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Here’s What Actors Are Saying About Risa and Steve:

joe3Joe Manganiello

“Within a few days after taking Risa’s class I walked into an audition for ONE TREE HILL and booked the job. Risa stresses INTENTION and CONNECTION. Whether you are just starting out or have been around for a while, this training is imperative.” -Joe Manganiello. TRUE BLOOD

Daniella Alonso

“Training with Steve absolutely changed my career. He gives me the practical tools and the confidence to book work. His insight, intuition and passion for the actor’s process make working with him invaluable.” – Daniella Alonso. REVOLUTION


Evan Handler

“I have known Risa for nearly thirty years, as casting director, director, teacher, theater co-member, sounding board, friend, and advocate. What continues to inspire me most is her enduring passion for, and support of, actors, and the work that they do. Risa loves the process, she loves the people, and she continues to be devoted to locating, nurturing, and assisting in the growth of each individual’s specific gifts.” -Evan Handler. CALIFORNICATION

Donal Logue

“Risa was able to make me, an agent-less, essentially credit-less actor at the time, step into a heavy-duty environment, stacked with multiple Academy Award winners and quiet the doubts that plagued me (probably all actors) by teaching me to focus on two powerful truths: one, that it is only about the work (and not the outside stuff) and two (and maybe more importantly) she taught me to ask- Why not me? ” -Donal Logue. TERRIERS


Ahna O’Reilly

“Steve is an amazing teacher and coach. I cannot recommend him highly enough. He has helped me find my confidence, and I have grown immensely as an actor thanks to his teaching” -Ahna O’Reilly. THE HELP

Aaron TveitAaron Tveit

“Risa’s class is such a wonderfully invigorating time of exploration. The special thing about Risa is that her attitude and passion gives us, as actors, the freedom, and more importantly the permission, to get out of our own way. To be committed to what we’re doing, no matter if it’s right or wrong. I will be back!” - Aaron Tveit, LES MISERABLES

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Who We Are

Risa Bramon Garcia

“I am committed to helping actors find your voice, your courage, your conviction, with ease and authenticity. And to reconnect with the inspiration that led you to do what you do, what I consider to be the most courageous work there is… engaging as a genuine artist. Doing it for its own sake. Because artistry isn’t about getting a job, it’s about the joy you experience in bringing your unique voice to the story. The industry finds that artistry.” More about Risa Bramon Garcia →

Steve Braun

“I don’t mean to get all New-Agey on you but I believe that you are an artist whose voice is unique to the universe. There, I said it. You have a unique set of experiences, the totality of which no one else shares. As an acting coach, it is my job to help you bring that unique point of view to the world of the play. I train my students to offer a unique performance while still giving casting directors, directors, producers and executives exactly what they want.” More about Steve Braun →

What We Do

We help actors of all levels add their unique voice to a script or scene and we present opportunities for that work to be seen by top industry professionals. We train actors to bring their unique and compelling interpretation to the work so that casting directors, directors, writers, and producers get to experience your talent at it’s best. At The BGB Studio actors learn to quickly interpret the strange and often confusing notes given in an audition room and then satisfy the requirements of those notes through the filter of their own unique voice. We are committed to your creative and professional success.

Why This Matters

We believe that acting is important and we consider it an honor to work with dedicated actors who have the courage to express their unique voice on stage or in front of a camera. While, of course, the end game is to have you book that part on the new cable show, the latest blockbuster, or hot new indie film, we believe that actors are more important than the business.

Sadly, our business is packed full of clones. We’re dressing the same, speaking the same, and desperately trying to act the same with rarely a thought to what we believe is the real gold of human communication – how we truthfully feel. And we get that being truthful in your work isn’t easy. Fear, shame, and insecurity sometimes make it seem impossible. But we believe that being truthful, personal, and emotionally connected is vital. Why not discover and then express the things about you that are unique within the world of the play? Why not stand out?




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