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.
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.