WORKSHOPS

Our workshops are designed to both stand on their own and to compliment the classes and technique taught at the studio. The lessons taught in the workshops are immediately implemented and expanded on in classes. Workshops are either taught by Berg Studios instructors, or guest artist teachers invited to host workshops for our students.
We are currently offering two workshops  – a Voiceover Workshop as well as an On-camera Acting Workshop, you will find the information below.

LOS ANGELES VOICEOVER WORKSHOP: Dec 2018


We are excited to announce that Tessa Auberjonois will return to the studio to conduct our Voice Acting/Voiceovers Workshop. Please note that this is a very popular workshop and will fill up quickly. In 2017 Tessa was nominated for a Behind the Voice Actors award for best featured actress in a television series.  We are very happy to welcome her back!

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
This is a six-week intensive class designed to introduce the actor to this profitable, specialized, and seriously fun aspect of our craft. The class is open to foreign language speakers as well, as there is a large market for Spanish language voice-overs. You will get to work a lot with the microphone and you will start to get a feel for the very intimate and creative process of reading copy. The class will provide an overview of all the opportunities available to you if you want to widen the spectrum of what you do as an actor, who you work with, and how you can potentially add to your SAG-Aftra covered earnings or non-union jobs.

Participants will learn to identify the demands of various forms of commercial copy and start to become comfortable reading into the microphone. Over the course of these sessions, we will learn the differences between reading in commercial media: television, radio, internet, and in-store. Most importantly, we will explore where each actor is most comfortable in terms of the pitch of the read (how “sell-y” you want to be), who your ideal target audience is, and find your signature read, so that you can begin to think about making a demo reel, preparing to audition for the voice-over department of your on-camera agency, or submitting yourself on the online voice banks.

In addition, one class will focus on video game characters and animation, in which we will start to approach character development through age, ethnicity, genre, and accent work. One class will be held remotely, in an actual VO booth. And in one class we’ll have an industry guest for a Q & A on the business nitty-gritty of voice-over: how to break in, demos, audition platforms, getting an agent, and marketing yourself.

TEACHER:

Tessa Auberjonois started her voice-over career soon after graduating from the Yale School of Drama and has consistently worked as a voice-over artist while also performing on stage and screen. In 2017 Tessa was nominated for a Behind the Voice Actors award for best featured actress in a television series. She is trained in Linklater Technique and International Phonetics, and has taught Voice and Speech at NYFA, AMDA, Cal Arts, and the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Tessa has been the voice of several national campaigns, including Princess Cruises, Glade, White Castle, FEMA and many others. She’s voiced video games, re-voiced starring roles in feature films and narrated audiobooks.

WORKSHOP DETAILS:

Time: Sundays, 2:00-6:00PM

Dates: December 9th and 16th, January 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th.

(Please note that class will be on hiatus from December 23rd until January 5th, with the workshop resuming on January 6th)

Location:  Berg Studios, 3245 Casitas Ave suite 104, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Price: Students – $350,  Non-Students – $450

**In order to receive the student price, you must be enrolled in a scene study class during all months of the workshop.**


LOS ANGELES ON-CAMERA WORKSHOP: Nov & Dec 2018


We are welcoming back master teacher Andrei Belgrader for our on-camera workshop. Andrei is one of the most lauded acting teachers in the country, and a highly respected director of film, theatre, and television, best known for his work on the Emmy-winning show Monk. Andrei’s past students include a long list of Emmy, Golden Globe, and Oscar winners and nominees including Frances McDormand, Oscar Isaacs, Jessica Chastain and more.

Devised from a methodology Andrei has personally developed from his years teaching at Yale Drama School to the present, the class objective is to push the actor into spontaneity while living honestly and dynamically under imaginary circumstances.  As an acting teacher and professional director,  Andrei understands the actor’s process as well as the requirements to transfer this work effectively into the mediums of film and television.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Uncovering the Secrets of Film & Television Acting

Few actors know the true secret to working on film and television. Andrei Belgrader’s special workshop will address this elusive aspect of our craft. Utilizing a system developed over the past two decades, Andrei will share his system of working in film and TV. This work was first developed at the Yale School of Drama, and Andrei has built on and enhanced these techniques through his years of teaching and directing. The workshop will equip the actor with solid tools that they may utilize in on-camera work. This specific set of skills and practices call for tremendous spontaneity, and a fertile imagination capable of jumping into make-believe.

Some of the celebrated actors that have studied with Andrei include Frances McDormand (Oscar and Emmy winner); Angela Bassett (Golden Globe winner, Oscar and Emmy nominee); Tony Shalhoub (Emmy winner); Liev Shrieber (Emmy nominee); John Turturro (Emmy winner); Patricia Clarkson (Emmy winner, Oscar nominee); Chris Noth (SAG and Golden Globe nominee); Ricardo Chavira (SAG winner); Michael Urie (SAG nominee); Jessica Chastain (Oscar nominee); and Oscar Isaacs (Golden Globe Winner).

MASTER TEACHER BIO:

Andrei Belgrader is a theatre and television director, and Master acting teacher. He taught for several years at the Yale School of Drama, where he worked with many highly acclaimed actors. He has served as head of the Directing Department at The Juilliard School, and as a professor at UC San Diego. On television, Andrei has directed numerous episodes of the Emmy-winning shows Monk and Coach, as well as Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He has directed extensively at major regional theatres including the American Repertory Theatre, Yale Repertory, the Goodman, and Seattle Repertory, as well as in New York City. Projects in New York include Beckett’s Endgame at BAM with John Turturro and Elaine Stritch, and The Cherry Orchard at CSC with Dianne Wiest, John Turturro and Michael Urie. Both productions were named among the 10 best productions of the year in major publications such as The New York Times and New York magazine. The Cherry Orchard was awarded the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Revival in 2012.

WORKSHOP DETAILS:

When: Sundays, 2pm – 6pm,  November 4 & 11, December 2 & 9

Location:  Berg Studios, 3245 Casitas Ave suite 104, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Price: Students – $300,  Non-Students – $350

 

With all of our workshop opportunities signup is on a first come first serve basis. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

You can call the office @ 323 666-3382, or email contact@Bergstudios.com