In this Industry, you’re asked over and over again to conform to a type, a brand, a breakdown. You’re expected to learn eight pages of dialogue overnight, and to then walk into a room, showing your heart, only to be taped by a novice casting assistant for a project that isn’t even fully formed. You spend so much of your time waiting for the call to read or the call to be chosen. All of this undermines your artistry. And frankly, it’s a ridiculous way to spend your time as an actor.
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 the work when you’re not on a job.
You need to be in a sustained practice where you can take risks, go deeper, get messy, find and express human connection. You need a weekly workout that will get you in shape, make you a happier actor, and help you book work.
The Work is that deep and practical weekly practice for working actors looking to stay sharp between auditions and jobs, to stay connected to the joy of the work, and to create work out of that inspiration.
BY APPLICATION OR INVITATION ONLY.
Find Your True Artistic Power
We believe that the bold expression of your unique emotional truth allows all of us – casting directors, directors, producers and regular folks all over the world – to feel the deep, human connection that is essential for a meaningful, creative life. We believe that achieving career success comes when you surrender yourself to this bold expression.
Teacher: Risa Bramon Garcia and Master Guest Teachers
Dates: Thursday evenings, 6:30 – 9:30pm. Weekly ongoing class, 4x/month.
Duration: This is an ongoing class with a recommended minimum three-month commitment.
Requirements: For advanced working actors. By application or invitation only. (Makeup + Cancellation Policy)
Cost: $275/month for four classes per month.
The Work is the work is the work. In any room, on any stage, on any set. We must keep coming back to the work, staying true to the art that called to us once upon a time, took hold of us, and never let us go. We must keep that work alive, wherever we are. And we must find success in the work for its own sake, and make that our most meaningful job.
The Work is a practical opportunity to roll up your sleeves and dig into all sorts of material, exercises, and practices. To explore ways of accessing your rich emotional life and to be able to make specific, truthful choices with ease. To create new work together and bring that work to life. To engage with each other and to take each other to deeper and higher places, under Risa’s guidance.
The Work will be off-camera, occasionally on-camera, and will involve different kinds of material, formats, and practices. Scene work of all kinds, Meisner work, improv, meditation, Alexander, writing, shooting, creating work, and more.
Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 pm, 4x month.
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.
- 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 and THE AFFAIR. 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!
More on Risa here.
What Actors are Saying
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.
When I started your class and was so blown away that there are people that feel the exact same way I do. The feeling of wanting to bring the joy and focus on the work back to the industry, not the need to get to the next step or credit. You put words to the craft that spoke to everything I feel about it. I am constantly a beginner and continue to be blown away by how much there is to learn. Living in the unknown. Daring to fall and not know where it will go. You spoke my language and taught me so much more. The best part is you did it without Ego. It wasn’t about you. It wasn’t about the getting it right or a result or booking the job. It was about the work. That special thing that we can’t quite explain but we know it when we see it. I am very grateful for this journey and it came at a time when I needed to believe that the work I do matters and people care about it. You have given me a very special gift and I am eternally thankful for it.
Risa, since taking your class, I have done a complete 180 regarding my auditions. Not only are they better than ever, I actually LOVE doing them. You are so right – they are a chance to act – and can be really fun and satisfying. I never thought I’d hear myself say that. Thank you!
Your positive, open hearted perspective is refreshing. You really awakened something in me about the whole process of auditioning, of taking the space and the room. I have a new clarity on how I want to work — a desire for more freedom and risk in the room, and an even deeper commitment to the fun of auditioning. I also have a huge new respect for the casting process. Thank you!
It was a GREAT class focusing on “the work” and fine tuning it specifically for each person. Perfect for working actors who need to know what they can adjust to improve their odds. I highly recommend this class, even to the most seasoned actors. Helps get your head back on straight!