August 18th

6 – 9pm


What are some essential tools to enhance and deepen your acting process as you mine through a  monologue or develop a character? How do you find a path to connect the imaginary of a world to the action embodied on stage? Through discussion, research, collaborative knowledge, we will dive into the practical uses of dramaturgy for creating strong moments and solid characters.

What to wear: Casual

What to bring: However you like to take notes. More specifics closer to session.


Lisa Marie Rollins is a freelance director, writer and new play developer. She is a Sundance Institute Theatre Lab Fellow (Directing) and a Directors Lab Westmember. Regional directing and dramaturg work include Crowded Fire Theater, American Conservatory Theatre MFA program (ACT), Playwright Foundation, TheatreFirst, Berkeley Repertory Theater (Ground Floor), Shotgun Players, Custom Made Theatre, Magic Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse and new plays by Lauren Gunderson, Geetha Reddy, Idris Goodwin, Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, and creative collaborations with comedic artists W. Kamau Bell and Zahra Noorbakash. She will be joining the Hedgebrook Women’s Play Festival in May 2019. She has been a writing fellow with Djerassi, SF Writers Grotto, CALLALOO London, VONA, Just Theater Play Lab and Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency. She holds graduate degrees from Claremont Graduate University and University of California, Berkeley, and is a Distinguished Guest Artist Faculty at St Mary’s College in Performance Studies. She recently was honored with a “Bay Brilliant” artist award from KQED. She is currently a Resident Artist with Crowded Fire Theater and Artist-in-Residence at BRAVA Theater for Women in San Francisco.

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: