Dive into the world of theatre arts with Berkeley Playhouse’s award-winning program. Whether you're starting your dramatic exploration or honing your theatrical skills, we're thrilled to welcome you into our home at the Julia Morgan Theater.
We offer year-round programing for all grades PreK-12. Below is an overview of all our Conservatory has to offer!
CLASSES AND CAMPS
*Our standard Classes and Camps* (Grades PreK-6)
All of classes and camps incorporate a variety of theatre games, community-building activities, and culminate in a 20-30 minute final showing for friends and family. Our standard camps and classes are story-based, with a new theme every session. Students join their favorite characters in an exploration of storytelling and performing! As an ensemble, students rehearse their show while learning the basics of acting, singing, and movement.
*Intensive Core Classes* (Grades 2-6)
Core introduces experienced performers to intermediate/advanced movement, vocal technique, character development and more. Students work twice a week to put on a final showing on the professional stage. We recommend that students take at least two non-core classes prior to enrolling.
*Intensive Skill-Building* (Grades 6-9)
Our intensive skill-building classes focus on a particular area of theatrical performance, helping students hone their technique and become a stronger performer. Students collaborate with their director to select the material they will work on during the class. Their work will be presented in a final showing for friends and family. Each class day will consist of a warm-up, both individual and group skills development, and end with a check-in to self-evaluate their own progress.
KidStage (Grades 3-7) and TeenStage (Grades 8-12) are our audition-based youth companies, producing full-length productions three times a year.
**KidStage and TeenStage Company Members: **
- Train with professional Bay Area Directors, Musicians, Vocal Coaches and Choreographers
- Perform on the Main Stage with professionally designed lights, sound, sets, costumes, and more
- Explore both traditional and non-traditional performance styles as part of an ensemble
Berkeley Playhouse produces a professional season of theater and runs an award-winning youth Conservatory program.
Our Conservatory offers programming in the Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring -- both after school and during holiday breaks -- for grades PreK-12.
For more information please visit berkeleyplayhouse.org or call (510) 845-8542 ext. 379
Our Conservatory got started when Founding Artistic Director Elizabeth McKoy created a Youth Production company is her living room! Berkeley Playhouse Conservatory now serves over 1,200 students a year at the historic Julia Morgan Theater.