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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New Voice and Speech with Tessa Auberjonois

We are very happy to announce that our revamped voice and speech class will return in October!

During this time, instructor 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.

TEACHER:

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

October 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th

November 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th

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

Shakespeare Intensive with Rob Clare: September 2019

Due to popular demand, we are pleased to announce another Shakespeare intensive with Rob Clare! 

The studio is extremely fortunate to have Rob Clare, an internationally recognized Shakespeare specialist and former member of the Royal Shakespeare Theater (RSC), return to the studio to lead a highly practical Shakespeare workshop over four Sundays this September. 

This workshop will be $250 for students currently enrolled in Berg Studios and $350 for non-students.

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 you will be exploring scene work this time as well. 

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 scenes and monologues. 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.

“Rob Clare has a profoundly intimate relationship with Shakespeare’s characters.  They feel like family.  That closeness combined with some terrific instincts about acting make him an incredibly valuable resource. “  (Tony Award winner) Liev Schreiber

“Rob Clare fundamentally shaped the way I approach acting – disciplined craft allowing us to unleash a sense of visceral freedom. He changed my life.” (Primetime Emmy Award winner) Riz Ahmed

“Rob Clare’s workshops are practical magic…A weekend with Rob is more incisive and relevant than a semester of Shakespeare.” (Tony Award nominee) Carrie Coon

Participants will initially prepare a Shakespeare speech of their own choice, or (with an agreed scene partner) a short dialogue, or section of a scene. All will then work on selected scenes and speeches, as agreed and as appropriate. During our weekends together, we will survey a range of Shakespeare texts, and differing approaches to them, and especially to working with verse. We will demystify, and 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 DreamJulius 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:

DATES and TIME: Four Sundays in September. 2 PM – 6 PM

          September 8th, 15th, 22nd, and the 29th.

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

FEE:  $250 students / $350 non-students

NYC On Camera Intensive Workshop w/ Gregory Berger Sept 2019

Berg Studios is excited to announce: a 4-day intensive On-Camera Workshop in New York City with Gregory Berger (Berg), current 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.

Berg will lead you in exploring the practical application of on-camera acting technique, as well as the technical requirements of working in front of the camera, viewed through the lens of the high-pressure environments on set and in the audition room. 

The objective is to release the actor’s imagination through technique, cultivating authentic behavior on camera. Using the same techniques and experience that he brings to his on-camera acting class at The Yale School of Drama, Berg will help you reveal your own powerful imagination and make it palpable, visceral, and transferrable to the rigors and restrictions of film and television. 

We will begin with practical “dos and don’ts,” and then move to positive suggestions, encouraging a commitment to artistic boldness. The class 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, of being “captured” by the camera, enabling the actor to truly reveal their private selves. During each session, actors are filmed and will review their work with Berg.

About the Instructor: In addition to teaching in New York City and Los Angeles, Gregory Berger is the current on-camera teacher, and an alumnus, of the Yale School of Drama​ Graduate acting program in New Haven, Connecticut. 

Prior​ to Yale he trained at The Circle in the Square Theatre in New York City.  He has studied privately with such legendary teachers as Paul Mann, Michael Howard, Kim Stanley, Nikos Psacharopoulos and Earle R. Gister.

After working for many years in New York as an actor, acting teacher, and private coach for stage and film, Gregory Berger opened Berg Studios in Los Angeles in 1998. He currently teaches both coasts, remaining the artistic director and master acting teacher at Berg Studios as well as teaching On Camera Acting at the Yale School of Drama. 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.

Workshop Details

Daily workflow:

Saturday, Sept 21st : Intro – How to work with the camera

Sunday, Sept 22nd :  On-camera audition (student will pick an audition scene)

Monday, Sept 23rd : On-camera scene study (scene will be provided and students will be paired up)

Tuesday, Sept 24th : On-camera scene study (scene will be provided and students will be paired up)

When:  September 21st – 24th (Sat & Sun 12pm – 4pm, Mon & Tues 6-10pm)

Where: Ripley-Grier Studios
W. 38th St. New York, NY

Cost: Returning Students : $375   /  Non-Students: $475

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.

Past Workshops

Yat Malmgren Workshops – Beginning & Advanced Sections

On Camera July Worksop with Gregory Berger

Viewpoints Workshop with Alexandra Billing – July 2019

The Actors Imagination on Film: An on Camera Workshop w/Gregory Berger – May 2019

Mastering Accents and Dialects with Tessa Auberjonois – April/May 2019

Shakespeare Workshop with Rob Clare – April/May 2019

Alexander Technique with Jessica Wolf: The Actor’s Instrument – March 2019

On-Camera Audition Workshop in New York City – February 2019

Physical Comedy – February 2019

Voice Acting/Voiceovers – December 2018