The Core Thursday Daytime

It’s time to find your power.

Are you missing that electricity in your work? Are you walking away from set or the audition room feeling like you had more to give? If so, BGB’s The Core is your class.

The Core is a transformational 8 week class that gives you life-changing training that will serve as your artistic anchor for the rest of your days. BGB’s The Core disrupts the stale patterns in your acting and gives you confidence, clarity, emotional power, and the practical skills to take your craft and your career to the next level.

This amazing 8 week experience sharpens your instrument to an undeniable point and brings back the joy and effortlessness that attracted you to acting in the first place.




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

Working with Steve Braun and a slate of BGB’s Master teachers, you’ll come back to the core of who you are as an artist. Each class offers a unique exploration into the depths of your artistry. On this 8 week journey you will find your unique voice as an actor and what might be in the way of the fullest expression of that voice. You will explore various practices, find connection to your scene partner and your own rich emotional life, and begin to own your artistic power.

See THE WORK selection in the above TAB to find out more.

The Work

Classes 1-4

Steve Braun takes you back to your creative Core with Meisner-based exercises, The Language of Creativity and Buddhist mindfulness. BGB Master Teacher, actor/director/writer James Eckhouse deepens your craft. BGB Master Teacher/Casting Director Christy Faison offers robust on-camera training.

Classes 5-7

BGB Master Teacher Celeste Pechous releases your creative animal with improvisation, while Master Teacher Rachel Kimsey works scenes and preparation, and Master Teacher Tim Conlon sharpens your unique needs and tactics.

Class 8

Concludes with a deep exploration of your artistic identity with Steve Braun.

Class Details
Teacher: Steve Braun with BGB Master Teachers; Celeste Pechous, Christy Faison, James Eckhouse, Rachel Kimsey, & Tim Conlon Location: The BGB Studio, 10999 Riverside Dr., Suite 301, North Hollywood, CA 91602
Dates: June 15 – August 3. Thursdays 10:30am – 1:30pm 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.

Teacher: Steve Braun with BGB Master Teachers Celeste Pechous, Christy Faison, James Eckhouse, Rachel Kimsey, & Tim Conlon

Dates: June 15 – August 3.
Thursdays 10:30am – 1:30pm

Cost: $2 installments of $310.
$620 for the entire 8 week program. 

Duration: 8 weeks

Requirements: An open heart and mind. By application or invitation only. There are no make-ups for this 8 week class. (Cancellation Policy)

Location: The BGB Studio, 10999 Riverside Dr., Suite 301, North Hollywood, CA 91602

Your Teacher(s)
    STEVE BRAUNTeacher/Studio Founder

    Steve Braun is an acting coach and communication consultant, drawing on many years of acting training, Buddhist practice and martial arts training to help his clients discover and express their unique emotional truth. He has trained in both acting and martial arts for 20 years, a journey that has taken him from the ego-driven external pursuit of being rich, famous and tough to the powerful internal pursuit of conquering self through Meditation, Qi Gong and art. Steve has spent the last 9 years training with an ordained Shaolin Monk, Shifu Shi Yan Fan.

    While pursuing an acting career, Steve starred in movies such as HAROLD AND KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE, WRONG TURN 2 and THE TRIP. He was a series regular on THE IMMORTAL and TWINS. He guest starred on CSI: MIAMI, CSI: NY, BONES, GILMORE GIRLS, THE CLOSER, NCIS, and THE MENTALIST, among others. His coaching and teaching clients include lead and recurring actors from THE NEWSROOM, TRANSPARENT, NARCOS, MAD MEN, HOMELAND, DEXTER, TRUE BLOOD, THE BLACK LIST, CSI, CSI: NY, etc, etc.




    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.


    Christy Faison moved to Chicago 15 years ago and began her casting career in the Talent and Casting department at FOX. She started online casting shortly after and worked on various pilots, series and films. She found her casting home working with Risa Bramon Garcia on THE CAPE and A GIFTED MAN. She has since worked on television series BOSS, THE NEWSROOM, ASH VS. EVIL DEAD for Starz, THE SPOILS BEFORE DYING starring Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig and the Terence Malick movie KNIGHT OF CUPS. Most recently, she reunited with Risa on 2 recent CBS pilots.

    Always an advocate for actors, Christy believes in creating a warm, safe, and fun environment during the audition process.

  • -James Eckhouse-
      -James Eckhouse-Teacher

      James’ distinguished career as an actor and director in film, television, and theater has spanned more than thirty years. He has acted in well over a hundred films and TV shows and has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theaters across the country. Most recently he starred on Broadway opposite Bryan Cranston in the Tony Award winning drama, ALL THE WAY and in the PBS film, MURDER OF A PRESIDENT. He is best known to TV audiences playing Jim Walsh on the original BEVERLY HILLS 90210. His directing career has included several hours of episodic television including the award-winning ABC drama ONCE AND AGAIN and the documentary PROTECTING THE POSSIBILITIES, that won a CINE Golden Eagle award. In Los Angeles theater, he has directed plays at ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATRE, THE MATRIX, INSIDE THE FORD, BOSTON COURT, and THE FALCON. James’ overarching mission as a teacher is to help actors connect to their deep and utterly unique point of view, creating a space to activate their authentic voice.

      RACHEL KIMSEYTeacher

      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.

      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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