Summer Courses

See the TDPS Class Schedule for a list of classes – title/instructor/day/time/location

See the Berkeley Academic Guide for a full listing of  Summer 2019 TDPS Courses, including descriptions any special enrollment limitations.  Register at beginning in February 2019.

SESSION C – Eight-Week Session: June 24 – August 16



THEATER 113B – Afro-Feminist Perspectives on Brazil, Dance, and Arts of the African Diaspora

The course is an immersive 6-week performance cultural experience in Brazil rooted in social justice and black feminist pedagogy. Students will become familiar with histories and contemporary debates of performance of the African diaspora. No previous performance or language experience is required. The focus will be on the movement and vocabularies of the Candomblé tradition with some exposure to music, film, and literature.



How might we characterize California? Who lives here & what are the stories we tell about them? This course takes California as the site through which to explore how cultural systems of performance help shape social systems of race, considering the role performance forms–theater, film, tourism, pageants, political protests–have played in shaping California’s unique cultural and racial topography. From the theatricalization of Chinatown in Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song to that of urban riots in Twilight, from the staging of Latinx farmworker’s rights to those of post-war African American workers of the Great Migration, performance strategies have been used by a variety of agents towards a range of social & political goals.



This course examines the intersections of performance and media–specifically the media forms of television and social media in the U.S.–with a focus on how various types of difference (race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and socioeconomic class) are enacted, articulated, represented, and played on TV and social media platforms.


SESSION D – Six-Week Session: July 8 – August 16

THEATER 5 (sections 1 and 2) – PUBLIC SPEAKING

In this highly interactive class, students will study the fundamentals of presentation in order to minimize the anxiety associated with public speaking and foster the skills necessary for clear, persuasive oral communication in professional settings. Instruction will include effective use of vocal intonation, body language and eye contact as well as techniques for organizing material for maximum impact. The techniques discussed are applicable to a host of situations – from small meeting presentations to keynote speeches and convention addresses. Small class size will allow individual attention and offer participants ample opportunity to “rehearse” the techniques in a safe and nurturing environment.

Session D | MTWTF 9:00AM-12:00PM or 1:00PM – 4:00PM |  3 units



This is the entry level course for the acting sequence and focuses on releasing and cultivating the actor’s inherent creativity. Through exercises, improvisation, scenes, and monologues, the actor begins to develop basic techniques designed to stimulate the imagination, develop vocal and physical ability, increase awareness of self and others, introduce effective ways to analyze texts, think critically about the craft of acting, and enhance self-confidence and communication skills. This class is the essential beginning of the actor’s studies, which will ultimately allow her or him to effectively engage and explore work from a rich diversity of genres, styles, and backgrounds.

Session D | MTWTF     9-12 AM    or 1-4 PM    TBD |  3 units



For 6 weeks we will create a summer theater company. Each day we will deepen our practice by developing our full-bodied and whole-hearted skills: the technical needs of an actor (voice, speech, physical movement, and character development), the rigorous commitment and curiosity of an educator, and the personal and cultural awarenesses and communication practices of an activist. We will challenge our imaginations, give voice to stories of injustice, and move the classroom community from page to stage, from company membership to civic leadership. Grounded in the work of Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed practice-based learning, we will experience the role of theater in education, justice-making, and societal transformation, as well as, strengthen our practice as writers, actors, directors, witnesses, and makers of theater and social change. Interactive theater training and performance mixed with multicultural and communication skills prepare us for deeper artistic, academic, and activist work in our personal and professional worlds. No previous acting training or experience necessary.

Session D | MTWTF 9:00AM-12:00AM | Michael Mansfield | 3 units


SESSION E – Three-Week Session: July 29 – August 16


The goal of the course is to provide an overview of filmmaking techniques that can be applied to a variety of artistic projects involving the body in motion. The course will begin with historical contextualization of screen dance and video editing basics. It will then build to video production and post-production techniques ranging from the basics to more complex concepts investigating the relationship of the body to the camera, composition, and sound design. The class will study films that represent a range of styles that reject or embrace conventions of Hollywood continuity filmmaking, as well as formal experiments that reimagine what’s possible with the medium of film.

Location and context for the class projects will be explored as well as developing content, narrative, and/or conceptual ideas. Everyday camera technology such as web cameras and smartphones will be utilized along with camcorders, DSLRs, and gimbals provided specifically for the class. Students will not only share their projects on the large screen in formal viewing sessions, but they will also be asked to create studies for the small screen: Instagram, Periscope, etc. Students who are comfortable moving/performing in front of the camera are encouraged to take this course. Previous video production experience is not required.  There is a mandatory lab component. Equipment and Lab fee: $30.00.

Session E | MTWTF 9:00-12:00PM and 1:00PM – 4:00PM |  | Instructor Ben Estabrook | 3 units