Education & Training (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)
- York University
– Bachelor of Arts, Honors in Theatre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Additional Resume Info (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)
- * The BGB Studio; Alomar Drive Pictures, Inc.
- * RISA BRAMON GARCIA -
DIRECTOR, CASTING DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, TEACHER
Risa completed directing a feature film in Canada, The Con Artist
(aka The Love Child), for Myriad Pictures, Maple Pictures, and Telefilm
Canada, starring Donald Sutherland, Rossif Sutherland, Rebecca Romijn,
Sarah Roemer, Russell Peters and a host of great Canadian actors. She
recently went with the film to Zurich for its world premiere in the Zurich
Risa directed the feature film, 200 cigarettes, for Paramount Pictures,
Lakeshore Entertainment, MTV Films and Mike Newell's company, Dogstar. The
movie stars Ben Affleck, Kate Hudson, Paul Rudd, Dave Chappelle, Casey
Affleck, Courtney Love, Christina Ricci, Janeane Garofalo, Martha Plimpton,
Jay Mohr, and Guillermo Diaz.
Risa directed multiple episodes of The Twilight Zone for New Line
Television and UPN. She also directed the season's wrap-arounds for the
show, starring Forest Whitaker.
Risa directed Life Stories: A Deadly Secret for HBO as part of a successful
limited series and was nominated for an ACE Award. Other television
directing credits include: The Hidden Room: The Rogue in The Bathroom for
Lifetime Television, and Between Cars for Comedy Central, based on the
play by Alan Zweibel which Risa also directed in the Ensemble Studio
Theatre Marathon of One-Act Plays.
Risa founded and produced two seasons of ACT ONE in association with
Showtime Networks, a festival of one-act plays, which was a huge success in
Los Angeles. She directed four plays in the Festival: Affections of an
Alleycat and Call It Clover by Wil Calhoun, Edward Allan Baker's A Dead
Man's Apartment and Dice and Cards by Sam Henry Cass. Risa directed a new
Jon Robin Baitz play as part of Naked Angels' inaugural Naked At The Coast
Risa was a founding Artistic Director of Ensemble Studio Theatre's L.A.
PROJECT, now E.S.T. LA, through which she worked with HBO for two seasons,
producing and directing a series of acclaimed one-acts for The Aspen Comedy
Risa has directed extensively at The Ensemble Studio Theatre in NY where
she's been a member since 1981. Here she produced six years of the
flagship festival Marathon of One-Act Plays, working with such writers as
David Mamet, Horton Foote, Chris Durang, Wendy Wasserstein, Shel
Silverstein, Herb Gardner, Landford Wilson, Tina Howe, David Auburn, JosÃ©
Rivera and John Patrick Shanley. She directed 12 plays in the Marathon
including the original productions of Face Divided, Dolores, Lady of Fadima
and North of Providence by Edward Allan Baker, Saxophone Music and Touch
Black by Bill Bozzone, and Comic Dialogue and Between Cars by Alan Zweibel.
Mainstage productions include Bill Bozzone's House Arrest and Rose
Cottages, Sam Shepard's Geography of a Horse Dreamer, Bill O'Neill's Gray
Spades and Prairie Avenue by Edward Allen Baker (which she co-directed with
At The Second Stage in New York Risa directed the revival
of Division Street by the late Steve Tesich and Jersey City by Wendy
Hammond. She also directed a new Richard Greenberg play, Jenny Keeps
Talking, at the Manhattan Theatre Club, after its success in development
and production with HBO and The Ensemble Studio Theatre.
Risa was a producer on the NBC television show, Grand, for the Carsey
Werner Company and on The Hidden Room for Lifetime Television. As a
theatre producer, along with The Marathon and a number of full-length
productions at E.S.T., she produced Strange Behavior, a long running
cabaret comedy by Neil Cuthbert.
Some additional actors Risa has directed include Joan Allen, Kevin Spacey,
Stanley Tucci, Frances McDormand, Mercedes Ruehl, Sam Rockwell, Arliss
Howard, Elizabeth Perkins, Howie Mandel, Gil Bellows, Penn Badgley, Adam
Goldberg, Kimberly Elise and Bill Murray.
Risa has cast over 65 movies including Desperately Seeking Susan, Wall
Street, Something Wild, Angel Heart, Fatal Attraction, Born on the Fourth
of July, Talk Radio, JFK, Sneakers, The Joy Luck Club, True Romance, Speed,
How To Make An American Quilt, Dead Presidents, Twister, and Flirting With
Disaster and numerous television shows, including Roseanne, CSI:NY, and the Showtime series, Masters of Sex.
Risa was a Producer on Oliver Stone's films Heaven and Earth and Natural
Born Killers, movies she also cast.
Risa partners with Steve Braun in The BGB Studio, offering actors and writers revolutionary training.