London, where Mike Bernardin taught for over fifteen years before expanding his work abroad, has long been acknowledged for its rich theatical heritage. And in the thriving European centre, Berlin, a hive of left-field creativity for over a century, the main Studio base of the Actors-Space has established itself as a unique home for professional and aspiring actors from all over the world.

Reaching out from over a half a dozen European centres, the impact of Mike's teaching and philosophy has deepened rapidly over the last ten years.

In Berlin Mike's work has been supplemented by the addition of a superb team of tutors. Now established are our unique Year-Long acting programme, taught by Co-director André Bolouri, as well as other regular classes; Actors' Movement, Voice, Scene Analysis, Coaching for English Text, individual Role Preparation; And each class is offered by experts in their fields, from Berlin and from the UK and the USA.

   teaching writers and directors at the Drehbuchforum in Vienna, June 2010

This model, integrating distinct disciplines in a single, inter-dependent collaboration is unique among actor-training intstitutions; at its heart lies the vision of a Conservatory Theatre and Film Ensemble, united in vocabulary, in practice and in common experience; espousing artistic communality and supportive mutuality in all areas of an actor's work. In the context of this ever-challenging business, the nearest reference for the Actors-Space are the famed Group Theater of New York, and its subsequent reincarnation as the ActorsStudio.

We are constantly told that too many Actors are chasing too few jobs, that we are in competition with each other, that we are exchangeable, that we are the last (and least important) element of the creative process. This is not true. Joining the Actors-Space adds a voice for collaboration, respect, and the pursuit of excellence.

Membership of the Actors-Space is cost free, and commits you to nothing but the chance to find that there is, after all, a COMMUNITY of actors.

Mike trained in London as an actor, at Mountview Theatre School, and subsequently studied physical theatre with Desmond Jones and the Meisner Technique from 1989. As an actor his experience includes West End productions of Blood Brothers, The Patsy Cline Story and The Beautiful Game. Also, The Duchess of Malfi directed by Phyllida Lloyd, and Edward Bond’s Lear directed by Tim Stark both for the Royal National Theatre.

Elsewhere, The Merchant of Venice, Of Mice and Men, Justin Butcher’s buffo-inspired Passion (all national tours), Romeo and Juliet (Bracknell), Dial M for Murder (London), The Trojan Women (Cheltenham). For the Original Shakespeare Company: Angelo in Measure for Measure (Cambridge) and Bertram in All’s Well that Ends Well (London). Most recently for screen in the lead role in “Krakatoa” for Channel 4 and HBO.

As a director, Mike was the Artistic Director of Fervent Theatre Company, where he directed and produced over thirty productions in six years. Most recently these included, Patrick Marber’s “Closer”, John Steinbeck‘s “Of Mice and Men”, William Shakespeare‘s “Twelfth Night”, Stephen Sondheim’s “Company”, Tom Kempinski’s “Duet for One”, David Mamet‘s “Oleanna” and “Speed the Plow” and Edward Albee’s “The Zoo Story”. In Berlin he has directed David Auburn's "Proof" and in Norfolk Harold Pinter's "Betrayal".

He also regularly directs student productions and casting showcases throughout London, including Stephen Adly Guirgis’ “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot”, William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” and several dance-theatre pieces for Springs Dance Company. He continues to teach in leading Drama Schools and Studios across Europe, including the Akademie der Darstellende Kunste in Ludwigsburg, the EuXXL Forum for Film in Vienna, and the HFF Konrad Wolf in Potsdam.


Working in 2008 with debutante Director Feo Aladag, he coached the cast for the film "Die Fremde" ("When we Leave") which opened in 2010 and stormed prize platforms and festivals world-wide. Since then he has worked with Pia Marais, Sophie Heldmann, Athanasios Karanikolas, Tobias Doerrs  and others on directing projects and related explorations. 

 

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