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Going Solo: A Master Class on the Art of the One Person Show

Want to make loads of money and tour the world with your own one person show? Unleash the physical possibilities that lurk in each of us when tackling the solo form. Think of it as: a sculpture class for your performance muscles or simply your personal boot camp in the battle to create your own one person show. Learn everything you need to develop, create, perform, and market your one person show in one fun filled session. Whether the show inside you is an extended stand-up routine, a stirring memoir, or simply a story well told. Participants can bring in material they’ve developed as well as work with texts created in class and from a variety of non-traditional sources.

Sign up for two workshops and get 10% off!

SAT 12:30–3:30pm · 5/30 · $55

In a career that has spanned three decades and four continents, Ron Campbell has performed everywhere from the streets of Paris, Rome, and Florence to the Royal Albert Hall in London and the Fuji Dome in Japan. A recipient of the Fox Fellowship for Distinguished Achievement, the “King of the Clowns” in Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza, and award-winning one-man show practitioner (R. Buckminster Fuller, The Thousandth Night, Shylock, The Dybbuk, The Boneman of Benares, Beckett’s Eh Joe among others), Ron has trained with such luminaries as Philippe Gaulier, David Shiner, Min Tanaka, and Georges Bigot, and has taught physical theatre, clowning, and mask in Japan, Europe, and North America. An associate artist at California Shakespeare Theater, Ron has played everything from Richard the Third to Sherlock Holmes to Don Quixote, for which he received both the Bay Area Critic’s Award and Theatre Bay Area’s Outstanding Principal Performance Award. Ron is the founder and CEO of Soar Feat Unlimited.

Physical Theatre: Mastering Fixed Point

Isolated, but not lonely! Discover how fixed point is more than just a mime tool. Fixed point (more commonly referred to by the French word pointe fixe) is a simple, timeless idea: the actor uses his body to keep a point motionless in space. An actor can create illusions using this technique, but they can also use this technique for fixed points in emotion or character. It’s fascinating! Find out how! In this quick two-hour workshop, bring your own monologue and we’ll discover the many uses of fixed point—seriously, no touching!

Sign up for two workshops and get 10% off!

MON 6:30–8:30pm · 6/1 · $40

Colum Parke Morgan is happy to be back in the US, as a recent transplant to San Francisco. After working regionally for many years with an MFA in American Realism, Colum moved to Paris, France for six years and embarked on a study in European and Russian theatre methodologies. He studied with many great teachers, including Gennadi Bogdanov, Sergei Ostrenko, Norman Taylor, Theatre De L’Ange Fou, Robin Carr, as well as École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. Now he returns to the US as a graduate of Integral Movement and Performance Practice (IMPP) from the Thomas Prattki Center in Berlin, Germany. As an actor, Colum has worked internationally. In Paris, Colum worked in many new works, including immersive theatre at the Centre Culturel Irlandais with Cinémorphe. He was a company member with Big Funk Company and NEW! The Improvised Musical, he toured France with Z Space’s Word for Word, and worked for many years as a resident actor with the award winning Compagnie Oz. Regionally in the US, Colum has been a resident actor with PCPA, and performed many shows with Austin Shakespeare, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, ZACH Theatre, Jarrott Productions, and State Theatre. He brings together a deep understanding of theatrical methods and the ways they overlap and are unique, supported with recent findings in psychology, neurology, and behavior sciences. He received his MFA from University of Texas, Austin.

Confidence and Craft: A Monologue Workshop

It has been said that great and memorable auditions come from dynamic, relaxed, and specific choices. That is exactly what students will focus on in this workshop. Simple and effective tools will be offered to help you do your best work and make auditioning something to enjoy, rather than dread. Students should prepare a classical or modern monologue for the workshop. Expect to have fun in a relaxed environment that will promote greater confidence and craft!

Sign up for two workshops and get 10% off!

SAT 1–4pm · 6/6 · $55

Andrew Hurteau has been acting and teaching since graduating with an MFA from American Conservatory Theater. Andrew is an award-winning actor who has performed with Berkeley Rep, American Conservatory Theater, California Shakespeare Theater, the Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Aurora Theatre Company, and across the country. In addition to the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Andrew has taught at ACT, Academy of Art University, and the Nueva School.

Zoom Presence: Create a Compelling Presence

For Meetings, Interviews, and Teaching

An entire culture of connection and community has gone digital with little time to prepare. The very nature of work has changed, perhaps irrevocably. Connections that were once built in person now are fostered via webcam, and the tools we’ve developed to create rapport are no longer as effective. To effectively network, interview, teach, and collaborate, we will need to shift our understanding of our expressive tools to project our presence and warmth across the digital landscape. In this session, we will explore how implementing small changes from the worlds of on-camera acting, psychology, and education can dramatically boost your digital presence.

Sign up for two workshops and get 10% off!

MON 3–5pm · 6/8 · $40

Jack Nicolaus has been integrating the wisdom of storytelling and acting with the needs of organizational leaders for over a decade. He received his Masters in Education at Harvard and has worked all over the globe, from Fortune 100 businesses to disruptive startups to education non-profits.

Gesture, Sound, and Speech: What Do I Do with My Hands?

Practicing social distancing? Let gestures help you clearly send information across long distances. Did you know there are six types of gesture? Each type can help the actor (or anyone) modify and intensify their speech in incredible ways. Work with your own monologue and discover how gesture can illuminate what you say. Audiences will thank you!

Sign up for two workshops and get 10% off!

MON 6:30–8:30pm · 6/8 · $40
SOLD OUT—Please email school@berkeleyrep.org for wait list

Colum Parke Morgan is happy to be back in the US, as a recent transplant to San Francisco. After working regionally for many years with an MFA in American Realism, Colum moved to Paris, France for six years and embarked on a study in European and Russian theatre methodologies. He studied with many great teachers, including Gennadi Bogdanov, Sergei Ostrenko, Norman Taylor, Theatre De L’Ange Fou, Robin Carr, as well as École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. Now he returns to the US as a graduate of Integral Movement and Performance Practice (IMPP) from the Thomas Prattki Center in Berlin, Germany. As an actor, Colum has worked internationally. In Paris, Colum worked in many new works, including immersive theatre at the Centre Culturel Irlandais with Cinémorphe. He was a company member with Big Funk Company and NEW! The Improvised Musical, he toured France with Z Space’s Word for Word, and worked for many years as a resident actor with the award winning Compagnie Oz. Regionally in the US, Colum has been a resident actor with PCPA, and performed many shows with Austin Shakespeare, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, ZACH Theatre, Jarrott Productions, and State Theatre. He brings together a deep understanding of theatrical methods and the ways they overlap and are unique, supported with recent findings in psychology, neurology, and behavior sciences. He received his MFA from University of Texas, Austin.

Vocal Presence for Women

Is your voice enhancing or reducing your impact? We speak every day in a variety of situations, and our voice is the most powerful tool to achieve our objectives and navigate the workplace. Yet we rarely focus on how to use it effectively. In this interactive workshop, voice and speech coach Deborah Eubanks will help you explore the range and dynamism of your voice. Through warm-up exercises, breathing techniques, and practice, you’ll develop the skills to unleash your innate, unique vocal power.

Sign up for two workshops and get 10% off!

SAT 10am–1pm · 6/13 · $60
SOLD OUT—Please email school@berkeleyrep.org for wait list

Deborah Eubanks was born and raised in London where she combined her knowledge of anatomy as an RN tutor with her theatre training at the Harold Pinter Studios. Deb currently serves on the faculty at SF Academy Art University. She worked with Stephen Hawking’s theatre company Libra. She offers courses at Berkeley Rep and the University of San Francisco (“Voice for Performance”), and coaches for executives from companies such as Sephora, Wells Fargo, Financial Times, Facebook, and Oculus.

Speak with Confidence Off the Cuff

Address, recognize, and embrace the fear of speaking in the moment. Learn techniques which will enable you to respond to questions with control and calmness. Carry out and take away life-changing exercises to warm up and reduce the fight-or-flight response that gets in our way! This workshop will be an active improvisational day of on-your-feet exercises. It will enable you to more effectively master the Q & A while responding on the spot without empty pauses.

Sign up for two workshops and get 10% off!

SUN 11am–2pm · 6/14 · $60
SOLD OUT—Please email school@berkeleyrep.org for wait list

Deborah Eubanks was born and raised in London where she combined her knowledge of anatomy as an RN tutor with her theatre training at the Harold Pinter Studios. Deb currently serves on the faculty at SF Academy Art University. She worked with Stephen Hawking’s theatre company Libra. She offers courses at Berkeley Rep and the University of San Francisco (“Voice for Performance”), and coaches for executives from companies such as Sephora, Wells Fargo, Financial Times, Facebook, and Oculus.

Alexander Technique for Mind/Body Balance

Alexander Technique is a time-honored method used by actors to improve posture, breath, and movement. Effective movement liberates your acting skills and enriches your life. As you stop responding to the world in a habitual manner, new avenues of physical ease and creativity open up. Let your body’s physical genius emerge!

Sign up for two workshops and get 10% off!

SAT 1–3:30pm · 6/20 · $45

Elyse Shafarman holds a Master’s degree in Physiological Psychology and Alexander Technique Teacher Certification from Frank Ottiwell (2003). Elyse is on the faculty of American Conservatory Theater’s MFA program and maintains a private Alexander Technique practice in San Francisco and Berkeley. Her background as a modern dancer and training in psychology, yoga, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction influence her approach to teaching.

Theatre of the Oppressed: Mindfulness, Meditation, & Liberation

“Within this fathom-long body, lies the world of suffering, its cause, and its liberation.”—Gautama Buddha

All oppression involves the body—the body holds and reflects the experience of its oppression. Fear, anxiety, and oppression bleed their way into the habits of our human expression, trapping, binding, and shutting down our natural spontaneity and aliveness, making us mechanized, divided, and imbalanced in our bodies and our minds and isolated, aggressive, or confused in our relationships and interactions. The original form of mindfulness—the mind’s capacity to observe itself, reflect, and transform—is theatre. This workshop will explore the rich, deep, powerful practices of mindfulness, dishabituation, and embodiment within the corpus of Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, focusing on practical techniques for transforming and finding liberation through somatic and energetic awareness in the personal, interpersonal, and political dimensions. We will use demechanization, dynamization, image theatre, forum theatre, and rainbow of desire while developing presence, focus, and a strong capacity for meditative awareness. Open to anyone with a desire to use theatre, art, and meditation to explore a powerful approach to transforming self and society. Please dress comfortably to move.

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SAT 12:30–3pm · 5/16 · $45

Jiwon Chung is a professional actor, director, and a key theorist of Theatre of the Oppressed. He is the Artistic Director of Kairos Theater Ensemble, adjunct professor of Theater and Social Justice at Starr King School at the Graduate Theological Union, and past President of the national organization for Theatre of the Oppressed. Author of numerous books, articles, and performances, he is considered a pioneer in the integration of somatics, Theatre of the Oppressed, and socially engaged art. The focus of his work is in the application of theatre as a tool for social and political change, using Theatre of the Oppressed to challenge, resist, and transform systemic oppression and structural violence and to redress large-scale historical atrocity and injustice. His approach to performance and social change is informed by his background as veteran, martial artist, and three decades of vipassana meditation.

Feldenkrais Method® Awareness through Movement

Bring more creativity in your daily life! Everyone can benefit from the Feldenkrais Method® Awareness through Movement—from athletes and artists to administrators and attorneys. Students learn to widen the perception they have of themselves and how to make clear choices that will enhance their creativity. This method helps to rewire the nervous system in order to become aware of habits and eliminate unnecessary movements, which are often the source of limitation and discomfort. Improve physical function and health, reduce pain, increase sensitivity and vitality, and expand your movement repertoire. Moving becomes more pleasurable, more graceful, and effortless. Open to all levels.

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SAT 9:30am–noon · 5/16 · $45

Christine Germain is a movement explorer, dancer, and choreographer. She takes pleasure in discovering new ways to move. She is intrigued by how people move by themselves in relationship to others and space. After traveling and studying various dances around the world, Christine earned her BFA in dance from Concordia University (Montréal, Canada) in 2007. The Feldenkrais Method® helped her to recover from a serious injury and a car accident, which allowed her to get back to dance and even circus. This convinced her to become an instructor and practitioner of the Method. She recently graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Arts with specialization in choreography at UC Davis, where she teaches dance and Awareness Through Movement.

 

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Memoir Writing for Actors and Playwrights

As actors and playwrights, we sometimes create biographies for our characters. But what about our own life stories? The better we know ourselves and our own stories, the better we can create vivid characters and tell compelling stories onstage. This class will give you the opportunity to write memoir—stories that spring from your lives. In a supportive environment, students will explore a variety of ways to take the raw material of their lives and turn it into memoir or fiction. We will draw on the traditions of storytelling, comedy, and drama, and make use of fiction skills, such as description, characters, dialogue, plot, and scene to bring our stories to life.

THU 7–9pm · 5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11, 6/18 · $140

Steve Budd is an actor, writer, storyteller, stand-up comic, and solo performer. He’s been teaching college writing classes, including creative writing and memoir, for over 15 years. Steve has acted with numerous Bay Area companies, including San Francisco Playhouse, Central Works, Symmetry, Impact, New Conservatory, Custom Made, and Marin Shakespeare. He’s appeared as a solo performer and storyteller at The Marsh, Solo Sundays, Tell It On Tuesday, and the Mill Valley Public Library. His autobiographical solo show What They Said About Love won Best of the 2016 San Francisco Fringe Festival and ran for four months in 2018 at The Marsh.

Self-Tape Mastery: Strike While the Iron is Hot

Times are uncertain, but one thing is for sure—self-taping is the order of the day. Like everyone else, producing organizations are looking for what CAN be done given the current circumstances, and many realize that pre-production work—including casting—is one thing they can do. Theatres across the Bay Area and even across the country are posting open requests for self-taped auditions—often even in lieu of open calls. In many ways, this time of seeming chaos is a time of unprecedented opportunities. But you need to be prepared to take advantage of it. In this class you will learn how to find self-tape auditions, how to get and use all the equipment you need to make your self-tapes look professional grade (without breaking the bank), and how to actually execute self-tapes and even virtual auditions and callbacks at a competitive level, while still social distancing. Using material from theatre, film, and television, our goal will be to help the actor create compelling and competitive work to…BOOK. THE. JOB.

WED 7–9pm · 5/20, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10, 6/17 · $140

James Wagner is a Los Angeles-based actor who has taught acting workshops in the Bay Area for over 10 years. As a teacher he explores cutting-edge acting techniques—believing that we live in an evolving universe and that acting must have its own evolutionary trajectory. He has pursued integrative techniques that connect body, mind, emotion, and spirit to the various aspects of spatial and interpersonal relationships on stage. James also believes the creative process can be more than just a craft and a profession, but also a sacred process and a transformative practice. He is an MFA graduate of American Conservatory Theater and has a PhD in Transformative Studies from California Institute of Integral Studies.

Monologue Intensive

Build a strong portfolio of audition pieces for both film and theatre! Your monologue is your handshake. It’s your way of reaching out and introducing yourself to a director, casting director, or agent. Monologues are an important tool to help you thrive in the audition process. And they are a tool that many actors overlook. This is an ideal time to invest in yourself and be ready for the flurry of live and online auditions that will no doubt proliferate as we emerge from the current crisis. In this class we’ll look at types of monologues and situations that call for different kinds of pieces. We’ll examine in depth how to take a monologue apart, rehearse it, and set it on its feet. We will discuss the kinds of monologues that every auditioning actor should have in their portfolio. Along the way you will be asked to make an honest appraisal of your “type” and what kinds of monologues are best suited particularly for you. Lastly, we’ll experiment with the difference between using monologues for theatre and for film. The etiquette for each type of audition will be discussed and practiced. How to film your own auditions will also be emphasized as self-submissions are becoming more common and necessary. This class is a wonderful opportunity to really make use of this time of isolation in preparation for jump-starting your career.

TUE 7–9pm · 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16 · $140

Marvin Greene is a professional actor and has performed with major regional theatres such as ACT, Aurora Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, Westport Country Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, and San Jose Rep. Marvin served as an instructor at ACT for over a decade and also teaches at the Academy of Art College and Voice One in San Francisco. Marvin has taught at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre since 2003.

Script Analysis: What the Heck Does the Playwright Want?

An actor’s job is, fundamentally, to read a story, understand what the author is asking of you, and then to do it. Of course, this is a lot easier said than done. A clear grasp of how to accurately analyze a text—for film, radio, television, or theatre—is crucial to an actor’s ability to make relevant choices. But each actor is different and this class will help you to develop an individual and reliable method for understanding theme, plot, character, and situation in order to help you make those choices. This session we will be working with The Price by Arthur Miller. Please read the play before the first day of class and have it with you.

TUE 7–9pm · 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16 · $140

Rolf Saxon (AEA, BAE, SAG/AFTRA) trained with ACT’s first Young Conservatory class and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Working extensively in film, television, and theatre, including the Royal Shakespeare Company and Theatre Complicte as well as West End and regional productions, his film and television credits include over 25 films and being a regular on three television series. Among others, he has worked with Tom Cruise, Brian De Palma, Vin Diesel, Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, Helen Mirren, Trevor Nunn, Ryan Reynolds, and Steven Spielberg. A director in both theatre and film, he has also been a private tutor and coach for over 20 years teaching including the Drama Lab (London) and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor of Drama at Ohlone College, teaches at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, SFAA, and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

Beginning Voice-Over Acting

Due to social distancing concerns, we will meet online for the first several weeks of class. All you’ll need is a front facing laptop with camera, and some earbuds to highlight your voice during class. If you prefer not to use earbuds, your computer’s microphone will work fine. All scripts will be shared either via email, or through the chat box on Zoom. There is nothing else to prepare. I look forward to sharing with you the fun and challenging world of voice acting!

This voice-over class introduces and establishes the skills required to perform different genres of voice acting. Beginning and professional actors will learn the techniques and artistry of reading commercial, narration, and character copy. Students will also learn professional microphone techniques, home-recording tips, and how to read authentically, as well as how to launch a freelance voice-over career. Students will also get to work with a professional sound engineer who will attend most classes. Lessons will be recorded for students to keep for their records.

WED 7–10pm · 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10 · $425

Sally Clawson is the owner of Voice One Training, the premiere voice acting school in San Francisco, and has over 20 years of experience as a voice actor, teacher, and performer. Her many voice over clients include Yoplait, Clorox, Toyota, Old Navy, McDonalds, Pixar, Apple, Google, Microsoft, EA Games, Telltale Games, and Lucas Arts, among others. Sally began developing the voice over curriculum at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre in 2010, and is thrilled to be teaching for her ninth consecutive year at the school. She has also taught at Cal Shakes, Google Arts, and is a certified executive coach with the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. In addition, Sally has a master’s degree in Performance from Mills College.

Jim Edgar has been captivated by voice-over and recording his whole life. As a full-time VO, he has voiced a Star Wars Stormtrooper ornament warning kids to stay away from presents, the Levi’s Stadium Talking Scoreboard campaign, and appeared as an ongoing voice for John Muir Health. He works across all areas of voice-over with commercial, narrative, eLearning clients including Adobe, Exploratorium, Samsung, Visa International, Oracle, Cisco, and Eisenhower Healthcare. You may have heard him as Captain Thorn and the Evil Dr. Houser in the Deadwood Mansion VR Escape Room, Blackfeather the Assassin in VainGlory, Quigley the Robot in Leapfrog’s Letter Machine Rescue Team, The Birdman of Alcatraz in 1954 Alcatraz, or the laconic (and holographic) Bartender in Emerald Theater. Jim also works as an audio consultant to voice actors setting up home studios and is on the faculty at Voicetrax SF.

Improvisation Performance Lab

Due to social distancing concerns, we will meet online for the first several weeks of class.

One of the joys of improvisation is sharing the creativity and spontaneity with an audience. This class introduces the skill of performing improvisational games and stories in a light and generous atmosphere. Students explore the philosophy of “giving” rather than “shining,” and practice interaction techniques that demystify the perceived barriers between performers and an audience. There will be two scheduled performances during class time. The class will have eight participants.

Prerequisite: Approval from instructor prior to registration.

WED 7–10pm · 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6 (performance), 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3, 6/5 (performance) · $410

Kasey Klemm is a professional improviser with 20+ years of experience. He is the former artistic director of BATS Improv, San Francisco’s longest running and most-acclaimed improvised theatre company, and cites Keith Johnstone as one of his biggest influences. Kasey’s easy going nature and passion for improvisation helps create a playful space for students of all levels to explore their inherent creativity and take risks in a positive and supportive environment.

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Take your passions to another level! Explore the elements of theatre-making and performance with fun, unique intensives for middle and high schoolers.

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Bring your family and friends to try out our wide range of class offerings for free.

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Kickstart your theatre career with Creative Careers, an online resource including live stream panels, résumé and interview tips, and training opportunities.

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