From Our Actors…
Because of Risa Bramon Garcia, I’ve worked with Oliver Stone, booked four Series Regular roles and done theater in New York… And I am an LA based actor. With her there are no limits. She will bring out talents and confidence you didn’t even know you had. Do you want to work? Study with Risa. She will change you as an actor.
- Andy Lauer, LA working actor/director, Screamers, Gun Shy, The Doors
Steve’s approach to the work has transformed me as an actor. I know how much I have grown and opened up as a result of his class, and I continually see that same transformation happening to my fellow students.”
-Katie Featherston. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY
I was engaged from the start and felt like we could have gone on. I left feeling more confident and really excited to play. thanks for giving us all permission to be ourselves and bring our sense of fun. And to see how much that parrot on my shoulder with those negative beliefs can paralyze and stiffen me. Thanks for your patience, generosity, insight and encouragement. I know what I need to do and I’m really excited about it.
- Dendrie Taylor. The Fighter, Jarhead
I cannot express enough the difference his class has made in my abilities as an actor and the impact it has had on my life. Thank you Steve, from the bottom of my heart.”
-Anna Silk. LOST GIRL
Risa is a woman saturated with knowledge, history, experience, language, depth… and balls. Mostly her own. I would encourage anyone to take the opportunity to work with this extraordinary woman. My life is richer for the time I’ve spent with her.
-Pamela Adlon. CALIFORNICATION
In the 30 years I’ve known Risa, I’ve felt first hand what it is to be inspired by her energy and passion. She has always been an actor’s best friend. As director, producer, casting director, and teacher, she zeroes in on the unique brilliance of each actor, that individual “light” so often blocked by assorted fears and neuroses. By encouraging actors to always focus on the truth and the “now” of what they’re doing, she helps them find their authentic voices — their authentic selves! — so that they can bring a deep and abiding confidence to their work.
- Robert Joy, CSI NY, Desperately Seeking Susan, Land of the Dead
“Steve has such a keen sense of the human experience and is able to convey his observations and relate them to the process of acting in such a sensitive yet point blank way. I have benefited greatly from his coaching.”
- Dave Baez. DEXTER
You always find the time to push things further; the expansion of your voice as an artist and as a conduit for other artists/actors expanding theirs. I felt you had my back as a Casting Director, I always wanted you to Direct me in one of your films for the same reason; you understand what we do as actors and you always know what it takes for us do our absolute best. It is your authentic creative spirit that leads you to creating such a generous space for artists. Thank you. - Enrico Colantoni, Flashpoint, Galaxy Quest
Is Risa brilliant? Yes. Can she articulate what it takes to perform on a different level- one that provokes and inspires because it chimes with a common humanity that exists in all of us? Yes. But beyond just being an amazing teacher, writer, director, and casting director, 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? Someone is going to be in this position, do this part, carve a career, why can’t it be me? If anyone wonders who to study with, I always send them her way.
-Donal Logue, TERRIERS, GROUNDED FOR LIFE