Berg is a graduate and currently on the Acting Faculty of the Yale School of Drama in addition to teaching bi-coastally at his studios in New York City and Los Angeles. Additionally, he has taught workshops all over the world including London, England; Paris, France; Sydney, Australia; Tahiti, French Polynesia; and Fargo, North Dakota.
Prior to Yale he trained at The Circle in the Square Theatre in New York City. He has studied privately 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.
After working for many years in New York as an actor, acting teacher, and private coach for stage and film, Gregory Berger opened Berg Studios in Los Angeles in 1998. He currently teaches both coasts; remaining the artistic director and master acting teacher at Berg Studios as well as teaching 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 the finals for 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.
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.
“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.”
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.