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1. “We’ve bought into the idea that education is about training and “success,” defined monetarily, rather than learning to think critically and challenge. We should not forget that the true purpose of education is to make minds, not careers. A culture that does not grasp the vital interplay between morality and power, which mistakes management techniques for wisdom, which fails to understand that the measure of a civilization is its compassion, not its speed or ability to consume, condemns itself to death.” – Chris Hedges (Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle)

2. Founding production company-film/theater projects: Foggy Road Productions

3. New article: Thoughts on different approaches and Acting Technqiues

4. Workshops 2024:

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6. Watching notable films and studying actors and actresses by renting DVDs/Blu-rays from video stores can help acting students comprehend film history and gain knowledge. Using only streaming services limits your perspective because of their limited selection.

The following list of movies is incomplete, but a good starting point. List of Films

Further Lists: BFI , Variety , Time Out , The Guardian

Renting in Berlin: Filmgalerie Berlin

7. Latest Feedbacks:
“Engaging in Creative Dream work with Amanda is a profound exploration of the soul, a transformative journey into the depths of unconscious dynamics. Finding this work has granted me access to inner images usually concealed by the ordinary. It enriches the source of creativity and sets free inner potential.”Eva Lorenzo
“I absolutely love Eric’s workshops – I did Level 1 and 2 in one wonderful go and they were brilliant! Eric is so clear and to the point (frank but kind, and funny) and built a safe and supportive working environment in which we could all try…and fail…and then try again – the best way to learn! The workshops helped me overcome my inhibitions about camera acting and I’m really excited about continuing to practise and learn more from him in the future!” – Laura Cameron Wilkinson
“The foundations acting workshop with Matthias was everything I was looking for in a week long intensive. He introduced us to a variety of exercises, concepts and techniques; he created an encouraging and safe environment and he provided us with insightful feedback as we went along. Throughout the course each student improved on their own as well as within the group. It was the perfect combination of fun and challenging and a real opportunity to get to know yourself better or just expand your acting experience. Matthias’ dedication to the craft is evident in his enthusiasm and dedication. I would happily take more classes with him. ” – Workshop August/Anonymous
Amanda‘s one of a kind. Working with her both privately and in a group setting has been fundamental in developing my creative practice. She’s highly intuitive, calm, encouraging and curious, and creates a safe and playful space to delve in and truly explore. Her work is profoundly holistic and has opened me up into a richer, deeper and more authentic way of connecting with myself, my art and others. And it’s super f*ing fun!  It’s become an integral part of my artistic process and way beyond. I’m forever grateful and couldn’t recommend her more highly.” Katie McGuiness (Snowpiercer, Hollywood)
“Thank you very much for this amazing opportunity of participating in a workshop with Eric. I’m very happy that I was able to be a part of it. Eric is a real professional, who are giving you professional tools. I love his approach to work and life…I think it was the best workshop that I ever have participated! Will be happy to continue studying with Eric.”Maria Shtofa (Actress from Ukraine/Berlin-based)
“I have already done several workshops with the Schott Acting Studio, and it has always been an amazing experience. Matthias has a great sense of choosing the most exquisite teachers from all over the world. – Creating a personal narrative with Martin Maron and Directing Personal Narrative with Tomer Adorian has been an incredible journey. Martin opens up with his kind and encouraging way, a space in which you can discover your own voice, the topics that are crucial for your soul right now, and guides you with his expertise towards creating a story out of this topic. Tomer has a strong theatrical background and helped me to find the visual aspect of my story. After that workshop, you feel uplifted, eager to develop and work on your own story, and so inspired by listening to the stories that your colleagues had to share. – This workshop is perfect for writers, actors, directors, and anyone who is longing to connect with oneself.” – Janina Elkin (The Queen´s Gambit, Der König von Palma, Fremdkörper)
​„I highly recommend working with Ken Barnett on Dream Work. He is not only a fantastic teacher and coach, but one of the most attentive and non judgmental people I’ve ever encountered. The method of Dream Work is new to most actors in Germany, but nevertheless very effective and fundamental in achieving both mastery and artistic fulfillment in creating characters. You work the dream from the prospective of people or even innate objects coming in and from the dream, which is both fascinating and exciting. Try it, you will love it. – Kudos to Matthias Schott for inviting such a gifted person.”Oana Solomon; Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Thalia Theater. Zusammenarbeit mit Theaterregisseuren*innen: George Tabori, Werner Schroeter, Luk Perceval, Ruth Berghaus, Robert Wilson, Dimiter Gotscheff
„Starting or maintaining a writing practice can be tough- it’s often lonely work and requires commitment.  The course I took with Tomer was quite revelatory.  He has such a range of brilliant exercises and techniques and really understands how stories work. I found myself writing in new ways and about personal topics, and opening up whole new areas of creative exploration; and I attribute this to Tomer’s natural gift as a tutor and coach. He brings such a welcoming and supportive energy and has a really special way of grasping and highlighting the deeper concerns within your work, so you’ll say- ‘oh I see! that’s what i wanted to talk about!’, and be able to continue with fresh ideas and energy.“Daniel Baker (Actor/Writer)
“Mike Alfreds’ workshop on the Laban Efforts was an amazing experience, led by a true pioneer of the theatre, which challenged my preconceptions around the psycho-physical work of the actor. As an introduction to the work of Rudolf Laban, I found the work liberating and specific, and with Mike Alfreds‘ guidance, the Laban efforts have become an indispensable and fundamental aspect of my toolkit as an actor. In a year of lockdowns and a global pandemic, one of the silver linings has been the ability to engage in online workshops with luminaries of the theatre, which would not have been possible otherwise.“William Harding (Actor/Playwright/Director South Africa)
„I just wanted to let you know that I thought Mike‘s Characterization workshop last week was absolutely brilliant. It was really insightful and provided us all with a rich variety of useful techniques from which to approach characterization. It was challenging but as a result, I felt like I learned so much just from those 5 sessions, and it’s made me think of how I approach the work in a new and exciting way. In addition, I’m starting to build an awareness of how we use Laban in our daily lives. I really hope to see more opportunities like them in the future. So, thank you both! I look forward to seeing you for the next one.“James Lacey (Actor, UK)
„The Studio that Matthias has built is unique and remarkable- I’m pretty sure there’s nothing else quite like it in Europe.  He attracts world class international coaches, and the community that has developed around the studio is so dynamic and creative.  Every workshop I’ve taken with the studio has been outstanding- the tutors and coaches are at the top of their game, and they’re incredibly generous with their time and expertise.  Since first attending a workshop with the wonderful Sheila Gray in December 2019 I have made many new friends through workshops with the Studio, and feel like I’m part of something very special.“Daniel Baker (Actor)
Matthias Schott is an outstanding acting coach and workshop leader. Through the detailed exercises in the workshops and his incredible curated eye, he provides generous individual feedback which has been pivotal on my acting journey. He is a true talent and the classes are not only a melting pot of ideas and experimentation but also fun! I can truly say that without it, my acting journey would not have grown as much. His knowledge, expertise and intuitive eye is unsurpassed.” – Alaa Taha (Playwright/Actress)
“Matthias is a phenomenal acting coach. I always come back to his teachings, whether it be preparing for theatre or film. Matthias has an engaging, attentive and intuitive teaching style that nurtures each student’s journey. He identifies potential blocks and offers the tools to work through them in order to understand where you need to go to reach a level of higher awareness and understanding as an actor. He breaks down the multifaceted process through a vast variety of exercises which makes the task at hand tangible and approachable, no matter where you are in your acting journey. Matthias’ workshops constitutes both individual and group exercises that shapes and forms each student and attunes to each individual level. Matthias has guided me from a fundamental level, to individual scene- and character work or auditions for schools and jobs. There is a wisdom and deep sense of humanity in the way he approaches each character or scene, teaching us to challenge our understanding of the human experience, be conscious and present in our acting choices, never judge our experience or understanding of the character, but be curious, free and creative.” – Nina Mariko Sandquist (Actress)

8. Groups at the forefront of forest conservation and fighting exploitation:

Agent Green:

The AGENT GREEN association is a non-governmental and non-profit organization for environmental protection , established in 2009 in Romania.

Cool Earth:

Back People, Protect Rainforest. Indigenous peoples and local communities are fighting for climate justice. Join them.

9. Performances by Ukrainian Artists December 21st 7PM

Photos from the Premiere click here

10. Performance by Ukrainian Artists December 21st 4PM

“The Goethe-Institut’s matching platform for cultural professionals in cooperation with the international NGO Artists at Risk is part of a comprehensive package of measures for which the Federal Foreign Office is providing funds from the 2022 supplementary budget to mitigate the consequences of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine.”

11. Book recommendations:

Different Every Night by Mike Alfreds

Playwriting – Structure, Character, How and What to Write by Stephen Jeffreys

The Outstanding Actor by Ken Rea

In-Depth Acting by Dee Cannon