Ginny Schiller


Ginny has been Casting Director for the RSC, Chichester Festival Theatre, Rose Theatre Kingston, English Touring Theatre and Soho Theatre and has been freelance since 2001.

As one of the most prolific Casting Director's working in the UK Theatre, Ginny has worked with Directors such as Michael Longhurst, Rupert Goold, Robert Icke, and on many shows for the West End and No.1 touring circuit as well as for venues and theatre companies including theAlmeida, Arcola, Bath Theatre Royal, Birmingham Rep, Bolton Octagon, Bristol Old Vic, Menier Chocolate Factory, Regents Park Open Air, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Frantic Assembly, Hampstead Theatre, Headlong, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse.

> This workshop will help you prepare for and learn how best to pitch a live online audition.  Zoom and its equivalents offer a good way of auditioning for all media in the time of Covid and beyond - and there's no doubt it's here to stay so we all have to familiarise ourselves with its vagaries.  Live online auditions are a different beast from self-tapes, whether for screen or theatre, and there is also an essential mis-match between acting for the camera and for the stage, particularly for classical or stylised theatre but also in contemporary, naturalistic pieces and it's useful to understand and get to grips with the issues.  

We'll work in a small group of 6 - 8 actors, which provides a good range of approaches and material.  Participants should prepare a short monologue (2 mins max) of their choice from any medium and will be given specific individual feedback, as well as observing everyone else's turn.  We'll examine issues such as eye-line, camera position, physicality, lighting, background, location etc.  Time allowing, there will be an open Q&A at the end.  The workshop will provide a safe and enjoyable space to practise and experiment with material and the format, and a chance to get up to speed with all the little adjustments actors can make not only in creative choices but also with the practical considerations which can enhance an online audition and bolster your confidence in the process.