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.

Youth classes

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Middle School Summer Intensive (gr. 6–8)

Experience the thrill of working together to create and perform in an original play! Professional playwrights and directors will work with students to create a dynamic and original online performance piece. Students will also immerse themselves in acting, voice, and movement classes.

MON–FRI 10am–1:30pm · 6/21–7/2 · $500
(with a lunch break, via Zoom and guided individual activities)
Evening performance 7/2 (virtual)

Musical Theatre Intensive (gr. 7–11)

Combine your love of singing, acting, and dancing in this performance-based musical theatre intensive with Broadway and Berkeley Rep actor Jarvis B. Manning, Jr. Actors will explore new singing techniques and choreography. Students will also learn how to explore and act a song, including text interpretation, subtext work, and making strong movement choices.

TUE–SAT 1–4pm · 7/6–10 · $275
(with breaks taken as needed, via Zoom and guided individual activities)
Evening performance 7/10 (virtual)

Jarvis B. Manning, Jr. is a native of Houston, TX, where he studied classical voice at the Grammy Award-winning High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA). He moved to New York to attend American Music and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) and pursue a career in entertainment. Jarvis has been able to travel the world (for free) performing on many historical stages. He’s an original company member of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations portraying Al Bryant and Norman Whitfield. He has been with the show since the first workshop and world premiere at Berkeley Rep in 2017. Favorite credits include: SUGA FOOT music video (produced by Jarvis), Hairspray (Seaweed), Ragtime (Pas De Deux), Nickelodeon’s The Backyardigans, Motown: The Musical (Jackie Wilson, Rick James), and Ain’t Too Proud (Al Bryant, Norman Whitfield).

 

Teen classes

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Musical Theatre Intensive (gr. 7–11)

Combine your love of singing, acting, and dancing in this performance-based musical theatre intensive with Broadway and Berkeley Rep actor Jarvis B. Manning, Jr. Actors will explore new singing techniques and choreography. Students will also learn how to explore and act a song, including text interpretation, subtext work, and making strong movement choices.

TUE–SAT 1–4pm · 7/6–10 · $275
(with breaks taken as needed, via Zoom and guided individual activities)
Evening performance 7/10 (virtual)

Jarvis B. Manning, Jr. is a native of Houston, TX, where he studied classical voice at the Grammy Award-winning High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA). He moved to New York to attend American Music and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) and pursue a career in entertainment. Jarvis has been able to travel the world (for free) performing on many historical stages. He’s an original company member of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations portraying Al Bryant and Norman Whitfield. He has been with the show since the first workshop and world premiere at Berkeley Rep in 2017. Favorite credits include: SUGA FOOT music video (produced by Jarvis), Hairspray (Seaweed), Ragtime (Pas De Deux), Nickelodeon’s The Backyardigans, Motown: The Musical (Jackie Wilson, Rick James), and Ain’t Too Proud (Al Bryant, Norman Whitfield).

High School Summer Company (gr. 10–12)

Collaborate with a professional playwright/director and form an artistic company in order to create and present an original performance piece! Text, movement, sound, and multi-faceted backgrounds will be incorporated in order to create a dynamic and kinetic online environment. Students will also immerse themselves in acting, voice, and movement classes.

Admittance into High School Summer Company will require an interview for selection. Please email school@berkeleyrep.org. All experience levels are welcome to apply! We are looking for students that will commit to working rigorously in class and outside of class. The company will meet mostly online and some sessions will be in person outside in the Berkeley Rep courtyard while adhering to all CDC and City of Berkeley health guidelines.

MON–FRI 10:30am–4pm · 7/12–23 · $550
(with a lunch break, via Zoom and guided individual activities)
Evening performance 7/23 (virtual)

William Thomas Hodgson 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.

High School Filmmaking & Acting Intensive (gr. 9–12)

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 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 · 7/26–8/6 · $470
(via Zoom and guided individual activities)
Evening screening 8/6 (virtual)

 

Adult classes

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Intermediate Acting: Actor’s Flow

This class 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%!

TUE 7–9pm · 5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1, 6/8 · $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.

The Art of Auditioning: From Slate to Callback

Even actors who have spent years in the business have questions about how to audition. It remains for many of us a mysterious ritual. In these five weeks we’ll attempt to answer common questions surrounding auditioning in general and shed some light on the process. This five-week class will examine the audition process from beginning “slate” to “callback.” The point is to develop best practices and techniques for dealing with each phase of auditioning. We’ll also offer a cold-read method, insights into using monologues, and how to handle the “interview” portion of the audition process. A small amount of time will be spent coming to terms with type casting and how you might best position yourself in the job market. Some acting experience is required.

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

TUE 7–9pm · 5/18, 5/25, 6/1, 6/8, 6/15 · $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.

Imagination and Play Theory: Harness your Imaginative Powers

This is a course for any and everyone! Imagination is your creative engine. It reminds us of children playing and Einstein claiming imagination is superior to knowledge. Play is a state of mind. The two together can lead to deep transformations in your performance and individuation process. During this four-week course, the class will focus on cultivating the imagination through play. The exercises and tasks teach artists to enter into creative states where play becomes effortless. These exercises are great for COVID artists at home, who need to keep their creative tools sharp. We are going to utilize play states and the imagination in a variety of ways, allowing artists to find new and unique applications of the work in their own art.

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

THU 6:30–9pm · 5/20, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10 · $170

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.

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 God of Carnage. Please read the play before the first class.

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

TUE 7–9pm · 5/18, 5/25, 6/1, 6/8, 6/15 · $170

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.

Adapting Public Domain Stories for the Stage

This class shares techniques for adapting public domain novels and stories into plays. We will discuss how to pick your source material, how to decide which style of adaptation to do, how to convert narration into dialogue, how exposition differs between novels and on stage, and how to choose what to cut and what to keep.

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WED 7–9pm · 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16 · $170

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.

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 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.

THU 7–9:30pm · 5/20, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24 · $240

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.

LGBTQ Transitioning Voice Class

Work safely and creatively with an instructor who is trained in anatomy and physiology as well as theatre arts. Learn how to masculinize or feminize your voice with gentle creative exercises designed to support transitioning ranges and resonance. Look and sound authentic, until your vocal transitioning becomes second nature and feels automatic and thereby is embraced by self and others. Interactive exercises are a huge part of this class.

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

THU 7–9pm · 5/20, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10, 6/17 · $170

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

Stay Calm and Book the Gig!

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!

Sign up for two workshops and get 10% off both!

SAT 1–3:30pm · 5/15, 5/22 · $125

Jarvis B. Manning, Jr. is a native of Houston, TX, where he studied classical voice at the Grammy Award-winning High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA). He moved to New York to attend American Music and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) and pursue a career in entertainment. Jarvis has been able to travel the world (for free) performing on many historical stages. He’s an original company member of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations portraying Al Bryant and Norman Whitfield. He has been with the show since the first workshop and world premiere at Berkeley Rep in 2017. Favorite credits include: SUGA FOOT music video (produced by Jarvis), Hairspray (Seaweed), Ragtime (Pas De Deux), Nickelodeon’s The Backyardigans, Motown: The Musical (Jackie Wilson, Rick James), and Ain’t Too Proud (Al Bryant, Norman Whitfield).

Creating Story

In this workshop you will explore ways of creating stories through interactive improv games. Working with Christian Roman (story artist for film and television) and Rebecca Stockley (professional improviser), the ensemble will be introduced to two perspectives on developing stories: film and improvisation. Engaging in a variety of activities, the group will work together to tell new stories collaboratively, enhance story building skills, and take home activities for co-creating stories.

SAT 11am–1pm · 6/5, 6/12, 6/19 · $220

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.

Christian Roman has been involved in telling stories with animation since 1994, working on shows like The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Mission Hill, and finally landing at Pixar in 2007, where he continues to work and help craft engaging and entertaining stories as a story artist. He has contributed to the story development of such films as Toy Story 3, Cars 3, Toy Story 4, Onward, many Pixar short films, and the upcoming Luca. He has also taught story classes at Laguna College of Art and Design, the Animation Collaborative, Bridges Animation Academy, and been a featured speaker on story at Stanford University, Ancestry.com, UC Berkeley, California Center for Arts, O’Reilly Design Conference, and many others.

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.

Sign up for two workshops and get 10% off both!

SAT 10am–noon · 5/22 · $75

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.

 

Online classes in progress

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Acting Intensive (gr. 6–8)

This class is designed for serious young actors who want to take their performance to the next level and are interested in searching for ways to make authentic work. Examine the same techniques that professionals use: learn to analyze scripts, play an action in a scene, identify your objective, overcome your obstacles, and focus your energy. Work with other serious young actors who want to hone their craft! Can be repeated.

MON 5–6:30pm · 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24 · $120

Maya Herbsman is a Bay Area-raised director, playwright, teaching artist, and arts administrator. She is currently serving as the associate artistic director and education coordinator at Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco. Maya received her BA in theater from Wesleyan University, where she was awarded the Rachel Henderson Memorial Prize for Excellence in Directing. Locally, she has worked with Shotgun Players, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Z Space, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, We Players, Spotlight: Girls, and Idiot String. Maya teaches acting, theatre creation, movement, musical theatre, improv, creative writing, and self-empowerment through theatre to children and teens across the Bay.

Acting Intensive (gr. 9–12)

Explore the tools of the actor through monologue and scene work. Students will spend time analyzing scripts and lots of time rehearsing with and performing for one another. Learn to access your own inner landscape and bring your character to life through expressive performance. Gain valuable rehearsal and stage experience, and feedback on your work. Brush up your skills, improve your stage presence and confidence as a performer, and hone your text analysis skills!

TUE 4:30–6pm · 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1 · $120

William Thomas Hodgson 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.

Beginning Acting

Develop a basic understanding of acting fundamentals through Stanislavski-based practice. Using exercises and scene work, this class introduces students to the elements of dramatic action, text analysis, and character development, as well as the tools for releasing inhibitions and expanding vocal and physical range. May be repeated.

TUE 7–9pm · 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11 · $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.

Intermediate/Advanced Acting: Chekhov Scenes and Method Acting

Great actors always seem to have a love affair with playing Chekov. This class will be a five-week immersion in how to play these masterful texts. To bring the scenes to life, we will explore the evolving emotional techniques of the American Method. You’ll walk away with ten new techniques to evoke the emotions you need to play any complex character or emotionally demanding scene. During this class, everyone will get to work on a monologue for two weeks and a scene for three weeks. We will also study adaptations of Chekhov’s work, his life and short stories, and modern plays that are either adaptations of (or highly influenced by) his work.

WED 7–9pm · 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12 · $170

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 Acting: Meisner Technique

Actors will work on exercises and scenes, utilizing elements of the Meisner Technique in the process of bringing the text to life! Following the specific needs of each individual instrument, we will explore and integrate exercises and material that will awaken deeper levels of curiosity, broaden experience, and further mastery of the craft.

THU noon–2pm · 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27 · $170

Rachael Adler studied with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse in NY, and was designated there to teach the Meisner Technique. Rachael founded two Meisner acting conservatories: Studio Magnetic and the Waterfront Playhouse and Conservatory, and is the Master Meisner teacher at MeisnerEspaña in Barcelona, Spain.

Monologue Intensive

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

TUE 7–9pm · 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11 · $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.

Beginning Voice-Over Acting

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

MON 6:30–9:30pm · 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 6/7, 6/14, 6/21 · $420

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.

Professional Voice-Over Acting

This voice-over class is for students with established home recording studios who are interested in, or have already, launched a freelance voice-over acting career. The class will focus on all aspects of the business—acting, engineering, copywriting, directing, marketing, and live recording. Students will be required to record assignments outside of class. Class size is limited to 10.

Prerequisite: Advanced Voice-Over Acting and a home recording studio.

WED 6:30–9:30pm · 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9 · $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.

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 Shakespeare’s soliloquies and monologues 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.

MON 6:30–8:30pm · 5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 6/7, 6/14 · $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.

Beginning Improvisation

Improv 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 skills 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.

MON 7–9pm · 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17 · $170

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.

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 · 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13 · $170

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.

WED 7–10pm · 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9, 6/11 (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.

Playwriting

Ever wanted to write a play? Got a little time on your hands? Push that dream forward a little bit in a 10-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 · 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16 · $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.

Dialect Work for Improvisers and Actors: American South

Learn physical triggers that will help you quickly find the placement, melody, and general sound changes for the general American South dialects of the Mid-South and Deep South. We will study the dialects in a multi-sensorial way, with a focus on the physical changes, phonetic sound changes, and immersion (listening to primary sources of the dialects). In the final two weeks of the class, each student will pick a specific region of the South to research and will present the sound changes of this specific region’s dialect to the class, as well as perform a monologue from a play or film, utilizing that specific region’s dialect.

THU 7–9pm · 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13 · $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.

TUE noon–2pm · 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1 · $170

William Thomas Hodgson 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.

Physical Theatre: Movement for Actors

This class is designed to train participants to use Laban-based principles to analyze and to create original and compelling movement in relationship to text. Participants will explore concepts of space, time and force, movement invention, abstraction, choreographic devices, and combining movement and text will be explored through composition work and discussion.

To get the most out of this online class, please prepare a comfortable space to move in with access to your online device.

MON noon–2pm · 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 6/7 · $170

MaryBeth Cavanaugh is the associate director of Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. She recently received her continuing appointment in the Department of Theatre and Dance at UC Davis, where she has taught for 15 years in the MFA and BFA programs. She also teaches at Academy of Art University. She is a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a few of her choreography credits include resident choreographer at California Shakespeare Theater for twenty seasons, where she also served as associate artist. She also choreographed for Oregon Shakespeare Festival for five seasons, Shakespeare Santa Cruz for nine seasons, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The New Victory Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, Brisbane Arts Festival—Powerhouse, Black Swan Theatre Company in Western Australia, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Mills College Repertory, and Summerfest Dance. Directing credits: Following the Wrong God Home, Theatre 212; Possession, United Solo Theatre Festival, New York City; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, TheatreFIRST; Twelfth Night, North Bay Shakespeare Company; and Measure for Measure, Shakespeare at Stinson. Ms. Cavanaugh was invited (all expenses paid) by the Norwegian Consulate in San Francisco to attend the Ibsen Festival in Oslo, Norway and to finish a new English translation of A Doll’s House from Ibsen’s original manuscript with an Ibsen scholar and a documentary film maker.

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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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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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