Spring After-School Workshop

Learn musical theater through experiencing musical theater!

Join YMTC in spring 2018 to work on exciting musical theater material in a rigorous, fun and welcoming environment with YMTC directors.

We are now accepting YMTC spring workshop applications!

In this intensive 4-week-long workshop, students will to work on material from a variety of exciting musical theater shows (tailor picked for the students in the class) in a rigorous, fun and welcoming environment with YMTC teaching artists (select a link to read a biography):

The intensive will focus on all of the skills involved in being a musical theater performer, including learning solo and ensemble music; working with scripts and scores and new material; learning choreography; rehearsal etiquette; learning blocking; developing character and relationship; and being a lead in a scene as well as being part of an ensemble. Students will meet three days a week after school for four weeks and will finish with an informal presentation of the work they’ve done — held on the final day of the intensive for invited friends and family.

No audition necessary. Workshop size limited to 15 students. Acceptance is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Open to 7th graders – 12th grade. 6th graders accepted by special application.

Dates: February 26-March 23, 2018.

Times: Tuesdays, Wednesday and Fridays 4:30-7pm

Location: YMTC Aquatic Park Campus in Berkeley

Tuition: $750 (Tuition Assistance is available.)

Teacher biographies

Celeste Kamiya is a bicoastal actress, singer, theatre educator, and all-around performing arts enthusiast. Growing up, she trained with various arts programs around the Bay Area, most notably with the San Francisco Girls Chorus, and, of course, with YMTC, where she performed in nine productions and assistant directed two. She holds a BA in Theater from Eugene Lang College at The New School in New York City, and she spent her junior year studying acting at the British American Drama Academy in London, where she studied with Pippa Nixon, Annabel Leventon, and Fiona Shaw. Her love of performing has blossomed into a passion for arts education, and she hopes to teach future generations of theatre artists with the same dedication and care that she has received from all of the wonderful teachers and directors throughout her life.

Janet Collard is a dance performing artist, choreographer, singer and teacher.  She earned a BFA in dance from CalArts and an MFA in dance performance and choreography from Mills College.  She has danced for many companies and choreographers throughout Southern and Northern California including, Trip Dance Theater, Heidi Duckler Dance Theater, Molissa Fenley, Leyya Tawil’s Dance Elixir, Gerald Casel Dance, Katie Faulkner’s little seismic dance company, and Nancy Karp and Dancers.  Janet was a member of AXIS Dance Company from 2008-2011 where she toured the United States performing in the works of David Dorfman, Alex Ketley, Kate Weare, Joe Goode, Shinichi Iova-Koga and others.  She has choreographed for the Berkeley Playhouse, Shotgun Players, the Douglas Morrison Theater, the Shawl-Anderson Dance Center Youth Ensemble, and for Berkeley’s Youth Musical Theater Company.  Janet currently sings with the Oakland based band Vesper Moth. www.janetcollard.com

Tania Johnson loves helping young people develop their artistic voices and is happy to return to YMTC where she music directed the 2014 production ofCabaret.Tania is active as an educator and music director in many musical theatre programs including Alameda High, St. Joseph’s High and Berkeley Playhouse. She earned her B.A. in Music from U.C. Berkeley, and has continued training with NDNU’s Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory. As an actor, she has performed regionally and locally with companies including SF Playhouse, 42nd Street Moon,TheatreWorks and The National Jewish Theatre Festival. Tania is recipient of Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding Music Direction for her work on Always…Patsy Cline! at Altarena Playhouse.