“Working with Gregory Berger has been a revelation. His approach centers around unleashing and tending to your innate imaginative capacity. He has taught me how to investigate text with specificity and how to load up my imagination, trusting that emotion follows when adequately provoked by specific imaging. His work involves investigating all senses in order to create three dimensional characters that are unique and born of the actor’s personal interests. Ultimately, my work with Berg has taught me how to trust myself, and that is invaluable!”
“Gregory has helped reconnect me to my imagination as an actor and to my sense of mission as an artist. His method is both rigorous and irreverent, always pushing you to question yourself and your surroundings. By unleashing your innate sense of playfulness, he grounds you in the most active and surprising ways – allowing you to unmask your privacy.”
“Gregory Berger is a passionate and clear instructor teaching real-world craft and practical methods for actors.”
“If you are serious about learning the craft of acting, you will not find a more knowledgeable, passionate or articulate teacher in LA.”
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.
We offer on-going classes led by our core teaching staff of working professionals, as well as curated workshops taught by guest faculty from around the world.
TECHNIQUE BY GREGORY BERGER
It is never about right or wrong, but about illuminating one’s own authenticity and originality; which is what casting people want to see!
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.