The Core Sunday

Time to find your power

The Core Sunday is an amazing 8-week odyssey through the essential techniques, exercises, and mediums that make an actor successful. Containing all the different kinds of work we offer at the Studio and brought to you by a number of our master teachers, The Core Sunday challenges your craft, disrupts your limiting beliefs, and reinforces your passion for the art of acting.

Through Meisner-based exercises, cold reading, on-camera and audition work, Alexander practice, Improv, and writing, The Core Sunday keeps your creative fire raging and works your entire creative being. BY APPLICATION OR INVITATION ONLY.

This class is not an audition or employment opportunity and there is no suggestion or guarantee of an audition or employment as a result of taking this class.



Each class offers a unique exploration into the depths of your artistry.

Rachel Kimsey, along with an array of BGB Master Teachers, will bring out your unique voice as an actor, give you the tools to express that voice and then sharpen it until it is undeniable. This transformational 8-week class cements your acting foundation and allows you to fly from that foundation. The Core Sunday gives you the confidence, clarity, and practical skills to take your craft and career to the next level.

The Work

Classes 1-4

Meisner exercises, monologues, cold reading and scene study with Rachel Kimsey to explore the depths of your unique emotional life. BGB Master Teacher Celeste Pechous releases your creative animal with improvisation.  BGB Master Teacher/Casting Director Caroline Liem offers robust on-camera training. This class is not an audition or employment opportunity and there is no suggestion or guarantee of an audition or employment as a result of taking this class.

Classes 5-7

Alexander Technique Master Teacher Debby Jay explores the physical expression of your talent, Rachel Kimsey works your creative being, and Master Teacher Tim Conlon sharpens your unique needs and tactics.

Classes 8

Concludes with a deep exploration of your artistic identity.

Class Details
Teacher: Rachel Kimsey with BGB Master Teachers; Celeste Pechous, Caroline Liem, Debby Jay, & Tim Conlon Location: The BGB Studio, 10999 Riverside Dr, Suite 301, North Hollywood, CA 91602
Dates: April 9 – June 4, 2017. Sundays 2-5pm (No class May 28) Requirements: An open heart and mind. By application or invitation only. There are no make ups for this 8 week class.(Cancellation Policy)
Duration: 8 Weeks Cost: 2 installments of $310. $620 for the entire 8 week program.
Your Teacher(s)

    Rachel Kimsey is an original member of The BGB Studio. She has taught at The BGB Studio since 2014 and continues to study every week. Rachel is an Actor and Voice Actor. She voices Wonder Woman in JUSTICE LEAGUE ACTION and stars in video games including CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS 3.  She has appeared all over the world, including performances in the EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL and TAIWAN. She has traveled the U.S. as part of a Broadway National Tour and performed in Film, Television and Theatre in New York, Los Angeles and her home state of Utah. Rachel has been a Series Regular and Recurring actor on Daytime Television and guest star in Primetime TV. Her film work includes big budget and independent films as both an actor and stunt woman. She believes the truth of acting is in the words and in the body. Across acting disciplines the truth is always revealed in the unique and powerful truth that only comes from showing who you truly are. Rachel’s experience as a teacher is not limited to acting; she has been a teacher and coach across a number disciplines including yoga, personal training, Crossfit, stress management and memorization. Rachel Kimsey received her BFA in Acting from BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY.


    Celeste Pechous (SAG/AFTRA) has improvised around the world with some of the most distinguished improv theaters.  She is an alumnae of the SECOND CITY NATIONAL TOURING COMPANY and has trained and performed at the SECOND CITY Chicago/LA, iO Chicago/LA, and THE ANNOYANCE THEATER. Pechous was honored Best Actress for her work in THE CLAN at the Midwest Film Festival. She received a Best Actress nominee from the Downtown LA Film Festival and was awarded the Outstanding Performance from The SNAFF Film Festival for her work in the dark-comedy short, PAST DUE, based on her short story.  TV credits include KINGS OF CON, Showtime’s MASTERS OF SEX, Comedy Central’s WORKAHOLICS and REVIEW and TV Land’s HOT IN CLEVELAND.  You can see her improvise weekly at iO WEST and SECOND CITY LA and on TV in one of her many national spots. Pechous teaches Improv at SECOND CITY’S CONSERVATORY, at festivals around the country and is the founder of Dosage Improv Intensives.


    Caroline is a casting director, audition coach and international teacher based in Los Angeles. Her highly acclaimed audition and text analysis classes have been taught throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Russia. Additionally, Caroline is adjunct faculty with PACE SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS, and has enjoyed guest teaching at universities throughout the United States, including THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL, NYU TISCH, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA – CHAMPAIGN, DEPAUL UNIVERSITY, LOYOLA- CHICAGO, COLUMBIA COLLEGE, and OCCIDENTAL COLLEGE.  Before there was Glee, there was POPULAR, the first show she worked on alongside Ryan Murphy. Many wonderful casting experiences followed working with prominent producers and directors, including Lauren Shuler Donner, David Goyer, Jon Turteltaub, Nat Bernstein and Bryan Singer, as well as Disney Studios overseeing such projects as GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS, PEARL HARBOR, and GANGS OF NEW YORK. She served as the Casting Executive for the award winning late night show  JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! Her background as a musician and singer progressing to actor and casting director provided Caroline with a firm foundation and distinct network of professionals. She graduated with an MFA from UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA – CHAMPAIGN, a BA from UCLA, and is a member of the Casting Society of America and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

    DEBBY JAYTeacher

    When Debby Jay had her first lesson in the Alexander Technique in 1982, she experienced a sense of lightness and ease that astonished her and changed the direction of her life. She studied Alexander privately for 4 years, and trained to be a teacher at the AMERICAN CENTER FOR THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE in New York, and for almost 30 years has been teaching individuals and groups.

    To better understand why people embody themselves they way they do, Debby got additional training in Somatic Experiencing–a body-oriented approach to resolving trauma.

    Debby has helped hundreds of actors — at the HOWARD FINE ACTING STUDIO and at BGB STUDIO — to develop a more radiant and focused presence in their work.

    Debby is delighted to be able to help her students and clients experience greater emotional and physical freedom and to feel increasingly grounded in their own truth.

    TIM CONLONTeacher

    Tim Conlon was born in Sudbury, Ontario and has spent 20 years as a working actor in Los Angeles. Tim has appeared as a series regular on an number of series and recurred on PARTY OF FIVE, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, and most recently THE MINDY PROJECT. He’s guest starred on countless TV episodes. Tim’s extensive background in improv, stand-up comedy and Meisner – based Techniques as well as his unique vision and communication style make him a dynamic teacher. Whether teaching comedy or drama, Tim focuses on an actor’s authenticity and flexibility. His knowledge of the craft – both theoretical and experiential -, his passion for acting, and his deep desire for an actor’s growth electrify his class and his students.

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