The ups and downs of the industry can rob you of the creative spirit you need to succeed. The pursuit of an acting career can be emotionally violent and without a strong practice that protects your art (the art that ultimately books you work) success is out of reach. To have the career you want you’re going to have to blow them away and the only way you do that is to nurture the fire that started you on this path in the first place. The Core pours gas on that fire and lets it rage.
This transformational 8-week class is your respite from the industry, giving you life-changing training that will serve as your artistic anchor for the rest of your days. 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.
BY APPLICATION OR INVITATION ONLY.
You are unique to the universe.
…and that is why you will book work.
The rejection and merciless indifference of the industry can make you hide who you are, protect your vulnerability, and dim your unique light. The Core disrupts the stale patterns that result from being beat down by the industry, and ignites your passion to discover and express who you are in your work. It is the path to the type of championship level work that creates a successful acting career.
|Teacher:||Steve Braun with Master Teachers|
|Dates:||Thursdays, September 27th to November 15th. Sign up now as this class fills fast!|
|Duration:||8 weeks. 10:30am – 1:30pm.|
The BGB Studio
10999 Riverside Dr., Suite 301
North Hollywood, CA 91602
|Requirements:||An open heart and mind. By application or invitation only. There are no make ups for this 8 week class. (CANCELLATION POLICY)|
|Cost:||2 installments of $320. $640 for the entire 8 week program.|
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.
Class 1-2- The Source. Re-discover and re-ignite the engine of your creative force.
Class 3- Your body. Integrate your body into your talent.
Class 4- Imaginative scene work. “Getting it right” doesn’t exist.
Class 5- Instinct Freedom. Let it rip.
Class 6- Being a Creator. Be done with waiting for permission to act.
Class 7- Presence. How to bring the full force of your talent anywhere, anytime.
Class 8- Where you’re Going. Commit to the next chapter of your artist life.
Teachers listed below (other than Steve) are subject to change.
- 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. His coaching and teaching clients include lead and recurring actors from WESTWORLD, MR. ROBOT, FEUD, NARCOS, HOMELAND, THE NEWSROOM, CHICAGO LAW, TRANSPARENT, 10 DAYS IN THE VALLEY, MAD MEN, DEXTER, TRUE BLOOD, VAMPIRE DIARIES, THE BLACKLIST, CSI, CSI: NY, etc, etc.
More on Steve here.
- L. Trey WilsonTEACHER
L. Trey Wilson is an actor, writer, director, producer, teaching artist and facilitator. Originally from Chicago and now makes his home in Los Angeles.
As an actor, theater credits include: SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, A FEW GOOD MEN, TRUE WEST, A LESSON BEFORE DYING, THE SECRET GARDEN, THE KATRINA PLAY, STAGE DIRECTIONS. He worked for two seasons with Shakespeare and Co. performing in TAMING OF THE SHREW, ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, and MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. Television and Film credits: LAW AND ORDER SVU, MONK, FINAL JUSTICE, SPEED RACER, WHITEWASH and presently the popular Netflix series SENSE 8.
Writing and Directing credits include his plays, THREE PART DISHARMONY, ALL ABOUT ESTHER, STAGE DIRECTIONS, TURN, SOMETHING HAPPENED, STAY, AUGUST (a collection of 31 short plays), a six part Web series and two solo performance pieces.
Awards include: The LA Drama Critics Circle Award, The NAACP Award, The Backstage West Garland Award, The LA Weekly Award, The GLAAD Award and The Ovation Award.
More on Trey here.
- CELESTE PECHOUSTeacher
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 Theatre. Pechous was honored Best Actress for her work in THE CLAN at the Midwest Film Festival. She received a Best Actress nomination 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.
More on Celeste here.
- Felipe FigueroaTeacher
Felipe Figueroa is an actor that started in the world of musical theater- first in high school and then at NYU. During and following school he performed in many regional theater stages and his favorite credit of all time is Paul in A CHORUS LINE (played it twice). He took a hiatus from the business for 8 years and managed a dental office in Philadelphia which put money in the bank and helped pay his loans to NYU. However, the art tugged at him and he moved to Los Angeles to re-ignite his career. Favorite credits have been TRANSPARENT, LOPEZ and CRIMINAL MINDS. His favorite aspect of the work is finding his own voice in the script despite what the breakdown and the action lines say.
More on Felipe here.
- Will DoughtyTeacher
Will Doughty brings passion and vision to his work that inspires performers to balance structure and freedom in their creative process. With 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry including television credits for NBC, Showtime and Comedy Central and a dozen national commercial campaigns, his classes are high energy, positive, supportive and empowering. Will has been guest teaching at the BGB Studio for over six years and is an advocate for freedom of expression. Will has studied and performed improv in Chicago, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, New York, Austin, and San Francisco. His LA training includes UCB, iOWest, and Second City. Will also co-produced and co-hosted Crashbar Improv weekly for 5 years, which has given birth to the annual LA Indie Improv Festival. Will challenges the improv form by bringing it to the script. His classes blend the spontaneity of improv with grounded scripted material, challenging actors to trust in their process and show up fully to their performance be it comedy or drama. He believes that an actor’s imagination is the defining factor in their craft.
More on Will here.
What Actors are Saying
- Risa and Steve's style of teaching is genuine, refreshing, and profound. Their deep exploration of the simple TRUTH lets the line between self and character dissolve, allowing every actor to fully shine to their most believable, dynamic, and GENUINE self. AND, they help generate work from coast to coast! I have recently booked recurring roles on MR. ROBOT, GOTHAM, and lots more. This work is directly related to my experience at BGB, and their continued dedication to the curiosity of the moment.Michael Maize MR. ROBOT
I felt instantly supported, challenged, and happy to be here. Steve, I so appreciate how you lead with strength and sensitivity, authority and generosity. The conscientiousness of the course's design is elegant, to say the least, and I really can't speak more highly of it, of you, Felipe, and the guest instructors. BGB has rekindled the hope in my heart and reminded me of why the hell I made the series of choices that lead me here to begin with.Nicky Endres PUSHING DAISIES