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"Twelfth Night", adapted from Shakespeare and directed by Michael R. Cohen,  Aug. 20th-Sep. 5th, 2016 John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre, Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m., special performance Monday September 5th at 4 p.m.


Actors Ensemble Shows

  • 2017 Is Our 60th Anniversary!

    For our 60th Anniversary in 2017 Actors Ensemble of Berkeley is planning three  productions. One at Live Oak Theatre, and two at John Hinkel Park. Information is below on how to help us choose our next season.

Twelfth Night Video

Auditions for The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde
directed by Nicole Meñez
Set Design by Allie Blanchard
Cosumes by Gabriel Carlos
Lighting Design by Michael Sweeney
Stage Management by Polina Litvak.

Performance Dates:
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
January 20th - February 11th, 2017
Sunday matinees 2 p.m. Jan. 28th & Feb. 5th
Live Oak Theatre, 1301 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

Auditions:  Sunday Oct. 30th and Tuesday Nov. 1st, 7-10 p.m.
Callbacks:  Sunday Nov. 6th 1-4 p.m.
Auditions at Urban Mattress, 1325 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702 (at Gilman)
Callbacks at Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central St, Richmond, CA 94803 (off Hilltop Drive)

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Help Us Choose Our 2017 Season!

Please contact us with your suggestions for plays for Actors Ensemble to produce in the 2017 season.

Here are some ideas: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde – We earnestly think you will laugh hysterically. The Rivals by Sheridan - Ms. Malaprop runs amock! Lovers … Watch out! Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. Prudence? Love? Heartbreak? Or Not … The Knight of the Burning Pestle by Beaumont - The first parody on the English Stage. Who needs the 4th wall? Rhinoceros by Ionesco - Everyone is turning into one …. except Berenger.

Like one of these ideas? Have another one? Or maybe you’d just like to be involved?  Email us with your suggestions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or send us a letter to our P.O. Box:

Actors Ensemble
P.O. Box 663
Berkeley, CA 94701

Actors Ensemble of Berkeley or AEB, as it is nicknamed, began in a casual conversation about theatre between Bill Matheson and George Marchi 1955. This conversation lead to meetings that included Ernest Landauer, Joseph Landisman, George Marchi, Edward Markmann, Al Stern, and Arnold Wolf, and incorporation in 1957. In 1966 we had our first performance at Berkeley’s Live Oak Theatre, and more recently also in the John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre. The philosophy of AEB is attributed to UC Berkeley Professor Fred Harris and his wife Mary. They taught that Dramatic Action is created by the actor through his imagination and awareness of the interaction in the ensemble relationship with all the other

Videos of Past Shows

Thank You

Actors Ensemble of Berkeley is delighted to acknowledge the Berkeley Civic Arts Program and Civic Arts Commission's support in the form of a grant of $5,200.00 awarded in 2016. This will enable us to continue to provide free or low cost opportunities for community members to participate in the life changing activities of theater arts.


AE is the heart of Berkeley theatre! As Berkeley's longest running theatre group, we're dedicated to providing area residents with opportunities to attend, participate in and be helped through theatre. And we're ALL volunteer-based, so we need YOU to keep us going!