BERG STUDIOS 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.

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Shakespeare Scene Study with Rob Clare

We are excited to once again welcome Rob Clare back to the studio to lead a workshop in Shakespeare scene study! Rob is an internationally recognized Shakespeare specialist and former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).  
This class is for committed actors, with or without previous experience of Shakespeare. Students who have taken Shakespeare with Rob before are encouraged to return, as this class is dedicated to exploring scene work.
Whether preparing for auditions, to get over any inhibitions, or whatever your interest, get up on your feet — get creative. Breathe new life into classic verse! Pick up key strategies and fundamentally practical approaches to help and empower you, in bringing Shakespeare’s text to vivid, fresh, confident and flexible life onstage. You are actors. These plays are for you.
Broad-ranging, eclectic, and always tied into the actor’s process, the workshops will focus on in-depth rehearsal of Shakespeare scenes. We will show that verse, heightened vocabulary and other potentially daunting aspects of these complex texts are in fact invitations to be individually creative and spontaneously responsive, to give them new dynamism and life.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
Participants will all work on selected Shakespeare scenes with a partner. During our weekends together, we will survey differing approaches to working with Shakespeare‘s text, and especially to working with verse. We will demystify, and we will take away any fear. We will explore both the issues and the opportunities inherent in highly figured language, imagery, and formal elements such as rhyme. We will also consider the challenges and special opportunities of direct audience address, and in using Shakespeare speeches in auditions.

Rob Clare was originally an actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), then a Staff Director at the UK National Theatre, and Associate Artistic Director of the major UK touring company, Compass, for whom he directed the first major revival of Amadeus. He was also one of the pioneers of using drama to work creatively with inmates in the UK prison system. Becoming increasingly interested in differing approaches to working with Shakespeare, he completed a doctorate in the subject at Oxford University and has since become an internationally recognized Shakespeare specialist. He has worked in numerous training institutions within the UK, and established the MA Classical Acting course at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, which he also led for its first three years, as well as also teaching at the Globe. Since resuming his freelance career he has directed and/or taught Shakespeare in Ireland, Austria, Germany, Australia, China, and the USA. In India, he directed Hindi productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar, and Romeo and Juliet. Before moving to the US, he worked regularly for almost a decade as a freelance specialist verse and text coach with the RSC’s core acting ensemble, leading annual workshops, and working in and alongside rehearsals for productions of Richard III, Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Henry V and Hamlet. In the US he has worked as visiting faculty at The Juilliard School, Brown, USC Los Angeles, CSU Long Beach and NYU Tisch (both graduate and undergraduate acting).

WORKSHOP DETAILS:
When:  
Sunday, March 8, 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Sunday, March 15, 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Sunday, March 22, 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Sunday, March 29, 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Where:  
The Annex is our brand-new, permanent second space, just half a block from our main location!
Cost:  
Student Price:  $250
Non-Student Price:  $350
Please note, to qualify for the student price you must be enrolled in a Studio Technique (scene study) class for the whole month of March.
There are limited spots available. Please call or email the office if you are interested in signing up.

New Voice and Speech with Tessa Auberjonois

Back by popular demand, another eight-week session of Voice & Speech with Tessa Auberjonois begins January 2020! Tessa Auberjonois has worked diligently to restructure the class into an eight-week format that we feel will give our students a greater degree of noticeable progress and an even stronger vocal foundation. 

Voice and Speech production is a technique that takes time to learn and integrate. Our everyday, habitual patterns of breathing and speaking tend to be very sensitive to factors such as nerves and personal inhibitions.  

Over time and with practice, we can use vocal technique to find awareness and learn to use breath, voice, and articulation in a way that can be relied upon to communicate the versatile character choices we make as actors instead of being trapped by the limitations of our own habitual vocal patterns.  

This process is akin to building new muscles at the gym or learning to play an instrument.  It takes time and practice before results can be felt and utilized effectively.  Therefore, each session builds upon the last as students integrate the technique into new and specific use of the voice, body, and speech.  This 8 week foundation course will teach a voice and speech warm-up, give you an excellent understanding of the mechanics of vocal production (essential for accent work), as well as how to explore text vocally. 

Syllabus:

Week 1: Relaxation, body awareness and breath work. Identifying proper use of articulators. Speech drills.

Week 2: Adding vocalization to diaphragmatic breathing. Integrating movement to breath and voice and releasing lip and neck tension. Speech drills.

Week 3: Opening the channel: jaw, tongue, and soft palate. Speech drills. Students will begin to explore a new piece of text, reading text out loud before memorization.

Week 4: Review of vocal warm-up and speech drills. Beginning to drop text in using sounds and imagery.  

Week 5: Using the resonators: chest, mouth and teeth. Speech drills. Exploring the text through articulation and movement.  

Week 6: Review of vocal warm-up and speech drills. Speaking memorized text.

Week 7: Nasal and Head Resonators. Speech drills. Slating and speaking “on voice.”

Week 8: Review of Vocal warm-up and Speech drills. Performing Text. 

For a long while now, Berg and the instructors here at the studio have worried about a serious lack of vocal training among our students. This lack of training is not just about volume, to be sure. Without the ability to fully utilize their voice, no actor can be counted on to express themselves in the dynamic, creative way our industry demands.

Indeed, the purpose of vocal training, a standard element of all conservatory acting programs throughout the world, is to free the actor’s habitual patterns of tension. This allows the vocal instrument to express character via the actor’s imagination and engage the listener with language written by another, but spoken as our own. Similar to building new muscles at the gym, vocal work takes sustained and intentional practice, which gradually leads to a shift in the actor’s use of their voice as the vehicle of emotion. This class will primarily teach the technique developed by Kristin Linklater, as described in her book Freeing the Natural Voice, and will consist of very active exercise work.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
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 with major directors (and signed NDA’s saying she can’t tell you what or who), and narrated audiobooks.  

Workshop Details:

DATES and TIME: Every Thursday from 3 PM  to 5 PM

January 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

February 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

LOCATION: The Berg Studios
3245 Casitas Ave, Suite 104
Atwater Village, CA 90039

FEE: $280 
*tuition can be split into two payments of $140 with an 8 week commitment

Past Workshops

Yat Malmgren Workshops – Beginning & Advanced Sections

On Camera July Worksop with Gregory Berger

Viewpoints Workshop with Alexandra Billing

The Actors Imagination on Film: An on Camera Workshop w/Gregory Berger

Mastering Accents and Dialects with Tessa Auberjonois

Shakespeare Workshop with Rob Clare

Alexander Technique with Jessica Wolf: The Actor’s Instrument

On-Camera Audition Workshop in New York City

Physical Comedy – Clown to Commedia

Voice Acting/Voiceovers