Mondays, 6:30 - 10pm Pacific time
This is an ongoing class that meets 4x per month, every month. A long-term practice mindset is recommended.
In person at The BGB Studio in LA.
A space to be in process.
In addition to scene study work, class members experiment with writing, directing, and the creation of original pieces with the intention of developing trust in and illuminating the power of their personal points of view.
This ongoing weekly practice includes scene work, on-camera work (audition and self-tape prep and practice), and prompts to inspire the fullest expression of each actor’s original voice.
As your guide, Mike creates an atmosphere that instills in actors a sense of freedom and elation in the work and, ultimately, the practice to embrace the aspects of themselves that lie on the other side of resistance. A sense of inclusion, safety, and respect is the hallmark of community that grows out of the class.
"I am blown away with how Mike runs his class: with empathy, with tangible, valuable insight into the material he is teaching, and with laser focus."
- Nicholas Harsin, S.W.A.T.
"I’m so lucky to have worked with Mike. He’s incredibly generous as a director, writer, and actor. He coaches with confidence and candor while still including you as a collaborator. There’s an immediate trust there and it goes both ways. It takes real artistic intelligence to look into the heart of a scene or a story and have the guts to tell it like it is, fearlessly and boldly, but first and foremost, with compassion and honesty. Mike does this with ease."
-Karli Hall, STAGING CHRISTMAS
"Mike- Thank you for another wonderful class last night! Each week I’m consistently amazed by the creative risks each person takes. The community of support and trust you all have built is so so special and I feel lucky to be a part of it. Thank you for making every single class a creative adventure!"
-Megan McKenzie, STAY
"I am so fortunate to have Mike as a guide in class. His commitment level as a teacher goes above and beyond. He is so invested in every single actor, giving of himself fully and open-heartedly. Mike delivers constructive feedback every time, while always remaining supportive and encouraging — but never coddling. There is no limit to his creativity and outside-the-box thinking, and he is an absolute joy to collaborate with. He gives 110% in every class (as well as offering availability outside of class), and his energy is infectious."
- Cadden Jones, FBI: MOST WANTED
"The Becoming crew is a phenomenal group of dedicated and supportive, artists steeped in willingness, honesty, joy and exploration led by the incomparable Mike Faiola. Onward Becoming!!!"
- Garth McClean, LOOKING FOR LIGHTNING
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.