Young Thespians Theatre Lab   

YOUTH TheatRE Integrating Drama, Movement and Music

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Led by Marcelo J. Pereira, Artistic Director of Bay Area Theatre Company (BATCO), Young Thespians Theatre Lab offers high quality performing instruction integrating drama, movement, and music, as well as best practices for auditions, covering everything from etiquette to how to pick materials. Fall skill-building classes culminate in a spring performance of a full-length production on Brava's Main Stage.


FALL SEMESTER: September 16 – December 5, 2019

Put Your Best Foot Forward: Auditions
Instructor: Rodney Earl Jackson

Mondays, 4pm – 5:30pm 

Description: We often see very talented young performers who struggle showcasing their best self in front of people they do not know. After all, acting and auditioning are two different beasts. This class is for students who are interested in learning how to best present themselves in an audition, covering everything from etiquette to how to pick material. Each student will walk away with audition ready materials for singing and acting, and the confidence to nail auditions. This class is great for students auditioning for the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, college conservatory programs, or young performers starting to audition for theatre productions around the Bay Area.


Young Thespians Acting Lab
Instructor: Marcelo J. Pereira 

Thursdays, 4pm – 5:30pm

Description: Have you ever seen a play, TV show or a movie and think, “Hey, I can do that!” This class is a great opportunity for aspiring young performers who are interested in getting their feet wet into the acting world. Come learn the fundamentals of acting through scene work with a partner, groups, or even solo led by BATCO’s Artistic Director Marcelo Pereira. Each student will have the opportunity to share their work in front of an audience at a showcase on the last day of classes.


SPRING SEMESTER: January 13 – May 4, 2020
Monday & Thursday, 4pm – 5:30pm (Plus Saturday mornings beginning in mid-February)

Description: Spring semester of Young Thespians Theatre Lab focuses on taking the skills learned during the fall semester and using them in the creation a fully mounted student production. 


Photos from MAPA@Brava’s 2019 production of Enda Walsh’s Chatroom. Photos by Gooch.


To learn more about Young Thespians Theatre Lab, contact Marcelo J. Pereira at Marcelo@sfbatco.org .