15% discount for registrations received by March 10
10% discount for registrations received March 11 to March 27

Spring Class Schedule

Select the class name to register through Brown Paper Tickets using your credit/debit card. Want to pay by cash or check? Call 925.890.8877 for information.

Creative Kids — Pre-K to K

Fridays 10:00am to 10:45am


Little Theatre — 1st through 3rd grades

Thursdays 4:00pm to 5:00pm


Young Actors — 4th & 5th grades

Thursdays 5:15pm to 6:15pm


Drama Club — 6th through 8th grades

Tuesdays 4:00pm to 5:00pm


Teen Acting

Tuesdays 5:00pm to 6:30pm


Homeschool Acting Techniques

Wednesdays 10:00am to 11:00am


Adult Acting 
Audition Workshops 
2-week Contemporary Theatre Intensive
2-week Classical Theatre Intensive

Dates & Prices TBA

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JanLee Marshall

(Artistic Director/Teaching Artist)

JanLee received her BA in Theatre from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1991, her MFA in 2015 from UC Davis, and is a proud graduate of the RBBB Clown College. Over the past 25 years she has worked as an actor, director, clown, and theatre arts instructor, teaching every level of acting from Creative Drama (ages 3- 5) to University Undergrads and Acting for Seniors.  Having made the Bay Area her home 17 years ago, her teaching experience includes Berkeley Rep School of Theatre; The Meher Schools; Contra Costa Jewish Day School; Artz 4 Kidz; University of California, Davis; California Theatre Arts; Florida Studio Theatre; and TADA! NYC. JanLee is thrilled to be starting the B8 Theatre Education Program, as  a huge part of her life’s work and passion is sharing the craft of acting and all that happens when creating theatre.

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Youth Classes

Creative Kids — Pre-K to K (ages 3 to 5)

Come play and use your imagination while exploring stories through acting, singing, and dancing.  Using theatre games and activities, these Creative Kids will explore their own ways of expressing themselves while learning the building blocks of theatre. Our adventures will be shared with an audience of family and close friends during our last class.

Little Theatre — 1st through 3rd grade

The Little Theatre class focuses on students' amazing imaginations and how to bring their favorite tales to life on stage. Using theatre games, acting exercises, and lots of movement and music, we will learn the basics of the craft of acting. Students will build their own self confidence as well as collaboration skills while working on scenes from age-appropriate plays. Each session will culminate in a showcase performance for family and friends where students can share their new-found talents. 

Young Actors — 4th & 5th grades 

The Young Actors class is for students interested in creating believable characters through improvisation, monologue work, and scene study. Focusing on the fundamentals of acting, students will hone their skills including playing intentions, creating honest emotions, vocal projection, stage direction, and much more. All these skills will be applied to monologues and scene study. This course culminates in a showcase for family and friends, where students perform the material they worked on throughout the session.

Drama Club — 6th through 8th grades 

Wishing you could audition for a school play or local production? Wondering how to deal with nerves before class presentations at school? Whether you are a budding Broadway performer or someone looking to improve your classroom presentation skills, this class is for you! Using acting techniques and incredibly fun games and exercises, Drama Club actors will prepare an audition monologue and collaborate with others, doing scene work from contemporary and classic works. We will tackle stage fright, vocal techniques, and create amazing characters. Family and friends can enjoy a performance showcase at the end of this course.

Teen Acting — high school 

This course is for high school actors of all experience levels. Whether preparing for a college audition or wanting to try something new, Teen Acting provides actor training to take your performance skills to the next level. Through acting exercises, improvisation, and scene study, become an inspired, imaginative, and creative well-rounded performer.  Invite family and friends to the performance showcase held at the end of the session.

Acting techniques classes and production workshops for Homeschool students 

Homeschool students are welcome to enroll in any of the above classes, and additional classes can be scheduled during school hours for your homeschool program. Classes can also be designed specifically to integrate with your group's curriculum. Contact Artistic Director JanLee Marshall for more information.

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​​Adult Classes

Adult acting

An acting class for those of any experience level. We will cover acting techniques using acting exercises and improvisation, as well as scene study from contemporary and classical plays. Scene work will be chosen and assigned based on ability and the student’s interest in specific genres. Classes culminate in a showcase of the work open to friends and family.

Acting for the Day Job

Are you someone who has to make presentations as part of your job?  Are you in a high-pressure profession where the ability to keep your cool and maintain your position of authority is key? Do you wish you felt more comfortable meeting with your boss or participating in group discussions? No matter what you do, if you want to feel more relaxed while presenting yourself with confidence, this is the class for you. Through improvisation and acting exercises we will explore status and power in the workplace and how to make it work for you. And, believe it or not, you'll have fun!

Adult Scene Study

Enhance your acting skills through in-class exercises and scene work rehearsed both in class and on your own with a scene partner. All acting levels are encouraged to participate. Scenes will be assigned based on abilities and knowledge of material. Actors will be required to read plays from which scenes are assigned. Scenes will be performed for an invited audience at the conclusion of the session.

Adult Actors Audition Prep

Come with new pieces you have chosen or old ones that need work, and polish your audition technique from the first "hello" to the last "thank you."  We will cover how to chose material that suits you,  learn how to enjoy the audition process, discover what makes you shine during a cold reading, and of course work on the monologues and conduct mock auditions. This class is helpful for all levels of actors from "I’ve never auditioned" to theatre veterans. 


A limited number of scholarships may be available. Please contact us at education@b8theatre.org for more information.

As teaching artists, we offer a safe, creative, and inclusive environment in which actors of all ages and levels can explore the craft of theatre at their own pace and comfort level. The courses we offer are designed to not only teach the skills required for performance, but also to enhance each student’s self-esteem, public speaking skills, and self-confidence. By participating in the performing arts, students become in tune with their mind and body.