ASC alum Isaly Viana recently performed with Urban Theatre Co., just booked a commercial and was cast in An Xmas Cuento Remix at 16th Street Theater, performing through Dec. 2019. Go Isaly!
Brad Grusnick stole the lead in his first grade play because he was “the loud kid” and has been acting ever since. Due to the odd structure of the Northwestern University School of Speech, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Theatre in 2001. Though he tells people he is a Theatre Scientist, they can still sniff out the B.S. After college he went through The Second City Conservatory and Second City Writing Programs in Chicago, where he met some very silly people who liked to do Improv. In addition to doing several shows at The Second City Training Center, he was in “The Fling,” a member team at The Playground Improv Theater. As a member of The Fling he helped co-create the stage show and podcast Mohansen High School.
Love of doing silly voices has benefited him greatly, doing voiceover commercials for Hyundai, Nintendo, Target, Taco Bell, Subway, Honda, Chevron, Sears, Hallmark, McDonald’s and many others. He has voiced characters for several video games, including Days Gone, Paragon, Tales from Borderlands, The Devil's Third, Bioshock Infinite, God of War: Ascension, Guardians of Middle Earth, Elder Scrolls:V Skyrim, Resistance: Burning Skies, Crysis, Crackdown 2, and Asura’s Wrath. He was "Mayor Moose" and "Lou Behr" in the Amazon Animated Pilot, Bear in Underwear, "Mumkey" and "Spiderlam" in WB Animation's Bunnicula, and has a recurring role in Dragons: Rescue Riders from Dreamworks Animation - coming Fall 2019.
"The Gaming & Animation Workshop was a great introduction into this fun and exciting area of voiceover. I highly recommend any students interested in this field take this workshop, so that they can gain insight into what it takes to do character voices. I had so much fun and Brad (Grusnick), our instructor, had so much knowledge and great feedback."
— Stephanie Azzaline
Lots of mic time, great direction from a working professional (Brad Grusnick, Instructor) in both animation and gaming voice acting. You’ll not only learn a lot from your time in the booth, but you’ll learn by hearing the feedback from Brad to other students as well. Highly recommend!!!
— Deb Doetzer
This workshop (Brad Grusnick, Instructor - Gaming & Animation) was everything I wanted. There was plenty of material to prepare, cold reading practice was exciting, and the teacher (Brad) was incredibly accommodating. I received direction on creative choices and insight to what casting directors look for. Brad matched the groups excitement for getting into the booth and getting work done. I am looking forward to the email announcing a more in depth course.
— Aaron Saucedo