Theatre-based workshops led by professional artists

Introduction

Bring Berkeley Rep to your school

The term “well-rounded education” means courses, activities, and programming in subjects such as English, reading or language arts, writing, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, geography, computer science, music, career and technical education, health, physical education, and any other subject, as determined by the State or local educational agency, with the purpose of providing all students access to an enriched curriculum and educational experience. (ESSA, Title VIII, Section 8002)

The School of Theatre offers a wide range of FREE* and low-cost theatre-based workshops to Bay Area schools that align with Common Core through interactive learning and goal-setting curriculum. Whether bringing dramatic text to life, developing students’ original work, or using critical thinking to reimagine our future, our professional teaching artists help students apply their creative potential to fundamental skills and concepts, challenging them to explore complex ideas and universal themes.

We understand the unique challenges facing California schools today. Now, more than ever, we must work together to reinforce arts education as a community value and as an integral part of our cultural fabric.

Discover the variety of workshops available now

* Limited to one free teaching hour per public middle and high school in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma counties. Free hour issued based on availability; must request at least one week in advance. Must sign and agree to Berkeley Rep School of Theatre booking agreement.

Workshops

Utilizing acting, movement, voice, and playwriting techniques, our workshops support the development of social/emotional life skills such as communication, problem solving, collaboration, and creative expression. Click the links below for more information about specific workshops.

Virtual workshops available:

  • October 2020–June 2021.
  • For high school, middle school, and upper elementary school.
  • For up to 30 students at a time. Please note: groups larger than 20 students (on one screen) require split time or the teacher to be present on screen as a co-facilitator.
  • In 1-hour (introductory), 3–6-hour (deeper dive), or 10-hour (performative) sessions.

Virtual workshops may continue throughout the 2020–21 school year. Email outreach@berkeleyrep.org for inquires and updates.

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Elementary

Story Builders

Bring a story to life! Using sound, movement, dialogue, and improvisation, students turn the classroom into a living theatre, becoming characters in a story chosen from our reading list. This workshop introduces students to theatre and helps develop literacy and communication skills in an artistic environment.

Story Builders is available in all the above hour formats. Berkeley Rep Teaching Artists will modify curriculum based on students’ grade, level of experience, and teacher feedback. Depending on availability, Story Builders has the option of a bilingual program for Spanish-speaking ELL students.

To bring Story Builders into your classroom, please look at the literature selection list and complete the registration form. We will contact you to confirm your scheduling once we have received all necessary registration information.

Grade level

Grades 2–5

Sample of key concepts and vocabulary introduced

Theatre vocabulary

  • Acting
  • Character
  • Design
  • Dialogue
  • Directing
  • Ensemble
  • Scene
  • Script
  • Setting

SEL skills

  • Risk-taking
  • Collaboration
  • Confidence
  • Visualization
  • Motivation

Literary skills

  • Understanding plot structure
  • Writing dialogue
  • Reading and analyzing text

Literature selections

Based on the California Board of Education recommended reading list, the following stories are appropriate for the following grades (click here for a printable PDF of the literature selections).

Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti (Grades K–3)

by Gerald McDermott

When the cunning and mischievous Anansi is about to become someone else’s dinner, his six sons come to his rescue. This Caldecott Honor award-winning book celebrates the value of family and how everyone’s unique talents make up the whole.

Lucha Libre (Grades K–3, Spanish or English)

by Xavier Garza

Carlitos travels with his father to Mexico City where he attends his first luchador match. As the good guys enter the ring, the most famous luchador walks past Carlitos and smiles right at him! There’s something familiar about the Man in the Silver Mask…but in any case, he is Carlitos’ new greatest hero.

My Father’s Shop (Grades K–3)

by Satomi Ichikawa

Mustafa’s father owns a glorious shop full of colorful carpets and gets guests from all over the world! When Mustafa finds a carpet that his father cannot sell, he uses his imagination to make it into a costume. Avoiding a boring lesson from his father about learning new languages, Mustafa runs to a nearby market with the carpet still over his head! A rooster at a nearby market finds this colorful creature interesting, so it starts to follow Mustafa attracting different tourists who teach Mustafa how to crow in many different languages.

The Goat from the Hills and Mountains (Grades K–3)

by Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada

The story of a very pesky goat that invades a garden that isn’t his, and just won’t leave! Though an entire family tries to save their garden, they fail to get rid of this threatening goat, even with the help of a brave soldier. They find help in an unexpected bystander who uses very tiny strength to do what nobody else could.

The Hungry Coat (Grades K–3)

by Demi

The Turkish folk hero Nasrettin Hoca is a friend to all. After corralling an escaped goat, he attends a friend’s party in his dirty coat, and is shunned by his friends because of his appearance. However, when Nasrettin changes into a fancy new coat, he is treated like a king and served a feast. To his friends’ astonishment, he begins to feed his coat! Discover how Nasrettin teaches his friends a valuable lesson about what really matters.

Rosa Raposa (Grades K–3)

by F. Isabel Campoy

Rosa Raposa is a jungle fox who loves planning tricks, especially when it comes to the sharp-toothed, beady-eyed bully, Jaguar. With a little bit of imagination and very quick paws, this fox can get out of any sticky situation! The Green Dress is the last of three stories in this book that show us how Rosa Raposa—with the help of a few jungle friends, of course—escapes the trap of becoming Jaguar’s dinner.

The Name Jar (Grades 1–3)

by Yangsook Choi

Arriving to a new school, and a new country, is very difficult for Unhei who misses her home and grandmother back in Korea. She feels that being different is bad, especially when it comes to a name that nobody can pronounce. She decides to collect new name ideas in a jar with the help of a few classmates. However, with the support of her family, memories of what makes her culture special to her, and a new friend, Unhei decides to keep the one thing that makes her unique and reminds her of home the most.

Musicians of the Sun (Grades 1–3)

by Gerald McDermott

The day the Lord of the Night came out into the world he was struck by its gray joylessness. He called Wind to his side, and bade him to free the musicians of the sun and bring joy back into the world. Will Wind succeed? Or will the world remain colorless for all time?

Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth (Grades 1–3)

by Sanjay Patel and Emily Haynes

Ganesha, a Hindu god, loves candy. With an elephant’s head, and a magical mouse for transport, he wanders from temple to temple collecting fruit, rice, and sweets. But when one day he breaks a tusk, his confidence is shook. What can he do with a lopsided tusk? Will the other gods laugh and poke fun? Find out in this encouraging tale about the power of believing in yourself.

The Story of the Not-So-Small Animal (Grades 1–3)

by Isabel Campoy and Alma Ada

The story of a tiny beetle who is nearly squashed by the hoof of a cow, Doña Vaca. When Doña Vaca nearly steps on him again and laughs at him, the beetle declares war on her and even calls some other tiny troops to help him out. To her surprise, Doña Vaca and her other large animal friends find that there may be cause for worry when many small creatures come together.

Jabutí the Tortoise: A Trickster Tale from the Amazon (Grades 1–3)

by Gerald McDermott

The talented flute-playing tortoise, Jabutí, uses his song to trick others into performing actions to benefit him. The vulture, however, gets very annoyed by his song and tricks Jabutí into breaking his shell on a rock. The rest of the birds love Jabutí’s song and come to his rescue, and once more his music flows through the Amazon.

Dreamers (Grades 1–3)

by Yuyi Morales

In 1994, Yuyi Morales left her home in Xalapa, Mexico and came to the US with her infant son. She left behind nearly everything she owned, but she didn’t come empty-handed. She brought her strength, her work, her passion, her hopes and dreams. Dreamers is a celebration of what migrants bring with them when they leave their homes. It’s a story about family that reminds us that we are all dreamers, bringing our own gifts wherever we roam.

Nimoshom and His Bus (Grades 1–3)

by Penny M. Thomas

Nimoshom loves to drive the school bus. Every day, on the way to and from school, he has something to say. Sometimes, he tells the children silly stories. Sometimes, he teaches the children a new word in Cree. Nimoshom and His Bus introduces basic Cree words.

The Joyful Bagpipes (Grades 1–4)

by Isabel Campoy and Alma Ada

The story of a boy named Santiago who comes across a mysterious Old Woman that changes his life. She gives him bagpipes that can make anyone (or anything) dance! Nobody else but Santiago likes the magic and happiness that the bagpipe music brings, that is until the same magic brings fortune to his family. Santiago’s generosity plays a big part in that fortune, which in the end, shows his two brothers the true magic in a simple act of kindness.

Floating on Mama’s Song (Grades 1–4, Spanish or English)

by Laura Lacamara

Mama loves to sing. Her song is so beautiful that when notes escape her throat, everyone around her is so filled with happiness they begin to float in the air (even the neighbor’s cow!). But what happens when Mama stops singing and her family can no longer float on her song? This melodic story of family and the magic of music is available in both English and Spanish.

Bowwow Powwow (Grades 1–4)

by Brenda J. Child

Windy Girl is blessed with a vivid imagination. From Uncle she gathers stories of long-ago traditions, about dances and sharing and gratitude. When Uncle and Windy Girl and Itchy Boy attend a powwow, Windy watches the dancers in their jingle dresses and listens to the singers. She eats tasty food and joins family and friends around the campfire. Later, Windy falls asleep under the stars. Now Uncle’s stories inspire other visions in her head: a bowwow powwow, where all the dancers are dogs. In these magical scenes, Windy sees veterans in a Grand Entry, and a visiting drum group, and traditional dancers all celebrating in song and dance.

A Story, A Story (Grades 1–4)

by Gail E. Haley

Ananse, the famed African trickster spider, makes a bargain with the Sky God to obtain all the stories in the world, but first he must complete several nearly impossible tasks. Witness how Ananse outwits the forest animals and wins the fabled book of stories.

Tasty Baby Belly Buttons (Grades 2–4)

by Judy Sierra

In this tale from Japan, Uriko’s parents taught her to be a great warrior and master dumpling maker. When giant monsters named oni (who love to munch on baby belly buttons) invade her village and steal all the babies, Uriko’s skills are put to the test. With a sack full of dumplings, a sword, and some loyal companions, Uriko’s quest teaches that brains and teamwork are worth far more than brute strength.

Four Feet, Two Sandals (Grades 2–4)

by Karen Williams and Khadra Mohammed

Lina lives in a refugee camp in the Middle East, and one day finds a beautiful sandal to put on her very tired feet. But where is the other one? She quickly finds a friend in the girl with the other shoe, deciding that they will share the sandals with one another. They spend many days together, sharing not only the shoes, but also their memories and dreams. When it is time for one of the girls to leave for America, a decision is made that gives them hope that they will one day meet again.

Tomás and the Library Lady (Grades 2–4)

by Pat Mora

It’s not easy moving time and again, but Tomás and his family are migrant workers who travel from state to state, helping farmers harvest their crops. When they arrive in Iowa for the summer, Tomás finds an escape from the scorching heat at the town library. And once inside, he also discovers a surprising world filled with dinosaurs, tigers, and a great new friend.

The Big Orange Splot (Grades 3–5)

by Daniel Manus Pinkwater

Mr. Plumbean lives in a town where all the houses look exactly the same. But when a lucky accident gives his home a spot of color, Mr. Plumbean has a choice to make. Will he cave to the demands of his neighbors, or will he find the courage to break free of the mold? A riveting tale about daring to make your dreams come true that is sure to add a little color to your life.

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge (Grades 3–5)

by Mem Fox

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge doesn’t know what a memory is. All he knows is that his friend, Miss Nancy, has lost hers. Wilfrid Gordon seeks the help of his many elderly friends who live in the home next door. On this expedition to discover the meaning of memory, Wilfrid and his readers learn that friendship comes in all ages and that an object as simple as a seashell can help to unearth the most magical of moments.

Roses Sing on New Snow: A Delicious Tale (Grades 3–5)

by Paul Yee

People from all over the New World come to Chinatown to try Maylin’s cooking in her father’s restaurant. However, no one knows that it is Maylin producing this delicious food; her greedy brothers take all the credit for her cooking. One day, the governor of South China comes to town. He announces that all the restaurants in Chinatown are invited to bring their best dish to him for a special banquet. If Maylin’s dish is chosen as the favorite, will she finally receive the recognition she deserves?

Persephone from D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths (Grades 3–5)

by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

A Greek myth used to explain the coming and going of the seasons. Follow the goddess of the spring, Persephone, as she faces the possibility of spending eternity in the underworld with Hades. Will spring ever return, or will the earth be shroud in the winters cold?

The Woman Who Outshone the Sun (Grades 3–5, Spanish or English)

by Alejandro Cruz Martinez

When Lucia Zenteno arrives in an ancient Mexican village surrounded by butterflies and accompanied by an iguana, the civilians are overwhelmed with her beauty and majesty. Despite the elders’ warnings to respect Lucia, they are frightened of her power and turn to insults to drive her out of their village. With her departure she brings the village’s river, and they must seek her forgiveness to save their homes. Written in Spanish and English, this story works well with multicultural and environmental units.

Thunder Rose (Grades 3–5)

by Jerdine Nolen

Thunder Rose vows to grow up to be more than just big and strong, thank you very kindly—and boy, does she ever! Born on a stormy night, Thunder Rose is a hopeful child who turns away a tornado with her song and the depth of her “fortunate feeling.” A tall tale of joy, love, and thunderous music.

Smoky Night (Grades 3–5)

by Eve Bunting

Daniel and his mom are living in turbulent times: riots in the streets, looting, and fires. In all the chaos, Jasmine, Daniel’s cat, goes missing. But when she is later found paw-in-paw with Mrs. Kim’s fat, mean cat, everyone learns a little something new about being kind to thy neighbor.

The Remembering Stone (Grades 3–5)

by Barbara Timberlake Russell

As a young girl, Ana feels unsure of the person she wants to become. One night, after placing a stone from the volcanoes of Costa Rica underneath her pillow, Ana finds herself in a deep slumber full of magical adventures. What will she learn about herself in her dreams? Journey alongside in this tale of family, friends, and self-discovery.

Riding the Tiger (Grades 4–5)

by Eve Bunting

Sometimes we can make bad choices when we’re lonely and bored. Things are no different for young Danny. When the Tiger asks Danny if he wants a ride, Danny jumps at the chance to make a new friend. But the more time they spend together, the more Danny realizes that Tiger isn’t who he thought he was. Will Danny succumb to the Tiger’s desires? Or will his strength be enough to break free?

Note to teachers: You have the option of recommending a story from your class (as approved by Berkeley Rep staff) or you may choose from a list of previous Story Builders literature selections (provided by Berkeley Rep). 10-hour workshops may conclude with an in class sharing of work for other students or families.

Change Makers

How have people managed to make change when they are the dissenting voice? How do we identify sparks of possibility in what can feel like overwhelming challenges facing us today? How do we use theatre to cast forward our hopes, and speak into being a new way of thinking and living?

Using System Design Thinking, History of Change Makers, and playwriting curriculum, our Berkeley Rep teaching artists hope to engage upper middle school students in critical solutions for the challenges we face. Through group work, individual action, and writing we will strive to connect problems with the people they affect and create narratives about how those people might change the world around us, the effect they can have in shaping our destiny.

To bring a Change Makers workshop into your classroom, please complete the registration form. We will contact you to confirm your scheduling once we have received all necessary registration information.

Grade level

Grades 5–7

New concepts and vocabulary introduced

Theatre vocabulary

  • Antagonist
  • Conflict
  • Dialogue
  • Monologue
  • Objective
  • Obstacle
  • Playwriting
  • Protagonist
  • Revision

SEL skills

  • Risk-taking
  • Collaboration
  • Confidence
  • Visualization
  • Refinement
  • Presentation

Literary skills

  • Using narrative techniques
  • Creating a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences
  • Drawing evidence from literary texts
  • Writing for an audience, routinely for extended time frames

Middle and High School

Acting

In this engaging workshop your students learn to express themselves while venturing into the dynamic world of acting. Using acting exercises and scene work, students are introduced to the elements of dramatic action, text analysis, and character development. Berkeley Rep Teaching Artists will modify curriculum based on students’ grade, level of experience, and teacher feedback.

To bring an Acting workshop into your classroom, please complete the registration form. We will contact you to confirm your scheduling once we have received all necessary registration information.

Grade level

Grades 6–12

New concepts and vocabulary introduced

Acting vocabulary

  • Character motivation
  • Conflict
  • Dialogue
  • Ensemble
  • Given circumstances
  • Objective
  • Stage directions
  • Subtext
  • Tactic
  • Vocal projection and diction

SEL skills

  • Risk-taking
  • Confidence
  • Motivation

Literary skills

  • Reading and analyzing text

Improvisation

Discover spontaneity through Improvisation. Using a series of theatre games, listening exercises, improvisations, and narrative scenes, students learn to communicate effectively and trust their impulses. In this workshop, your students will open up to the kind of spontaneity that breeds better comic timing on stage, stronger reactions in rehearsals, and increased laughter in the classroom. Berkeley Rep Teaching Artists will modify curriculum based on students’ grade, level of experience, and teacher feedback.

To bring an Improvisation workshop into your classroom, please complete the registration form. We will contact you to confirm your scheduling once we have received all necessary registration information.

Grade level

Grades 6–12

New concepts and vocabulary introduced

Improvisation concepts

  • Giving and receiving offers
  • Partnering
  • Relationship
  • Spontaneity
  • “Yes…and”

SEL skills

  • Risk-taking
  • Collaboration
  • Confidence
  • Motivation

Performance Lab

Bring your curriculum to life! Performance Lab is a program in which middle and high school students create plays that are rooted in a particular topic or theme as identified by the classroom teacher, such as a required novel, a historical period, or a theme inspired by one of Berkeley Rep’s productions. Through interactive exercises, students are taught practical theatre skills such as acting, script analysis, and character development. Berkeley Rep Teaching Artists will modify curriculum based on students’ grade, level of experience, and teacher feedback. Performance Lab is offered as a ten-hour workshop and concludes with a culminating event.

To bring Performance Lab into your classroom, please complete the registration form. We will contact you to confirm your scheduling once we have received all necessary registration information.

Grade level

Grades 6–12

New concepts and vocabulary introduced

Performance Lab vocabulary

  • Action
  • Blocking
  • Character development
  • Conflict
  • Cue
  • Dialogue
  • Dramatic structure
  • Ensemble
  • Non-narrative structure
  • Objective
  • Obstacle
  • Playwriting
  • Plot
  • Point of view
  • Set

SEL skills

  • Risk-taking
  • Collaboration
  • Confidence
  • Visualization
  • Motivation

Literary skills

  • Understanding plot structure
  • Writing dialogue
  • Editing and refining ideas

Playwriting

Enliven your curriculum through your students’ voices! In Playwriting, students create short texts inspired by a particular classroom topic or theme, such as ancient civilizations or contemporary literature, as identified by the classroom teacher. Through individual writing and interactive theatre exercises, students will explore main events, given circumstances, over-arching themes, character development, obstacles, and motivations as they work towards developing a basic script. Berkeley Rep Teaching Artists will modify curriculum based on students’ grade, level of experience, and teacher feedback.

To bring a Playwriting workshop into your classroom, please complete the registration form. We will contact you to confirm your scheduling once we have received all necessary registration information.

Grade level

Grades 6–12

New concepts and vocabulary introduced

Playwriting vocabulary

  • Adaptation
  • Character profile
  • Dialogue
  • Director
  • Exposition
  • Form
  • Relationship
  • Setting
  • Stage directions
  • Workshop reading

SEL skills

  • Risk-taking
  • Collaboration
  • Confidence
  • Visualization
  • Motivation

Literary skills

  • Understanding plot structure
  • Writing dialogue
  • Reading and analyzing text

Pre-/Post-show Workshop

Enhance the student matinee experience with pre- and post-show workshops. Before and/or after the performance, these workshops deepen engagement by introducing, exploring, and further grounding the work students see onstage at Berkeley Rep. Students use theatrical tools to examine the themes of the play, learning how to dissect and articulate their points of view while creating a richer connection to the production.

To bring a Pre-/Post-show workshop into your classroom, please complete the registration form. We will contact you to confirm your scheduling once we have received all necessary registration information.

Grade level

Grades 6–12

Shakespeare

Engage your students with the classic works of Shakespeare through interactive exercises. This workshop introduces students to the playwright’s world, language, and plays. Examine the connection that exists between the stories of Shakespeare’s plays, the world in which he lived, and present day. Students activate scansion, verse, and prose through Shakespeare’s texts while exploring Shakespeare’s connections to their own world. Berkeley Rep Teaching Artists will modify curriculum based on students’ grade, level of experience, and teacher feedback.

Note: These workshops can be modified to accommodate a specific play from Shakespeare’s canon and advanced activities.

To bring a Shakespeare workshop into your classroom, please complete the registration form. We will contact you to confirm your scheduling once we have received all necessary registration information.

Grade level

Grades 6–12

New concepts and vocabulary introduced

Shakespeare vocabulary

  • Aside
  • Comedy
  • Dialogue
  • History (as a play type)
  • Monologue
  • Prose
  • Soliloquy
  • Stage direction
  • Tragedy
  • Verse

SEL skills

  • Collaboration
  • Confidence
  • Visualization

Literary skills

  • Understanding plot structure
  • Understanding literary forms
  • Reading and analyzing text

Ties to state standards:

  • Learn and apply basic theatre vocabulary, skills, and knowledge through various forms of creative expression. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.3)
  • Develop skills necessary to theatrically adapt stories, originate ideas, develop characters, and create a performance through improvisation, collaboration, and group work. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.4) (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.1)
  • Practice empathy and self-reflection while exploring themes such as courage, honesty, bullying, and friendship found in the text. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.2)
  • Make artistic choices informed by the text and apply theatre skills when exploring the Five Ws: who (character), what (setting), when (time), where (place), and why (reflection). (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.1)
  • Theatre standards: artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, aesthetic valuing, and connections, relationships, and applications (cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/thgrade3.asp).

For more information about outreach programming or to schedule large school bookings, email outreach@berkeleyrep.org.

Fees

2020–21 rates

Public schools

  • One-hour workshop—$75/hour
  • Three- or six-hour workshop—$70/hour
  • 10-hour workshop—$65/hour

Title I discount

  • One- or multiple-hour workshop—$65/hour

Private and non-public schools

  • One- or multiple-hour workshop—$85/hour

Educator discount

Educators using personal funds to pay for workshops are eligible for a discounted rate.

  • One- or three-hour workshop—$70/hour
  • Six- or 10-hour workshop—$65/hour

Special offer!

Get one free hour per public middle and high school. Based on availability.*

* Limited to one free teaching hour per public middle and high school in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma counties. Free hour issued based on availability; must request at least one week in advance. Must sign and agree to Berkeley Rep School of Theatre booking agreement.

Whether full-price or discounted, all workshops are subsidized by our generous funders and community partners.

2020–21 notes

  • At this time, all workshops will be taught virtually.
  • There may be additional charges for organizing large school bookings. Please email outreach@berkeleyrep.org for more information.

Teaching artists

Teaching artists bring:

  • Multiple modalities of learning and expression with students.
  • Creative workshops including story creation, performance lab, and playwriting.
  • Skill based workshops including acting, improvisation, Shakespeare, and technical theatre.
  • Ability to integrate themes from your curriculum.
  • Flexibility based on your students’ grade, experience level, and your feedback.
  • Connections to Common Core Standards in ELA-Literacy and California Department of Education Visual and Performing Arts Standards in Theatre.

Learn more about the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre faculty

 

What teachers say about School of Theatre teaching artists

“I really appreciate Berkeley Rep’s flexibility to support a script we had already adapted from The Lorax. The teaching artist was amazing! She was a true inspiration to my students and served as a collaborative role model. Thank you!”

Rosa Parks Elementary School, Story Builders 2019

Teacher expectations

We hope that your Berkeley Rep workshop will benefit your students and will provide inspiration and tools for you to integrate the arts into your classroom curriculum throughout the school year.

We want your outreach workshop to be as successful as possible. Below is a list of tips that can help you work with your teaching artist to guarantee that you and your students get the most out of our programs.

We ask that classroom teachers:

  • Inform the School of Theatre about students with differing abilities or circumstances.
  • Remain in the classroom at all times.
  • Model active engagement for students.
  • Encourage all students to participate fully.
  • Uphold school policies, classroom expectations, and any discipline issues that may arise.
  • Review or build upon the workshop material in-between teaching artist visits (six- and 10-hour workshops).

Classroom teachers choose Berkeley Rep to:

  • Develop students’ literary skills.
  • Develop theatre vocabulary and skills.
  • Develop creative skills necessary to adapt stories, originate ideas, and develop characters.
  • Build cooperative skills amongst students.
  • Encourage students’ practice of empathy and self-reflection.
  • Encourage students to make informed artistic choices.
  • Bring working artists into your classroom.

We value your feedback. Please let us know about your experiences by emailing outreach@berkeleyrep.org and completing a survey at the conclusion of your workshop.

 

What teachers say about School of Theatre workshops

“The improv structure is a helpful reminder that these quick exercises can help create an open classroom enviroment.”

Cornell Elementary School, Story Builders 2019

Frequently asked questions

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Planning your workshop

When is the best time to schedule a workshop?

Our programming is the most popular from December through June, and scheduling time with one of our artists becomes highly competitive. Beat the rush and have your choice of artists by booking with us earlier in the school year, from the end of August through November.

Which grades do you serve?

We offer workshops for groups that range from second grade to adult.

Can I customize my workshop?

Yes! We are well versed at customizing workshops. Email us at outreach@berkeleyrep.org to get started.

Do you offer bilingual workshops?

Yes. Please contact us at outreach@berkeleyrep.org to discuss dates, as our bilingual options are limited.

Is there a limit to the number of students that can be in a workshop?

Yes, both for safety and quality of instruction, we limit our workshops to 30 students. If you have a group larger than 30 students, please email us at outreach@berkeleyrep.org to discuss the options available to larger groups.

Do I need to be present during my workshop?

All in-school workshops require that a district employee be present during the workshop. If you cannot be present, we ask that you arrange for someone else to be in the classroom with the teaching artist. We ask that a parent or parent volunteer be available for our home school groups.

How involved should I be during my workshop?

As visitors in your classroom, our teaching artists look to you to support behavior and classroom expectations. Some teachers utilize our workshops as a tool to build a deeper relationship with students and actively engage as participants. Other teachers use the time to observe the teaching artist’s activities for their own teaching. We are flexible and want to support your needs as long as you, or another district employee, remain in the classroom during the workshop.

I submitted my registration form, what now?

Once you submit your registration form you will receive notification that your request was submitted. Our team will process your request and contact you if we have any additional questions. After processing, we reach out to our team of dedicated teaching artists to find someone who fits within the structure of your classroom. Teaching artists review date options and provide a schedule that is sent to you for approval. Once you have approved your dates, we confirm your workshop schedule and provide you with a booking agreement and invoice to complete and return. All requests are processed based on start date and are subject to availability.

Booking your workshop

Who can request a workshop?

Our workshops are available to:

  • Schools (including homeschool groups).
  • Community organizations
  • Corporate bookings.
  • Private events (including birthday parties).

Please complete a registration form or contact us at outreach@berkeleyrep.org to discuss booking options and dates.

How do I request a workshop?

You can book a workshop the following ways:

How do I request more than one workshop?

If you are requesting multiple workshops for your own class, you may submit one registration form. If you are requesting workshops on behalf of another teacher or classroom, we ask that you submit a separate registration form for each of the classes.

Is the requested start date for my workshop guaranteed?

We do everything in our power to build a workshop schedule around your preferred start date. Workshop dates are subject to availability and requested dates are not guaranteed until confirmed by Berkeley Rep. In the case that we are unavailable for your preferred dates, we will contact you to discuss alternative options.

Who is eligible for a free workshop?

We offer one hour of free instruction to any public school in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma counties. Free hours are available for second grade to high school, with priority going to middle and high school requests. All free hours are issued based on availability and require a minimum of one week advance notice.

Administrative support

Will someone from your team come and meet with us to discuss programming?

We are happy to come and talk to your teachers, PTA, or administration about the benefits of our programming and what we have to offer for your specific site. We do ask that you request a personalized visit at least two weeks in advance. All visit requests are based on availability.

I’m applying for a grant. Will you supply supplementary materials?

We are happy to support our partners who are applying for grants to fund programming with us. We ask that you contact us at least two weeks in advance and we will provide you with supplementary materials and data to strengthen your grant request. We can also generate an invoice in advance if your grant requires proof of cost.

I received a grant. Is it possible to add additional hours?

Absolutely! Just let us know how many additional hours you would like to build into your workshop and we will happily process a separate invoice for you.

I booked a workshop and loved it. How else can I be connected to the Theatre?

Bring your students to the Theatre for a production through our Student Matinee Series. Or connect your teens to Teen Council, which has a variety of opportunities to see, write, and make theatre with, for, and by teens throughout the Bay Area.

Payments, rescheduling, and cancellations

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept checks and credit card payments. We are also happy to help you complete a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for district funding or VAPA requests.

Can I request to reschedule my workshop date(s)?

Yes, you may request to reschedule your workshop date(s) without penalty up to 48 hours before the start of your workshop. Any reschedule requests after 48 hours are subject to our cancellation policy.

Please email us at outreach@berkeleyrep.org to reschedule your workshop.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you cancel your workshop with more than one month’s notice, all fees will be refunded. If you cancel your workshop with less than one month’s notice, you will be required to pay one half of the full fee. If you cancel your workshop with less than two weeks’ notice, you will be required to pay the full fee.

Teaching artists

What training do your teaching artists have?

Our teaching artists are working theatre professionals who mesh their artistic craft with their teaching experience.

Is it possible to request a specific teaching artist?

Yes! Please request your artist in the section that allows for additional notes about your classroom needs. Since our teaching artists are working artists, we cannot guarantee that your preferred artist will have availability to teach your class. However, we do match you with your requested artist whenever possible.

My class wrote “thank you” notes. What is your mailing address?

Our mailing address for in-school workshops is:
Berkeley Rep School of Theatre
2025 Addison Street
Berkeley CA 94704

Additional questions?

Email outreach@berkeleyrep.org.

 

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510 647–2949
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510 647–2900
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510 647–2972
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2071 Addison St, Berkeley CA 94704
Please direct mail to 2025 Addison St.

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