Be Curious.

Be Brave.


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.

A limited number of scholarships are available.

Please contact Education Director JanLee Marshall at for more information.



JanLee Marshall

JanLee Marshall, B8 Theatre Company Artistic Director and Director of Education, is a longtime teaching artist, actor, clown and director bringing over 25 years of experience to her work in theatre.  JanLee has taught with educational theatre programs of Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre Program as well as having taught at schools such as the Meher Schools and UC Davis.  JanLee continues to teach, act and direct as her schedule permits while keeping things going year round at B8 Theatre Company.

Mikah Johnson

Mikah Johnson (billed as Mikah Kavita) is a California-raised teaching artist and actress. She received her BFA in Acting for the Stage and Screen from Azusa Pacific University. Apart from acting, Mikah is passionate about stoking the creative flame in others so they might be empowered to boldly create and live. She has taught and directed a wide range of ages from San Francisco elementary students with New Conservatory Theatre Company and StageWrite, to the incarcerated population in San Quentin State Prison and California Medical Facility with Prison Fellowship and Marin Shakespeare Company. She recently choreographed and directed New Conservatory Theatre Company’s summer camp productions of James and the Giant Peach and Matilda.

The Wizard of Oz camp - 2017


Creative Kids

ages 3 – 5 years
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 to expresses themselves while learning the building blocks of theatre.

INSTRUCTOR: Mikah Johnson

Intro to Acting Techniques

1st + 2nd grades
For children in first and second grade, Intro to Acting Techniques focuses on their 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.  

INSTRUCTOR: Mikah Johnson

Acting Techniques

3rd through 5th grades
For the beginning to the experienced actor, Acting Techniques will build your skills both on stage and off. Students will learn acting techniques, including playing intentions, creating honest emotions, vocal projection, stage direction, active listening, and much more.  All these skills will be applied to monologues and scene study.

INSTRUCTOR: Mikah Johnson

BE Engaged - B8 theatre education

About our Teaching Artists