In Rehearsal

Go Deep. Risk Big. Create Work.

Risa is a director at heart. And it is as a director that Risa has put together these weekly gatherings of talented actors, meeting you where you are in your process, your practice, your career. In Rehearsal is a deep and practical weekly training and workshop session for working actors looking to stay sharp between jobs, to stay connected to the joy of the work, and to create work out of that inspiration.

This class is not an audition or employment opportunity and there is no suggestion or guarantee of an audition or employment as a result of taking this class.




There’s a notion in this town that the actor’s life is about booking work. While that may be true to some extent, the real measure of success is your relationship to your creative experience – to the personal expression of your specific, strong, unique voice. In order to keep that alive, you must be in rehearsal when you’re not on a job. And even then, you need a sustained practice to keep yourself connected.

You need a place where you can do the work for its own sake, a place where you can take risks, be challenged, allow yourself to create. In Rehearsal is a place where Risa and a vibrant, talented ensemble of actors come together in the work and do just that.

While auditioning is a part of the investigation, the focus of In Rehearsal is getting reconnected to your creative expression and to your fellow artists. This is an
opportunity to roll up your sleeves and dig into all sorts of material, exercises, and practices. To explore ways of accessing your rich emotional lives and to be able to make specific, truthful choices with ease. To create new work together- write, direct, and shoot what you create. To engage with each other and to take each other to deeper and higher places, under Risa’s guidance.

In Rehearsal affords you the time and opportunity to come together in a way that will enliven you every week, push your boundaries, challenge your beliefs, collaborate with fellow travelers, and cement a practice that you can take with you anywhere.

In all her years in this industry as a director, producer, casting director, and teacher, this is Risa’s only ongoing class, a realized dream of hers. Be a part of the journey.

Class Details
Teacher: Risa Bramon Garcia Location: The BGB Studio, 10999 Riverside Dr., Suite 301, North Hollywood, CA 91602
Dates: Saturdays, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm, 3x month on an ongoing basis. Requirements: For advanced working actors. By Invitation or Application Only. (Cancellation Policy)
Duration: This is an on-going class with a recommended minimum three month commitment. Cost: $200/month. Three Classes per month.

Teacher: Risa Bramon Garcia

Dates: Saturdays, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm,
3x month on an ongoing basis.

Cost: $200/month for 4 class/month

Duration: This is an ongoing class, meeting 4x a month. A minimum three months commitment is recommended.

Requirements: For advanced working actors. By invitation or application only. (Cancellation Policy)

Location: The BGB Studio, 10999 Riverside Dr., Suite 301, North Hollywood, CA 91602

Your Teacher(s)
    RISA BRAMON GARCIATeacher/Studio Founder

    For the past 35 years Risa has worked consistently as a director, producer, casting director, writer, and teacher. She’s had the great fortune to have collaborated with some of the most talented, passionate, and groundbreaking artists in the world. She’s continued to move successfully from one arena to another – from theatre to film to television and back. With two feature films in her directorial body of work – the cult classic, 200 CIGARETTES, and most recently, THE CON ARTIST, made in Canada, Risa’s also directed in television, including multiple episodes of THE TWILIGHT ZONE for New Line, and several shows for HBO, Lifetime, and Comedy Central.

    Risa’s directed dozens of plays in New York (THE ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATRE, THE SECOND STAGE, MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB) and in Los Angeles. She calls THE ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATRE her artistic home, where she’s been a member in NY for over 35 years, producing and directing six years of the flagship festival MARATHON OF ONE-ACT PLAYS. Some of her favorite director-playwright collaborations have been with Edward Allan Baker, John Shanley, Richard Greenberg, Bill Bozzone, Alan Zweibel, and Neil Cuthbert.

    In L.A. Risa founded and produced ACT ONE, a successful two-year festival of one-acts, in conjunction with Showtime Networks. And as a founding Artistic Director of ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATRE L.A., Risa worked with HBO, producing and directing a series of acclaimed one-acts for THE ASPEN COMEDY ARTS FESTIVAL. In her long association with HBO, starting in the early 80s as a talent scout for comedians, Risa co-produced two years of THE YOUNG COMEDIANS SHOW for the network. She was also a producer with THE CARSEY WERNER COMPANY.

    Risa started casting in the New York an extension of her rich theatre life. From there she and her partner, Billy Hopkins, took their first step into feature film casting with DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN. They worked as a team for 11 years. During and after their successful partnership, Risa cast some of the most memorable films of the past 30 years. Risa’s résumé includes more than 65 feature films, classics such as SOMETHING WILD, THE JOY LUCK CLUB, TRUE ROMANCE, ANGEL HEART, FATAL ATTRACTION, BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY, JFK, WALL STREET, TALK RADIO, THE DOORS, SPEED, JACOB’S LADDER, AT CLOSE RANGE, SNEAKERS, HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT, DEAD PRESIDENTS, TWISTER, BENNY AND JOON, and FLIRTING WITH DISASTER.

    She’s cast numerous television shows and pilots, including ROSEANNE , CSI:NY, and the Showtime series, MASTERS OF SEX. Risa served as a Producer on Oliver Stone’s films HEAVEN AND EARTH and NATURAL BORN KILLERS, movies she also cast.

    In the past few years Risa’s passion for teaching and coaching has lead to her collaboration with Steve Braun in The BGB Studio, a place they created as an artistic home for actors, writers, directors, filmmakers, and casting directors. Here she gets to do it all!


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