Training

Online workshops and classes

Please note: Classes will be held online through Zoom meetings. Zoom links will be emailed to students the day before class starts. If you do not receive your link, please email school@berkeleyrep.org.

Deep Dive: Further Your Craft with Berkeley Rep Artistic Innovators

This fall, for six Saturdays, a few of Berkeley Rep’s favorite artists will lead virtual three-hour workshops on different aspects of theatrical art-making. Each session will engage participants in active ways, and provide insight into how working professionals approach their craft. Available as a series or individually, these sessions will energize your mind and push you to Further Your Craft.

Each workshop is $115, or participate in the whole series for $600. Discounts available for 2021 Rep 7-Play subscribers.

Berkeley Rep is excited to be able to offer a lottery for deep discount for emerging artists. The Emerging Artist Reserved Spot is $35. Please fill out the interest form to be entered into the lottery. Emerging artists can receive one workshop at the discounted rate through a randomized lottery.

Deep Dive Workshops

Get Your Playwriting Wheels Turning with playwright Lauren Yee (Cambodian Rock Band, King of the Yees)

Writers often are asked, “Where do your ideas come from?” In this class, we will explore how to take thoughts, fragments, and inklings, and transform them into building blocks for a play. By the end of the session, you will no longer be wondering how to start, you will be off and running.

SAT 5–8pm · 10/3 · $115

Navigating the Director/Designer Partnership with director Lisa Peterson and scenic designer Rachel Hauck

Award-winning director/designer team Lisa Peterson (An Iliad, The Good Book) and Rachel Hauck (Hadestown) provide an inside look at how directors and designers collaborate. Discuss real-life success stories, as well as communication breakdowns. Bring your own questions and curiosities, and learn how to make the most out of this crucial relationship.

SAT 1–4pm · 10/10 · $115

Stay Calm and Book the Gig! with Jarvis B. Manning, Jr. (Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations)

An interactive class about the ever-evolving entertainment industry audition process. We will discuss the must-haves, do’s and don’ts, tactics for success, and more. There will be a mock dance call, vocal audition, cold readings, and other fun surprises. The idea of a professional audition can be scary—in this class we will discuss the ways to enjoy the ride!

SAT 1–4pm · 10/17 · $115

Lyric-writing with Nathan Tysen

Join Broadway lyricist Nathan Tysen (Amélie: A New Musical, Tuck Everlasting, Paradise Square, A Killer Party) for an immersion into musical theatre lyric writing. This fun and interactive workshop will cover basic terminology, different song structures, and tools for collaborating with a composer. You will also learn how to make a song drive your plot forward, by identifying proper song placement in scenes and strong lyrical hooks

SAT 1–4pm · 10/24 · $115

Topic to be announced with Caldwell Tidicue, aka Bob the Drag Queen

Caldwell Tidicue (recently seen on Berkeley Rep’s stage in Angels in America and aka Bob the Drag Queen, Season 8 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race) will teach a yet-to-be-titled class loosely based around solo performance and how to pitch it.

SAT 1–4pm · 11/7 · $115

Playwriting Workshop: Culture Clash, Comedy, and Social Justice with Culture Clash

Join Culture Clash members Richard Montoya and Herbert Siguenza and learn how they create and develop their unique plays about social justice. The workshop will guide students on how to research and develop data for a play or solo performance. Bring your ideas and questions and jam with these veterans of the American theatre!

SAT 1–4pm · 11/14 · $115

Fall classes

Youth classes

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Secret Spy Kids Save the World

Grades 2–3 · The Spies and their Super Science team are on a quest to save the world. The people of the world have been put to sleep by an Evil Villain. They must be woken up! It’s up to the Spy Kids and their expert team of Science Geniuses to discover what the secret formula is in order to wake up the people of the world. What will the spies have to do to find this secret ingredient? How much time do they have wake up the world? And what will the Evil Villain do to stop them? Find out in the first episode of Secret Spy Kids Save the World! In addition to acting and creating the script with original characters, we will make masks and use shadow puppetry to help convey our story.

SUN 9:30–10:30am · 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15 · $75

Erica Blue is an international performance art, dance, and theatre maker. She has a BA in performance studies from Sarah Lawrence College and has done Master’s work at Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre and Wesleyan University. After founding The Raw Material Performance Ensemble in Amsterdam, she then traveled and studied dance extensively in Southern Asia. Once arriving in the Bay Area she began teaching, directing, and performing with her ensemble, Teatro Auzzura. Her solo work has been performed at La Mama in New York, the Cleveland Performance Art Festival, and has won Best of the Fringe in San Francisco and Seattle. She also received a Goldie award in 2000 for her role as Salvador Dali’s wife, Gala. Blue’s company has received critical acclaim for their dance theatre work around the US and in Europe.

Real Life Action HERoes: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Grades 4–6 · Celebrate the life and work of the number one action HERoe of our time…none other than the Notorious RBG. In eight short weeks we will mount a new play—virtually—honoring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Thank You, RBG! by Nancy Gold is filled with drama, comedy, tragedy, and a love story for the ages. Expand your performing skills on camera while you thank one of the HERoes of our time. We will share with family and friends in a virtual performance on the last class.

TUE 4–5:30pm · 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8 (performance) · $190

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.

Collectively Write and Perform an Original Play

Grades 6–8 · Collectively write and perform an original Zoom play over a five-week class! Portions of the play will be written by each participant, adding up to an entire original play. Participants will then be cast and act out the play, resulting in a final Zoom performance. Half writing class, half acting/performance class, students will be challenged to create an original story and performance that embraces digital mediums and all of its imaginative possibilities.

During the class’s first week we will design a story based on a series of writing prompts and learn playwriting techniques. In the second week we will deepen the story, choose who will be writing each part of the play, and explore more playwriting styles. In the third week students will be tasked with writing their portions of the play while getting feedback from their peers. In the fourth week we will cast the play, rehearse, and do acting exercises to bring the script to life. In the fifth week students will perform the work in a live Zoom performance for their friends and families. Students will also share their original play and ideas with the high school play creation class.

WED 4:30–6pm · 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11 (performance) · $120

Roxie Perkins is an artist who writes and directs for theatre, opera, TV, and film. She is the librettist of Ellen Reid’s Pulitzer Prize winning opera p r i s m. Together they also won The Music Critics Association of North America’s 2019 “Best New Opera” Award. Director James Darrah’s production of p r i s m is currently a nominee for “Best World Premiere” at the International Opera Awards of 2020. p r i s m was released as an album through Universal’s Decca Gold label and was featured on NPR’s list of the “Best Classical Music of the Decade.” Roxie has been awarded a Sundance Playwright Fellowship, and her plays have been a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Theater Conference as well as for the Princess Grace Award. Her writing has been nominated to The Kilroy’s “THE LIST” and We For She’s “WriteHer List,” annual rankings of the best unproduced plays and original TV pilots by women. She directed Green Umbrella: Theater of the Outrageous, a program of three short operas performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Her work has been programmed at The Kennedy Center’s DIRECT CURRENT Festival, REDCAT, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, New York Philharmonic, Jazz at Lincoln Center, PROTOTYPE Festival, LA Opera, Opera Omaha’s ONE Festival, Cutting Ball Theater, A Noise Within’s “Noise Now” Artist Residency, Crowded Fire Theater’s Matchbox Reading Series, The Tank NYC, The LARK’s Roundtable Reading Series, On The Verge Summer Repertory Theater, and internationally at Theatro Municipal in São Paulo. p r i s m’s production in São Paulo was nominated for the 2019 Prêmio CONCERTO Award for Best Opera Production in Brazil. Roxie has worked as a visiting lecturer at CalArts and UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television, as well as a teaching artist at Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre.

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.

Students must have a camera option on their PC, laptop, iPad, or phone, and a standard set of headphones with a mic. Materials and scripts will be sent via email.

TUE 4:30–6pm · 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10 · $120

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.

 

Teen classes

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Play Creation: New World Creation

Grades 9–12 · The world’s trajectory seems fixed, but it’s not. In the play of history, we assume the script has been written, the lead parts already cast, but in reality we are the most central actors, creating our own history as we go. We’re going to assess our own HERoes journey thus far in quarantine, and create a type of vision board for your future goals. Get ready to write, create realistic and mythic characters, explore any genre, direct, design, and act (it) out!

WED 4:30–6pm · 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11 (event) · $120

William Thomas Hodgson’s regional credits include Romeo (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), It Can’t Happen Here (Berkeley Rep), Calligraphy (TheatreWorks), Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (La Jolla Playhouse), An Octoroon (Mixed Blood Theatre), Trufaldino Says No (Shotgun Players), Seussical the Musical (Berkeley Playhouse), and I Am My Own Wife (Oakland Theater Project). He received his MFA from UC San Diego, and he is co-artistic director of the Oakland Theater Project. He has taught for Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Berkeley Playhouse, ACT, UCSD, OSF, Park Day Middle School, Chatauqua Center, Roads Scholars, and more.

Musical Theatre Audition Preparation

The 16 bar and 32 bar cut

Grades 9–12 · Want to shine at your next musical theatre audition? You need dynamic, well-sung, well-acted songs! This class will help you develop 16 bar and/or 32 bar cuts of songs in various musical theatre styles and eras. Each student will get individualized voice instruction for their particular song choices. The class will also learn helpful acting techniques to make their audition pieces stand out in the crowd.

TUE 4:30–6pm · 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10 · $120

Rebecca Castelli holds a BA in voice and theatre and an MFA in acting. Previously from Seattle, she won a Seattle Times Footlight Award for her role of Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, and also had the honor of acting with Tony award-winning actress Judy Kaye in Gypsy at 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Company. She was a company member of the Marin-based Porchlight Theatre Company for five years and had leads in many of their mainstage productions, including Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband. Locally, Rebecca has also acted with Shotgun Players and Cinnabar Theater Company. She dialect coaches for various Bay Area theatres, including Shotgun Players, Theatre Rhinoceros, Town Hall Theatre Company, Mendocino Theatre Company, Virago Theatre Company, and Ross Valley Players. She is a founding member of The Incidentalists, a long-form improvisational group based in Oakland.

 

Adult classes

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Beginning Acting

Everyone has a beginning. We will explore your journey into acting by using experiential and experimental techniques (a little Stanislavsky, Cohen, Meisner) and discovering what resonates with you! This class will be catered to the Zoom format, but will still include vocal and physical warm-ups with a strong focus on work you can do on your own.

Sign up for two $170 classes and pay $300—save over 10%!

TUE 7–9pm · 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3 · $170

Safiya Fredericks has been a working actor navigating this business for several years. After studying at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and bumbling around New York, she found her way to a steady career in regional theatre, most recently onstage as a company member at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She has previously worked at ACT, SF Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, and others. She was the recipient of the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Actress for her work in black odyssey at Cal Shakes after being nominated once before for her role as the Witch in Into the Woods. You can see her in the film Bitter Melon now streaming on all platforms, and the upcoming I’m Charlie Walker with Mike Colter.

The Business of Acting

The business of show business does not include a manual and everyone who gives advice usually does so through their own lived experience. The truth is, a combination of where you are in your career, what your goals are, and what your challenges have been bring you to the business with your own unique needs. In this class we will explore the constant evolution of our business and prepare you for navigating those waters with the best possible tools.

TUE 7–9pm · 11/10, 11/17, 11/24 · $95

Safiya Fredericks has been a working actor navigating this business for several years. After studying at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and bumbling around New York, she found her way to a steady career in regional theatre, most recently onstage as a company member at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She has previously worked at ACT, SF Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, and others. She was the recipient of the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Actress for her work in black odyssey at Cal Shakes after being nominated once before for her role as the Witch in Into the Woods. You can see her in the film Bitter Melon now streaming on all platforms, and the upcoming I’m Charlie Walker with Mike Colter.

Actor’s Flow

This workshop takes actors through an intricate process of developing detailed and dynamic inner lives for their characters that will help them fill each moment of any portrayal, with or without text, and across all the media. Actors will learn how to expand their imaginative base, develop clarity of choice, enhance their commitment, and unlock a freedom of flow that leads to surprising and dynamic characterizations. Starting with an actor’s initial instincts and going through a development process that allows for flexibility, variety, nuance, and depth, participants will learn how to defy what’s expected and make strong choices that bring their character and scene to life. We’ll develop our ability to take risks and find the strongest, best choices for our portrayals. We’ll also enhance our ability to build in the flexibility inside our choices that is crucial to adapting on a set or in a rehearsal room. Being a performer is a gamble and we’ll use that notion to expand our willingness to enjoy playing “outside the lines.” We’ll begin a journey that makes this kind of work more and more accessible. This is not a typical scene study class, but rather a class in capturing the unexpected aspects of ourselves and our lives in our work.

Sign up for two $170 classes and pay $300—save over 10%!

WED 7–9pm · 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9 · $170

Kenneth Ransom is a professional actor, teacher, and coach who has worked consistently in the industry for over 30 years in the US and Australia and has himself secured most of his recent work through self-tests. Most recently, on the Untitled Amazon Project and The Wilds, starring Rachel Griffiths, both shot in New Zealand this year. Kenneth’s acting credits include over 35 films and television productions, including Gods of Egypt with Geoffrey Rush, Gerard Butler, and Chadwick Boseman; China Beach with Dana Delaney and Michael Boatman; Equal Justice with Sarah Jessica Parker and Joe Morton; and Fame with Debbie Allen and Gene Anthony Ray. Kenneth has taught acting at most of the major actor training institutions in Australia, where he lives, and did a successful two-course stint at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre last year.

Devising, Directing, Pitching

Having a new play development wing is vital in regional theatre. It empowers adventure, collaboration, daring, and exploration. It sets free unique voices and supports new team work. COVID is changing theatre. We don’t know what the changes will be. We do know we will need to find new and dynamic ways to work together, make laboratory work, and ensure inclusivity and diversity of thought. Theatre makers and their audiences are turning their attention from product to process, and better ways to create and celebrate new forms. Kate will empower you to take on your big ideas and wild dreams, preparing you to develop your ideas, process, and pitch in development arms throughout the U.S. and Australia. The next incarnation needs big dreamers, wild imaginations, rigorous thinkers, and inclusive collaborations. Come join us in empowering you to make mud pies and magic as we leap into the future. For the last class, Kate is delighted to host Madeleine Oldham, Director of The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, so students can pitch their ideas and their process for feedback for future proposals.

MON 7–9pm · 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23 · $270

Kate Cherry is an internationally acclaimed artistic director and director of theatre and opera. As artistic director of both Australia’s Black Swan State Theatre Company and NIDA, and associate director at Melbourne Theatre Company, Kate has directed over 50 professional productions for various notable performance institutions, including Seattle Opera, New Zealand Opera, Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney’s Belvoir Street Theatre, and many other theatre and opera companies throughout Australia. She has commissioned over 30 new works, and created labs to explore new ways of creating work. Kate has an MFA from UCLA where she assisted Oskar Eustis and Tony Taccone and studied with Martha Clarke and Peter Sellars. She is a Drama League Alumnae and has received numerous awards for her directing. She has listened to over 1000 pitches, and advocated for work like The Sapphires, by Tony Briggs, ensuring the story skyrocketed from a conversation in a Melbourne pub to an acclaimed Hollywood movie. Kate has directed numerous screen and theatre luminaries, including multi-award winners Ben Mendelssohn (Emmy Award), Guy Pearce (Golden Globes and SAG Award), and Greta Scaachi (Emmy Award). She has also produced work by Judy Davis (BAFTAs, Golden Globes, Emmys) as a director, and studied with Oskar Eustis (artistic director of New York’s Public Theater, dramaturg of Angels in America, and producer of Hamilton).

Self-Tape and Virtual Audition Mastery

Taking Your Skills to the Next Level

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.

Class limited to 12. Auditors will be able to participate in all discussions, pose ideas, and ask questions; they will not be permitted to show virtual auditions.

Sign up for two $170 classes and pay $300—save over 10%!

TUE 7–9pm · 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8 · $170, $100 audit

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 uses 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.

Film Acting on Zoom

While there are many differences between acting on a set live and acting on Zoom, there is one important constant: the camera. And whether live or on Zoom, the camera is ruthless at picking up on your thoughts. Meryl Streep once said that “good acting can be measured in thoughts per second.” The camera immediately reveals those thoughts (or lack thereof), and tells us whether you’re succeeding or failing to convey the truth of the situation. In this class we’ll explore film scenes/monologues and some strategies for creating authentic, nuanced, and truthful moments on camera. We’ll also play with some of the differences between working live and working on Zoom. Since many of us will be working consistently on Zoom in the near future, it is crucial to learn how to maximize our creativity on this platform. There will be rehearsal time expected outside of class.

Sign up for two $170 classes and pay $300—save over 10%!

TUE 7–9pm · 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3 · $170

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.

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.

WED 7–9pm · 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9 · $300

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.

The Love of Commedia and Courtesy

Understanding the art of style and its application to comic classical audition pieces

This immersive class features practical and dramaturgical context for the stage work ahead of you in the world of style. Equal parts socially-distanced physical participation in your own home and discussion, this class includes an in-depth study of the Commedia dell’arte archetypes, the Elizabethan and Restoration and Regency eras, and preparation and activation on individual comic classical audition pieces. Team teachers Randall Stuart and Jennifer Le Blanc combine forces and farces to bring you on a several-century journey of status and meaning, rogues and gentles, ridicule and ridiculousness.

Get 10% off The Love of Commedia and Courtesy with promo code COMMEDIA when you also register for Shakespeare: Soliloquies and Monologues.

MON 6:30–9pm · 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16 · $290

Jennifer Le Blanc is an actor, director, playwright/adaptor, and teaching artist. Jennifer has acted regionally and internationally. Her plays and adaptations have been produced in the U.S. and Canada. Jennifer has taught for Perspective Theatre Company’s and Livermore Shakespeare Festival’s education programs, taught workshops at Cerimon House, and coached style and movement for productions at several local companies. Jennifer has an MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory and a BA in English Literature from UC Berkeley.

Randall Stuart trained at the American Conservatory Theater and later returned to teach and direct in ACT’s Advanced Training Program. Having made his professional debut at Berkeley Rep (playing Pompey in Measure for Measure), he spent the next few decades on the stages of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Rep, ACT/Seattle, Portland Rep, and Artists Rep. As a professor and trainer Randall has taught at ACT, Berkeley Shakes, Southern Oregon University, Pacific University, among others. His stage directing work includes Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland Opera, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and the award-winning 2003 theatrical event Lysistrata Project at Berkeley Rep. Randall is the founder and director emeritus of Cerimon House, an arts and humanities organization in Portland, Oregon.

Shakespeare: Soliloquies and Monologues

Words are not just things we say: they are effective tools and dangerous weapons we use to move and provoke those around us. And as we all know, some words are better than others. No one understood this better than Shakespeare. In this class, we’ll use soliloquies and monologues from Shakespeare’s tragedies to focus on the language his greatest characters use, why they choose the words they choose, and how to put those words together and say them with impact.

Get 10% off The Love of Commedia and Courtesy with promo code COMMEDIA when you also register for Shakespeare: Soliloquies and Monologues.

Sign up for two $170 classes and pay $300—save over 10%!

MON 7–9:30pm · 11/23, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14 · $170

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.

Actor’s Retreat

The window between Christmas and New Year’s is a short respite; you probably want to use it to rest, rejuvenate, and envision a wonderful year to come. This retreat is intended to help you do all three. You will renew your craft, nurture your creative spirit, and envision your 2021 artistic goals. We will start each day with a variety of practical spiritual techniques adapted especially for actors and drawn from master acting teachers. We will work physically, vocally, emotionally, and interpersonally. Once we feel free and rooted in our authentic selves, then we will move on to scene work. Finally, each day will finish with a writing process that culminates in your having a step-by-step plan for how to achieve specific professional and artistic goals in 2021. Scenes will be assigned to facilitate optimal artistic growth.

Note: Due to the holiday season, the class is designed to be a self-contained experience, so pre-class prep and rehearsal is encouraged but optional.

Auditors can attend two or three days. They can watch all the work and participate in all exercises, but will not be assigned a scene to present.

MON–WED 10:30am–3pm (30-minute lunch break) · 12/28, 12/29, 12/30 · $200, $125 3-day audit, $100 2-day audit

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 uses 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.

The Artist’s Way for Creators

It’s a time for introspection, it’s a time for reflecting on our values, our goals, our identity. As artists, we feel, perhaps more than ever, that we must live and create from the deepest place possible. Maybe we feel the need to heal our communities and offer clarity and hope. The tools and ideas in The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron have aided artists in deeply connecting with their creative source, their muse: how they are called to serve creatively. Since many of us have some time at home, it’s the perfect time to revisit these tools or explore them for the first time. Also, this course explores how to apply Ms. Cameron’s insights specifically for actors. There are no requirements for this class—just suggestions and a willingness to trust your own inner guidance.

Note: The text uses spiritual/not religious language, so people of any, all, or no spiritual orientations are welcome. Please purchase or download the book prior to the start of class.

SAT 10am–noon · 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12 · $325

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 uses 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.

Advanced Voice-Over Acting

This voice-over class focuses on establishing the student’s home studio for recordings and auditions, as well as shaping, refining, and individualizing each student’s singular voice. Students will work with copy from various areas of voice-over reflecting the current market and trends, and will be required to record assignments outside of class. Students without a home studio can record assignments on their phone or other device that creates MP3s. Class size is limited.

Prerequisite: Intermediate skills, or permission from the instructor, are required to take this class.

WED 7–10pm · 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11 · $350

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.

Script Analysis: What the Heck Does the Playwright Want?

Fundamentally, an actor’s job is to read a script, understand the story and what the author is asking of you, and then to do it. Simple and straightforward. But a clear grasp of how to accurately analyze a script—for film, theatre, or television—is crucial to an actor’s ability in making those relevant choices. However, 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’ll be looking at two plays over 10 weeks: Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced (five weeks) and then Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (five weeks).

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SAT 10am–noon · 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31 · $170 (Disgraced)
SAT 10am–noon · 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12 · $170 (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf)

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.

Storytelling: Find Your Voice

In this six-week virtual course, we will dive into the art of storytelling and personal narratives. There has never been a better time to explore personal stories from the heart than in this current moment. Our personal stories are dovetailing into the global narrative, resulting in powerful tales yearning to be told. Storytelling is an art form as old as human civilization. Sharing stories from the heart keeps us connected to one another and to our compassion; a vital need now more than ever. Whether you have a solo show dying to be birthed or you want to hone your storytelling skills for professional reasons, this class will help you harness your creativity, trust your instincts, quiet your inner critic, and find your unique voice. Through acting, improv, and writing exercises, we will get that story out of your head and in to the world. There will be a Zoom sharing of the work on the final night of the class for an invited audience.

TUE 7–9:30pm · 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15 · $245

Joyful Simpson is an actress, writer, and creativity educator who combines improv theatre, behavioral sciences, and mindfulness to create dynamic trainings for businesses and institutions. She studied theatre and psychology at Sarah Lawrence College in New York and earned an MFA in Dramatic Art from UC Davis. While at Davis, she spearheaded an applied improv-based training program for the Graduate School of Management. In 2013 she founded Pro-CreativeArts—an applied theatre organization—and is hired throughout the United States to lead trainings that foster creativity, collaboration, and communication for teams and leaders. Born into an iconic theatre family, she brings to her classes a unique body of experience gained from creating and performing theatre professionally since childhood. Her solo comedy recently won Best of Fringe at the 2016 San Francisco Fringe Festival. Her theatre credits include lead actor and co-author of four plays for “Prize of Hope”-winning company Human Nature and co-founder of the ensemble-driven theatre company Rococo Risqué, winner of SF Weekly Best Theater Ensemble 2005. Joyful has also appeared as an actor in many projects on stage and film, including Odyssey Works, an immersive theatre project; The Pursuit of Happiness, with Will Smith; and Spring Awakening, directed by Broadway and West End director Stafford Arima.

Theatre of the Oppressed

Theatre of the Oppressed, conceived by Augusto Boal, is a collection of games, techniques, and exercises for using theatre as a vehicle for personal and social transformation. It uses the dynamized human body and the charged theatrical space as laboratories for exploring power, transforming oppression, and finding solutions to the fundamental problems of conflict, inequality, injustice, and human suffering. This workshop will introduce basic techniques (demechanization, dynamization, image theatre, forum theatre) from the Theatre of the Oppressed, with an end to understanding their application as practical and essential tools for artistic development, creative expression, social engagement, and personal transformation. This class is open to both experienced and beginning performers, as well as anyone interested in exploring art as a method for social and personal change, while developing spontaneity, fluidity, presence, creativity, and critical intelligence.

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THU 7–9:30pm · 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10 · $170

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.

Beginning Improvisation

Improv with Rebecca Stockley will bring play and laughter into your life during these times of uncertainty! Play helps us stay connected and laughter is the shortest distance between two people! This class is designed to introduce you to the thrills and chills of improv and to develop your acting and narrative skill to boot…all from the comfort of your own home. Tap into your sense of joy, connection, and creativity all while learning how to take your improv acting from the stage to the screen.

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TUE 7–9pm · 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3 · $170

Rebecca Stockley has been teaching and performing theatrical improvisation since the 1980s, and has been doing so online since March 2020. Co-founder of BATS Improv in San Francisco, Rebecca has taught improv for acting schools and theatre companies all over the world. Many of her former students, like Kasey Klemm and Zoe Galvez, have gone on to perform and teach at reputable improv and acting schools, including the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. Rebecca is eager to share what she has learned about improv online and how to engage playfully in the Zoom spaces we create theatre together.

Intermediate/Advanced Improvisation

Dive into the possibilities of improvised theatre online. We’ll do lots of scene work to deepen comfort and spontaneity in a variety of genres. Work on establishing character, building and exploring the world of the scene, and co-creating story together. You will receive direct, tailored, and supportive feedback. This class will be geared toward performance-level improv—getting you ready to hit the virtual stage or giving you a tune-up wherever you are as an improviser. No matter what, we will play and laugh. A lot.

THU 7–9pm · 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10 · $300

Zoe Galvez has been teaching and performing improv over a decade. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and a Main Stage company member of the nationally acclaimed BATS Improv. Zoe has introduced thousands of people to the magic of improv in the Bay Area and beyond. She is a pioneer in bringing improvisational theatre to the world of business with Unscripted Leaders. Zoe believes the world would be a better place if everyone took an improv class. She studied improv and acting with David Razowsky, Uta Hagen, Keith Johnstone, Rebecca Northan of Loose Moose, SF Mime Troupe, Anne Bogart and the SITI company, BATS, The Groundlings, and The Moscow Art Theatre. Ask her about her dog Mochi!

Improvisation Performance Lab

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 one scheduled performance during class time. The class will have eight participants.

Prerequisite: Approval from instructor prior to registration.

WED 7–10pm · 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/4 (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.

Genre Dialect Work for Improvisers and Actors: Scottish

Learn physical triggers that will help you quickly find the placement, melody, and general sound changes for the Scottish dialect. We will study the Scottish dialect in a multi-sensorial way, with a focus on the physical changes, phonetic sound changes, and immersion (listening to primary sources of the dialect). Once there is a comfort level with the Scottish dialect, we will work on text from films and plays.

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THU 7–9pm · 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5 · $170

Rebecca Castelli holds a BA in voice and theatre and an MFA in acting. Previously from Seattle, she won a Seattle Times Footlight Award for her role of Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, and also had the honor of acting with Tony award-winning actress Judy Kaye in Gypsy at 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Company. She was a company member of the Marin-based Porchlight Theatre Company for five years and had leads in many of their mainstage productions, including Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband. Locally, Rebecca has also acted with Shotgun Players and Cinnabar Theater Company. She dialect coaches for various Bay Area theatres, including Shotgun Players, Theatre Rhinoceros, Town Hall Theatre Company, Mendocino Theatre Company, Virago Theatre Company, and Ross Valley Players. She is a founding member of The Incidentalists, a long-form improvisational group based in Oakland.

Voice for Performance: On the Stage and in Daily Life

We will investigate how to approach better clarity in voice and speech when your voice is your primary tool, how to combat “Zoom fatigue,” how to stay grounded and feel your voice when talking to a screen, and how to maintain connection and eye contact even digitally. This class will enable students to gradually and safely build vocal strength while amplifying their vocal presence and intentions to have the clearest impact on their listener. Through a series of exercises designed to eliminate the blocks that inhibit vocal freedom, students will develop strength and creative vocal range. Classes will begin with extensive warm-ups, which will be incorporated into relevant texts specifically chosen to best embody and express the true unique vocal life of each student. Students will be given the opportunity to apply techniques learned to a piece of their choice.

THU 1–3pm · 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19 · $200

Miriam Ani is an actor, director, and educator deeply committed to unfolding the artistry of the human body, voice, and spirit through the theatrical medium. Since relocating to the Bay Area, Miriam has appeared in the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre’s West Coast premiere of The Urban Retreat, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s The Comedy of Errors: Shakespeare on Tour, understudied for California Shakespeare Theater (Queen Margaret, War of the Roses), and appeared as the title role in The Heiress at Lucie Stern Theatre, Irina in Three Sisters at Douglas Morrisson Theatre, Sébastienne in Livermore Shakes’ Tempest, Lady Macbeth for Half Moon Bay Shakes, and as Karen in August: Osage County (Novato Theater Company), among others. Miriam directed The Crucible for Pacifica Spindrift Players (2018) and The Hallelujah Girls for North Bay Stage Company (2016). Miriam also teaches acting for Cal State East Bay, Sacramento State, Marin Shakespeare Company, and San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and is a proud KCACTF respondent, TBA adjudicator, and member of AEA. MFA, Acting, CUNY Brooklyn College.

Playwriting

Ever wanted to write a play? Got a little time on your hands? Push that dream forward a little bit in a nine-week playwriting workshop online. We’ll meet weekly, discuss the basics of playwriting, and share excerpts of developing scripts. If you’ve never written a play before, this is a good way to get started. If you’ve got a script in the works, but no one to share it with, here’s a writer’s group ready to listen and respond supportively. Do you find (like most playwrights) that nothing motivates you like a deadline? I can provide that, too. Join us, and start working on that play you’ve always wanted to write.

WED noon–2pm · 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9 · $300

Gary Graves is a company co-director of Central Works Theater Ensemble in Berkeley. Now in its 12th season, Central Works is dedicated to the development of new works for the theatre. He has written and directed numerous productions with Central Works, UC Berkeley, Hardback Theater, and American Theater Arts in Los Angeles. He holds an MFA in Playwriting from Southern Illinois University and a PhD in directing from UC Berkeley.

The Female Character

How unconscious bias shows up in our writing and what to do about it

Gender stereotypes are everywhere, and sometimes we perpetuate them without realizing it. In this class, we’ll identify some common yet insidious tropes, deconstruct obstacles, and search together for examples of complex and fully-imagined female characters. Be ready to challenge assumptions and debate with respect, and have fun while doing it!

THU 7–9pm · 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19 · $200

Madeleine Oldham is the director of The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work and the Theatre’s resident dramaturg. She oversees commissioning and new play development, and dramaturged the world premiere productions of The House that will not Stand, Passing Strange, and In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), among others. As literary manager and associate dramaturg at Center Stage in Baltimore, she produced the First Look reading series and headed up its young audience initiative. Before moving to Baltimore, she was the literary manager at Seattle Children’s Theatre, where she oversaw an extensive commissioning program. She also acted as assistant and interim literary manager at Intiman Theatre in Seattle. Madeleine served for four years on the executive committee of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and has also worked with ACT (Seattle), Austin Scriptworks, Crowded Fire, the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, the Kennedy Center, New Dramatists, Playwrights Center, and Portland Center Stage.

Teaching Performing Arts in the Virtual World

Unique. Unprecedented. Challenging. These are the words that are used to describe the time we are currently living in. We are experiencing a moment in history that none of us will soon forget. The way we are used to relating to each other is constantly shifting, forcing us to reinvent our own sense of expression. In Teaching Performing Arts in the Virtual World, we will explore ways to optimize the virtual platform in the way we collaborate and teach. Teaching and creating virtually present many challenges, but also some unique opportunities. Using exercises and optimizing the Zoom platform, we will explore ways to enhance closeness and creativity in the virtual world.

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MON 7–9pm · 10/12, 10/19, 10/26 · $110

Alex Moggridge is an actor/playwright based in New York City. He has appeared on Berkeley Rep’s mainstage multiple times, including the recent production of Metamorphoses. He has also acted with such companies as American Conservatory Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Yale Rep, Long Wharf Theatre, and many more. Alex’s plays have appeared off Broadway and regionally. His most recent production, The Boatman (an adaptation of a Greek myth, which he wrote for Berkeley Rep School of Theatre’s Summer Intensive), recently opened to critical acclaim at Flint Repertory Theatre. Alex holds an MFA in acting from ACT.

Learning How to Write a Libretto

The first workshop will ask the writers to bring in a piece of instrumental music that inspires them (it doesn’t have to be classical—any style of music). Writers will use that piece of music as a jumping off point to write a short libretto based on it. Over the course of the first workshop, participants will learn the basics of libretto writing, do exercises that play with form, and create an outline for their libretto. Over the next week writers will then write their 2–5 page libretto inspired by their piece of music. Writers will return to the second weekend’s workshop with a draft of their 2–5 page libretto inspired by the music they chose. Over the course of the second workshop everyone’s libretto will be read out loud and feedback will be given. We will also explore ways to expand these pieces and conceptualize a fully written opera!

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SAT 1–3:30pm · 11/7, 11/14 · $140

Roxie Perkins is an artist who writes and directs for theatre, opera, TV, and film. She is the librettist of Ellen Reid’s Pulitzer Prize winning opera p r i s m. Together they also won The Music Critics Association of North America’s 2019 “Best New Opera” Award. Director James Darrah’s production of p r i s m is currently a nominee for “Best World Premiere” at the International Opera Awards of 2020. p r i s m was released as an album through Universal’s Decca Gold label and was featured on NPR’s list of the “Best Classical Music of the Decade.” Roxie has been awarded a Sundance Playwright Fellowship, and her plays have been a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Theater Conference as well as for the Princess Grace Award. Her writing has been nominated to The Kilroy’s “THE LIST” and We For She’s “WriteHer List,” annual rankings of the best unproduced plays and original TV pilots by women. She directed Green Umbrella: Theater of the Outrageous, a program of three short operas performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Her work has been programmed at The Kennedy Center’s DIRECT CURRENT Festival, REDCAT, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, New York Philharmonic, Jazz at Lincoln Center, PROTOTYPE Festival, LA Opera, Opera Omaha’s ONE Festival, Cutting Ball Theater, A Noise Within’s “Noise Now” Artist Residency, Crowded Fire Theater’s Matchbox Reading Series, The Tank NYC, The LARK’s Roundtable Reading Series, On The Verge Summer Repertory Theater, and internationally at Theatro Municipal in São Paulo. p r i s m’s production in São Paulo was nominated for the 2019 Prêmio CONCERTO Award for Best Opera Production in Brazil. Roxie has worked as a visiting lecturer at CalArts and UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television, as well as a teaching artist at Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre.

Influencing in the Virtual World

A Primer for Business Professionals

In a time when working from home has become the norm, enhancing your online presence has never been so important. In this immersive and interactive course, we will explore ways to optimize your online presence. We are all presenting ourselves on a screen for much of the workday. How are you showing up? Using techniques actors have long used to influence in a small screen, we will learn and practice ways to be as compelling on screen as you would be face to face.

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MON 7–9pm · 11/9 · $75

Alex Moggridge is an actor/playwright based in New York City. He has appeared on Berkeley Rep’s mainstage multiple times, including the recent production of Metamorphoses. He has also acted with such companies as American Conservatory Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Yale Rep, Long Wharf Theatre, and many more. Alex’s plays have appeared off Broadway and regionally. His most recent production, The Boatman (an adaptation of a Greek myth, which he wrote for Berkeley Rep School of Theatre’s Summer Intensive), recently opened to critical acclaim at Flint Repertory Theatre. Alex holds an MFA in acting from ACT.

Actor/Poet/Clown

An acting class for people who hate clowns, and a clowning class for people who love acting

“The clown is a poet who is also an orangutan.” What insights can actors who seek to deepen their practice and propel their work to a higher level learn from the world of the clown, where the tender and the grotesque, the raucous and the whimsical live side by side? What can the lessons from the work of Stanislavski, Mikhail Chekhov, and others do to inform and enrich the work of your average buffoon, a poet that hides behind the smallest of masks—the red nose? Join renowned Shakespearean actor, one-man showmaster, and Cirque du Soleil clown Ron Campbell for an afternoon filled with movement, masks, mirth, and buckets of fun. Enter the Clown and exit a slightly more dangerous, perhaps less rational, but certainly more compelling actor.

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SAT 1–3:30pm · 11/14 · $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.

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 1–3:30pm · 11/21 · $55

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.

Delsarte…and hold that pose!

Embody your speeches with the right postures; know the secrets orators have used since Diogenes spoke to the Roman caucus; learn the technique actors studied in the 1870s, before Stanislavsky. Discover Francois Delsarte and the art of the pose! A Frenchman who studied posture from classical antiquities in the Louvre, Delsarte found the power and harmony of using posture and gesture that made Sarah Bernhardt a world-wide sensation! This technique also influenced many dancers including Laban, Isadora Duncan, and others. In this two-weekend workshop, we’ll first learn the fundamentals, then apply them to speeches. Public speakers use this technique to enhance speech with more meaning; electrify your public speaking and your acting.

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SAT 1–3:30pm · 12/5 · $55
SAT 1–3:30pm · 12/12 · $55

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.

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!

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MON 6:30–8:30pm · 12/7 · $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.

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!

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SAT 1–3pm · 12/12 · $45
SUN 1–3pm · 12/13 · $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.

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 both!

MON 6:30–8:30pm · 12/14 · $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.

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