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

Update on Acting Class Auditions

For Spring 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 110B, 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. (Updated 12/18/20)


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 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 an honor, 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 Workshop productions are 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 and approved 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 Sheet posted on the Callboard and acknowledged at the time of the audition.

    Production & Audition Details for Spring 2021

    Stupid Fucking Bird

    Stupid Fucking Bird

    By Aaron Posner

    Sort of adapted from The Seagull by Anton Chekhov

    Directed by Christopher Herold

    Virtual/Remote Production


    Synopsis:

    In this hilarious, irreverent adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, an aspiring director rebels against the art of his mother's generation while a young actor vies with an aging celebrity for the attention of an acclaimed writer. Utilizing multiple performative lenses, the play examines questions of art, love, loss, and the eternal (and elusive) pursuit of happiness.


    Casting:

    We are looking for a cast of 7 actors inclusive of 4 male and 3 female roles. Students who sing and 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:

    Monday, January 25th, 2021 from 6pm - 10pm PT, via Zoom. Audition sign ups are now open, please click the Spring 2021 Production Audition sign-ups link below to secure your slot. 

    Please be prepared to perform a 2-minute contemporary monologue of your choosing, as well as a song.


    Callbacks:

    Tuesday, January 26th, 2021 from 6pm - 10pm PT, via Zoom. 


    Assistant Director Opportunity:

    If you are interested in a potential placement as an Assistant to the Director, please contact Chris Herold at ctherold@berkeley.edu


    Additional Information:

    All rehearsals for this production will be held synchronously and via Zoom. TDPS will provide all actors with the required supplemental equipment for the production.

    The Trojan Women

    The Trojan Women

    By Euripides

    Directed by Torange Yeghiazarian

    Audio Play 

    Premiere Date: May 10th, 2021


    Synopsis:

    When one empire falls and another rises, who is caught in between? And how do the decisions made a century ago continue to reverberate through today’s global political dynamics? This geopolitical reframing of Euripides' timeless tragedy parallels the aftermath of the Trojan War­­­­­­—and its devastating effects on women—with the rise of the US as an empire in the 20th century.


    Casting:

    We are looking for a diverse group of 12 actors who are interested in making the classics contemporary by bringing their personal narratives to the performance.

    The format of the production will be an audio play offering the opportunity to discover the power of your voice, singing, noise-making, and speaking as an ensemble. This is a great experience for anyone interested in pursuing Voice Overs or working as a Foley Artist. In addition, as digital content production is increasingly becoming the norm for the performing arts, audio plays are gaining new ground and popularity.

    Students with diverse backgrounds; immigrants, multilingual students, and students who like to sing 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:

    PLEASE NOTE THAT AUDITIONS AND CALLBACKS FOR THE TROJAN WOMEN HAVE BEEN POSTPONED AND WILL NOW BE HELD ON THE NEW DATES BELOW:

    Auditions will be held on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021 from 6pm - 9pm PT, via Zoom. Audition sign ups are now open, please click the Spring 2021 Production Audition sign-ups link below to secure your slot. 

    Please be prepared to perform a 2-minute classical monologue of your choosing, as well as a song of your choosing. 


    Callbacks:

    Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 from 6pm - 10pm PT, via Zoom. 


    Additional Information:

    All rehearsals for this production will be held synchronously and via Zoom. TDPS will provide all actors with the required supplemental equipment for the audio play.

    Newsflash: A Mini Musical  (Student Workshop)

    Newsflash: A Mini Musical

    By Eleanor Hammond & Emily Beihold

    Directed by Catherine Hill

    Virtual/Remote Workshop


    About Student Workshops:

    Student workshops are designed as advanced study experiences, providing laboratories for nascent work. They provide opportunities for student writers, directors, and performers to develop ideas and get them on their feet. Workshops focus on language and performance with minimal technical production.


    Synopsis:

    This vignette follows three recent college graduates of different backgrounds vying for the same internship at a big New York City newspaper publication. As the highly accomplished candidates converse in the waiting room, they learn more about what truly matters in life more than they ever did in college. 

    Newsflash will be filmed, and presented as a recording. The run time is expected to be about 25 minutes.


    Casting:

    We are looking for a cast of 4 actors inclusive of 3 female roles and 1 role of any gender. Students who sing or have musical theater experience 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 171. 


    Open Call Auditions:

    Monday, January 25th, 2021 from 6pm - 9pm PT, via Zoom. Audition sign ups are now open, please click the Spring 2021 Production Audition sign-ups link below to secure your slot. 

    Please be prepared to perform a 2-minute contemporary monologue of your choosing, as well as a song.


    Callbacks:

    Tuesday, January 26th, 2021 from 6pm - 10pm PT, via Zoom. 


    Additional Information:

    All rehearsals for this production will be held synchronously and via Zoom.


    Production Labs & Run Crew

    Note on Courses for Spring 2021

    THR 168 will be offered in Spring 2021. THR 167 and THR 169 will not be offered. Please see below for more information.

    Course Information & Enrollment Instructions

    THEATER 168 | Technical Theater: Shop Practice

    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.


    What will Theater 168 look like in the Spring? 

    Theater 168 is a course typically designed to offer credit for practical experience in theatrical production. However, we have adapted the course for fully remote instruction by creating a syllabus which will include:

    • Live Zoom demonstrations and pre-recorded video demonstrations
    • Professional guest speakers
    • Remote, practical, hands-on projects
    • Distribution of supplemental production kits to each student with tools and materials needed to complete practical, hands-on projects

    Emphasis will be placed on understanding concepts and practical skill-building. 

    Labs offered:

    Costume Lab - M/W or T/Th 2pm - 4 pm 

    Scene Shop Lab -  M/W or T/Th 2pm - 4 pm 

    Labs will be offered through synchronous learning. 

    ***Lighting lab will not be offered for Spring 2021. Students specifically interested in lighting may elect to take the course in a future semester. 


    How to Enroll in Theater 168

    Theater 168 is not listed in the class schedule and requires an individual course number for enrollment. 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 contact Jamila Cobham, Production Manager, with questions.

    Preference Submission for Theater 168 

    Please read the syllabus and schedules linked below prior to submitting your preference form.

    • Completion of this 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.


    Forms & Schedules

    Seniors and Juniors are encouraged to schedule time with Michael Mansfield or Jamila Cobham to discuss options for fulfilling your degree requirements related to Theater 167 and 168.


    Courses in Technical Theater, Stage Management, and Design

    Further information about technical and design courses may be found here.


    Class/Student Rehearsal Space

    Due to current COVID-19 precautions, TDPS rehearsal space is unavailable for the 2020-21 academic year. If circumstances change, guidelines for student space use will be posted here.