I’m currently shooting a Series Regular on a new series for the SyFy Television Network called “Olympus” that will begin airing March 2015!!!

Classes are on hiatus. They’ll resume November 2014. Skype audition coaching is available at $60/hour. Please contact (604) 499-6814 or grahamshielsstudio@gmail.com

 

The Yale School of Drama gave me an imaginative and technique-based classical actor training. There are, however, lessons for creating a lasting, successful career it did not prepare me for. For over ten years I’ve earned a living working as an actor in Film, Television, and Theatre: currently as a Series Regular on SyFy’s Olympus, Recurring on True Blood, Arrow, and Lab Rats, in the blockbuster features Yes Man, Thor: the Dark World, and Guardians of the Galaxy, and Guest Starring in over twenty network series such as The Mentalist, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Client List…

We are in the business of auditioning not just the business of acting. The goal of the audition is to be short-listed to the “must-work-with” list. It is my intention to give the actor the tools with which to accomplish this: to consistently book meaningful work.

The late Earle R. Gister, famed acting teacher of the Yale School of Drama, said “all an acting teacher can give you is an aesthetic.” Why study with someone who isn’t currently a working actor, director, writer, or producer? Anyone can look at great acting and say it’s great but it takes an informed professional to equip you with the tools to get you there. Like a Himalayan sherpa the teacher’s job is to bring you to the base of the mountain fully confident you have the tools to reach its summit.

Yale School of Drama alumni are Oscar, Tony, and Emmy winners… Lupita Nyong’o, Paul Giamatti, Liev Schreiber, Kathryn Hahn, C.S. Lee, Jane Kaczmarek, Enrico Colantoni, Chris Noth, Meryl Streep, Angela Bassett, Frances McDormand, John Turturro, Tony Shaloub, Sigourney Weaver, Henry Winkler, Christopher Lloyd, Courtney B. Vance, Sanaa Lathan, Maulik Pancholy, Brett Dalton, Adam Richman, Malcolm Gets, D.B. Woodside, David Alan Grier, Pun Bandhu, David Marshall Grant, Charles “Rock” Dutton, Patricia Clarkson, Dylan Baker, John Shea, Kate Burton, Alan Rosenberg, Amy Aquino, Jayne Atkinson, Jill Eikenberry, Stacey Keach, Joan Van Ark…