Meet The GSS Team
Film & TV
A graduate of the Yale School of Drama and currently a Recurring top-of-show Guest Star on AppleTV+'s TRUTH BE TOLD with Oscar award-winner Octavia Spencer and Ryan Murphy's "9-1-1: Lone Star" on FOX. Graham is a working actor with experience and knowledge spanning over 20 years. A celebrity acting coach in Los Angeles, Graham coaches Series Regulars and up-and-coming actors alike. Graham himself was a Series Regular on Syfy's fantasy psychological thriller OLYMPUS, a Recurring top-of-show Guest Star on HBO's TRUE BLOOD, The CW's ARROW, and Disney XD's comedy LAB RATS (created by THAT 70's SHOW creator Mark Brazill), and has booked over 30 network Guest Stars including most recently CBS All Access' STAR TREK: PICARD opposite Sir Patrick Stewart. Graham has also appeared in major Hollywood blockbusters: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, THOR: THE DARK WORLD, and YES MAN opposite Jim Carrey. His theatre roots are reflected in his regional theatre credits: The Mark Taper Forum (directed by Tony award-winner Brian Bedford), South Coast Repertory (world premiere by Howard Korder, creator of HBO's BOARDWALK EMPIRE), California Shakespeare Theatre, and the Yale Repertory Theatre. Graham has shared the screen and stage with Oscar award winners Holly Hunter, Marrcia Gay Harden, and Anna Paquin, and numerable Tony and Emmy award-winners!
Current Series Regular, Rita Hayworth, on Hallmark's SIGNED, SEALED, AND DELIVERED, Crystal has been a professional actress for more than 20 years--not only as a captivating rising star but also as one of Hollywood's most in-demand Scream Queens and sought after Sci-Fi heroines! With a strong history of credits, her most recent include WONDER opposite Oscar-winner Julia Roberts and Syfy's PRIMEVIL: NEW WORLD. Her extensive experience as an actress has given her opportunities behind the camera as well: her directorial debut, the short film BECOMING SOPHIE, was accepted into the Cannes Short Film Library and won the Award of Merit from Indiefest. Her latest production, THE CURTAIN, was accepted into 25 festivals worldwide with numerous wins including the Matrix Award at the Vancouver International Women's Festival, as well as a nomination for Best International Director at the Portland Film Festival.
Film & TV
Graham Shiels Studios
WHY CHOOSE ACTING CLASSES AT GSS?
Graham Shiels Studios was created to offer acting classes in Los Angeles that are a rich haven for actors to hone their craft with precision direction from experienced and CURRENTLY working actors in the Hollywood Television and Film industry. Turn decades of our experience into days of your journey.
TRAIN WITH THE CURRENTLY WORKING
Extensive on-camera professional experience meets Yale School of Drama classical training to get you BOOKING from the callback to a lifelong career. Acting classes at GSS Los Angeles provide a rich atmosphere to expand your imagination. Our acting classes create the experience of performing in front of friends in a warm, intimate venue. Your confidence will build and this will translate to your audition rooms. Our focus is to help you release your unique gifts as a performer, to learn the lines so that you may forget them, to give the illusion that you're surprising yourself with your own thoughts making your acting FUN again! GSS acting students receive training from currently working Hollywood actors with extensive experience in the field--all our instructors have Network Series Regular credits. The combination of superb classical training and extensive experience in our faculty is rare. As the late Earle R. Gister, legendary acting teacher of the Yale School of Drama, said: "in the end, all an acting teacher can give you is an aesthetic." Study with those who are CURRENTLY WORKING in the acting profession and know its aesthetic.
Desean K Terry
A graduate of The Juilliard School, Desean is a current Series Regular on the Golden Globe nominated AppleTV+ series THE MORNING SHOW opposite Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell. Desean completed his undergraduate work at Loyola Marymount University where he received a Bachelor's in Theatre and English. For his teaching he received the 2017 Lloyd Richards Fellowship from the National Alliance of Acting Teachers. He has received numerous awards and nominations for his theatre work including 2018 Los Angeles Stage Raw Best Actor for his work in LES BLANCS at Rogue Machine Theatre. He is Artistic Director of the Collaborative Artists Bloc, a Los Angeles based theatre and media company. His other resume points include Suzan-Lori Parks' FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS where he replaced Emmy award-winner Sterling K. Brown. Center Theatre Group: THE ROYALE (NAACP nomination) and TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL WITH Cecily Tyson. Television: TNT's SOUTHLAND, Showtime's SHAMELESS, NBC's E.R., USA's MONK, NBC's HARRY'S LAW, NBC's THE NIGHT SHIFT, Showtime's SLEEPER CELL, FOX's HOUSE, ABC's GREY'S ANATOMY, CBS's SCORPION, CBS's NCIS: LOS ANGELES. Film: POST GRAD, GOD'S ARMY, SOMEBODY'S MOTHER, STATES OF GRACE, BOLDEN. Regional Theatre: THE ANTIGONE PROJECT (Off-Broadway), SLIPPERY WHEN WET, STREET CAR NAMED DESIRE.