Than Infinity production photo

From the 2015 Teen One-Acts Festival: A Little Bit Less Than Infinity by David Kaus

Blast Razor: Viral Hero production photo

From the 2015 Teen One-Acts Festival: Blast Razor: Viral Hero by Eli Gaal

Teen Council Leadership Fund

Our leadership team has been invited to attend the 2017 Theatre Communications Group (TCG) conference in Portland, Oregon in June. TCG is the national organization for the American Theatre with nearly 700 member theatres and affiliate organizations. This annual conference is a place to connect, discuss, and plan for the future of the American Theatre. 

Representatives from Teen Council have attended several TCG conferences in prior years and have gained a reputation for our creativity, curiosity, and willingness to learn. We’ll be raising our voice with other teens from across the country.

The leadership team will act as representatives and will share their experiences with the hundreds of Teen Council members in the Bay Area.

Make your gift today and help send us to Portland!

Teen Council members at 2016 TCG conference

Teen Council members at 2016 TCG conference

Teen representatives from across the country met at the 2016 TCG conference.