Testimonials

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“The Schott Acting Studio offers very good quality workshops, with teachers coming from different countries and with varied acting techniques. I have participated in a few of these workshops and it has helped me a lot in my understanding of acting and gave me the opportunity to learn many techniques, to practice with motivated partners and to receive tips from great teachers. I highly recommend this Studio to any actors and actresses, whether they are professionals or amateurs and would add to that, that it is a great chance to have the possibility to act in English, something that is difficult to find elsewhere in Berlin.” – Nagisa Morimoto
“​I first met Sheila at her workshop in Berlin-organized really well by the Matthias Schott Acting Studio and held at the wonderful Eden Studios. During that time I saw that Sheila ​really ​knows how to empower you as an individual so that you can grow as an artist. Anything that you may consider as a flaw​,​ or an obstacle within yourself​,​ that ​might prevent you from reaching your true potential as an actor​​​ ​Sheila teaches you how to make it a strength and reverse​s​ the situation​. She brings a lot of fun and sweetness to the process, but will never compromise ​in telling you ​when you haven’t worked ​hard ​enough!” – Zineb Triki; ‘Les grands esprits’ ‘De toutes mes forces’ ‘Le Bureau des Légendes’ ’14h05′ ‘The Frozen Dead’

James Kemp:

“There is a lot I have to be grateful for as an actor but I would have not much if it weren´t for the inspirational teaching of James Kemp. His use and teaching of the ´Yat Method` changed my view of what acting could be both as an observer and participant.” – Emilia Clarke

„James Kemp taught me character analysis for three years. He inspires his students to reach a level of acting which is high- detailed and rich. The work that James teaches reminds actors constantly of the importance of the physical when acting- how our psychological state expresses itself in our bodies. Character analysis taught by James encourages actors to use themselves in the roles they play, but this by no means limits the possibility of transformation. There is also a lovely lot of freedom in this acting class as we were allowed to create whichever character our imaginations were pulling us towards.“Actress, Drama Centre London

„What I will say is that from my perspective it helps to instill a discipline and rigour in your approach and you start to think about the little things in your performance with much more of a knowing view to what that says about your character, and indeed what the audience will receive from your performance. It gives you the tools to add great depth of character and a vocabulary and awareness of why your character has that depth.“Christopher Ashman – Actor, Drama Centre London

Seamus McNally:

“I have been working and collaborating with Seamus for ten years now. He has coached me on many auditions and currently on my work in the show Orange Is The New Black. The work I do with Seamus is invaluable. He has a wonderful ability to extract the larger themes running through a scene and how they play out moment to moment. Seamus will always lead me back to the larger story while nurturing my instincts. Working with him continues to be enlightening and I highly recommend him as a coach/director.”Nick Sandow – Orange is the New Black, Boardwalk Empire
“Seamus has a sensitivity and mindfulness that borders on mystic. He’s an expert at creating a safe space which nurtures inspiration and creative freedom. Working with him is a lovely collaborative experience. I highly recommend his class.”Ato Essandoh – Vinyl, Copper, Django Unchained
“I’ve worked with Seamus for a couple of years now. It’s paramount to have him in your corner. Seamus has been crucial in a number of projects I’ve booked and worked on. He has helped me unshackle from the bonds of “getting it right.” He nurtures the actor’s best instincts and drives you to keep the scene active but never neglecting the foundation, our personal truths.” – Babs Olusanmokun, Gotham, Copper, Roots, The Night Of
“As a french actor I needed a demo reel in english for the international market. I did two amazing workshops in Berlin with Seamus.His knowledge and coaching skills has given me more confidence an tools. We shot two scenes and I’m really happy with the results. I am now setting up a personal website with the help of CAVALE STUDIO. I will definitely continue the collaboration with Seamus for auditions or film prep…” – Nicolas Navazo, Actor/France

Ken Rea:

“The classes with Ken at Guildhall, I consider to be the most important part of the acting training. They are exercises in patience, unpredictability and encouraging students to make utter fools of themselves-vital for any actor embarking on a life in the profession.” Michelle Dockery
“This is a wonderful book with a unique take on how actors can get better and improve their chances of success. If we can all perform with half the warmth and generosity with which Ken has been teaching for the last 30 years, then we will have fulfilled our responsibility as story tellers and audiences all over the world are in for a real treat.” Damien Lewis

“Ken’s classes were some of the most interesting and diverse that I was lucky enough to attend in drama school. He opened the mind to what acting could be. There seemed no end to the possibilities, to the depth, only how far you were prepared to go.” – Ewan McGregor

“Ken is one of the few truly great teachers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. As timeless as they are unique, his techniques for accessing character and unlocking performance are phenomenally effective.”Freddie Fox

Greta Seacat:

“And then I found my person through that and I´ve worked with her ever since”, her person turned out to be Greta Seacat, whose mother Sandra, is also a famous acting teacher. “She´s such a wise woman, Kirsten says warmly of Greta, “and so intuitive and emotional.” They now work together on every role, going over the script and really building the character, using dreams, memories – anything and everything that happens to be around.”
(Kirsten Dunst – Best Actress 2011 Cannes “Melancholia” | Interview: The gentle woman)
“I’m loving Greta Seacat, my acting coach, and the work we do together which includes Jungian-type dream work – something I’ve never done before. – It’s never too late to get better!” – Jane Fonda

Ron Burrus:

“A session with Ron is like going to church. I am not a bit religious but I can image that the feelings of calmness and reassurance I am left with after an hour with Ron is similar to sensation of walking about of a service. This is high praise! But I don’t believe there anyone better at breaking down a script. He just makes things so much simpler and that is all I ever need.” Jane Levy ( “Shameless” – Tv-Series )
“Ron is one of the best acting teachers I have ever worked with. I was amazed and thrilled by how much I came away with in such a short period of time. I have a whole new understanding of character development and script breakdown, it was a revelation for me and I easily filled a notebook with notes worth their weight in gold. His energy, enthusiasm, playfulness and support are inspiring and I cannot wait for the next opportunity to work with him.“  Leanne Rivers (Ron Burrus)
“From his rich experience and his exceptional personality, Ron Burrus has taught us many things about acting but also about how to live as an actor or simply as a human being. Ron showed us how we could improve our acting skills through a daily life work and a different way of living. His training was very concrete and led us on every steps of our work ; from how to work on a character and on a script, to how to understand and act a scene. 
If you participate in this workshop, you will need a sharp pen and a thick notebook because you won’t want to miss any of his tips!” – Nagisa Morimoto (Camera Acting with Ron Burrus)
“He knows the limitations of camera art for the actor and always teaches surprising keys to making it real in each moment….He’s an artist. He never stops learning, teaching new things, seeing the world anew. He is clarity personified.“ Robin Levenson (About Ron Burrus – Backstage)

Sheila Gray:

“I truly believe I wouldn’t be where I am today without the guidance & patience Sheila showed me from day one. Sheila Taught me more about myself than I ever really wanted to know–which is where it all needs to come from. It’s an amazing thing what you can achieve when someone believes in you.” – Taylor Kitsch
“Sheila Gray is one of the best acting teachers and coaches working today. I always know when I send someone to her that not only will they have a great time, they will come out a better actor.”Ellen Chenoweth ; Casting Director/ No Country for Old Man, The Bridges of Madison County, Doubt, Inside Llewyn Davis
“Sheila was terrifically helpful with our young actor on Michael Clayton. It’s delicate work. She made sure to understand exactly what we needed, kept me well-informed, and delivered an actor with the confidence to stay loose and take direction. She did a great job for us.”Tony Gilroy; Director/Writer ‘Bourne Identity’, ‘Michael Clayton’
“I had the great pleasure of working with Sheila Gray as our film´s official acting coach, during the rehearsal period of NOVITIATE. Her extraordinary ability to bring out the absolute best in our actors, while simultaneously providing them with such a safe and protected enviroment was truly invaluable, the proof of which came to light in all the exceptional performances she helped build within the film.“Margaret Betts; Director/ Novitiate
“Sheila is a wonderful acting coach. She worked with all the actors on “A Bronx Tale. ” Sheila is able to prepare and rehearse the actors while keeping the scenes fresh and spontaneous. She was great to have on set. I am always happy to recommend her.” – Robert De Niro

Paul Miller:

“Paul is able to create an orchestra full of different elements – everybody is important – exploiting qualities of each actor. He offers his experience with enthusiasm, humility and patience. It’s wonderful how he feels what the group needs. In a week we have staged a great show. Everything starts with small things. No claims, just energy, will and passion inside a master.“ Giulia Bocciero (About working with Paul Miller)
“I recently attended an Animal Work Intensive workshop with Paul Miller at the Schott Acting Studio. (The studio had been recommended by an acting professional in London.) I am glad that I chose to attend, as the experience was a very positive one. I appreciated being sent pre-workshop assignments and readings with which to prepare for the experience. I thought the instructor did a great job of creating a comfortable environment in which to explore the technique. He was passionate about the work and quite willing to come early/stay late for anyone who wished to have additional time to work on the technique. The group was made up of talented participants with a range of experience, and I felt I learned a great deal just from observing their work. The space was well-suited for the program, and it was great to have an option to stay on site. I plan to return to the studio for additional offerings.” Feedback
“He brings serenity and confidence and is able to find the key for each student to open their own artistic world. Always focused on the job, he truly conveys the attitude “Acting is easy and it’s fun” and he is an expert of the “Animal Work”. Working with him will change the way you see things and take on your artistic career. Paul is an adventure that I recommend to every actor who wants to extend their horizons.”Ettore Nicoletti
“Thank you very much once again for arranging everything; it was an amazing experience.” Nina Van Rompaey
“So much positive impression; I still have to sort out how to put it in words.” Daniela Baresch
“Movement Psychology Programme” (January 23th – 29th, 2012 ) Christopher Fettes, Liana Nyquist & Paul Miller

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