TDPS Callboard

The Callboard is your hub for all auditions, production labs, and rehearsal spaces. Check here throughout each semester for important dates, forms, and course details.

Login with your CalNet ID is required to interact with documents on this page. New and transfer students may contact the Undergraduate Advisor or the TDPS Main Office.



Acting & Directing Classes

Fall 2019 Class Auditions

  • Class auditions for the acting sequence are held the first week of instruction each semester.
  • If you do not yet have a CalNet ID, please contact the TDPS Main Office.
  • For detailed information, visit the TDPS Class Audition FAQ.

Theater 10: Thursday, 29 August, 9 am-4 pm (Zellerbach Room 7)

Theater 109: Wednesday, 28 August, 2-6 pm (Zellerbach Room 7)

Theater 110A: Wednesday, 28 August, 9 am-1 pm (Zellerbach Room 7)

Theater 111: Tuesday, 27 August, 10 am-12 pm * (Zellerbach Room 7)

* please note: these take place the day before classes begin

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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 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. 

Participant expectations, evaluative criteria, and grading standards are outlined in Participant Responsibilities and Sample Performance Syllabi below.

Production auditions take place within the first few weeks of each semester. Sign-ups will be posted online here at least two weeks prior to the audition date. Callback and casting results will be posted below following the auditions. 

Casting Policy

  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 UCB 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 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 are therefore students of the program are ineligible for participation in production.

Rights & Responsibilities of Participants

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. Adherence 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

      1. 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.
      1. 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 notified immediately 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. THR 180 and 181 for Berkeley Dance Project, Playhouse and Studio Productions are taken for a letter grade. THR 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 THR 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 THR 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 & 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: (THR 181 only)

      Students enrolled in THR 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 fulfilment 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 Call board 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.

      Fall 2019 Production Audition Schedule

      Please review detailed information and commitments for each show, below the schedules. 

      Printed perusal scripts are available in the TDPS main office, 15 Dwinelle during open hours, and electronically in a read only format. CalNet login required to view. 


      Week One Auditions — 2nd Day of Classes

      Who Shot La Miguelito? and The Caucasian Chalk Circle

      Open Auditions

      THURSDAY, 29 AUGUST, 5:30 – 10:30PM

      The Playhouse @ Zellerbach Hall

      Call Backs

      FRIDAY, 30 AUGUST, 6:00 – 10:00PM

      SATURDAY, 31 AUGUST, 12:00 – 3:00PM 
      (tentative)

      Audition Requirements

      The audition monologue should be contemporary and no longer than two minutes. If you play a musical instrument or sing, please be prepared to demonstrate or discuss. Please bring a headshot or recent snapshot from the shoulders up, and a resume if you have one. A link to an electronic audition form will be provided.

      Week Two Auditions

      Student Workshops

      Romeo & Juliet • Pinwheel • FABLE

      Open Auditions

      WEDNESDAY, 04 SEPTEMBER, 5:30 – 10:30PM

      Durham Studio Theater

      Call Backs

      THURSDAY, 05 SEPTEMBER, 6:00 – 10:00PM

      Audition Requirements

      The audition monologue should be no longer than two minutes and may be contemporary or classical, reflecting your interest in a specific workshop. Students will audition for all three directors, and may be called back for one or more workshops. 

      Week Three Auditions

      Berkeley Dance Project 2020

      *two semester sequence*

      Open Auditions

      WEDNESDAY, 11 SEPTEMBER, 6:30 – 9:00PM

      2401 Bancroft, Dance Studio

      Audition Requirements

      All choreographers are looking for dancers who are comfortable with dynamic and expressive movement. Auditioners may be asked to use their voices (making simple statements and sounds, often as a group rather than individually). Dancers are expected to perform a variety of movement phrases (demonstrated by each choreographer) in small and large groups during the audition process. Majors/Minors and non-Majors/Minors are encouraged to attend. Auditioners are expected to be warm and ready to move once the audition begins. They do not need to prepare material, however they should expect to stay for the entire duration of the audition.

      Fall Choreography Showcase 2019

      Open Auditions

      THURSDAY, 12 SEPTEMBER, 2:10 – 4:00PM

      2401 Bancroft, Dance Studio

      Fall Choreography Showcase is the culmination of THR 146A Choreography: Solo and Duet Forms. Student performers audition for choreographers in the class and those cast must enroll for one unit of THR 146A. Rehearsals take place during the class time: Thursdays only, 2:10-4PM, plus one additional weekly rehearsal TBD by the individual choreographers and their casts. The final performances are during RRR week. Performers must be available for all dates indicated on the master calendar.

      Production Details

      Who Shot La Miguelito?

      Written by Bay Area guest artist, Sean San José, Who Shot La Miguelito? parallels the murder of a young street artist in San Francisco’s Mission District with the death of immigrant, working class neighborhoods. Mapping the Mission in murals, tags, stickers, stencils, and socio-political protest pieces, this performance piece invites viewers to see, hear, and move with refugees, immigrants, first gens—and ghosts. Incorporating stories from UC Berkeley students, director Sean San José will re-invent the piece for a new cast and a new audience with immersive video by Joan Osato, lighting by Jack Carpenter, sound by TDPS alum Christopher Sauceda, and costumes by TDPS Student, Kaitlin Weinstein. Performed in a Studio configuration in The Playhouse at Zellerbach Hall.

      Casting: A diverse ensemble of 16

      Commitments: Students cast in the show are committing to be available for all indicated calls on the MG Master Calendar, and must enroll in THR 181 for 3 units.

      Audition:  Thursday, 29 August, 5:30 – 10:30PM

      See Audition Schedule for Requirements

      The Caucasian Chalk Circle

      Guest Director Christine Nicholson returns (Mechanics of Love, 2017; A Midsummer Nights Dream, 2013) to direct a Brecht classic. This captivating play within a play tells the corresponding stories of an agrarian land dispute and a young servant who sacrifices her own well-being to raise an abandoned child. Bertolt Brecht masterfully employs historification and distancing to reveal the hidden (and not so hidden) oppression of the powerless by the powerful. We are challenged not only to see the inequality inherent in power structures, but also to find ways to change our relationship to those structures—to find our way to justice, fairness, and compassion in the face of overwhelming odds. Staged in The Playhouse at Zellerbach Hall with Scenography by Annie Smart, Lighting by Jack Carpenter, Sound by Emily Fassler, original composition by Ryan Huber and creations from master puppeteer Glynn Bartlett.

      Casting: A diverse ensemble of 16-20 performers. This play with music calls for vocal and instrumental skills, so please indicate singing or other musical experience, particularly proficiency playing string or wind insrtuments.

      Commitments: Students cast in the show are committing to be available for all indicated calls on the CCC Master Calendar, and must enroll in THR 181 for 4 units.

      Audition:  Thursday, 29 August, 5:30 – 10:30PM

      See Audition Schedule for Requirements

      Student Directed Workshops

      Workshops are designed as capstone experiences, providing laboratories for nascent work.  An opportunity for writers, directors, and performers to develop ideas and get them on their feet. They are intentionally shorter time commitments than Studio or Playhouse shows, and focus on language and performance with minimal technical production.


      Hailey Buck

      An environmental, interactive staging of Romeo & Juliet at the memorial fountain in front of Moffit Library, in which the audience selects from possible alternate endings to the play.

      Casting: Ensemble of 9; familiarity with Shakespeare, improvisation experience and a willingness to play.

      Rehearsals: 09 September – 01 October, Monday through Friday, 6-10PM

      Performances: 02, 03 October, 7PM

      Students cast in this workshop are committing to attend all scheduled rehearsals and performances and must enroll in THR 171 for 2 units. 


      Josie Basford

      A workshop staging of Josie's original work Pinwheels, a musical comedy. The Casteel Clown Circus is a multi-generational family circus starring
      clowns! The family is torn apart when Pinwheels, the eldest clown who is to inherit the family business, is thrown out of the family for not being funny. Pinwheels sets out on a journey of self-discovery, seeking what it is to be funny, and hopefully to mend the Casteel Family Circus. Presented in Zellerbach 170.

      Casting: 3 women, 4 men, 6-10 diverse ensemble; desired experience includes singing, tap dancing, mime, physical comedy, balloon twisting.

      Rehearsals: 20 September – 22 October, Monday through Friday, 6-10PM

      Performances: 23, 24 October, 7PM

      Students cast in this workshop are committing to attend all scheduled rehearsals and performances and must enroll in THR 171 for 2 units. 


      Timothy L. Quirus

      A workshop staging of Tim's original play Fable, a re-telling of the Gorgon myth, and her roots within the triple goddess aspects: Metis, Athena, Medusa. The play attempts to understand how the patriarchy has manipulated the feminist language found within the roles of the original divinity, making the classic tale universal for all generations. Furthermore, the story unfolds with tales of grief, from the “motherless son” to reconciling one’s coming to terms with sexuality, victimization of violence, and attempted suicide. Connecting the dots from the Greek era to the modern, there is much history, magic, as well as imagination to be explored in Fable.

      Casting:  4-6 women, 2 men, named roles; 2-4 women, ensemble
      Open to all ages & ethnicities, ensemble roles may be combined with character roles) Actors who move, and/or have strong body language skills for stage are encouraged to apply.

      Rehearsals: 28 October – 19 November, Monday through Friday, 6-10PM

      Performances: 20, 21 November, 7PM

      Students cast in this workshop are committing to attend all scheduled rehearsals and performances and must enroll in THR 171 for 2 units. 

      See Audition Schedule for Requirements

      Berkeley Dance Project 2020

      This production is a two semester sequence with auditions in the 3rd week of class, rehearsal throughout the fall semester, and final rehearsals and performances in the first six weeks of the spring semester.

      Directed this year by current TDPS Chair, Lisa Wymore, Berkeley Dance Project 2020 will focus on Community. Works  will be set by Lisa Wymore, Latanya D. Tigner, and guest artist Erik Lee. In addition, student dance groups from campus will submit works to be featured in the program. Further details will be provided in early August. 

      Casting: The choreographers are casting dances of at least 5, and up to 12, dancers per piece.

      Commitments: Students cast in the show are committing to be available for all indicated calls on the BDP20 Master Calendar, and must enroll in THR 180 for units corresponding to the works in which they are cast. The fall semester is 2 units for one piece and three units if cast in two. All performers must also enroll in 1 unit for spring semester to cover pick up rehearsals, tech rehearsals and performances. 

      Audition:  Wednesday, 11 September, 6:30 – 9:00PM

      See Audition Schedule for Requirements

      Fall Choreography Showcase 2019

      This dance showcase produced during RRR week of the fall semester is the culmination of THR 146A, Choreography. The solo and duet forms are cast from auditions held in the third week of class. Student performers enroll in THR ### for credit commensurate with rehearsal and performance and must be available during the class time and for all technical rehearsals and performances during RRR week as listed on the FC19 Master Calendar.

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      Production Labs & Run Crew

      THR 167, 168, 169

      Course Information and Instructions

      Technical Production Assignments: THR 60, 167, 168, 169

      Participating in TDPS Productions in a technical capacity generally requires completion of THR 60 Introduction to Technical Theater and Production. Following the introductory course, additional work may be pursued in THR 167, 168 & 169.


      New for Fall 2019: Changes to Technical Curriculum

      Details and preference submission for THR 167, 168, 169

      Fall 2019 Production Assignment Google Sheet

      • You MUST initial by your name to accept your assignment.
      • Upon acceptance, students will be sent a class number and permission code and should enroll ASAP.
      • All assignments must be acknowledged and accepted by Noon on Wednesday, 04 September.
      • Assignments for remaining seats in THR 167, 168 will be posted as assigned, through 5PM on Tuesday, 03 September.
      • Neglecting to confirm your assignment may result in loss of your position.

      TDPS Class Rehearsal Space

      Requirements for Zellerbach Space Use:

      • Current TDPS course enrollment for class assignments only
      • Book a maximum of 1 hour per use to ensure fellow students have access
      • Abide by all posted Space Use Policies
      • Consume food or beverage OUTSIDE the studios (bottled water, excepted)

      Zellerbach Building Access:

      • Zellerbach Hall is shared with Cal Performances. Please make use only of TDPS resources and spaces and be quiet and respectful in the hallways. 
      • Enter the building solely through the Stage Entrance on the North side, lower level.
      • Standard Stage Door hours for Fall & Spring Semesters (subject to change for shows, holidays, and campus recesses):
        • Monday–Friday: 8am–10pm
        • Saturday & Sunday: 10am–10pm

      NEW: Book Spaces @ tdps.skedda.com

      • Zellerbach Rooms available through this system include TDPS Dressing Rooms 133, 135; Room 7, 413 and Z170. 
      • Students may book available spaces up to 10 days in advance.
      • When possible, additional Cal Performances dressing rooms will be made available via the Stage Door Guard – see the desk sign.

      UC Student Groups or those not enrolled in TDPS courses should refer to Student Space Use page and should NOT book space using this system.

      First time using skedda? REGISTER AN ACCOUNT

      Please use your berkeley.edu account to sign up and NOT social media or personal email accounts.

      Only students currently enrolled in a TDPS course should register. Skedda accounts will be audited against class rosters.