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Congratulations to Riz Ahmed!
Congratulations to Riz Ahmed for his Best Actor Award for “Sound of Metal” at the 30th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards! Just the first of many awards we predict Riz will win this season! Gregory Berger-Sobeck is Riz’s regular coach and worked closely with Riz throughout the filming of “Sound of Metal”. He and Riz also worked together on the upcoming “Mogul Mowgli” (January release) and “Invasion” which also stars Octavia Spencer.
Gregory Berger-Sobeck is a graduate and former acting faculty member at the Yale School of Drama in addition to teaching bi-coastally both in Los Angeles and New York. Additionally, he has taught workshops all over the world including in London, Paris, Sydney, and Tahiti.
Gregory’s many regular private coaching clients include Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o (Us, Black Panther), Emmy winner Riz Ahmed (The Night Of), Winston Duke (Us, Black Panther), and Portia Doubleday (Mr. Robot) among many others.
Mr. Berger has or is currently coaching on the following shows: Titans, Flow, Stargirl, Helstrom, Manifest, Physical, and an untitled Tracy Oliver project.
Mr. Berger opened The Berg Studios in Los Angeles in 1998, where he is the artistic director and master acting teacher. As well as teaching in Los Angeles, Mr. Berger taught on camera acting at the Yale School of Drama. Berg Studios alumni have been Emmy Award Winners, Emmy Award Nominees, acted on Broadway and have had multiple series regular and guest star roles on television. Mr. Berger has also been voted Best Acting Class, Best Classical Class, Best Monologue Coach and Private Coach by Backstage Magazine.
As an actor he has was nominated best actor at the Beverly Hills Film Festival and the S.O.Y.S. Film Festival for the film Persona. The film was also in the semi-finals for the Best Short category for the Academy Awards. Guadalupe the Virgin, another film he starred in, was named best film in the Mexico International Film Festival.
Prior to Yale he trained at The Circle in the Square Theatre in New York City. He has studied with such legendary teachers as Paul Mann, Michael Howard, Kim Stanley, Nikos Psacharopoulos and Earle R. Gister. His New York stage credits include Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, The Flowing Peach, Romeo and Juliet, The Admiral Bashful, The Shrewing of Blanco Posnet, Molly, Andrew After Dark, Much Ado About Nothing, Faust, and The Colonization. Regional credits include work at the Yale Repertory Theater and The Yale School of Drama: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, King John, Measure for Measure, Three Sisters, and A Ride Across Lake Constance, to name a few. Among his directing credits are Dolores and Sisters at the Company of Angels and the west coast premiere of John Ford Noonan’s POPPS.
WHY CHOOSE BERG STUDIOS?
Our studio is dedicated to cultivating the actor’s skillset through imaginative and behavioral work. Students strive for authenticity and bold originality by building a repeatable technique.
Our approach is twofold: first providing the actor with tools to make choices from the text, and then leading them to find their own spontaneous behavior. In doing so, the actor’s task shifts from self-consciously asking “What do I look like?” to examining “What do I see?” We believe that this foundation is applicable to film, television, and stage, across all genres and media.
The Berg Studios faculty is primarily composed of graduates of The Yale School of Drama and The Juilliard School. Unique among Los Angeles acting schools, we replicate the techniques of the top graduate acting programs in the country.
A SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS
We are pleased to announce that two Berg Studios faculty members, Cornell Womack and Tessa Auberjonois, are recipients of the prestigious Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship this year! This fellowship is granted to only 10 actors each year, selected from regional theatres around the country. Recipients are invited to study closely with Master Teachers including Lynn Redgrave, David Hyde Pierce, and Phylicia Rashad.