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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

  • The Importance of Being Earnest


    By Oscar Wilde
    Directed  by Nicole Meñez
    At Live Oak Theatre
    January 20th - February 11th at 8 pm
    Sundays 1/29 & 2/5 at 2 pm



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Twelfth Night Video

Auditions for our Winter Staged Reading Series

Announcing auditions for our Winter Staged Reading Series. This  is a collaboration with TheatreFirst's T1 Presents performance series.  These staged readings are presented as a companion to our main stage production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, opening Jan 20th at Live Oak Theatre.

The Wilde Life
curated and directed by Robert Estes
One night only:  January 30th at 8 p.m.
Live Oak Theatre, Berkeley

Gross Indecency:  The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde
by Moises Kaufmann
directed by Laur Raag
One night only:  February 6th at 8 p.m.
Live Oak Theatre, Berkeley

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The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde
Directed  by Nicole Meñez
At Live Oak Theatre
January 20th - February 11th at 8 pm
Sundays 1/29 & 2/5 at 2 pm

A refreshing new take on a timeless classic. Enjoy the mirth as Jack and Algernon avoid the petty obligations of late Victorian society whilst pursuing the hands of Gwendolen and Cecily. Young love must win out despite the objections of the imperious Lady Bracknell.

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Thank You - Urban Mattress

Actors Ensemble would like to thank Urban Mattress and their proprietor, Todd Leslie, for providing rehearsal space for "The Importance of Being Earnest".  This is the second consecutive year AEB has partnered with Urban Mattress, after last year's "What Do Women Want? - The Marriage of Sir Gawain".

Urban Mattress is a locally-owned provider of fine bedding products for all budgets, with quality products and and a simple, honest, and fair buying process.

1325 San Pablo Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94702

2016 is a wrap for Actors’ Ensemble

We started the year with a world premiere of Vicki Siegel and Evan Alparone’s new musical, “What Do Women Want: The Marriage of Sir Gawain,” which brought music, magic, and a tiny bit of mayhem to the Live Oak Stage once again. From there it was just a short trot to John Hinkel Park for “The Marriage of Figaro” (no, not Mozart’s masterpiece — just the play that gave him the idea). We wrapped up with one more show in the park: “Twelfth Night”, with an original acoustic rock score by Jay Africa. That makes two stages, three sets of cast-and-crew, four weddings (at least) and a whole lot of hot dogs. Hopefully you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Couldn’t make it? Or just want to relive it? You can check out pictures in our photo gallery, view PDFs of the programs, or even watch a video recording of Twelfth Night.

Coming up next: 2017, and Actors Ensemble’s 60th anniversary! We’ll start up in January with a show at our old haunt, Live Oak Theater, and then move on over to the John Hinkel Park amphitheater for shows in July and August. Watch this space for more information — you won’t want to miss the chance to help us celebrate.

See you in 2017!

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!