Graham Shiels Studios
WHY STUDY WITH WORKING PROFESSIONALS?
Graham Shiels Studios was created to offer acting classes in Los Angeles that are a haven for professional and growing actors with precision direction from experienced and CURRENTLY working actors in the Hollywood Television and Film industry. Decades of our experience is transmuted into days of your journey.
TRAIN WITH CURRENTLY WORKING ACTORS
Extensive on-camera professional experience meets Yale School of Drama classical training to get you BOOKING from the callback to a lifelong and meaningful career. GSS acting classes in 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 transform your work. Our focus is to help you release your unique gifts as a performer, to learn the lines so that you may forget them and surprise yourself with your own thought, making your acting FUN again! GSS acting students receive training from currently working Hollywood actors with extensive experience in the field. This combination of superb classical training and extensive experience in our faculty is unparalleled. As the late Earle R. Gister, legendary acting teacher of the Yale School of Drama, said: "all an acting teacher can give you is an aesthetic." Study with those who are CURRENTLY working in the acting profession and know its current aesthetic.
Meet The GSS Team
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, 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.
Film & TV
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.
Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe
Film & TV
Since wrapping a Recurring Guest Star role on BET+'s RUTHLESS, Guest Starring on CBS's NCIS, and playing a Lead in Black++ Production's independent film HATSHEPSUT, Selina is becoming a recognizably distinct actor. Before Recurring on RUTHLESS Selina Guest Starred on Paul Feig's FRANCES 2.0, Dr. Dre's VITAL SIGNS on AppleTV+, STITCHERS on Freeform, and MARRIED on FX. Most recently her coaching clients have booked a Series Regular on STARZ's B.M.F., top-of-show Guest Stars on NCIS, SHAMELESS, and BOSCH. Originally from Buffalo, Selina majored in Broadcast Journalism from Buffalo State College. Selina is a member of National Alliance of Acting Teachers, trained in the Teacher Development Program. She started her career as a VJ & radio personality for 93.7 WBLK, the #1 radio station for Hip-Hop and R&B in Buffalo. She has studied and worked in Los Angeles for almost a decade and has been invested in and worked with Graham Shiels Studios since 2015.
Scene Study and Film & TV
Originally from Great Britain, Alex is well known for his versatility as a performer. He holds a Bachelors in Music from Oklahoma City University, and spent the last year on Broadway as the Standby for Elder Price in the smash hit BOOK OF MORMON. Before his Broadway turn, Alex was a top-of-show Guest Star on NCIS LA, and acted along side Kelli Giddish in Law & Order: SVU. He was featured alongside Adam Driver and the star studded cast of Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky, and spent 3 months living on an army base shooting all 8 episodes of the award winning miniseries The Long Road Home for Nat Geo. This fall Alex will be featured on a brand new AppleTV+ series as well as Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Other credits include roles on Revolution (NBC), Queen of the South (USA) , Salvation (Pilot NBC) and Dallas (TNT). Regional highlights include the Tony Award winning Dallas Theater Center where Alex has taken on roles in Sense and Sensibility, Cabaret, A Christmas Carol and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. As a coach Alex has worked with a variety of young performers and helped them garner coveted roles on network television, full scholarships to top acting and music programs across the nation and even titles in the Miss America Competition.
Film & TV and Teen Classes
John has filmed over 75 commercials for companies like Amazon, Disney, Chrysler, Toyota and Geico. He’s currently in new national campaigns for Zelle and Wonderful Pistachios and this fall he’ll star with Terry Bradshaw for Fox Sports. After hosting his first show MUST LOVE CATS on ANIMAL PLANET, John has been a consistent force in the commercial world and has studied with Graham since 2013. Since he was a kid, he’s loved commercials and is beyond excited to bring a fun take with serious devotion to the craft of advertisements.