The On-Camera Scene Study Lab In-Studio

with Sydney Walsh

Class Details

Teacher:

Sydney Walsh

Class Dates:

Thursdays, 6:30 - 10pm Pacific Time

Commitment:

This is a weekly ongoing class that meets 4x per month, every month.

Ideal for:

Actors looking to engage in deep character, physicality, and imagination work, as a way into scene study, either on-camera or onstage.

Cost:

$295 US/month for four classes per month. **There are no refunds, substitutes, transfers, audits or deferments for any classes.  (Cancellation Policy)

Location:

In person at The BGB Studio in LA.

Character, story, style… All coming from you!

The Scene Study Lab with Sydney Walsh focuses on the essential interpretive skills for making your chosen script a personal text… a living, breathing, dynamic touchstone for exploration and inspiration that you can bring to your camera work on the set and your self-tapes.

This weekly lab is the place to boldly physicalize the work, take risks, dive deep into finding your most meaningful, personal connection to character and story, and achieve true flow through practice every week on camera. This practice gives voice and a structure to the unseen creative process that makes this specific kind of deep, interpretive work possible, and helps you book work and keep working. 

In this process you build and inhabit dynamic, living characters in leading roles, in bad writing, in exceptional material, in cold reading, in audition prep, and in self-tapes. You jump into the practice of play, of making bold choices, and working from impulse… which IS your job as an actor. Physicality, the life and rhythm of a character, and your unique point of view come together to organically craft a one-of-a-kind work, grounded, in-process, practice, and your authentic relationship to the source material and your presence on camera.

Sydney’s gifts as a teacher draw on her extensive experience working on stage, in front of the camera, and as a director. It is her joy and mission to share the tools and insights she’s gained over many years in order to train, prepare, and direct you in the service of practicing your craft, boldly interpreting material from your unique perspective and experience, and creating a safe and wonderfully challenging container for the work. With these tools, you can do anything!

Everything changes the moment you sign up!

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The Work...

Each month, you dive into a variety of sources, sometimes assigned and sometimes chosen by you. You work with material from plays, films, and television scripts, and go in deep.

Your Teacher

  1. Dive deep into circumstances, character, physical life , and an ever evolving relationship to your chosen material or script — the preparation work every actor needs to know.
  2. Use cold reading, improvisational and imaginative sensory tools to tap into the voice of YOU (as the character) so your original choices serve their original story, but are also deeply personal to you.
  3. Invest in PRACTICE as your secret weapon, using the PROCESS WORK from our weekly meetings together to consistently form the bones of your performance so you can…
  4. Deepen and find new freedom in your self tape and on-camera work . Showing up to the weekly practice of script analysis, making bold choices in real time, deeply listening and tapping your impulsive flow to create strong characters with a unique point of view, will enliven your recorded scenes, your auditions, self-tapes, and your connection to your artistry.

"I LOVE Sydney’s class. It is the best acting class I have ever taken. From the first day it has completely changed the way I approached my craft. I’m SO HAPPY I found Sydney and The BGB Studio."

- Melanie Camp, THE SANDRA WEST DIARIES

"Sydney inspires actors by focusing in on what they have to bring to the material and freeing them up to make creative choices. She has razor focus and insight, a dedication and energy that will not cease until the actor and script are one. She creates an environment of generosity where people are inspired to play specific objectives and remain vulnerable; where there is trust and a sense of play. A television actor, an acting teacher, a developer of original material and a theatre director, she brings joy, wisdom, humility and humor to her art and to her fellow actors."

- Sally Smythe, Artistic Director, SOUTH PASADENA THEATER WORKSHOP

"Sydney Walsh is a dear friend and longtime collaborator. She is my sister in art and poetry. She has a gift for organizing the circle of the feast; welcoming newcomers to the banquet, getting old timers, like me, to eat and drink heartily, as if for the first time. She invites everyone within her circle to serve each other as a way of serving themselves. She is a hard working, ever curious and dedicated teacher, not to mention a fine, accomplished actress herself. One is lucky to be around her experience; one of strength and hope."

- Bernard White, KIDDING

"Sydney Walsh’s ability as a teacher to inspire is profound. Over the years she has lovingly pushed me to go deeper as an actor, writer, and director. She supports what is unique and special in each of her students and encourages them to fiercely bring those qualities into their work. Because of her many years as a working actor, she knows what you must bravely call forth from inside when auditioning and on set. Sydney imparts knowledge that will empower you in this business. Take her class, and I promise, you’ll feel galvanized!"

- Jackie Katzman, Creator/Exec Producer, STONE (PARAMOUNT TV)

"I’m so grateful to Sydney for inspiring me with her incredible belief and spirit. She’s dedicated, generous, and full of creativity in her ideas of where a scene and character can go. Thank you, Syd, for being the warmest of teachers. You’ve been a collaborator, a mentor, and above all, a true friend."

- Jessika Van, AWKWARD

"I’ve studied with a few coaches and teachers over the past few years, and I can honestly say that Sydney is for sure one of the best. Sydney is real, authentic, and so compassionate about ensuring her students push themselves and bring out the best they can offer."

- Kieran Roberts, UP COUNTRY

Being in class and community with @sydsource and my classmates is, hands down, the best part of my week. I'm off of class this month and miss it...can't wait to be back! But if anyone out there reading this is on the fence about BGB, I urge you to give it a try. It's changed everything for me. Being able to connect and respond as a human to another human in real-time, whether in person or on Zoom is everything. It's fulfilling and restorative, and coming off of isolation, it's the antidote to stagnation and fear. For me, being in class at BGB is an act of radical self-love. Sydney's the real deal and I always find something new as an actor and human under her guidance. ❤

- Sarah Sypniewski, Clown Car: A Love Story

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.

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