Las Positas College offering weekend of theater workshops

Bay Area pros to lead tech and acting classes

Professionals in theater and stage production will come to Las Positas College next weekend to offer workshops between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. It is a chance for students in high school and college and theater-lovers of all ages to explore a range of topics with the pros.

Tech Weekend students will learn advanced prop making, wig management and design, advanced scenic painting, costume organization and management in production, while Acting Weekend students participate in a dance class for actors, clowning and physical comedy, stage combat and acting for the camera workshops. Both groups will explore workshops on theater for social change and the business of performance.

Instructors are active in the theater community and have been associated with BerkeleyRep, ACT, Cal Shakes, "NCIS: New Orleans" and the National Tour of "The Book of Mormon," among others.

Mindy Cooper will provide the keynote address. She has directed, choreographed and performed on Broadway and off-Broadway as part of the original cast of "Titanic," in the original revival of "Chicago" and with "Dracula -- The Musical," "Being Seen," "The Eternal Space," "Men are From Mars, Women are from Venus," "Live!," "50 Shades -- The Musical Parody," "Soul Doctor," "Wrong Mountain," "Five Course Love," "Beauty and the Beast," "Song & Dance," and "Tenderloin." She has also been seen in television's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."

The Master Class Weekend is at the Barbara F. Mertes Center for the Arts, Black Box Theater, 3000 Campus Hill Drive in Livermore. Space is limited. Tickets are $100, available through Participants must be at least 15 and any level of theatrical experience is welcome. Ticket-holders are given access to all workshops, warm-ups and keynote addresses on both days; lunch is included. No single day passes are available.

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