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.
Sign-up period extended! Self–Tape workshop w/ Gregory Berger: In-Person in April!
Berg Studios is excited to announce a 2-day intensive (April 6th and 7th) The Art and Technique of the Self-Tape, in-person, with Gregory Berger, former on camera acting faculty member of The Yale School of Drama, and private coach to Lupita Nyong’o (Oscar Winner), Riz Ahmed (Emmy Winner), Winston Duke, Aziz Ansari, and many others.
Gregory will lead you on an exploration of the practical and creative application of on-camera acting and how to translate that to your self-tapes, merging the imagination with the technical. The fact of the matter is that the British and Australians are dominating the American market. Their advantage is that those actors are trained in a deep artistic tradition and are able to bring that training right into the technical aspects of working in front of the camera. Gregory believes it’s long past time to level that playing field!
Using the same technique and experience that he brought to his on-camera acting class at The Yale School of Drama, Gregory will help you reveal your own powerful imagination and make it palpable, visceral, and transferrable to the rigors and restrictions of creating a self-tape.
All three days will include practical “dos and don’ts,” the technical and artistic requirements of creating effective self-tapes, as well as rigorous and creative script analysis. In this workshop, you will also:
Record a self tape in class.
Receive personal and detailed instruction from Gregory.
Discuss the technical requirements of creating a self-tape such as a background, lighting, wardrobe, and the use of a camera or phone.
The objective of this workshop is to release the actor’s imagination through technique, cultivating authentic behavior on camera. Gregory encourages the actor to illuminate the text with bold provocative choices rather than illustrating the mundane, or predictable. Working this way allows the actor to move past any blocks, or fears, enabling the actor to truly reveal their private selves on an audition tape.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Gregory Berger-Sobeck is a graduate and former acting faculty member at the Yale School of Drama, in addition to teaching bi-coastally both in Los Angeles and New York. Additionally, he has taught workshops all over the world including in London, Paris, Sydney, and Tahiti.
Gregory’s many regular private coaching clients include Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o (Us, Black Panther), Emmy winner Riz Ahmed (The Night Of), Winston Duke (Us, Black Panther), and Portia Doubleday (Mr. Robot) among many others.
Mr. Berger opened The Berg Studios in Los Angeles in 1998, where he is the artistic director and master acting teacher. 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.
Prior to Yale he trained at The Circle in the Square Theatre in New York City. He has studied 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.
To find out more about Berg and Berg Studios please visit our website.
April 6th and 7th,
Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm
The Berg Studios
3245 Casitas Ave, #104
Atwater Village, Los Angeles,
To receive the student discount, you must be currently enrolled in a Studio Technique (scene study) class at Berg Studios.
Alexander Technique in Acting with Kristof Konrad: March at Berg Studios!
In early March, due to popular demand, we will once again be offering the opportunity to study with one of the foremost instructors of the Alexander Technique, Kristof Konrad, in a two-day in-person intensive called “Alexander Technique in Acting”.
We are keeping the number of students to 16 so there are very limited spots for this exciting workshop. Signups are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Kristof teaches Intensive Acting in Film and Alexander Technique Workshops in New York, Los Angeles, Milan, Berlin, Toronto, and Vancouver and at his studio here in Los Angeles, Alexander Techworks. In the U.S., he has taught at the Larry Moss Studio, the Howard Fine Studio, (LA and Melbourne, Australia), and recently worked with the artists of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Cirque Du Soleil. Past and current students include Forest Whitaker, Kenneth Branagh, Cobie Smulders,
The study of the Alexander Technique is required at the finest drama conservatories around the world, including the Yale School of Drama, The Juilliard School, ACT, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
The Alexander technique is a gentle approach that aims to re-educate the mind and the body through a series of movements so the body uses muscles more efficiently. Actors trained in the Alexander Technique consistently feel more confident and free — physically, vocally, and creatively — to do their best work. The physical and imaginative freedom that can be discovered through the Alexander work can be a vital part of the actor’s craft.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Alexander Technique in Acting
All communication starts with the body. It is the point of origin for the voice, emotional life, and physical activity. It also creates and communicates meaning to the audience – our physical actions and responses are interpreted by the onlooker –and performers need to be in charge of this process.
In this workshop, actors develop an awareness of their psychophysical habits that cause tension and interfere with performance. By using principles of the Alexander Technique you will deepen the connections between your body, breath, and voice. Movement inspires this dynamic relationship by integrating all the parts of the actor’s instrument.
Connecting to the body through awareness with the Alexander Technique (getting out of your head)
Freeing impulse and response patterns
Finding the breath and rhythm of the character
Recognizing the force of habit
Improving breath coordination and vocal quality
Improving our movement by learning to organize body relationships
Understanding Means and Ends
Making clear choices of intention
Infusing direction in our thinking and movement
Applying the Alexander Technique to monologues, sonnets, songs, and scenes
Learning to develop characters physically (if I believe your body, I’ll believe your character)
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: KRISTOF KONRAD
was born in Poland, trained as an actor at the National Dramatic Academy in Warsaw, Poland, the Fersen Studio in Rome, Italy, and Larry Moss in the U.S. While in Poland, he studied and worked with theater and film masters JERZY GROTOWSKI and ANDRZEJ WAJDA. In the USA he worked with directors FRANCIS LAWRENCE, KENNETH BRANAGH, RON HOWARD and ROLAND EMMERICH. His credits include HOMECOMING, HOUSE OF CARDS, RED SPARROW, INTELLIGENCE, ANGELS AND DEMONS, HOTEL CALIFORNIA, INDEPENDENCE DAY, SCORPION, NIKITA, SCANDAL, BURN NOTICE, OPERATION SAMUM, ALIAS, THE AGENCY, JAG, E- RING and many others. Kristof has taught for the BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, GENERATION CAMPUS – MOSCOW, VERBIER FESTIVAL& ACADEMY in Switzerland and UBS VERBIER ORCHESTRA. He is teaching Intensive Acting in Film and Alexander Technique Workshops in New York, Los Angeles, Milan, Berlin, Toronto, and Vancouver. In the U.S., he has taught with Jean-Louis at the LARRY MOSS STUDIO, HOWARD FINE STUDIO, LA and Melbourne, Australia, and recently worked with the artists of the ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY and the CIRQUE DU SOLEIL. Past and current students include FOREST WITAKER, KENNETH BRANAGH, COBIE SMULDERS, JOBETH WILLIAMS, ERIC DANE, and SHARON LAWRENCE.
Saturday and Sunday
March 2nd and 3rd
10 am to 5 pm
Berg Studios Annex
3273 Casitas Ave, #105
Los Angeles CA 90039
The Annex is our second space, just half a block from our main location!
$300 student price (you must be currently enrolled in a scene study class to receive the student discount)
$350 non-student price
There are limited spots available. Please call or email the office if you are interested in signing up.
The Actor at Play: Physical Comedy at Berg Studios! February 16th, 17th, and 18th
Physical Comedy returns to Berg Studios!!
This February, Berg Studios is very excited to welcome Justine Williams (faculty member at David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University) to lead an amazing workshop in physical comedy. Join us for this intensive workshop, where you will begin the awe-inspiring and often messy journey in search of your clown…or what is uniquely funny about YOU! Let’s embark on adventures in the ridiculous and raucous world of physical comedy, where you will explore universal archetypes of the hilarious.
Workshop Description: The Actor at Play: Physical Comedy at Berg Studios
What if acting were just play, and the key to your aliveness on stage or set was primarily a matter of reconnecting to your playful impulses with, for, and through the audience?
In this workshop, games and exercises drawn from the world of clown and its related forms will help actors rediscover their pleasure in playing, unleash their unique comic nature, and deep dive into the mess and magic of the comic world.
Actors will emerge with a set of essential principles from play, clown , and physical comedy (aka the pandemonium arts), as well as new insights and tools for approaching a character, text, world, or story through one’s appetite for play.
Justine Williams is a performancer and filmmaker, director, teacher and coach. Since 2013, she has been on faculty at the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University (YSD) where she teaches acting through play, and serves as an advisor-facilitator for new play development, guiding creative collaboration amongst directors, actors and playwrights as they bring new works to life. She studied extensively at École Philippe Gaulier in Paris and with many teachers around the world. For over 20 years, she has collaborated with her mentor, Christopher Bayes, teaching at his NYC-based Pandemonium Studio, acting in his contemporary adaptations of Moliere farces and co-devising new work. Justine’s work as an actor-creator has been developed and presented at Ars Nova, The Public Theater, Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (where she was an artist-in-residence) and New Georges. She has collaborated with female “folk comedy” film directors – Shaina Feinberg (Blunderpuss) and Shannon Plumb (Towheads), and her cinematic work as actor/writer/director/producer has screened at Maryland Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival, New Directors | New Films, Rotterdam Film Festival, and more.
A sought-after creative coach and dedicated acting coach, she works with actors through The Actors Center in NYC and at her private studio in Brooklyn.
There are limited spots available. Please call or email the office if you are interested in signing up.
Berg Studios Office
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
February 16th, 17th, and 18h
10am – 5pm pst
Berg Studio’s Annex space
(just up the street from our main studio space!)
3273 Casitas Ave #105
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Student Price: $350
Non-Student Price: $400
(To receive the student price you must be enrolled in a scene study class at Berg Studios for the month of February.)