Lecturer

Nina Ball

Lecturer: Design for Performance

Nina Ball is an award-winning set designer whose work can be seen throughout the Bay Area and beyond. She regularly works with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theater, California Shakespeare Theater, Shotgun Players, San Francisco Playhouse, Center REPertory Company, among many others. Here at UC Berkeley she designed Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, directed by Christopher Harold, and The House of Spirits by Caridad Svich, directed by Michael Moran.

Recent honors include Theatre Bay Area Awards for Blasted (Shotgun Players), and ...

Sima Belmar

Lecturer: Performance Studies

Sima Belmar earned her Ph.D. in Performance Studies from TDPS in 2015, and holds an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Her scholarly writing has been published in The Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, Performance Matters, and the Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies (2016). Sima was a dance critic for the San Francisco Bay Guardian from 1997-2003, and currently writes the monthly column "In Practice...

Jessica Berman Hirigoyen

Lecturer: Acting, Voice & Speech

Jessica Berman Hirigoyen is a dialect, voice, text, and acting teacher and coach. She currently teaches at UC Berkeley and the American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.). Recent dialect and vocal coaching credits include: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Curran (SF Company), School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, Becky Nurse of Salem, The Good Book, Paradise Square: A...

Nancy Carlin

Lecturer: Public Speaking

Nancy Carlin is a director, actor, writer, dialect coach, and acting teacher. A former company member of the American Conservatory Theater and associate artist with California Shakespeare Theater, she has performed and directed extensively in regional theaters, including A.C.T., Berkeley Rep, San Jose Rep, Aurora Theatre, Shotgun Players, The Jewel, African-American Shakespeare, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She co-authored the musical, Max Understood, co-produced the feature film, Haiku Tunnel, and can be seen in the soon to...

Erika Chong Shuch

Lecturer: Performance Workshop

Erika Chong Shuch is a performance maker, choreographer and director whose topic-driven ruminations coalesce into imagistic assemblages of music, movement, text, and design. Interested in expanding ideas around how performance is created and shared, Erika’s work has been performed in city halls, theaters, industrial offices spaces, diners, parking lots and food courts. Moving between theater, experimental performance and social practice, Erika’s projects bring together interdisciplinary communities in the spirit of creative research. Erika’s most recent body of work is...

Srijani Ghosh

Lecturer: Reading & Composition

Srijani Ghosh earned her Ph.D. in English from Michigan State University. Her dissertation, “From Chantilly Lace to Chanel: Commodity Worship in Chick Lit,” is a literary sociological study of 20th and 21st century women’s popular fiction, and investigates the genre of chick lit as a site for cultural globalization. After completing her Ph.D., she taught English and Women’s Studies courses at Michigan State University before moving to Berkeley in June 2015. She is looking forward to teaching at UC Berkeley while getting to know the Bay Area. Her teaching and research interests include...

James Graham

Lecturer: Dance

James Graham is a San Francisco based choreographer, performer, and teacher. James Graham Dance Theatre presents the work of James Graham while also curating the work of others, namely in Dance Lovers…duets by couples, crushes, and comrades, an annual show of duets around Valentine’s day in San Francisco. JGDT has recently been presented at ODC Theatre, Micadanses in Paris, France, UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Playhouse, Bates College, in the Daegu International Dance Festival in South Korea, The Nourse Theatre and Davies Symphony Hall (commissioned by the San Francisco Gay Men’s...

Chelsea Gregory

Lecturer: Performance Studies

Chelsea Gregory (she/her) is a community-engaged artist, educator, cultural organizer, equity and restorative justice practitioner with over two decades of experience working at the intersections of arts and social change. She has collaborated with Urban Bush Women, Cornerstone Theater Company, Guillermo Gomez-Peña/ La Pocha Nostra, Working Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and many other dance and theater companies. Her original work has been produced by The Culture Project and LaMama ETC in New York City, the Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival, La Peña Cultural Center (...

Margo Hall

Continuing Lecturer: Acting

Margo Hall is an award winning actor, director, playwright and educator.

Margo teaches Acting I and II, Emerging Works, and Film as Art at Chabot Community College. She has also taught Scene Study and Acting Workshops at the American Conservatory Theater MFA Program, and the Berkeley Repertory School of Theater. She holds an MFA in Drama from Catholic University of America.

Recent acting credits include A Raisin in the Sun, A Winters Tale, American Night: the Ballad of Juan Jose and SPUNK at California Shakespeare Theater. Once in a...

Christopher Herold

Continuing Lecturer: Acting, Directing

A recipient of the Extraordinary Teaching In Extraordinary Times Award for 2021, Mr. Herold teaches Advanced Acting and Directing for TDPS. His directing credits at Berkeley include productions of Stupid F##king Bird, 70 Scenes of Halloween, Metamorphoses, Summertime, The Ruling Class, Our Town, Sauce For The Goose, Criminal Genius, Adult Entertainment, Three Sisters, Escape From Happiness, Orestes, Pterodactyls, Good, Noises Off, The Crucible,...