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.
Back by popular demand! The Art & Craft of Solo Performance with Ann Noble
Ever wanted to tell your story? Either on the stage or online? And ever been daunted by exactly how do it? In this new era of the content creator, there has never been a more necessary time to become familiar with the special set of skills this kind of performance requires.
Solo Performance can be one of the most rewarding–as well as challenging–experiences for an actor. It requires additional skills not usually practiced by the working actor: speaking to the audience, speaking to “imaginary people”, and the art of quick and seamless character transition.
But often the most challenging is the actual writing of the script. There appear to be “no rules” to Solo Performance storytelling, but when studying the work of such giants as Whoopi Goldberg, John Leguizamo, and Lily Tomlin, and Anna Deavere Smith,
several principles are revealed that can shine a light on the methods and madness of what can be a most extraordinary and cathartic endeavor.
With over twenty-five years experience as a professional actor and playwright/new media writer, Ann Noble has worked extensively as a solo performer and has created a workshop that walks the actor through both disciplines of acting and writing specifically for this medium; the result is a toolbox which will give you the confidence to take your story out into the world, where it belongs.
Ann Noble is an actor, playwright/screenwriter, director, arts educator and solo performer with over thirty years professional experience. She is also a beloved instructor here at Berg Studios. Originally from Chicago and co-founder of the Irish Theatre Company (formally Seanachai), she graduated from Northwestern’s Theatre School and trained at the Yale School of Drama’s “Midsummer in Oxford” program. She has worked all over the country, particularly in Chicago, L.A. and NYC, and her work has been produced/filmed all over the globe. She currently teaches scene study at Berg Studios as well as at Antaeus Theatre (where she is head of casting, as well as a long-time ensemble member); she also teaches Shakespeare, poetry and storytelling to incarcerated youth and former gang members at various institutions here in L.A. including Homeboy Industries. As a director, she has worked with Warriors For Peace, Antaeus Theatre, as well as for the L.A. Museum of the Holocaust’s annual theatre program, “Voices of History”. As a solo performer, her work began at N.U. in Dietrich: The Blue Angel; she has since performed at other college campuses and venues in NYC and Chicago, as well as at D.C.’s Capitol Fringe Fest in Stanley Ann: The Unlikely Story of Barack Obama’s Mother. The piece was also workshopped at the Kirk Douglas and the Powerhouse, and ran at L.A.’s LGBT Center where she also worked personally with Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner on the ensembled re-boot of Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. Ann is currently workshopping a brand new one-woman play, Wednesday’s Child, written by Wendy Graf, directed by Laura Gardner. She also serves as a chaplain in the L.A. County jails.
When: Fridays and Sundays 1 – 4 PM
November 13th, 15th, 20th, and 22nd.
December 4th, 6th, 11th, and 13th.
Cost: $250 student price (you must be currently enrolled in a scene study class to receive the student discount)
$300 non-student price
Acting the Song: A workshop for singers and non-singers alike
Berg Studios is very excited to announce the return of the incredible workshop with celebrated Broadway actress Joanna Glushak called Acting the Song: A workshop for singers and non-singers alike.
In today’s market, performers who are not primarily considered singers are often hired because they can act the lyric and convey the emotional quality of a song.Starting in September, this 6-week course will meet twice a week, and focus on interpretation of a song and storytelling. It will build confidence and audition techniques, which will broaden your marketability.
This class is not about singing notes. It is designed to teach people, of any level of confidence, how to perform a song.Each student will receive one-on-one attention in bi-weekly, 3 hours sessions for a total of 36 hours!At the end of the course you will leave with a warm-up, an audition song, and a great sense of confidence and accomplishment!Prior to the first class, the students will receive a class by class breakdown, an outline of the techniques use in the class, and resources for finding songs and the recorded music to accompany you!
Over the course of the six weeks you will have Joanna’s personal attention and guidance while she provides you with following:
Overview of the course:
Explanation of the techniques used.
Video examples of famous “non-singers” in action.
Evaluation of your vocal range.
A comprehensive warm-up.
Help choosing a song and how to interpret it with imagination and a focus on storytelling.
A safe space to build your confidence and sing your heart out!!
“I am incredibly thankful that my first foray into singing was through Joanna’s Acting the Song. I was someone who never sang before, who was horribly self-conscious about her voice and singing, and who bought into the myth that you needed to have natural talent and hit all the right notes to sing a song half decently; Joanna coaxed me out of my shell and reoriented me away from the crushing paralysis of worrying over the notes and my vocal limitations and directed my focus and attention instead to why I wanted to sing a song. She showed me how to ask useful questions about the character, making my character’s point of view vivid and specific and reengaging my imagination into telling the story. To my utter surprise and astonishment, my voice followed to places I never knew it could go”! – Rumana
“Joanna created such a wonderful and safe environment for actors and singers alike to come together and learn to not only be confident in their own skin but to also fully embrace their voice and be proud of their instrument. I I highly recommend Joanna to anyone who needs that extra push if they need guidance and direction if they feel lost about where to take their audience in their song. When it comes to crafting and storytelling, Joanna will 100% absolutely be able to get you to where it is you need to go.
Thank you so much Joanna! It was such an amazing class :)” – Crystal
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Joanna Glushak has had a long and celebrated career on and off Broadway, as well as countless appearances in TV and film. Most recently she can be seen as Mrs. O’Tool in the Amazon series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”. BROADWAY: All Leading Roles in“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love And Murder”, “War Paint”, “Sunday In The Park With George”,“Les Miserables”,“Hairspray”,”Urinetown” ”Rags”,”Welcome To The Club”,“Conversations With My Father”,”The Sweet Smell Of Success”.
OFF BROADWAY, Joanna just finished a sold out run of “Gloria: A Life” about the life of Gloria Steinem, directed by Diane Paulus, Joanna has work at many of the best off broadway theatexrs including Manhattan Theater Club, NY Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights Horizons, and Circle in the Square
NEW YORK CITY OPERA: Petra in “A Little Night Music”, Cleo in ”The Most Happy Fella”.
NATIONAL TOURS: Mrs.Dumaurier in “Finding Neverland” Frau Blucher in “Young
Frankenstein The Musical”,”Xanadu,The Musical”,”Evita””Fiddler On The Roof” Joanna has performed all over the country in many of the best regional theaters. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
Mondays and Fridays, 11AM to 2PM PST
November 16, 20, 30.
December 4, 7, 11, 14, 18.
January 4, 8, 11, 15.
$350 Student price
$400 Non-student price
These prices work out to between $10 and $11 per class, an incredible deal for this type of personal instruction!
There are limited spots available. Please call or email the office if you are interested in signing up.
From The Table To The Heart: An Exploration of Shakespeare’s Language with Daniela Varon of the Yale School of Drama
Berg Studios is very excited to announce that Daniela Varon, acting faculty at the Yale School of Drama, will be giving her workshop “From The Table To The Heart: An Exploration of Shakespeare’s Language” online, in November!
“It’s all in the text.” This is often said about playing Shakespeare, but what does it mean to the contemporary actor?
The clues embedded in Shakespeare’s text are keys to character and action, unlocking the door for actors to have passionate, imaginative, clear, embodied relationships with Shakespeare, his people, and his world. More than four centuries after Shakespeare’s death, these clues remain for his collaborators and interpreters; they can also inform actors’ approaches both to other classical plays and to heightened language in modern and contemporary plays.
We will delve deeply into structure of the verse, figures of speech, and elements of rhetoric. Through lecture, group table work, in-class and take-home exercises, and lots of questions and discussion, the class aims to build the actor’s comprehension and confidence in Shakespeare’s language, laying a foundation for emotional, intellectual, and imaginative responsiveness to the demands and joys of playing Shakespeare.
For actors, directors, dramaturgs, and other theater makers interested in an expanded relationship with Shakespeare.
Daniela Varon is a Lecturer in Acting at the Yale School of Drama, where she specializes in teaching Shakespeare, and is on the faculty of the Linklater Center for Voice and Language, and is a Shakespeare specialist with Lincoln Center Theater’s Education department. She is a New York-based director and acting teacher, and a long-time member of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. She was Associate Director and co-founder, with Kristin Linklater, of The Company of Women, which presented all-female Shakespeare productions and workshops for women and girls, and co-producer, director and moderator of Conversations with Shakespeare, which played three seasons at Symphony Space.
Daniela’s productions of Shakespeare, contemporary, and new work have been seen at some 25 theaters around the country, including The Winter’s Tale at the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company,and she has developed new work with another 25 companies. She has taught and guest-directed at Barnard, Bennington, Dartmouth, Emerson, Purchase, and Smith Colleges, Columbia University, NYU/Stella Adler, and U. Conn., and taught Shakespeare workshops in Bulgaria at the Sfumato Theatre Laboratory and the Plovdiv National Drama Theatre. She is also a private coach and Shakespeare Whisperer to actors ranging from high schoolers auditioning for acting programs to Broadway veterans.
Mondays and Wednesdays
November 2nd, 4th, 9th, 11, 16th , and 18th.
12 PM to 3 PM PST
Student Price: $300
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 October.
Embodying the Impossible: A character creation master-class in film/TV
In this workshop you will:
1. Learning and practicing the process of researching and creating extreme and compelling character behaviors drawn from the playbook of the circus, theater and film techniques.
2. Be working in this new virtual space and will learn techniques to overcome the principles of separation in the zoom/ remote casting era. What are the tools which enable you to bring your instrument to the craft in any medium (Zoom/VR/ AR/ Motion capture for video games, etc)?
3. Dialogue about the industry as it currently is and where it might be headed from insights assimilated from the last year of working remotely on SEE and moving back into production in October.
4. This workshop will get up on your feet and explore your character in your own space. After getting impressions from the script and formulating your ideas and instincts about the character, you must begin the process of embodiment and action of your ideas. If you look at Nature long enough you will find the character there. Nature and ancient to modern rituals reveal us to ourselves. if you look into the needs and wants and conflict in a character you are going to find experience that if you take the risk of traveling t the extremes and then returning to center, you will have created something of depth and complexity to take to rehearsal and then the set or the stage..
Sourced from 25 years in film and 35 years directing theater and circus to create iconic characters, this technique is a tool to build compelling and unique behavior in the world of the production.
The workshop has a structure that starts with a physical component, then a writing and distilling component and then a rehearsal component in which we develop a set of practices that can be used as a technique to unearth the core emotional and physical tones and actions of a character, which is unique to and reveals you as an actor.
By the end of the workshop you will have the tools to create a physical practice on your own that you can adapt to each role that you work on.
This is a very physical workshop and it is essential that you have a space that allows you to move freely.
“I absolutely LOVED Paradox’s workshop. I learned so much just from listening to his experiences and talking to him, let alone all the exciting new discoveries the technique unlocked for me. It was so refreshing and empowering to be THAT physically engaged on a zoom class, to be working with a camera and exploring movement in a brand new way, and being able to go back and watch the beautiful results; which were overwhelmingly inspiring, even in moments like the structured chaos where all 20 of us were moving and making sound simultaneously. It genuinely made a huge impact on how I approach the craft, in the best way possible. I got an overwhelmingly positive response from other class attendees as well and I am still in contact with a lot of them and we are still continuing the conversation about questions Paradox raised within us”.
-Mihta (Berg Studio Student)
About Paradox Pollack:
Paradox’s 35 years of stage experience and 25 years working in front of, and behind the camera on film, video games and experimental media has created the foundation for his work as a fight choreographer and movement director for feature films. Paradox specializes in a variety of dance, combat, and motion-capture styles and techniques, and for the past 10 years has worked with both film-making veterans and upcoming young stars to build their on-screen movement styles.
Paradox began his theatrical work in circus where he was a writer, director, and performer in dozens of shows and toured nation-wide as a dancer, contortionist, and whip-wielding ringmaster. Co-founder of both Dream Circus and Mystic Family Circus (San Francisco). He created shows for Cirque Du Soleil and performed with many other companies, including Circo Zero (San Francisco), Bindlestiff Family (New York), Lucent Dossier (Los Angeles), and Cahin Caha (Paris).
Interview with Alfre Woodard about Paradox’s work. Skip to 11:07 for the relevant portion.
Monday, October 26th
Thursday, October 29th
Sunday, November 1st
Time: 11 AM – 2 PM PST
Price: $250 student price (you must be currently enrolled in a scene study class to receive the student discount), $300 non-student price
Accent and Dialect Workshop at Berg Studios: October 2020
The studio is delighted to welcome back Tessa Auberjonois to lead her popular online workshop, Mastering Accents and Dialects, in October 2020!
When it comes to characters with an accent or dialect, do you usually just wing it. . . or even pass up the opportunity? What if you were able to identify a few key elements that would unlock your ability to reliably learn a wide variety of accents?
In this workshop, we will break down the technique of learning an accent or dialect. You will learn how to research an accent, focusing on one accent in particular, and develop a set of tools to apply to any accent or dialect as you learn. You will also have the opportunity to observer the other students work on many different accents. You’ll get to experience how accent and dialect work adds to the specificity of character and scene work as you use your new accent with text.
This is a fantastic opportunity to develop an essential skill that you will use over and over again as an actor. Don’t miss out!
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Tessa Auberjonois
Tessa 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, audio books, videogames, and re-voicing lead roles in feature films. Awards & Nominations include 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 Yale 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.
Sessions: 4 Friday classes, 3hours per class.
Dates: October 30th & Nov 6th, 13th, 20th
Time: 1pm – 4pm
FEE: $250 students / $300 non-students*
*Please note: In order to receive the student price, you must be enrolled in a scene study class during the October session.
Alexander Technique in Acting with Kristof Konrad: Berg Studios October 2020
In October, 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 six week, online intensive, called “Alexander Technique in Acting”.
We are keeping the number of students to 15 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.
When: October 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
November 5th, 12th
Thursdays 11 AM to 1 PM PST
Cost: $250 student price (you must be currently enrolled in a scene study class to receive the student discount)
$300 non-student price
The Art and Technique of the Selftape w/ Gregory Berger: October
- 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 background, lighting, wardrobe, and the use of a camera or phone.
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.
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October 17th, 18th, Saturday and Sunday, from 11 am to 3pm PST
September 24th, Saturday, from 11 am to 4 pm PST
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 2020
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.
Yat Malmgren Movement Psychology with James Kemp
We are thrilled to welcome back London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts’ (LAMDA) instructor James Kemp for an intensive workshop of Yat Malmgren movement psychology.
James was selected by Yat Malmgren to teach this work, and taught alongside him at the famed Drama Centre in London. He is recognized internationally as the leading instructor of this technique. James’s past students include Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, and Emilia Clarke.
This work is generally taught at institutions abroad like LAMDA, Drama Center in London and NIDA. A partial list of actors trained in the Yat Malmgren technique include Anthony Hopkins, Cate Blanchett, and Gwendolyn Christie.
We are very proud to be one of a very small number of institutions in the United States currently offering this discipline.
There is a lot I have to be grateful for as an actor
but I would not have much if not for the inspirational
teaching of James Kemp. His use and teaching of
the “Yat Method” changed my view of what acting could
be both as an observer and a participant
– Emilia Clarke (Mother of Dragons)
Here is a brief video with James discussing the technique: https://vimeo.com/159617145
About the Yat Malmgren Technique:
This work is based upon the work of two pioneers of 20th Century performance research: Rudolf Laban and Yat Malmgren. In these classes you will be introduced to a theory and practice which breaks down all expressive movements into their constituent parts and links them to the deep seated psychological impulses which underpin them. From these building blocks ‘character’ can be constructed, either from scratch as a creative act, or from a close analysis of an already existing script as an act of accurate and imaginative interpretation.
This work provides an accurate and complete way of describing human behavior and its dramatic representation, giving a practitioner the tools to transform their bodies and minds at will into the shape, form and thoughts of a new character, either subtly or profoundly. It provides a way to create nuanced and detailed characterizations, and to access inner sensations ripe for use in dramatic circumstances, and otherwise hard to stimulate.
Workshop Description: Character Analysis & Movement Psychology/The Yat Malmgren Technique
At the heart of the work is the concept that we think with our bodies. Our bodies are revelatory of our inner workings, our psyche, thoughts and feelings. Therefore if we could learn to harness and manifest our inner sensations and express them through our bodies we would be able to share every inner desire, want, thought or emotion with a watching audience. And in turn that audience would be able to ‘read’ our thoughts, and character, and be thoroughly engaged in our dramatic lives.
By the end of the presentation you will be looking at the world through new eyes, being able to ‘read’ the movements of those around you for meaning, and to create physically expressive characterizations which both excite the imagination and serve the writers’ intentions.
About the Instructor:
James Kemp trained at Drama Centre London, subsequently pursued an acting career which encompassed a number of long running West End shows. In 1998 James was invited back to Drama Centre London to work alongside and assist Dr. Yat Malmgren in the teaching of Movement Psychology (inspired by the pioneering work of Rudolf Laban), and upon the retirement of Dr. Malmgren in 2001 he inherited his work and further developed this field of study and practise through workshops for Stage Centre, Israel; the International Workshop Festival; Caravanserai Acting Studio; Beit Zvi School Of Performing Arts; Beit Lessin Theatre, Tel Aviv; LAMDA and as ‘Laban Consultant’ at the Young Vic.
His many successful students have included: Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, Emilia Clarke, Santiago Cabrera, Stephen Wight, Jaime Murray, Gwendoline Christie, Morven Christie, Damien Molony, Tamla Kari, Jodie McNee, Lucy Briggs-Owen, Bradley James, Ruta Gedmintas, Rolan Bell, John Dagleish, Lily Cole and many others. His students have won acting honours from: BAFTA, Venice International Film Festival, British Independent Film Awards (BIFA), Laurence Olivier Awards, London Evening Standard Film Awards, London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, London Film Critics Circle Awards, Los Angles Film Critics Association Awards & National Board of Review Awards, amongst many others. Their Nominations have included European Film awards, Screen Actors Guild awards & Golden Globes awards plus many others.
DATES: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM PST
September 15th, 17th, 22nd, 24th, 29th
FEE: $350 students / $400 non-students
Intermediate Voice and Speech w/ Tessa Auberjonois at Berg Studios August/Sept!
Workshop Description: INTERMEDIATE VOICE & SPEECH
Lesson plan (subject to change)
Week 1: Solidifying and reviewing Body Work, Breath awareness, Touch of sound, and opening the Channel
Week 2: Exploring the resonators – chest, mouth and teeth, triads and connecting the voice to the body
Week 3: Breathing gym, Physical sound exploration
Week 4: Integrating the Upper resonators – Nasal, Mask, Head, Finding unusual organic choices for 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. For more information, you can find Tessa’s bio on our website.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00-5:00PM PST.
August 25th, 27th.
September 1st, 3rd, 8th, 10th, 15th, 17th.
$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 scene study; 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.