Performance Workshop: Create Your Own Play
Grades 2–4 · Students will become part of an acting/improv ensemble and create a performance piece based on popular children’s books and films. Explore the process of bringing stories to life through movement, dialogue, music, improvisation, and character work. This class will conclude with a final performance for family and friends. May be repeated.
SAT 9–10:15am · 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29, 3/7 (performance) · $180
Si Mon’ Emmett is a native of Dallas who graduated with a BFA in the UTeach Theatre program at the University of Texas at Austin. Now a certified educator for theatre arts, she works both in classrooms and in administration for the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre as the Education and Youth Programs Associate. Her background in TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) spans from acting to directing and devising. Previously, she has worked with Dallas Children’s Theater, Victory Gardens Theater (Chicago), and VORTEX Repertory Company and Teatro Vivo (Austin).
Harry Potter and the…
Grades 4–6 · Harry Potter is back…and just waiting for you to fill in the title of his newest adventure! Using characters from the world of Harry Potter, The Fantastic Beasts, The Cursed Child, and your imagination, come and create his next adventure. Learning skills in acting, playwriting, improvisation, set design, sound design, costumes, and physical character, we will create a live theatre piece and share this new adventure with family and friends during the last class. Whether this is your first time in the world of Harry Potter or you are already a wizard, muggle, or magical beast—join this next adventure now!
SAT 10:30am–12:30pm · 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21 (performance) · $295
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Nancy Gold is a multifaceted performing artist, director, teacher, and author of Finding Your Funny Bone! The Actor’s Guide to Physical Comedy and Characters. She has studied physical theatre in Paris with Jacques LeCoq, mime with Claude Kipnis, and clowning with Ctibor Turba. She has a BFA from the University of Illinois and a Master’s equivalence. She teaches at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, ACT Young Conservatory, Academy of Art University, California Shakespeare Theater, Marin Theatre, UCLA, and public and private schools throughout the country. Directing credits include A Servant of Two Masters, Pippi Longstocking, Madeline and the Gypsies, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, as well as numerous original plays about empowering women for young audiences and adaptations based on literature. Nancy performs comedy and vaudeville with her partner, Lol Levy.
Musical Theatre Scene Study: Bring It On
Grades 6–8 · The Toro cheerleading squad from Rancho Carne High School in San Diego has got spirit, spunk, sass, and a killer routine that’s sure to land them the national championship trophy for the sixth year in a row. But for newly-elected team captain Torrance, the Toro’s road to total cheer glory takes a shady turn when she discovers that their perfectly-choreographed routines were in fact stolen from the Clovers, a hip-hop squad from East Compton, by the Toro’s former captain. Each student will have their own solo (if they want) and scene with a scene partner(s), as well as participate in several ensemble numbers.
WED 4–6:30pm · 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18 (performance) · $320
Richard Hayes holds an AA in vocal performance as well as completing his BAs in music education and musical theatre. He has spent the last 10 years performing and educating young performers across the Bay Area. He has had the opportunity to perform in such productions as Rent and In the Heights and co-direct and musical direct such shows as Mary Poppins and Ruined. With a passion for education and authentic expression, Richard is thrilled to be working with the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre.
Grades 6–8 · Explore the fun and challenging world of voice acting for commercials and animation. This class is great for students who are interested in acting, theatre, and cartoons. You will discover microphone and recording techniques. Challenge yourself with technique and skill games. And explore how to develop funny voices. We will meet at a professional recording studio in Novato for the last class and dub your voice to a commercial and cartoon! Students will take home a copy of the work they created in the recording studio.
This class is offered in conjunction with Voice-One Training in San Francisco, owner Sally Clawson.
SAT 10am–noon · 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4 (10am–3:30pm) · $300
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.
Adrian Gebhart is a performer, voice actor, and teaching artist born and raised in the Bay Area. She has worked locally as an education intern with American Conservatory Theater. While living in New York she worked as an education intern with Atlantic Theater Company, Theatre Askew, TADA! Youth Theater, as well as a press and marketing intern for Joe’s Pub. Her areas of education and training include Practical Aesthetics technique from Atlantic Theater Company, Devised Theater and Acting at ACT, and Advanced Voice-Over at Berkeley Rep. She holds a BA in Theatre from Lewis & Clark College. Adrian is currently pursuing a MA in Drama Therapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
Grades 6–8 · Students will discover the skills used to prepare for an on-camera audition. Using a wide range of scripted material and improvisational tools, we will recreate the audition process in front of the camera and watch playback each week. Students will learn industry terms and get a glimpse into the audition process, so they are prepared for their next film opportunity. This class aims to help young actors feel at ease working in front of a camera and develop the confidence to stand out at every audition.
TUE 4–6pm · 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18 · $210
Millie Brooks is a local theatre, film, and voice-over actor here in the Bay Area. After spending her college career in Chicago, Millie moved out to San Francisco. In addition to her work on stage, Millie has worked at Nancy Hayes Casting for several years where she assisted many television, film, and theatrical productions with casting. Past credits include the world premiere of Testmatch (ACT), Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday and the Congregant in The Christians (SF Playhouse), Peddler in A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (Chicago Playworks), and Tiffany in The Shakespeare Bug (Playground and Killing My Lobster). Millie can also be seen in Episode 8 of 13 Reasons Why on Netflix.
Grades 6–8 · Expand your imagination through improvisation! As an ensemble, students explore technique, theory, games, and tricks that help them open up to the kind of spontaneity that breeds better comic timing on stage, stronger reactions in rehearsals, laughter at parties, and a lot more fun at family functions. All levels welcome. Returning students will be challenged with more advanced exercises.
THU 4:30–6:30pm · 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19 (showing) · $255
Joshua Waterstone is a director, arts producer/administrator, actor, fight choreographer, educator, and ensemble theatre maker. Bay Area ensemble theatres that Joshua is working with are Ragged Wing Ensemble, recently closing Time Sensitive by Amy Sass, and Fools Fury, acting in the upcoming September/October regional premiere of Dionysus Was Such A Nice Man by Kate Tarker. Joshua serves as Company and Production Manager of Ragged Wing Ensemble. As a director Joshua has created/devised the ensemble works Perspective, which investigates reactions to the overview effect, as well as Under Construction 2017: A Collage of America Today. Joshua is a former company member of Fly-By-Theatre in Atlanta, which devised productions at the intersection of theatre and dance. Joshua holds an MFA in Directing for Stage and Screen from the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at UNL. Joshua is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, an Actor/Combatant and member of the Society of American Fight Directors, and a 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher.
Acting I: Fundamentals
Grades 6–8 · Expand your imagination through acting! Students will develop confidence and have fun while learning to analyze scripts, play an action in a scene, identify your objective, overcome your obstacles, and focus your energy.
MON 4:30–6pm · 1/13, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24 · $160
Gabriel Vergez initially came to theatre through singing, first with San Francisco Boys Chorus, and then with Kairos Youth Choir. This led to an audition for Berkeley Rep’s Brundibar. The wonderful creation, direction, and ensemble and excitement of a world premiere ensured that Gabriel was bitten by the theatre bug. He was later cast as The Boy in The Pillowman, and served as understudy in Troublemaker, also with Berkeley Rep. After acting in numerous high school projects and participating in independent theatre productions in Berkeley as well, Gabriel continued at University of Puget Sound as both a performing actor and theatre arts and French major. Gabriel is a practitioner of capoeira and an avid basketball player in addition to being a fluent French speaker. Recently graduated, Gabriel has worked as both assistant and teaching staff with Berkeley Rep School of Theatre for over seven years and is happy to be back at his second home.
Acting II: Technique and Imagination
Grades 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 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 4:30–6pm · 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30 · $160
Michael Curry is a local actor/writer. He recently played Malachai in Cal Shakes’ production of black odyssey. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Michael graduated from Morehouse College in 2016 with a BA in Drama. He recently completed a year-long education fellowship with Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
Grades 6–8 · Learn to sing with ease and confidence, eliminating vocal pain and fatigue while improving your range and breath control. Each session includes breathing and relaxation exercises, vocal exercises and technique, and vocal coaching on songs, including how to act a song and how to prepare a musical theatre audition.
MON between 10am–noon · $75/hour
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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.
One-on-One Audition Coaching
Grades 6–8 · Don’t be caught unprepared for an upcoming audition. Berkeley Rep faculty members are available to work with actors on contemporary and classical monologues. Make choices that you feel confident about. Be directed by and collaborate with working professionals.
Dates/Times: to be scheduled with the instructor · $75/hour
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