Graduate Yale School of Drama
Born in Dublin, Ireland Tessa Auberjonois grew up in Hollywood where she spent many a Friday night at the taping of “Benson”, in which her father Rene played Clayton, but most days and nights found her doing her own ballet from a young age. In addition to her on-screen work, she’s a critically acclaimed and versatile stage actress. Her work ranges widely from developing new works with playwrights ranging from Neil LaBute to Annie Weisman, classical roles such as Lady M and Lydia Languish, as well as many comedic characters.
She has appeared Off-Broadway on stages such as the Lucille Lortel, the Acorn, the Player’s Theatre, and the Rattlestick (among others), and has performed in and helped develop Premier productions at many of the nation’s foremost regional theaters- including South Coast Repertory Theatre, leading roles at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C., the Yale Repertory Theatre, the Westport Playhouse, the Utah Shakespearean Festival, and others. She trained as a dancer at SAB, and then received her formal theatre training at Yale Drama and LAMDA in London.
As a voice-over performer she has been heard regularly on television as the voice of FEMA, Glade scented oil products, The Crave for White Castle, the Goodlife Recipes, many others, as well as numerous radio spots, video games, animated series and audiobooks and has re-voiced several feature film performances.
She is a grateful recipient of the Sermoonjoy Fund’s Fellowship for a mid-career actor as well as the 2018 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship; and currently teaches Voice, Accent Reduction and Voice-Over workshops at Berg Studios.
Faculty Yale School of Drama & The Juilliard School
Christopher Bayes began his theater career with the internationally acclaimed Théâtre de la Jeune Lune, where he worked for five years as an actor, director, composer, designer and artistic associate. In 1989 he joined the acting company of the Guthrie Theater, where he appeared in over twenty productions. His roles included Caliban in The Tempest, Edgar in King Lear, The Herald in Marat/Sade and Harlequin in Triumph of Love. In 1993, commissioned by the Guthrie Theater, he produced his one-man show This Ridiculous Dreaming, based on Heinrich Boll’s novel The Clown.
His New York directing credits include plays by Molière, Dario Fo, and Carlo Goldoni at the Juilliard School, NYU, and Fordham University. Bayes was part of the creative team for the Broadway and Touring productions of THE 39 STEPS for which he created additional movement and served as Movement Director. He has received numerous awards and grants including a Jerome Foundation Travel/Study Grant, a General Mills Foundation Artist Assistance Grant, and both a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship Grant and a Career Opportunity Grant. He is a 1999/2000 Fox Fellow.
He has served on the faculty of the Juilliard Drama School, the Actor’s Center (founding faculty & master teacher of physical comedy/clown), Yale School of Drama, the Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab, the Academy of Classical Acting at the Shakespeare Theater in Washington D.C., New York University’s Graduate Acting Program and Tisch School of the Arts, and Brown University and the Brown/Trinity Rep Consortium. He is currently Professor and Head of Physical Acting at the Yale School of Drama and teaches Clown and Commedia dell’Arte Workshops at Berg Studios.
Actress, Singer, Author, Teacher and Activist
Alexandra Billings is an actress, singer, author, teacher and activist and has been acting since 1968; having performed across the United States in hundreds of plays and musicals. Billings She’s played everyone from Mama Rose in Gypsy to Mrs. Lynde in A Doll House. Most every stage role is considered to be a first for a transgender actress.She served as the Viewpoints Associate at the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago.
Currently, Billings plays Davina on Amazon’s Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning hit TV show Transparent. She has also appeared on How To Get Away With Murder, Grey’s Anatomy and the Amazon series Goliath, starring Billy Bob Thornton. In 2005, Billings played Donna, opposite Katherine Heigl, in the ABC film Romy and Michelle: A New Beginning. It was the second time a transgender actress played a transgender character in the history of television. Her first feature film role as a non-trans character, Valley of Bones, debuted in the fall of 2017.
Her one-woman autobiographical show, Before I Disappear, toured from Chicago to Boston to Los Angeles, and finally off-Broadway at The Producer’s Club, winning rave reviews and running for over 10 years.
She originated the role of Alejandra in Time to Burn by Charles Mee at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago and toured Off-Broadway in Jeff Richmond and Michael Thomas’ camp classic, Hamlet! The Musical! Her album Being Alive, produced by Ralph Lampkin, Jr., was up for Grammy consideration in 2002.
Ms. Billings began her teaching career in 1994 at The Steppenwolf School in Chicago, and currently teaches Viewpoints Workshops at Berg Studios.
Faculty Yale School of Drama
Ron Carlos is a New York-based voice, speech and dialect coach and a member of the acting faculty at the Yale School of Drama. He has taught at Harvard University, City College of New York, Marymount Manhattan College, Atlantic Theatre School (NYU/Tisch School of the Arts), The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The National Student Leadership Conference, and Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford.
Coaching credits include: Broadway: The Glass Menagerie, It’s Only a Play; Off-Broadway: Privacy, Plenty, Sweat, Party People, Gently Down the Stream, Oedipus El Rey, Kings, The Low Road, Mlima’s Tale, Fire in Dreamland (The Public Theater); Mary Jane (NYTW); Charm (MCC); The Gentleman Caller (Abingdon); Regional: Native Son, Mary Jane, Assassins, Seven Guitars, WAR (Yale Rep); Grounded (Westport Country Playhouse); The Piano Lesson(Hartford Stage); Misalliance, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); The Lily’s Revenge, The Snow Queen (American Repertory Theater), Master Harold…and the Boys (Gloucester Stage Company); TV: Orange is the New Black (Netflix), Madam Secretary (CBS), Power (STARZ), Unforgettable (CBS) and Fringe (Fox); Film: Look Away, The Week Of.
Ron received his MFA in Voice and Speech Pedagogy from the American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard University, and is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®. He teaches Fitzmaurice Workshops at Berg Studios.
Graduate: Yale School of Drama
Chasten holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. She has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and a National Tour of ‘Hair’. Chasten made her film debut in Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson with Adam Driver which received awards at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. Chasten has also appeared as a recurring guest star on Elementary, and guest starred on the shows Braindead & Pure Genius. She has most recently appeared as Bessie Louvin, a series regular on the USA drama “Damnation”.
Faculty London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts
James Kemp trained at Drama Centre London, subsequently pursued an acting career which encompassed a number of long running West End shows. In 1998 James was invited back to Drama Centre London to work alongside and assist Dr. Yat Malmgren in the teaching of Movement Psychology (inspired by the pioneering work of Rudolf Laban), and upon the retirement of Dr. Malmgren in 2001 he inherited his work and further developed this field of study and practise through workshops for Stage Centre, Israel; the International Workshop Festival; Caravanserai Acting Studio; Beit Zvi School Of Performing Arts; Beit Lessin Theatre, Tel Aviv. He teaches Acting & Directing at LAMDA and works as a ‘Laban Consultant’ at the Young Vic.
James Kemp students have included: Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, Emilia Clarke , Jaime Murray, Stephen Wight, Morven Christie, Damien Molony, Ruta Gedmintas, Rolan Bell, Gwendoline Christie , Santiago Cabrera and many others. His students have won acting honours from: BAFTA, Venice International Film Festival, British Independent Film Awards (BIFA), Laurence Olivier Awards and London Evening Standard Theatre Awards amongst many others.
His teacher Yat Malmgren taught a number of other well-known actors in “Character Analysis & Movement Psychology” including: Sean Connery, Penelope Wilton, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Anthony Hopkins, Andrew Tiernan, Simon Callow, John Simm, Geraldine James, Helen McCrory, Russel Brand, Paul Bettany, Anne-Marie Duff and many others.
You can learn more about James’ Yat Malmgren Movement Workshops at Berg Studios below.
Head of Acting Cal-State University Long Beach
Hugh O’Gorman is an actor, director, author and teaching-artist active in professional theatre for over 25 years; since 2002 he has been the Head of Acting at California State University Long Beach where he oversees the BA, BFA and MFA actor training programs. He is co-chair of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers and a Faculty member of MICHA, the Michael Chekhov Association of America. Hugh is the author of the book “The Keys to Acting”; he earned a BA from Cornell University and MFA in Acting from the University of Washington.
Hugh’s students have gone on to study at the Yale School of Drama, Juilliard, NYU, ACT, CalArts, Ohio State, DePaul, Brandeis, among others. They have won Golden Globe and Emmy awards, booked series leads on prime-time television, guest star spots, national commercials, regional theatre and Broadway.
Since 2003 he has run his own private acting studio in Los Angeles, California, focusing on the work of the great Russian theatre artists Michael Chekhov and Constantin Stanislavski: Gesture & Playing Action.
The objective of his teaching is simple: to help the actor create vivid and memorable performances in as truthful, imaginative, organic and immediate way possible. No one methodology or school of acting is slavishly adhered to, as the only thing that matters is that the student’s creative individuality shine through when they create character.
Hugh has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway and at over a dozen of the nation’s most respected Regional Theatres and Shakespeare Festivals. He is a founding member of New York City’s Mint Theatre Company (2002 Drama Desk Award). For four years Hugh portrayed Jeff Singer on AMC’s critically acclaimed, Emmy and CableAce award-winning show Remember WENN (SAG Award nomination). Other television: HBO’s multiple Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning John Adams, for CBS Still Standing, That’s Life, and for NBC The 10th Kingdom, Law & Order and ER. Film: Killers, Upstate, The Bend. As an actor Hugh’s Los Angeles appearances include Johnny on the Spot at the Matrix, Lemonade at the Tamarind Theatre, The Philadelphia Story at the Court, and Henry IV Pt. 1 for Circle X. Other theatre credits are the 1996 Broadway production of Brian Friel’s Translations. Off-Broadway: The Yiddish Trojan Women (AJT), The Tempest (AEC) and Cloud 9 (Perry Street) among others. As a founding member of New York City’s Mint Theatre Company (2002 Drama Desk Award), Hugh directed The Harvest, and appeared as Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, Nick in The Time of Your Life, and the Doctor in Anton Chekhov: stories from my youth. He has worked in over a dozen regional theatres around the country, most notably Seattle Rep, Charlotte Rep, Huntington and Asolo theatres, and he has spent seasons with the North Carolina, Montana and Idaho Shakespeare festivals.
Hugh teaches Psychological Gesture and Michael Chekhov Workshops at Berg Studios.
Faculty at the Juilliard School
Mr. Andrew Wade was Head of Voice at the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1990-2003. He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1987 as Assistant Voice Director to Cicely Berry, where he oversaw all of the voice work for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Swan Theatre. In conjunction with Cicely Berry, Mr. Wade recorded Working Shakespeare – a series on voice and text work with Helen Hunt, Samuel L. Jackson, Toby Stevens and Claire Danes. Mr. Wade trained at the Rose Bruford College, the Arts Educational School, and served as Head of Voice at East 15. Mr. Wade was Verse Consultant on the film Shakespeare in Love. He also coached Courtney Love for the role of Lady Macbeth, and worked on the new musical Lord of the Rings.
Since leaving the RSC in 2003, Mr. Wade works predominantly in the US leading Master Classes and Workshops, as well as coaching with theatre companies and actors. He has particular links with the Stella Adler Studio in NYC, Delaware University, the National Theater School in Montreal, The Juilliard School and with the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, where he has coached Antony and Cleopatra, Comedy of Errors, Othello, As You Like It, Hamlet and Merchant of Venice.
Other work includes Verse Consultant on the film Shakespeare in Love and voice coach on A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Taming of the Shrew (TFANA); Matilda (Broadway); Lord of the Rings (Montreal and London); La Traviata (ENO), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Clay Cart (Oregon Shakespeare Festival) Henry V (Guthrie Theatre) Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet (co-production with The Acting Company).
West End Credits include: La Traviata, Donkeys’ Years, and Boeing-Boeing. Publications include “Working Shakespeare”, a series on voice and text work with Helen Hunt, Samuel L Jackson, Toby Stevens, Claire Danes, Blythe Danner, Emily Watson and introduced by Jeremy Irons. He is currently working on “Shakespeare Experience”, editions of Shakespearean recordings, plus audio excerpts with contemporary actors.
Andrew teaches Shakespeare Text & Voice Workshops at Berg Studios.
Jessica Wolf has been teaching the Alexander Technique for almost 40 years and created the Alexander Technique program at Yale School of Drama in 1998. She is also the founder and director of Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing, a postgraduate training program for Alexander teachers that combines principles of the Alexander Technique and Breathing Coordination. She is also a certified Laban Movement Analyst. In 2013, Jessica published Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing: Collected Articles and created the first three‐dimensional animated film of the respiratory system, which has since been translated into Spanish, Chinese, and German. Other faculty appointments include the Aspen Music Festival, The Juilliard School, SUNY Purchase, Circle in the Square Theater School, Hunter College, Sarah Lawrence College, and the Verbier Music Festival. Jessica coaches many performing artists who appear on‐ and off‐Broadway, and in films and television. Her work is recognized internationally and she travels extensively, giving workshops to performers, teachers, and healthcare providers.