Black Box (Theatre)

Black Box (Theatre)

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We're a creative powerhouse. 2 artists, 1 Brand.

Peter is the winner of the 2013 SF Weekly Best Classical Theater Mentor of the Bay Area, veteran award-winning actor and director L. Peter Callender brings to coaching his 35 years of theater experience. He has taught acting Shakespeare for CalShakes and San Francisco School for the Arts.

He has been private Shakespeare coach to Erica Gimpel, Michelle Pfeiffer and professional actors throughout the Bay Area. Mr Callender's theater credits span coast to coast including: Broadway's Helen Hayes Theater, New York Shakespeare Festival, African-American Shakespeare Company, Cincinnati Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pennsylvania Stage Company, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Milwaukee Rep, Berkeley Rep, American Conservatory Theater, Aurora Theatre and Marin Theater Company. Mr Callender is the recipient of several theater awards including the San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle Award, several Dean Goodman Awards and SF Guardian's Goldie Award.

Auditions are difficult. No matter who you are or what your experience. There you are, with less that 4 minutes to show your stuff, showcase your years of training to please a casting director who, most of the time, is not sure what he or she really wants. The idea is to get a call-back. Put yourself in the running for the gig. A good acting coach will work with you to do just that: Help you activate the text, guide you through your physical choices which helps to create character and excite your work. I am deeply focused on text work, speech, voice and character development through specific use of the text. Four minutes is not a long time: Get their attention! Get a call-back! Then let's work on getting you the job!


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7 years in business
Serves Oakland , CA
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L. Peter Callender is a native of Trinidad, West Indies, and has worked professionally as an actor for over thirty years, more recently as a director and writer. He received his formal training in the theater at the Juilliard School in New York City; Webber/Douglas Academy in London, England; Mask Technique with Julie Taymor, and The Suzuki Technique with The Tadashi Suzuki Company in Toga-mura Japan. He has appeared on Broadway, off-Broadway, in regional theaters across the US, and has performed internationally in Japan, England and France. His New York Credits include: Tom/Jamaican Waiter in Prelude to a Kiss (Circle Rep. and at the Helen Hayes Theater on Broadway directed by Norman Rene); Off-Broadway; Roscoe in Black Eagles (directed by Ricardo Kahn at Manhattan Theater Club), Casbeque in The Caucasian Chalk Circle(directed by George C. Wolfe at the Public Theater); Caliban in The Tempest (directed by Julie Taymor at Classic Stage Company); Curio/Ensemble in Twelfth Night at the Delacorte Theater directed by Harold Guskin).

Currently, Mr. Callender is an associate artist at the California Shakespeare Theater– now in his 21stseason. Some roles at CalShakes include: The title roles in Julius Caesar and Cymbeline, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Orsino in Twelfth Night, Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing, Polixenes in A Winter’s Tale, Navarre in Love’s Labor’s Lost, Bolingbroke in Richard II, Duke Solinus in Comedy of Errors, Laertes in Hamlet, Dukes Frederick and Senior in As You Like It, La Feu in All’s Well That Ends Well, Dr. Chasuable in The Importance of Being Earnest, Vincent Crummels in Nickolas Nickleby, andRoebuck Ramsden in Man and Superman. He also teaches Acting Shakespeare Level One—for adults—each fall for CalShakes.


Jemier Jenkins is an actress, grad student, and teaching artist from St. Petersburg, FL and is excited to work with Marin Theatre Company. She owns a small business; Jemier Briel Productions, LLC and is currently in preproduction for an original podcast called, Black Boite.  Jemier is an alumna of Florida State University, William Esper’s Acting Conservatory (NYC), and a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Favorite roles include Molly in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (American Stage); Rena in Jitney (African-American Stage Company- AASC); Wonder Woman in Sex Relationships & Sometimes Love (The Producers Club Theatre). Favorite Gigs include stage managing AASC's production of Shakespeare's Winter's Tale (TBA Recommended Production). She would like to thank Marin Theatre Company, her family, sorors, & friends for their prayers, love, & support. You can follow her on social media @JemierBriel &

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We both got started teaching through a desire to help others the way wonderful teachers helped us.

Peter usually works with adult clients.

Jemier usually works with kid clients.

Peter's production of "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" in St. Petersburg,  Fl was nominated for 9 Theatre Bay Area awards and won 2!

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