Course Overview

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of communication and public speaking. It focuses on organizing and executing principles of content and delivery for the purpose of advocacy. It is experiential in nature and provides participants with a hands on experience of one on one and full audience interactions. Using techniques from the world of theater and improvisation, the class seeks to demystify the process and empower students to be highly effective communicators.

Goals and Outcomes

• Students will understand the importance of presence and direct communication.

• Students will experience intentional communication and active listening.

• Students will master the ability to construct and organize presentations.

• Students will acquire the tools to communicate effectively in a range of settings.

• Students will gain the ability to assess and critique effective communication.

The Details

  • June 22 - July 3 (Available all sessions)

  • 10 AM - 12 PM EDT; M-F

  • Grades 9-12

  • 20 hours of Live Instruction

  • Max. 12 students per class

  • Instructor Office Hours Available

  • Certificate

  • Program Fee: $1,295


Public Speaking

Mark Rafael

Mark Rafael is a writer, teacher, and actor who resides in Berkeley, CA. He currently teaches acting at The American Conservatory Theatre, The University of San Francisco, and the Academy of Art University School of Motion Pictures. He also teaches Public Speaking at UC Berkeley. He is a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama. His Film and Television credits include “Titanic”, “Star Trek Voyager”, “The Practice”, “Babylon 5”, and “Chance”. He is the author of “Telling Stories: A Grand Unifying Theory of Acting Techniques”.