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.

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Youth: Secret Spy Kids Save the World

Grades 3–5 · 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.

MON–FRI 10:30–11:30am · 7/20–24 · $100

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.

High School Summer Theatre Intensive

Entering grades 9–12 · Students experience the thrill of creating and performing in an original play! Students explore their own voice and vision while collaborating with professional playwrights, directors, and videographers/editors to create a mind-blowing virtual play. We’re excited to include mixed-media classes as well as maintain important standards such as acting, voice, and movement classes. Students are challenged to take imaginative risks as they apply and showcase the skills they’ve learned in classes. Click here for more information.

MON–FRI 10:30am–12:30pm & 1:30–3:30pm · 7/6–17 · $520

High School Filmmaking and Acting Intensive

Entering grades 10–12 · Unlock your inner filmmaker while exploring your smartphone’s camera, or your family camcorder or DLR camera’s full filmmaking potential! This do-it-yourself filmmaking class will focus on building acting for the camera skills, screenwriting, filming, and how to put it all together with editing software. This filmmaking and acting intensive will cover theory, pre- and post-production, and concludes with a final screening for family and friends. Students will be immersed in on-camera acting theory and practice. Students will perform for the camera multiple times to develop and demonstrate their understanding of acting for film. The intensive will shift gears, taking students behind the camera to learn film theory from all major disciplines, including screenwriting, directing, and editing/post-production.

MON–FRI 1–4pm · 7/20–31 · $470

Anthony Jackson is a director, deviser, educator, and arts administrator. He currently serves as the associate director of the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre where he oversees the Teen Council and fellowship programs, among other projects. Duties include programming the annual Teen One-Acts Festival and the Young Writers of Color Collective workshops and final presentation at Berkeley Rep’s acclaimed new play development program, The Ground Floor. He also serves as a mentor for 15 teens that are part of the Core Council teen leadership program. Previously Anthony was at Arena Stage in Washington, DC where he taught in all of the Community Engagement department’s programming as the Training Programs Manager and previously as the Partnership Manager. Anthony has traveled to India and Croatia as a guest artist with the U.S. Department of State, devising original plays with Arena Stage’s Voices of Now program. Anthony has also presented workshops at the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, Theatre Communications Group Conference, as well as the Southeastern Theatre Conference. In 2019 he was selected to be a member of the artEquity cohort. As an actor he has toured the U.S. and has performed with the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Olney Theatre, Arena Stage, and other regional theatres.

Playwright Scene Study: Terrence McNally—His Every Act of Life

This class is the newest in our series of scene study classes that allow you to study one playwright in depth. We recently and tragically lost one of the great American playwrights of the second half of the 20th century, Terrence McNally, to COVID-19. This class will allow us to celebrate his life, study the masterpieces and lesser known works that he contributed to the American theatre cannon, and explore what tools might be most useful for us—as actors—to playing his material. This class, while delivered online, will be an exciting and creative mix. Part of the class will feel like a college course—studying the artist himself, his life and plays, but all of that will serve as a foundation doing scene work. How will we do scene work in a virtual class you ask—great question. There are a variety of creative approaches we can take. In some cases, we will read/perform scenes live via Zoom (you’d be surprised how much can be accomplished in that form). In other cases, some actors who cohabitate may find creative and safe ways of getting together and putting their scene on tape. You will also learn emerging tools and techniques for doing virtual rehearsals and performances. All in all, when you finish you will have a deep understanding on the themes and important developments in McNally’s plays and also a deep personal embodying of them as an actor.

Sign up for two $175 adult classes and pay only $325!

MON 7–9pm · 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10 · $175

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.

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 $175 adult classes and pay only $325!

MON 7–9pm · 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10 · $175

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.

Going Solo: 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 this six-week course. 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. Participants will have the opportunity to watch Ron’s one man show How to Fail.

Sign up for two $175 adult classes and pay only $325!

WED 7–9pm · 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12 · $175

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.

Intermediate Voice-Over Acting

In this voice-over class, students will study and practice multiple styles of voice acting, be introduced to more advanced techniques, and deepen their choices and confidence on the microphone. In addition, students will learn about recording equipment and how to set up a home studio.

Prerequisite: Beginning Voice-Over Acting class.

WED 7–10pm · 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12 · $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.

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.

Get 10% off when you sign up for both Self-Tape and Virtual Audition Mastery and Monologue Intensive!

TUE 7–9pm · 7/28, 8/4, 8/11 · $90
SOLD OUT—Please email school@berkeleyrep.org for wait list

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.

Get 10% off when you sign up for both Monologue Intensive and Self-Tape and Virtual Audition Mastery!

TUE 7–9pm · 7/7, 7/14, 7/21 · $90

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 and Monologue Work

What the heck does the playwright want and how to act it?

An actor’s job is to read a story, understand what the author is asking of them, and then perform it. This can sometimes be easier said than done. A clear grasp of how to accurately analyze a text—for theatre, film, radio, or television—is crucial to an actor’s ability to make relevant choices. 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 compelling, playable choices.

This session we will be working with Richard III, Shakespeare’s best-known villain and one of his most popular plays since it was written. A narcissistic sociopath who plots and murders his way to power. We’ll look at how a direct engagement with the text can inform the actor’s approach to a fuller and deeper understanding of Shakespeare’s worlds, bringing the characters to life. Please try and read the play before the first day of class and have it with you. Also, there are great productions out there if you would prefer to familiarize yourself with the play in this manner.

Sign up for two $175 adult classes and pay only $325!

TUE 7–9pm · 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11 · $175

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 of crisis. 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.

Sign up for two $175 adult classes and pay only $325!

THU 7–9pm · 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13 · $175
SOLD OUT—Please email school@berkeleyrep.org for wait list

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.

Directing: Pitch Perfect

Pitching productions is vital to establishing a career in the theatre. It’s one thing to have a vision and it’s another to pitch that vision to potential producers and investors. Learn the necessary strategies to bring a dream to life. You need a vision, passion, determination, courage, resilience, contacts, and the ability to deliver an inspiring pitch. We will teach you how to pitch and keep pitching anywhere, any time: at a pub, a studio, a theatre, or a donor dinner; and how to overcome rejection and never stop pitching until you have made your dream a reality. On the last day of class students will pitch their productions to Berkeley Repertory Theatre Artistic Director Johanna Pfaelzer.

Sign up for two $175 adult classes and pay only $325!

WED 7–9pm · 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12 · $175

Kate Cherry is an internationally acclaimed artistic director and director of theatre and opera. As a freelance director, Kate never stops pitching to bring her dreams and the dreams of others to life. As artistic director of both Australia’s Black Swan State Theatre Company and NIDA, Kate produced 12 seasons of dynamic work. 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 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). Her work has been seen by audiences at Seattle Opera, Shakespeare and Company, New Zealand Opera, and at every state theatre company in Australia.

Beginning/Intermediate Improvisation

Improv with Zoe Galvez 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 workshop 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. Classes will be hosted on Zoom.

Sign up for two $175 adult classes and pay only $325!

THU 7–9pm · 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13 · $175

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!

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.

Sign up for two $175 adult classes and pay only $325!

TUE 7–9pm · 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11 · $175

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 numerous theatre companies all over the world, in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. She also practices applied improv, leading workshops and training in the principles of improv to enhance communication, innovation, and creativity off stage. Some of her applied improv clients include Pixar Animation Studios, Kaiser Permanente, and Apple Developer Academy.

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 two scheduled performances during class time. The class will have eight participants.

Prerequisite: Approval from instructor prior to registration.

WED 7–10pm · 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 8/14 (performance) · $290
SOLD OUT—Please email school@berkeleyrep.org for wait list

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: Irish

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

Sign up for two $175 adult classes and pay only $325!

THU 7–9pm · 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13 · $175

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

A timely opportunity to take this class remotely, as in addition to the regular curriculum 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.

Sign up for two $175 adult classes and pay only $325!

THU noon–2pm · 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13 · $175

Utilizing the communications tools honed from her 20+ years as a professional singing actor across the country, Ariela Morgenstern is passionate about using vocal technique and the tools of the actor as a bridge to enable anyone to be more authentically present and vibrant. She teaches leadership communications, public speaking, and storytelling at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Berkeley’s Executive Education programs, and at organizations across the Bay Area with the Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute (BECI). Ariela has also been an award-winning performer in the professional theatre and opera world for over two decades and spent ten years in New York as well as touring across the country before moving back home to San Francisco. She has sung as the soloist for Imant Raminsh’s Symphony of Psalms at Carnegie Hall, and was most recently seen in the Bay Area in the new musical A Walk On The Moon at ACT and as Mama Rose in Bay Area Musicals’ production of Gypsy. In addition to performing she also teaches musical theatre acting and cabaret performance at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, and at her own Singing Actor Studio in San Francisco. She holds her degree in Opera Performance and Theater from UC Santa Cruz.

Voice for Transgender/Gender Diverse Individuals

Find your authentic voice that expresses and is congruent with your gender identity. We will explore exercises to change pitch, resonance, and intonation. The skills learned in the exercises will be reinforced by applying them to specific speaking situations. Needed materials: Students should have access to a smart phone and/or a recording device.

Sign up for two $175 adult classes and pay only $325!

SAT 12:30–2:30pm · 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15 · $175

Christine Adaire (she/her/hers) is a Designated Master Linklater voice teacher, trained by the world renowned voice authority Kristin Linklater. She is Head of Voice at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. She has worked as an actor, voice coach, and director in many American regional theatres, including Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Old Globe, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Guthrie Theater, Chicago Shakespeare, Goodman Theatre, Lyric Opera, Steppenwolf, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Shakespeare & Company. She has taught workshops in Shanghai, Barcelona, London, Australia, and New Zealand. In addition to working with actors, she specializes in working with Trans/Gender Diverse individuals to help them find a voice that is consistent with their gender identity. She is a contributing writer to the third edition of Voice and Communication Therapy for the Transgender/Gender Diverse Client: A Comprehensive Guide (Plural Publishing).

Intermediate/Advanced Musical Theatre: Storytelling

Ages 16 and up · This extended workshop is an exploration into how the collaboration of musical theatre is unique, layered, and multifaceted. The adage goes, “When you can no longer say it, you sing. When you can no longer sing it, you dance.” Geared to the intermediate/advanced student, this class will harness and cultivate the storytelling skills of acting, singing, and movement, challenging each student to use every tool to their advantage. As we hone these skills, we will put them to use by learning original music and staging from Chicago on Broadway, taught by cast member Gabriela Garcia.

Sign up for two workshops and get 10% off!

TUE & THU 3–6pm · 7/7, 7/9 · $115

Gabriela Garcia is an artist dividing her time between the theatre, dance, commercial, and education industries with an extensive international career. As an actress, some theatre credits include: Half Time directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, Chicago Mexico City and Vienna (Velma Kelly), Chicago Broadway (cast member and dance captain), Roman Holiday (Guthrie), Carousel (Paper Mill Playhouse). Choreography credits include: Chicago Düsseldorf (Dance Associate), Sweeney Todd at the Barrow Street Theatre (Movement Associate), Twelfth Night for Public Works at the Delacorte (Associate Choreographer). She choreographed Sweet Charity and Chicago for Preludio Cultural Association in Peru. She has created works for the Joffrey Ballet School’s NYC Jazz and Contemporary summer intensive performances, BC/EFA benefits, and R.Evolución Latina’s Choreographer Festival. Her ballet and theatre dance classes have reached schools in Sweden, Peru, Mexico, China, Germany, and other countries. In New York, she has taught at institutions such as Ellison Ballet, Pace University, Ithaca College, and CAP 21, and was co-coordinator for the Joffrey Ballet School’s Joffrey Ensemble. Professional dance companies include Tanzforum Koeln (Germany) and Pacific Northwest Ballet. TV credits include: Succession, Jessica Jones. Film credits: In The Heights, Enchanted, Whatever Lola Wants (Tribeca Film Festival). As a voice-over actor, her voice can be heard in numerous TV commercials and radio spots for the US national Hispanic market, as well as Spanish language audio books. She is co-founder and director of R.Evolución Latina, a nonprofit organization making a difference through the arts.

Mining Myths: Adaptation Workshop

Adaptation is an art form that is alive and well in the theatre world. From Sarah Ruhl (Eurydice) to Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphoses), theatre-makers are constantly revisiting classic stories and applying them to our times. Even Shakespeare was an adaptor, picking and choosing from myths of the past. And why not? Myths are myths for a reason: they’re great stories. In this three-hour virtual workshop, we will select, adapt, and produce a version of an ancient myth. The day will begin with the selection and exploration of a myth. As an ensemble of adaptors/theatre-makers, we will then create a piece of theatre based on the myth. We will flex our theatrical and dramaturgical muscles, mining the stories for relevance and theatricality. The day will culminate in a Zoom “reading” open to friends and family who would like to attend. Playwrights and performers are welcome to apply to this immersive, interactive, dynamic workshop.

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SAT 1–4pm · 7/18 · $55

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.

Virtual Collaboration and Pedagogy for Drama Teachers

How do we create and teach drama virtually? This workshop is specifically designed for drama teachers and creators at all levels (K–college level) that are either struggling with this question or are looking to deepen and broaden their approaches to tackling the challenge. In this workshop, we’ll focus on: ways to build ensemble and trust remotely, types of collaborations that can be created and shared remotely, prompts for dramatic compositions including scenes, monologues, and short films, and how to lean into, utilize, and heighten the attributes of virtual theatre!

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SAT 1–4pm · 7/25, 8/1 · $140

Krista Knight is writer-in-residence and full-time professor of playwriting and screenwriting at Vanderbilt University. She is a Juilliard School Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program Fellow (2016–2018), Page 73 Playwriting Fellow (2007), MacDowell Fellow (2008), Shank Playwriting Fellow at the Vineyard Theatre (2011–2012), the Chance Theater Resident Playwright (2020), and winner of the Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville (2016). Plays include Lipstick Lobotomy (2019 Kilroys List, Trap Door Theatre), Don’t Stop Me (musical with Dave Malloy), Kirk at the SF Airport Hyatt (NYTW Summer Residency, Vineyard reading), Primal Play (New Georges), Selkie (Williamstown Workshop, Dutch Kills), and 17 plays and musicals for young audiences. Commissions include the script for a ride at Tokyo Disney, the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, The Assembly, Live Girls!, the Steinmetz Lab, and an EST/Sloan Commission (2020). BA: Brown University, MA: Performance Studies from NYU, MFA: Playwriting from UCSD.

Jon Burnett is a Bay Area teaching artist who currently works with 3–8 graders at the San Francisco Friends School (since 2002), and has frequently taught middle/high school students at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre (play creation, play making, improv, and Monty Python sketch). He has worked locally at Porchlight, Cinnabar Theater, and La Luna. Jon is a founding member of The Incidentalists, a group dedicated to creating an eclectic array of long form improvised plays based on a few audience suggestions.

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!

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MON 6:30–8:30pm · 7/27 · $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.

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 · 8/3 · $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.

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. The material usually takes 12 weeks to go through; this workshop will immerse you in these ideas and practices for a day. Also, this course explores how to apply Ms. Cameron’s insights specifically for actors. This is meant as a primer in case you want to join the full 10-week version of this course in the fall.

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SAT 1–4pm · 8/8 · $55

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.

Zoom Collaboration and Play with Digital Tools

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.

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MON 6–8pm · 8/10 · $45

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.

Theatre of the Oppressed: Mindfulness, Empathy, & 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 · 8/15 · $50

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.

 

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Summer Playwriting Workshop

Take that script you’ve been thinking about to the next level: a staged reading on Zoom. This program is for playwrights who are interested in an intensive six-week developmental workshop, followed by an open Zoom reading of their work. The culminating reading series in the program amounts to the presentation of eight new plays in seven days. It’s an exhilarating experience, but a demanding one. Writers will participate in the readings of fellow students within the group and are responsible for supporting each other in generating an audience for their readings. Consent of the instructor is required prior to enrollment. Students interested in being in the workshop are requested to submit the following materials to ggraves@berkeleyrep.org: a brief description of the project they want to work on in the class or a PDF draft of the script (partial drafts are acceptable). Submissions are reviewed in the order received. Class enrollment is limited to eight.

Readings will be held over Zoom the week of August 17–23.

SAT 10am–1pm · 6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8 · $395

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.

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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.

Creative Careers

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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Each year, 15 emerging professionals spend 11.5 months learning alongside an accomplished company of artists, administrators, and designers at Berkeley Rep.

 

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