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 a Physical Comedy Workshop, you will find the information below.
LOS ANGELES PHYSICAL COMEDY WORKSHOP: FEBRUARY 2019
The studio is proud to announce that Christopher Bayes, one of the world’s leading instructors in the world of Clown and Physical Comedy, is returning to Berg Studios to lead our next workshop. He is Head of Physical Acting at the Yale School of Drama. He is known internationally as a world-class contributor to clown, commedia dell’arte, and what he terms “the pandemonium arts.” His past students include Mahershala Ali, Jessica Chastain, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac and many more.
We are thrilled to have Christopher Bayes back with us to share his insights and unique perspective with the studio. This one is not to be missed!
Masterclass in Physical Comedy – Clown to Commedia
In this intensive workshop, you will begin the awe-inspiring and often messy journey in search of your clown…or what is uniquely funny about YOU! In the second part of the workshop you will embark on adventures in the hilarious and raucous world of commedia dell’arte, where you will explore universal archetypes of the funny.
The pursuit of the clown is the search for the authentic, playful self and its unique relationship to its comic world. Your clown is your comic nature. It cannot be crafted; it must be discovered. Once discovered, it will stay with you always because it lives in your personal sense of play. Everybody has a clown in them, and thousands of characters can come from that clown. We will pursue the clown in earnest exploring all of its messy and hilarious beauty. Once connected, you will move on to explore archetype and transformation through commedia dell’arte. Through the specificity of these archetypes, you will learn to bring physical expression and find more freedom and ownership to your work. You will walk away with a deeper physical understanding of your talent, your true vulnerability, and your unique comic perspective.
About the Instructor:
Christopher Bayes began his career with the internationally acclaimed Theatre de la Jeune Lune, where he worked for five years as an actor, director, composer, designer and artistic associate.
He is currently the Head of Physical Acting at the Yale School of Drama, and former faculty member at the Juilliard School. 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 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 also created the Movement/Choreography for John Guare’s Three Kinds of Exile at The Atlantic Theater.
He has taught classes and workshops internationally at Cirque Du Soleil, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Big Apple Circus, Interlochen Arts Center, Vassar College, Stella Adler Conservatory, Bard College, Fordham University, University of Texas Graduate Acting and Directing Programs, National Shakespeare Conservatory, University of Minnesota Graduate Acting Program, the Guthrie Theater, Iowa State University, and Theatre de la Jeune Lune.
When: Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9
Time: 10AM to 5PM (one hour lunch break)
Location: Berg Studios, 3245 Casitas Ave suite 104, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Price: Students – $500, Non-Students – $650
(Students must be currently enrolled in scene study at time of signup & during workshop)
In order to secure a spot in this amazing workshop contact the office to put down a deposit (50% of tuition) today. Due to the nature of this workshop deposits are non refundable.
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!
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.
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.
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.**
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