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Performance Workshop: Create Your Own Play

Grades 2–4 · Students will become part of an acting/improv ensemble and create a performance piece based on popular children’s books and films. Explore the process of bringing stories to life through movement, dialogue, music, improvisation, and character work. This class will conclude with a final performance for family and friends. May be repeated.

SAT 9–10:15am · 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/30 (performance) · $165

Si Mon’ Emmett is a native of Dallas who graduated with a BFA in the UTeach Theatre program at the University of Texas at Austin. Now a certified educator for theatre arts, she works both in classrooms and in administration for the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre as the Education and Youth Programs Associate. Her background in TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) spans from acting to directing and devising. Previously, she has worked with Dallas Children’s Theater, Victory Gardens Theater (Chicago), and VORTEX Repertory Company and Teatro Vivo (Austin).

Harry Potter and the…

Grades 4–6 · Harry Potter is back…and just waiting for you to fill in the title of his newest adventure! Using characters from the world of Harry Potter, The Fantastic Beasts, The Cursed Child, and your imagination, come and create his next adventure. Learning skills in acting, playwriting, improvisation, set design, sound design, costumes, and physical character, we will create a live theatre piece and share this new adventure with family and friends during the last class. Whether this is your first time in the world of Harry Potter or you are already a wizard, muggle, or magical beast—join this next adventure now!

SAT 10:30am–12:30pm · 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/30, 6/6, 6/12 (dress rehearsal), 6/13 (performance) · $295

Nancy Gold is a multifaceted performing artist, director, teacher, and author of Finding Your Funny Bone! The Actor’s Guide to Physical Comedy and Characters. She has studied physical theatre in Paris with Jacques LeCoq, mime with Claude Kipnis, and clowning with Ctibor Turba. She has a BFA from the University of Illinois and a Master’s equivalence. She teaches at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, ACT Young Conservatory, Academy of Art University, California Shakespeare Theater, Marin Theatre, UCLA, and public and private schools throughout the country. Directing credits include A Servant of Two Masters, Pippi Longstocking, Madeline and the Gypsies, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, as well as numerous original plays about empowering women for young audiences and adaptations based on literature. Nancy performs comedy and vaudeville with her partner, Lol Levy.

Musical Theatre Scene Study: Prom

Grades 6–8 · Four fading Broadway stars are in desperate need of a new stage. So when they hear that trouble is brewing around a small-town Indiana prom—and the press is involved—they know that it’s time to put a spotlight on the issue…and themselves. The town’s parents want to keep the dance on the straight and narrow—but when one student just wants to bring her girlfriend to prom, the entire town has a date with destiny. Now, Broadway’s brassiest are coming to join the fight and they are ready to kick-ball-change the world. Each student will have their own solo (if they want) and scene with a scene partner(s), as well as participate in several ensemble numbers.

WED 4:30–6:30pm · 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3 (performance) · $280

Claire Noelle Pearson holds two BAs in Theatre and English from UC Berkeley. Throughout the past few years, she has worked as a teaching artist for Berkeley Playhouse, leading and assisting various camps and classes as well as choreographing and assistant directing six YouthStage productions; titles including: Assassins, Urinetown, Les Misérables, and The Music Man to name a few. Locally, Claire has performed musicals with Theatre Rhinoceros, Berkeley Playhouse, Bay Area Musicals, and San Francisco Playhouse. She believes that musical theatre is a wonderful way to discover the gifts of young actors and hone them to their highest potential.

On-Camera Acting

Grades 6–8 · Students will discover the skills used to prepare for an on-camera audition. Using a wide range of scripted material and improvisational tools, we will recreate the audition process in front of the camera and watch playback each week. Students will learn industry terms and get a glimpse into the audition process, so they are prepared for their next film opportunity. This class aims to help young actors feel at ease working in front of a camera and develop the confidence to stand out at every audition.

TUE 4–6pm · 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19 · $210

Millie Brooks is a local theatre, film, and voice-over actor here in the Bay Area. After spending her college career in Chicago, Millie moved out to San Francisco. In addition to her work on stage, Millie has worked at Nancy Hayes Casting for several years where she assisted many television, film, and theatrical productions with casting. Past credits include the world premiere of Testmatch (ACT), Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday and the Congregant in The Christians (SF Playhouse), Peddler in A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (Chicago Playworks), and Tiffany in The Shakespeare Bug (Playground and Killing My Lobster). Millie can also be seen in Episode 8 of 13 Reasons Why on Netflix.

Improvisation

Grades 6–8 · Expand your imagination through improvisation! As an ensemble, students explore technique, theory, games, and tricks that help them open up to the kind of spontaneity that breeds better comic timing on stage, stronger reactions in rehearsals, laughter at parties, and a lot more fun at family functions. All levels welcome. Returning students will be challenged with more advanced exercises.

THU 4:30–6:30pm · 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11 · $210

Joshua Waterstone is a director, arts producer/administrator, actor, fight choreographer, educator, and ensemble theatre maker. Bay Area ensemble theatres that Joshua is working with are Ragged Wing Ensemble, recently closing Time Sensitive by Amy Sass, and Fools Fury, acting in the upcoming September/October regional premiere of Dionysus Was Such A Nice Man by Kate Tarker. Joshua serves as Company and Production Manager of Ragged Wing Ensemble. As a director Joshua has created/devised the ensemble works Perspective, which investigates reactions to the overview effect, as well as Under Construction 2017: A Collage of America Today. Joshua is a former company member of Fly-By-Theatre in Atlanta, which devised productions at the intersection of theatre and dance. Joshua holds an MFA in Directing for Stage and Screen from the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at UNL. Joshua is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, an Actor/Combatant and member of the Society of American Fight Directors, and a 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher.

Acting I: Fundamentals

Grades 6–8 · Expand your imagination through acting! Students will develop confidence and have fun while learning to analyze scripts, play an action in a scene, identify your objective, overcome your obstacles, and focus your energy.

MON 4:30–6pm · 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4 · $160

Gabriel Vergez initially came to theatre through singing, first with San Francisco Boys Chorus, and then with Kairos Youth Choir. This led to an audition for Berkeley Rep’s Brundibar. The wonderful creation, direction, and ensemble and excitement of a world premiere ensured that Gabriel was bitten by the theatre bug. He was later cast as The Boy in The Pillowman, and served as understudy in Troublemaker, also with Berkeley Rep. After acting in numerous high school projects and participating in independent theatre productions in Berkeley as well, Gabriel continued at University of Puget Sound as both a performing actor and theatre arts and French major. Gabriel is a practitioner of capoeira and an avid basketball player in addition to being a fluent French speaker. Recently graduated, Gabriel has worked as both assistant and teaching staff with Berkeley Rep School of Theatre for over seven years and is happy to be back at his second home.

Acting II: Technique and Imagination

Grades 6–8 · This class is designed for serious young actors who want to take their performance to the next level and are interested in searching for ways to make authentic work. Examine the same techniques professionals use: learn to analyze scripts, play an action in a scene, identify your objective, overcome your obstacles, and focus your energy. Work with other serious young actors who want to hone their craft! Can be repeated!

MON 4:30–6pm · 5/11, 5/18, 6/1, 6/8 · $145

Michael Curry is a local actor/writer. He recently played Malachai in Cal Shakes’ production of black odyssey. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Michael graduated from Morehouse College in 2016 with a BA in Drama. He recently completed a year-long education fellowship with Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Private Voice

Grades 6–8 · Learn to sing with ease and confidence, eliminating vocal pain and fatigue while improving your range and breath control. Each session includes breathing and relaxation exercises, vocal exercises and technique, and vocal coaching on songs, including how to act a song and how to prepare a musical theatre audition.

Dates/Times: to be scheduled with the instructor · $75/hour
Please call 510 647–2996 to schedule a voice session

One-on-One Audition Coaching

Grades 6–8 · Don’t be caught unprepared for an upcoming audition. Berkeley Rep faculty members are available to work with actors on contemporary and classical monologues. Make choices that you feel confident about. Be directed by and collaborate with working professionals.

Dates/Times: to be scheduled with the instructor · $75/hour
Please call 510 647–2996 to schedule a coaching session

Summer Theatre Intensive: Session 1

Entering grades 6–8 · Explore all facets of theatre through a fun-filled, four-week experience for all levels. Students study with professional artists, creating an original play to be performed onstage at Berkeley Rep! Click here for more information.

MON–FRI 9am–3pm · 6/15–7/10 · $1,315

 

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