TDPS Callboard

The Callboard is the student hub for auditions, production labs, and rehearsal spaces. Check here throughout the academic year for important dates, forms, and course details.

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Acting & Directing Classes

Acting Class Auditions

For Fall 2021, auditions will NOT be required for the acting sequence: Theater 10, 109, 110B, or 111.

Students may enroll in these courses without a permission number. All prerequisite requirements for these courses are still in effect — Theater 10 or equivalent to enroll in 109, Theater 109 to enroll in 110A, Theater 110A or 110B to enroll in 111. Students should have a monologue ready to work on during the first week of class. Please contact individual course instructors with questions. More information about class auditions is available here.

Directing Class Interviews

For Fall 2021, an interview will NOT be required for enrollment in Theater 162.  

Students may enroll in the course directly. Prerequisite requirements are still in effect: Theater 10 and Junior standing or consent of instructor. Please contact Peter Glazer at prg@berkeley.edu to request consent to waive a prerequisite, and attend the first class for consideration.


Productions & Workshops

Performing in TDPS

  • Each semester TDPS produces three to six performance works comprised of plays, dance performances, and student-directed workshops.
  • While auditions are open to all UC Berkeley students, TDPS productions are curricular, and those cast must enroll in courses to receive credit commensurate with the time spent in preparation, rehearsal, and performance. 
  • Expectations, evaluative criteria, and grading standards are outlined below in Participant Rights & Responsibilities, and Sample Performance Syllabi.
  • Production auditions take place within the first few weeks of each semester. Sign-up forms will be posted here at least two weeks prior to the audition date. Callback and casting results will be posted below following the auditions. 

Casting & Course Guidelines

Casting Policies

  1. The Department is committed to educating Berkeley students in the artistic range of performance. For this reason, it is our policy to restrict casting to UC Berkeley students. Directors and Choreographers must receive prior approval from the Department Chair in order to cast from outside of the UC Berkeley student pool. To ensure fairness across the season, this request must be made as part of the initial proposal to the Department's Public Programming Committee, and must be made for all theater and dance productions. In rare instances, an emergency (illness, death in the family, injury) might result in the loss of a cast member, and the substitution of a non-student performer; in such cases, appropriate measures will be taken through consultation between the responsible Director/Choreographer, the Production Manager, the Chair of the Production Committee, and the Department Chair.

  1. All cast members are required to enroll in units of the corresponding course for the production, commensurate with the time spent in rehearsals and performances; typically 2–4 units. Students with extenuating circumstances may petition for reduced unit enrollment through the Undergraduate Advisor. When necessary, credits may be undertaken through UC Extension. Professional guest artists (for example, faculty acting in the production, etc.) are not required to enroll. The maximum number of units available to participants will be determined by the Department, based on the production and level of participation.

  1. Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies majors may have a casting advantage because of familiarity with previous experience and training, but it should be understood that it is a competitive audition process, open to all UC Berkeley students.

  1. For the purposes of our casting policy, students from the following programs, with whom UC Berkeley has cross-registration programs, will be considered UC Berkeley Students:

Cal State University, East Bay; Mills College; San Francisco State University; Sonoma State University; Holy Names University; John F Kennedy University; and Dominican University of California.

  1. While UC Extension students are able to enroll in TDPS courses associated with performance, UC Extension Fall Program for Freshmen does NOT allow students to enroll in “elective” courses, and therefore students of the program are ineligible for participation in production.

Participant Rights & Responsibilities

Production participation is a privilege, which carries responsibilities. Directors, choreographers, actors, dancers, designers, playwrights, and technicians unite for a finite rehearsal and performance period in order to create a performance work. A production’s success relies on the commitment of all involved. Once a cast, design team, collaborators, and crew have been selected, the absence of any team member is detrimental to the project. Such absences are unprofessional and unacceptable.


Responsibilities for Director/Choreographer

  1. Adhere to schedules for auditions, rehearsals, and performances as determined by the Production Manager.

  2. Maintain primary concern for the safety of the cast and crew.

  3. Ensure that students are registered for the corresponding course and for timely submission of final grades. Student Directors/Choreographers should work with faculty advisors related to enrollment and grading.


Responsibilities for Performers

Before you audition, learn all you can about the production:

  • Read the script and learn about the Director/Choreographer and what they have in mind for the production.

  • Confirm your availability for rehearsals and performances by reviewing published schedules, available on the Callboard and at auditions. Can you make the necessary time commitment? Do you have academic  conflicts with required attendance dates?

  • Unless a student makes a written request of the Director or Choreographer at the time of the audition, it is assumed that the student will eagerly accept any role or assignment they are offered. Ensure  you are clear about your availability and any conditions you are placing upon your audition because:

    1. Acceptance of a role in a TDPS production requires the participation in ALL scheduled rehearsals, photo shoots, designer appointments, technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals, performances and strike associated with the production.

    2. Participants must enroll in a corresponding course for units commensurate with time spent in preparation, rehearsal and performance.

    3. Declining an offered role without having made extenuating conditions known at the time of the audition forfeits the opportunity to perform in a TDPS production for the remainder of the semester and/or subsequent semesters, as determined by the Chair.

    4. A student who drops out of a production after having been cast is likewise ineligible for further casting that semester and/or subsequent semesters as determined by the Chair.

    5. Director/Choreographer will report violations (per #3 and #4) to the Chair in writing.

Grounds for Dismissal

A performer may be dismissed from a production for:

  • Unexcused absence or tardiness from any rehearsal or performance.
  • Inappropriate behavior as further outlined in course syllabi.
  • Failure to meet appointments with Designers/Directors or other Production staff.

The only excused absences from rehearsal or performance are:

  • Serious illness/accident.
  • Death in the family.
  • Natural disasters.

Mechanism for Dismissal of Cast and Crew

Any student who has shown cause for dismissal may be dismissed from the show.  In some cases, particularly those involving unexcused absence, the student may be dismissed immediately by the relevant supervisor (Director, Choreographer, or Production Manager); in other cases, the supervisor may give one warning (written or verbal), with the understanding that a second offense will result in immediate dismissal. In all cases, the Department Chair will be immediately notified of the offense and reserves the right to dismiss a student from a production upon written recommendation from the appropriate supervisor. Students dismissed from a production will receive a failing grade in the relevant course and will not be eligible for casting in a TDPS production for that semester and/or subsequent semester(s) as determined by the Chair.

Sample Performance Syllabi

TDPS productions are curricular, often the culmination of advanced coursework within the department. In addition to department policies and posted Performer Responsibilities, course syllabi contain expectations, evaluative criteria, and grading standards for participants. Theater 180 and 181 for Berkeley Dance Project, Playhouse and Studio Productions are taken for a letter grade. Theater 171 for Workshops is taken Pass/No Pass. The evaluative criteria are the same for all productions, as is the expectation of perfect attendance. 


Overview of Theater 180: Berkeley Dance Project

This class is designed for students who are seriously interested in performing dance on the concert stage. Involvement prepares students to perform in a highly produced dance concert called the Berkeley Dance Project. The course is designed to teach students about the process of dancing for a choreographer. This will involve: participating fully in all rehearsals and all required performances, contributing ideas to the creative process, and being open to choreographic strategies and methods. Students will be cast in up to three separate dance pieces. Each dance piece varies in scope and style depending on the themes and concepts being explored by the individual choreographer. Audition is required.


Overview of Theater 181: Playhouse and Studio Productions

This course operates as a large, complex performance lab, providing academic credit for performers and other specified participants in theatrical events produced by the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies. Participants must enroll in at least one unit, and up to four units of 181, depending upon level of involvement and/or student preference, or as prescribed by the instructor of record. All course activities occur within a finite schedule, generally spanning eight weeks within a semester, culminating in ticketed public performances. This course may be taken multiple times for credit and may fulfill major and minor requirements.


Course Materials (Theater 181 Only):

Students enrolled in Theater 181 and participating in a performative role in the production will be required to pay a lab fee of $20 to cover the cost of theatrical makeup that will be personally used in the course of the production. Students who have previously purchased a theatrical makeup kit specified by the department may request full or partial fee waiver based upon presentation of appropriate kit components during the makeup consultation. 


Schedule:

This course meets according to the established rehearsal scheduled for a given production. Refer to the Master Calendar for your production available on the TDPS Callboard and provided by your Stage Manager. Note that specific call times on indicated rehearsal and performance dates will be set on a weekly or daily basis and will be communicated to you by the Stage Manager or Production Manager.


Attendance:

This is a course that requires full participation. Because sessions are part of the creative process, there is no way to make them up. Missing even one session to which you are called will affect the outcome of the work being created. Therefore, a perfect attendance record is the assumption for this course, which means on-time attendance to every rehearsal, and performance call indicated on the Master Calendar for the Production, or at least to the calls provided by the Stage Manager for your particular role. Please consider this seriously before deciding to take this class. Perfect attendance is defined as being on time and present for all calls, and being ready to work at the call times. The only excused conflicts/absences are those presented by the student andapproved in writing by the instructor prior to completion of callbacks. The only other excused absences from rehearsal or performance are serious illness/accident, death in the family, natural disasters. Students who are ill, or who are seriously injured, and are at risk of missing multiple sessions, must contact the instructors immediately to determine the course of action to be taken. Any students needing accommodation for observance of religious holidays  are also responsible for contacting the instructor at the time of auditions.


Course Requirements and Evaluative Criteria:

Grades for this course will be based on evaluation of the factors listed below:

  • Maintaining a mature, responsible, supportive and communicative attitude towards fellow students, staff, faculty, and the project as a whole
  • Coming prepared and ready to work to all scheduled sessions, workshops, rehearsals and performances
  • Working diligently to fulfill the standards and objectives established by the director, whether a student, faculty member, or outside professional
  • Being responsive to student stage managers and staff, which includes checking email and voicemail daily
  • Timely and diligent completion of all assignments, cast responsibilities, off-book deadlines, scheduled costume fittings and required readings
  • Willingness to experience and apply new ideas and approaches, and learn new skills
  • Full participation and attention in discussions and notes sessions
  • Respecting the theatrical process, in rehearsal and performance, and being patient with its intrinsic challenges, including using any downtime in a productive way

Evaluative Procedures:

Theater is by nature a collaborative process. The teacher of record will communicate with production department heads, other faculty, student directors, and staff involved with the production to determine a student’s level of accomplishment, based on the above criteria.


Grading Standards:

A  Exceptional and committed fulfillment of all the stated requirements; exhibiting a high degree  of professionalism throughout the process, and respect for all of its elements and collaborators.

A-  Exceptional fulfillment of a majority of the stated requirements, including prompt attendance and meeting all established deadlines.

B+  Solid fulfillment of the stated requirements, with occasional lapses in commitment or professionalism, or a less than perfect record of promptness and readiness to rehearse. Examples might include losing focus in some rehearsals, needing to be given notes more than once, or not using downtime to constructive purpose.

B  Satisfactory fulfillment of the stated requirements, and an overall professional attitude. but fairly regular lapses in attention, judgement, or follow-through. Responds well to constructive criticism in most cases, and makes adjustments accordingly.  Examples might include students who distract others from the smooth running or rehearsals, or are not ready to rehearse on more than one occasion. 

C  Students understand what is required of them, but often need to be reminded of their tasks and responsibilities, and/or can obstruct the smooth running of rehearsals or performances. Students don’t respond well to criticism, or only do so when pressed, and /or rarely take initiative beyond their basic tasks. Students may often be late to calls, or not meet off-book deadline.

Students who fail to maintain the standards of a grade of “C” will be dropped from the class and receive no credit.


Rehearsal Absence Policy: 

  • 0 absences are allowed — beyond what has been established at the time of your audition and acceptance of the role.
  • Promptness is required. Being ‘on time’ means being present and ready to work at the designated call time. Arriving AT the call time is equivalent to being late.
  • Please refer to the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Performer Responsibilities posted on the Callboard and acknowledged at the time of the audition. If you do not have a copy for yourself, please ask the instructor for a copy.

Performance Absence Policy:

  • 0 absences are allowed 
  • Promptness is required
  • Please refer to the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Performer Responsibilities posted on the Callboard and acknowledged at the time of the audition.

Production & Audition Details for Fall 2021

Pool of Unknown Wonders: Undertow of the Soul

Pool of Unknown Wonders: Undertow of the Soul

Written by Philip Kan Gotanda

Directed by Michael Socrates Moran

Auditions: August 26, 2021 (Callbacks: August 27)

Performances: October 14–17, 2021


Synopsis:

“However many start must finish. However many begin, that many must arrive.”

In an unfamiliar world, six unexpected companions find themselves on a common journey, facing unforeseen tests to achieve an unknown goal.

Philip Kan Gotanda's surreal new drama plumbs the depths of the human quest for meaning in a fresh, urgent parable on wholeness, identity, and belonging.


Content Advisory / Trigger Warning: 

This play contains graphic language, references to violence and suicide, references to sexual assault, and the sound of a gunshot.


Casting:

We are looking for actors to fill 10 roles; inclusive of four male identifying roles, two female identifying roles, and four roles of any gender identity.

Students with diverse backgrounds, immigrants, multilingual students, and students who like to sing, dance, or play a musical instrument are encouraged to audition. 


Commitment: 

Students cast in the show are committing to be available for all indicated calls on the Production Calendar and must enroll in THR 181. 


Open Call Auditions:

Auditions will be held in The Playhouse at Zellerbach Hall on Thursday, August 26, 2021 from 6pm–10pm PT. 

Audition sign ups are live and the links can be found below!

Please be prepared to perform a two-minute contemporary monologue of your choosing, as well as a song of your choosing.


Callbacks:

Friday, August 27, 2021 from 6pm–10pm PT. 


Additional Information:

All auditions, rehearsals, and performances for this production will be held in person.

Perusal scripts are available in the TDPS main office, 15 Dwinelle Hall. Scripts must remain in the main office.

Love and Information (Workshop/Reading)

Love and Information

Written by Caryl Churchill

Directed by Peter Glazer

Auditions: September 1, 2021

Public Reading: November 12, 2021


Synopsis:

Caryl Churchill is one of the most vital and renowned playwrights writing in English today, and has been for the last 50 years. Love and Information (2012) contains 37 scenes, almost all written for two actors. Each scene catches its characters in a moment of truth: a secret revealed, a relationship tested, a hard question asked, an assumption challenged. There are no stage directions, no character names are provided, and no gender identities are specified. Every scene creates its own world, and introduces us to people searching for meaning, clarity, understanding, and love. The content encompasses interpersonal relationships, social tensions, international politics, emotional distress, memory, and spirituality, among many other topics. No character in the play appears more than once, so every actor will play multiple roles. Called “an exhilarating theatrical kaleidoscope” by The Guardian, the play is as challenging as it is profound. By the end of Love and Information, we may have learned more about the human condition, and the world we live in, than a single, more traditional play could offer.

The workshop process will involve nine three-hour rehearsal blocks, culminating in a public sharing, all in the space of two weeks. The play will not be staged, and memorization will not be required. What will be required is an energetic commitment to the process, a collaborative spirit, and an interest in playing many different roles. Our purpose is to gain understanding of the play through reading and discussion; to delve into its world and see where it takes us. On first reading, you will likely find the play quite mysterious, even opaque. By the end of the workshop, I believe you will have experienced its magic.

Sample scenes:

  • In “Censor,” a government alters the truth
  • In “Fan,” two teens compete over who loves their favorite celebrity more
  • In “Climate,” two people debate what seems inevitable
  • In “Virtual,” someone defends an online obsession
  • In “Mother,” one sister reveals a long-held family secret to another
  • In “Recluse,” a public figure tries to hide from their past
  • In “God’s Voice,” a person tries to explain what they’ve heard

Content Advisory / Trigger Warning: 

Some scenes in the play depict emotional or mental distress, describe the experience of natural disasters, or refer to incidents of violence.


Casting:

We are looking for a cast of 14 actors. Students of all racial, ethnic, gender, and dis/ability identities are invited to audition. All bodies, sizes, neuro-abilities, accents and dialects are also welcome.


Commitment: 

Students cast in the show are committing to be available for all indicated calls on the Production Calendar and must enroll in THR 98 for one unit.


Open Call Auditions:

Auditions will be held in Durham Studio Theater on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 from 6pm–10pm PT. 

Audition sign ups are live and the links can be found below!

Please be prepared to perform a one- to two-minute contemporary monologue of your choosing. A memorized monologue is preferred. If you do not have one, we will provide script materials for a cold reading. You may also be asked to read script materials after you have performed your monologue.


Additional Information:

We are also seeking students interested in serving as assistant director, dramaturg, or stage manager. Please email Peter Glazer (prg@berkeley.edu) if any of these positions interests you. Students serving in these positions will register for the same class as the actors, receive the same credit, and have the same time commitment.

Berkeley Dance Project 2022

Berkeley Dance Project 2022

Coordinated by Professor Lisa Wymore, TDPS 

Theme: Dance + Technology

Auditions: September 8, 2021

Performances: February 17–20, 2022


Synopsis:

Bay Area dance companies Kinetech Arts (co-directed by Daiane Lopes Da Silva and Weidong Yang) and Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts (co-directed by Sheldon B. Smith and Lisa Wymore) will be drawing from their years of experience working within the intersection of dance and technology. Each team will be creating a new work for the concert, each taking responsibility for one half of the concert.

Kinetech Arts will be drawing from their extensive experience making experimental community-based works that bring engineers into the same room as creative makers and dancers. Kinetech Arts will make use of body-based interfaces, cameras, projections, and provocations about the future of our techno-bodies. 

Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts will be drawing on their ongoing interest in Artificial Intelligence and Improvisation. The piece will investigate the similarities between machine learning and the creative processes used in making choices within dance improvisation. Some of the methods investigated will include Anna Halprin's RSVP Cycle—paying particular attention to the role of iteration in finding optimal outcomes and how 'coming into being' is never ending and always changing.


Casting:

The co-directors ofKinetech Arts are looking for inquisitive dance movers who have a range of dance skills, from the highly technical to the experimental and explorative. Cast size 5-8 dancers. 

The co-directors of Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts are looking for dancers with some background in improvisation or dancers who are open to all kinds of movement. Cast size 5-8 dancers.


Commitment: 

Students cast in the show are committing to be available for all indicated calls on the Production Calendar and must enroll in Theater 180.


Open Call Auditions:

Auditions will be held in Bancroft Studio (2401 Bancroft Way) on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 from 6pm–10pm PT. 

Audition sign ups are live and the links can be found below!

For the audition, come ready to move fully, perform a broad range of dance styles, and showcase your performance skills and creativity. Pre-prepared material is not required.


Additional Information:

All auditions, rehearsals, and performances will be held in person. 

Fall Choreography Showcase

Fall Choreography Showcase

Instructor: Latanya d. Tigner

Auditions: September 9, 2021

Rehearsals: Thursdays from 2:10–4pm beginning September 23 (if cast)

Performances: December 9–10, 2021


Overview:

The Fall Choreography Showcase is the culmination of Theater 146A, “Choreography: Solo and Duet Forms.” Eight talented student choreographers with vastly different movement styles and creative processes will each compose either a solo or duet for the showcase. Dancers audition for choreographers in the class to perform these solos or duets.


Casting:

Choreographers are looking for dancers/movers who have a range of dance skills, from highly technical to experimental, explorative to improvisational, in addition to other movement skills such as tumbling, etc. Cast size of 8–16 performers.


Commitment:

Students who are cast in the show are committing to be available for the following times:

  • Rehearsals: Thursdays, 2:10–4pm, beginning September 23
  • Costume Fittings: November 1–2 (to be scheduled)
  • Tech Week: December 5, 11am–9pm; December 6–8, 6–10:30pm
  • Performances: December 9–10, 6–10:30pm

Students must enroll in Theater 146A for 1 unit no later September 15, 2021.


Open Call Auditions:

Auditions will be held in Bancroft Studio (2401 Bancroft Way) on Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 2:10–4pm PT.

Audition sign ups are live and the links can be found below!

For the audition, come ready to move fully, perform one dance phrase taught by the choreographer(s), and showcase your performance skills and creativity. You may also be asked to respond creatively to a prompt. Pre-prepared material is not required.


Additional Information:

All auditions, rehearsals, and performances will be held in person. Masks are required.


Production Labs & Run Crew

Participating in TDPS productions in a technical capacity generally requires completion of Theater 60: Introduction to Technical Theater and Production. Following the introductory course, additional work may be pursued in Theater 167, 168, and 169 (see enrollment instructions below).

Additional information about production and design courses is available here.

Course Information & Enrollment Instructions

THEATER 167, 168, 169

What will Theater 167, 168 and 169 look like in Fall 2021? 

Theater 167, 168 and 169 will be offered via in-person instruction in the Fall semester.


How to Enroll in Run Crew & Shop Labs (Theater 167, 168 or 169)

Theater 167, 168 or 169 are not listed in the class schedule because they require an individual course number for enrollment. Therefore Lab preferences must be submitted in the semester prior to intended enrollment to get onto the course list. Seats may be available at the beginning of the semester for those not on the list, though it is not guaranteed. It is imperative that you read and understand the syllabus and schedule for your intended course.

Please direct questions to Jamila Cobham, Production Manager: jamilacobham@berkeley.edu


Preference Submission for Theater 167 and 168 

Please read the syllabus and schedules linked below under Forms and Schedules, prior to submitting your preference form.

  • Completion of this preference form will place you onto the waitlist in the order received.
  • Submission of preferences for a course does not guarantee enrollment; seats are limited in each semester.
  • Your submission will be confirmed via an email from the Production Manager. In the email you will receive an individual course number for enrollment and your lab assignment.
  • Once students have enrolled, you must initial your lab assignment via the Lab Assignment Confirmation Form below. 
  • If additional information is required after submitting your preference form, you may be asked to meet with the Production Manager.

Preference Submission for Theater 169

Schedule and shop assignments should be arranged with the lab instructor before completing the preference form. Please email the relevant lab instructors below. 

Once your advanced Technical Theater assignement is approved, please complete the preference form. Once completed your assigment will be confirmed via an email from the Production Manager. In the email you will receive an individual course number for enrollment. 


Forms & Schedules

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Class/Student Rehearsal Space

Details about student space reservations will be available soon. See the Student Space Use page for general information.

Please note that preference for rehearsal space will be given to students who are enrolled in TDPS classes; availability is otherwise very limited.