Meet our team of amazing coaches!

We are profoundly protective of the work that happens at our studio. The BGB Studio is proud to present a roster of brilliant coaches who care deeply about actors and are committed to helping them explore the depths of their artistry so that they may share it with the world.

– Risa and Steve

  • Risa Bramon Garcia
    Risa Bramon GarciaCoach/Studio Founder

    For the past 35 years Risa has worked consistently as a director, producer, casting director, writer, and teacher in the arenas of theatre, film, and television. She has the great fortune to collaborate with some of the most talented, passionate, and groundbreaking artists in the world. She is dedicated to helping actors find their distinctive voice in their work so that they can enter into any room or stage with power and ease. More on Risa here.

  • ~Steve Braun~
    ~Steve Braun~Coach/Studio Founder

    Steve Braun is an LA-based actor and acting coach. Over his 15 year career he has starred in such movies as HAROLD AND KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE, WRONG TURN 2, and THE TRIP as well as being a series regular on such television shows as THE IMMORTAL and TWINS. Over the years Steve has guest starred on CSI: MIAMI, CSI: NY, BONES, GILMORE GIRLS,THE CLOSER, NCIS, and THE MENTALIST. More on Steve here.

  • Jami Rudofsky
    Jami RudofskyCoach/Teacher

    Jami had been casting for over 20 years and has worked in every medium. She has previously cast Season 4 of MASTERS OF SEX. She approaches coaching from the perspective of a working Casting Director, helping you identify choices you might not have thought about in preparation. By the time you walk out of your session, you will have the confidence to own the room and the ability to bring you best self to the audition. More on Jami here.

  • Christy Faison
    Christy FaisonCoach/Teacher

    Christy Faison has been casting for over ten years. She has worked on various pilots, series and films including Boss, The Newsroom, and Ash vs. Evil Dead. Most recently, she cast the CBS pilot Navy Seal with Risa Bramon Garcia. Always an advocate for actors, Christy believes in creating a warm, safe and fun environment during the audition process. 

    More on Christy here.


  • -James Eckhouse-
    -James Eckhouse-Teacher

    James’ distinguished career as an actor and director in film, television, and theater has spanned more than thirty years. He has acted in well over a hundred films and TV shows and has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theaters across the country. Most recently he starred on Broadway opposite Bryan Cranston in the Tony Award winning drama, ALL THE WAY and in the PBS film, MURDER OF A PRESIDENT. He is best known to TV audiences playing Jim Walsh on the original BEVERLY HILLS 90210. His directing career has included several hours of episodic television including the award-winning ABC drama ONCE AND AGAIN and the documentary PROTECTING THE POSSIBILITIES, that won a CINE Golden Eagle award. In Los Angeles theater, he has directed plays at ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATRE, THE MATRIX, INSIDE THE FORD, BOSTON COURT, and THE FALCON. James’ overarching mission as a teacher is to help actors connect to their deep and utterly unique point of view, creating a space to activate their authentic voice.

    More on James here.

  • Rachel Kimsey
    Rachel KimseyCoach/Teacher

    Rachel is a working Actor and Voice Over artist; she is an original member of the BGB Studio, teaching the Saturday Workout and Core Sunday. Having taught Crossfit and yoga for many years, Rachel understands both strength and stillness in the work, and that your unique experience, body, and voice are what make you a valued actor. Rachel will help you find yourself in the story, bring your body into the room, and find the power of your own voice. More on Rachel here.

  • Deborah Puette
      Deborah PuetteCoach

      Deborah has worked on major studio features and has guest-starred and recurred on top network and cable shows including EXTANT, REVOLUTION, THE OFFICE, PARKS & REC, GREY’S ANATOMY, and TRUE BLOOD. For her critically-acclaimed work onstage she has received numerous major awards and nominations. As a coach, Deborah excels in helping actors quickly hone honest, unique, text-based choices that bring a fresh voice to the material while keeping the storytelling clear.

    • Johnathan McClain
        Johnathan McClainCoach

        Over the course of a prominent 20 year career, Johnathan has appeared on stages across the country and in TV shows and movies. If you’re curious, you can Google him. He believes that success lives in confidence, and he will encourage you to be confident in expressing your complex, intricate, human experience. He also believes that you are enough. Because you are.

      • Kelly Wolf
          Kelly WolfCoach

          “I got the sides last night, I didn’t get the whole script!” Sound familiar? These worries and distractions keep you from doing your best work. Kelly is excellent at helping you investigate the text and focus on the story in order to free yourself, walk into any audition and own the room! A working actor in theatre, film, and television, Kelly studied with the legendary Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof.

        • Daniel Rubiano
            Daniel RubianoCoach

            Daniel received his MFA from UC, SAN DIEGO. He’s appeared in several plays and TV shows. His coaching is spontaneous and organic. He takes what you bring to the table and molds it with script analysis, copious verbal notes, and specifics. By the time you leave you’ll have done the scene a myriad of different ways, thoroughly discussed what’s happening on the surface and beneath, and most of all, be ready!

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