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 2019–20 Core Council has closed.

2018–19 Core Council

The 2018–19 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.

2019–20 Teen Night dates

September 13 · The Great Wave
September 27 · White Noise
November 22 · The Tale of Despereaux
December 13 · Becky Nurse of Salem
February 21 · Culture Clash (Still) in America
March 20 · School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play
May 29 · Happy Days

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 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.

2019–20 Workshop dates

October 7 · Rough Draft workshop with Katie Craddock
November 4 · Rough Draft workshop with Eugenie Chan
December 2 · Rough Draft workshop with Dan Wolf
February 3 · Audition workshop
March 2 · Rough Draft workshop
April 27 · Rough Draft workshop

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

Rough Draft presentation

2017–18 Rough Draft presentation workshop: Unapologetic by Fiona Deane-Grundman.

Rough Draft presentation

2017–18 Rough Draft presentation workshop: Convergence; The Dystropia by Johanna Staples-Agre.

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.

Stay tuned! Information for upcoming shows will be announced soon.

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. Join us for the festival’s 18th season!

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Every year two plays written by teen playwrights are selected to be fully staged in the Teen One-Acts Festival.

The play submission deadline is now closed. Thank you to all who submitted a play to be considered for the 2020 Teen One-Acts Festival!


Work closely with a professional directing mentor from Berkeley Rep to apply your own creative vision to a world-premiere play. Hone your ideas, collaborate with a group of designers, and lead a group of teen actors through a rehearsal process. And at the end, invite your friends and family to see your new work!

Director interviews
Monday, December 16 · 5–8pm


Collaborate with a design team, enhance the director’s concept, and help bring the words of the playwright to life. Learn more from a skilled mentor and take your designs to the next level. Haven’t designed before but want to try your hand at something new? You’ll have all the guidance you need to design your own show.

Design areas available:
Costume · Lighting · Set · Sound · Props

Designer interviews
Tuesday, December 17 · 5–8pm


Join an ensemble of committed teen actors from across the Bay Area and receive training from professional actors.

Please prepare a 1–2 minute monologue. It can be comedic or dramatic. It is strongly encouraged that the monologue is memorized, but it is not required.

Actor auditions
Friday, February 14 · 5–7:30pm
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Actor callbacks
Saturday, February 15 · 10am–1pm
(by invitation only)

Please check back for additional 2020 Teen One-Acts Festival dates and details.

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

2019 Teen One-Acts Festival cast and crew

2019 Teen One-Acts Festival cast and crew.

Teen Council Leadership Fund

Thank you so much to all of our donors that supported our Teen Council Leadership Fund. With your support our six member Teen Council leadership team attended the 2019 Theatre Communications Group (TCG) conference in Miami, Florida this past 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.

Our student representatives have gained a reputation for their creativity, curiosity, and willingness to learn. This year, the team co-facilitated a workshop with teen leaders from the Alliance Theatre (Atlanta, GA), Milwaukee Repertory Theater (Milwaukee, WI), and Center Theatre Group (Los Angeles, CA) titled, “We Got Next! Creating Space for Teen Leaders in Regional Theatre.” The Berkeley Rep leadership team also participated in skill and culture building workshops taught by industry leading professionals from theatres and universities from around the country. They will bring these skills back and share what they have learned and their experiences at the conference with the rest of the Teen Council.

The leadership team were incredible ambassadors for Berkeley Rep and the Teen Council. We can’t wait to see what they will do next!

Thanks again for your support!

Teen Council members at 2019 TCG conference

Teen Council members at 2019 TCG conference

Teen representatives from across the country met at the 2019 TCG conference.



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