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
- Steve BraunTeacher/Studio Founder
Steve Braun is an acting coach and communication consultant, drawing on many years of acting training, Buddhist practice and martial arts training to help his clients discover and express their unique emotional truth. His coaching and teaching clients include lead and recurring actors from WESTWORLD, MR. ROBOT, FEUD, NARCOS, HOMELAND, THE NEWSROOM, CHICAGO LAW, TRANSPARENT, 10 DAYS IN THE VALLEY, MAD MEN, DEXTER, TRUE BLOOD, VAMPIRE DIARIES, THE BLACKLIST, CSI, CSI: NY, etc, etc.
More on Steve here.
- Risa Bramon GarciaTeacher/Studio Founder
For the past 35 years Risa has collaborated with the most groundbreaking artists in the world. She’s worked as a director, producer, casting director, and teacher. Having directed two feature films, 200 CIGARETTES and THE CON ARTIST in Canada, she has also directed for television and dozens of plays in New York & Los Angeles.
Her casting résumé includes more than 100 feature films, TV shows, & plays, including movies such as SOMETHING WILD, DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN, ANGEL HEART, FATAL ATTRACTION, JACOB’S LADDER, BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY, JFK, THE JOY LUCK CLUB, TRUE ROMANCE, SPEED, TALK RADIO, and FLIRTING WITH DISASTER, as well as serving as a producer on Oliver Stone’s NATURAL BORN KILLERS, and THE DOORS, which she also cast. She’s cast numerous TV shows, including ROSEANNE, MASTERS OF SEX, THE AFFAIR, and more.
More on Risa here.
- Corey ParkerTeacher
Corey Parker, an acclaimed actor in his own right, has trained actors on and off Broadway, on TV, and in film for 17 years. He has coached Patrick Dempsey, Sean Combs, Annaleigh Ashford, Scoot McNairy, and many more. His credits include WILL AND GRACE (NBC), THIRTYSOMETHING (ABC), and NASHVILLE (ABC). Corey studied with Uta Hagen and worked under the direction of Herbert Berghof in three productions at the HB Playwrights Foundation. He has performed on Broadway at the St. James and Off-Broadway in Steppenwolf’s Tony-winning production of ORPHANS. Corey is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio and the Ensemble Studio Theatre. He worked with the Steppenwolf Theater Company and has appeared on stage at the Public Theater in NY where he worked with Joseph Papp, at Circle Rep where he worked with Lanford Wilson, at the St. James, the American Place, and the Mark Taper Forum, among others. He’s also worked extensively in film and television. Corey has taught at numerous studios, including HB Studio, at Rhodes College, the University of Memphis, and the list goes on. He currently teaches regular classes in Nashville and Memphis, and whenever we can get him to join us at BGB in Los Angeles.
More on Corey here.