An hour-long podcast where we talk with casting directors about their careers, the films they help to make, and how the faces we all know and love found the limelight. 

Episode 04 - Risa Bramon Garcia

Episode 04 - Risa Bramon Garcia

Risa’s career is an exciting one, from directing 200 Cigarettes, The Con Artist, and more, to her Casting work on shows such as The Affair, Masters of Sex, and Roseanne and movies like SLC Punk!, Speed, Twister, Natural Born Killers, and a film very near and dear to my heart, Benny and Joon.

We met up with Risa in North Hollywood at The BGB Studio, where she and partner Steve Braun- along with their staff- work with actors to develop each person’s unique voice. Risa is a wonderfully open, blunt, and honest person who both loves what she does and comes at it from a pragmatic point of view.

She started out surrounded by incredible creatives including Shel Silverstein, David Mamet, Wendy Wasserstein, Lanford Wilson, and the effects of that sort of New York theater sandbox training ground is clear in her approach to the industry now. The funniest thing to me being, she thought that was normal.

She was a great deal of fun to talk to, enlightening to listen to, and I hope that you’ll enjoy her candor as much as I did.

Show Notes:

Risa Bramon Garcia

Charlie Chappell

200 Cigarettes

Paul Rudd

Gabby Hoffman

Kate Hudson

Dave Chappelle

Sam Rockwell

Janeane Garofolo

Fool for Love

Sam Shepard

Ed Harris

Will Patton

Kathy Baker

Curt Dempster/ Ensemble Studio Theatre

Lanford Wilson

David Mamet

Christopher Durang

Wendy Wasserstein

Horton Foote

Vincent Canby

Billy Hopkins

Desperately Seeking Susan

Janet Maslin

Richard Greenberg

John Patrick Shanley

Shel Silverstein

Christine Baranski

Harry Yulin

Greta Gerwig

Jordan Peele

Duplass brothers

Mark Duplass

Jay Duplass

Timothée Chalamet

Sharon Chatten

Steve Braun

Gary Oldman

Viola Davis

Allison Janney


The Affair

Benny and Joon

Johnny Depp

Mary Stuart Masterson

William H Macy

Aidan Quinn

Julianne Moore

Oliver Platt

21 Jump Street

Edward Scissorhands

Jeremiah Chechik

Heidi Levitt

Sean Penn

David Strathairn

Christopher Walken

At Close Range

Billy Hopkins

James Foley


Phil Robinson

Walter Parkes

Robert Redford

Sidney Poitier

Mary McDonnell

River Phoenix

Sir Ben Kingsley

James Earl Jones

Dan Aykroyd

Timothy Busfield

Donal Logue

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Lady Bird

The Con Artist

Rossif Sutherland

Donald Sutherland

Rebecca Romijn

Mary Walsh

Oliver Stone

Kathryn Bigelow

John Hughes

Tony Scott

Angelina Jolie

Adrian Lyne

Michael Douglas

Glenn Close

Bob Richardson




BGB Studio

John Papsidera

Casting Society of America

Intro and Outro Music

"Backbay Lounge" Kevin MacLeod ( under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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Episode 05 - John Papsidera

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Episode 03 - Donna Morong