July 21st

10am – 1pm


Classic plays don’t have to perpetuate regressive politics. Cutting Ball Theater’s Artistic Director Ariel Craft – whose own work centers around feminist reshapings of classic plays – leads a workshop on transforming the narratives of problematic classics, using their original text to tell ethical and progressive stories.

What to wear: Whatever makes you comfortable, movement-friendly

What to bring: Text (short scene or monologue) from a classic work, with a problematic character or moment that interests you — come prepared to critically discuss your selection


Ariel Craft is a director and Artistic Director of San Francisco’s Cutting Ball Theater. Directing credits include Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde, Ruby Rae Spiegel’s Dry Land, Paula Vogel’s The Mineola Twins, the collectively-created MacBitch, Jean Racine’s Phèdre, a world premiere adaptation of Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, Bekah Brunstetter’s The Oregon Trail, Federico García Lorca’s Blood Wedding, and a world premiere adaptation of John Ford’s ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore.  Before becoming Artistic Director, Ariel was the Associate Artistic Director at the Cutting Ball Theater for three seasons, founded and led The Breadbox for five seasons, and served as Assistant Artistic Director at The Custom Made Theatre Co. and Artistic Fellow at the American Conservatory Theater. She holds a BFA with Honors from New York University where she studied multidisciplinary theater-making at the Playwrights Horizons Theater School. Ariel received a Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding Direction of a Play as well as Theatre Bay Area’s TITAN Award.

8 persons max per class.

All classes will be at Live Oak Theater, Berkeley


Individual session: $90

4 PACK: $280 ($70 per session)

8 PACK: $520 ($65 per session)

16 PACK: $960 ($60 per session)

Inquire and reserve your slots with Laura Espino: