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.
Art and Technique of the Self–Tape w/ Gregory Berger: Online in December
Berg Studios is excited to announce a 3-day intensive (December 4th, 5th, and 11th) The Art and Technique of the Self-Tape, online, with Gregory Berger-Sobeck, former faculty member of The Yale School of Drama, and private coach to Lupita Nyong’o (Oscar Winner), Riz Ahmed (Emmy Winner), Winston Duke, 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:
Tape and submit a self-tape prior to the first class.
Receive personal and detailed instruction from Gregory.
Be tasked with recording additional self-tapes between sessions using the techniques Gregory will have taught you.
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.
When: December 4th and 5th, Saturday and Sunday, from 11 am to 3 pm PST / December 11th, Saturday, from 11 am to 4 pm PST
Where: Online! (Zoom)
Cost: Students:$350 / Non-Students: $400
To receive the student discount, you must be enrolled in a Studio Technique (scene study) class at Berg Studios for the month of September 2021.
In order to secure a spot in this amazing workshop, contact the office (M-F 10am to 5pm PST) to put down a deposit (50% of tuition) today. Due to the nature of this workshop, deposits are non-refundable. Based on the structure of this workshop, the purchase of individual days is not possible.
In-Person Alexander Technique in Acting with Kristof Konrad: November 13th/14th at Berg Studios
In November, due to popular demand, we will once again be offering the in-person opportunity to study with one of the foremost instructors of the Alexander Technique, Kristof Konrad, in a two-day 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 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.
When:November 13th and 14th
10 am to 5 pm
Where: Berg Studio’s Annex space
(just up the street from our main studio space!)
3273 Casitas Ave #105
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Cost: $300 student price (you must be currently enrolled in a scene study class to receive the student discount) / $350 non-student price
Introduction to Voiceover Workshop led by professional voiceover artist Tessa Auberjonois
This is a six-class intensive designed to introduce the actor to this specialized, expanding, and seriously fun aspect of our craft. We will explore the creative process of reading copy and begin to learn to identify the demands and techniques of voice acting for commercials, audiobooks, videogames, and animation.
Students will record on their own using whatever technology and equipment they have available, and we will examine and share knowledge about how to best optimize your resources at home. A microphone is not required, but recording capabilities, even on a smartphone are necessary for the class.
We will discuss the business nitty-gritty of voice-over: where the opportunities are, demos, internet audition platforms, agencies, and technology and equipment for self-recording.
Classes will be held in a hybrid structure – three sessions will be remote via zoom, with two classes in person, including one class where all students will record in a professional voice-over studio. You will leave that session with your recording!
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 privately as well as at Berg Studios, AMDA, Cal Arts, LACC, 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. Tessa Auberjonois has appeared on On the Verge, The Affair, Shameless, Lucifer, I’m Dying Up Here, Modern Family, Law & Order(s), ER, and many other shows as well as feature and short films. On stage, she has performed in many classical and contemporary plays Off-Broadway and at theatres across the country such as the Kirk Douglas and South Coast Repertory, Hartford Stage, Yale Rep, and The Shakespeare Theatre of D.C. among others. Awards & Nominations include the 2020 Ovation Award nomination for Best Lead Actress, the 2018 Lunt-Fontanne Award, Best Actress in a play 2017 OC Weekly, Nominated for Best Female Guest Star for a TV Voiced Performance 2018 from Behind the Voice Actors, Sermoonjoy Fund, and Fox Foundation Fellowships, and the Oliver Thorndike Award for excellence in acting upon graduation from The Yale School Drama, where she trained, as well as LAMDA. She has taught and coached voice and speech, dialect and accent work, and voiceover to actors at many programs in LA and privately as well as being currently on faculty at AMDA.
DATE and TIME
Friday, October 22nd, 2 pm to 6 pm PST.
Friday, October 29th, 2 pm to 6 pm PST.
Friday, November 5th, 2 pm to 6 pm PST.
Friday, November 12, 2 pm to 6 pm PST.
Sunday, November 14th. @ Garden of Sound voice-over studio. Time TBD
Friday, November 19th, 2 pm to 6 pm PST. @ Berg Studios Annex space in Atwater Village.
$350 student rate
$400 non-student rate
To receive the student discount, you must be enrolled in a Studio Technique (scene study) class at Berg Studios for the month of October 2021.
In order to secure a spot in this amazing workshop, contact the office (M-F 10 am to 5 pm PST) to put down a deposit (50% of tuition) today. Due to the nature of this workshop, deposits are non-refundable. Based on the structure of this workshop, the purchase of individual days is not possible.
New In-Person Voice and Speech Intensive taught by Tessa Auberjonois starting in September!
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 twice-weekly intensive course will teach a preliminary voice and speech warm-up, give you an excellent understanding of the mechanics of articulation (essential for accent work), as well as how to explore text vocally.
Class 1: Relaxation and body awareness. Identifying articulators. Speech warmup intro.
Class 2: Breathwork. Speech drills.
Class 3: Unformed Sound and adding pitch. Speech drills. Beginning to drop text in using sounds and imagery.
Class 4: Gathering vocal vibrations on the lips. Sound and movement, exploring sounds in text.
Class 5: Review vocal warm-up and speech drills.
Class 6: Freeing the neck. Text exploration with movement.
Class 7: Opening the channel: jaw, tongue, and soft palate. Beginning to perform text.
Class 8: Review of Vocal warm-up and Speech drills. Beginning to perform 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 focuses on relaxation, body and breath work as the foundation for free expression, and will consist of some active floor and movement work.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Tessa Auberjonois has appeared on The Affair, Shameless, Lucifer, I’m Dying Up Here, Modern Family, Law & Order(s), ER, and many other shows as well as feature and short films. On stage, she has originated roles and helped develop new works in numerous new American plays and worked closely with playwrights such as Rajiv Joseph, Annie Weisman, Neil LaBute, Lucas Hnath, Melissa Ross, Jessica Goldberg, Richard Greenberg, Lucy Thurber, Noah Haidle, etc. and has performed in many classical and contemporary plays Off-Broadway and at theatres across the country such as the Kirk Douglas and South Coast Repertory, Hartford Stage, Yale Rep and The Shakespeare Theatre of D.C. among others. Her voice-over work is extensive and includes Cartoon Network and The Simpsons, audiobooks, videogames, and re-voicing lead roles in feature films. Awards & Nominations include the 2020 Ovation Award nomination for Best Lead Actress, the 2018 Lunt-Fontanne Award, Best Actress in a play 2017 OC Weekly, Nominated for Best Female Guest Star for a TV Voiced Performance 2018 from Behind the Voice Actors, Sermoonjoy Fund and Fox Foundation Fellowships, and the Oliver Thorndike Award for excellence in acting upon graduation from The Yale School Drama, where she trained, as well as LAMDA. She has taught and coached voice and speech, dialect and accent work, and voiceover to actors at many programs in LA and privately as well as being currently on faculty at AMDA. For more information, you can find Tessa’s bio on our website.
When: Tuesdays and Fridays, 1 PM to 3 PM PST
September 7th, 10th, 14th, 17th, 21st, 24th, 28th.
Berg Studio’s Annex space
(just up the street from our main studio space!)
3273 Casitas Ave #105
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Cost: $280 for 8 classes**
**Please note, there are no payment plan options for this workshop. The full tuition must be paid in order to enroll. The price is the same for everybody, whether or not you are enrolled in a monthly scene study class; there is no student discount. The tuition is equivalent to $35 per class, which is an incredible value compared to the cost of private vocal coaching.
There are limited spots available. Please call or email the office if you are interested in signing up.