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Melissa is currently casting assistant to Lauren Evans who she has worked with on series 1 & 2 of Netflix's smash hit series Sex Education and the upcoming Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special. They are currently working on Miracle Workers (Daniel Radcliffe, Steve Buscemi) series 2 for TBS and a brand new Netflix project from the creators of Misfits.
Nicola has worked in Casting for 7 years, starting off as an assistant at Stephanie Gorin Casting in Toronto, Canada and as freelanced for many UK Casting Directors including Kirsty Kinnear, Rose Wicksteed and Priscilla John.
Sophie has spent much of the last three years working as Associate to Rose Wicksteed, whilst also pursuing her own projects. Previously she has worked with Casting Directors including Lucinda Syson, Karen Lindsey-Stewart and Kharmel Cochrane, and was also associate to Alex Johnson on ITV's period drama Beecham House.
Amy Jackson started her casting career working full time with Sasha Robertson and has gone on to work in a freelance capacity with some hugely respected Casting Directors, such as Kate Rhodes James, Rachel Freck, Julie Harkin, Jina Jay, Kate Dowd, Gemma Sykes, Rachel Sheridan, amongst others.
Seth has been working in casting for over 5 years and is casting associate to both Victor Jenkins and Andy Brierley.
Stephen's one of the most experienced and respected theatre and opera directors, writers and teachers working in the UK.  For most of the 1980s he worked at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. He founded ETT (English Touring Theatre) in 1993 and, in 2008, opened the Rose Theatre, Kingston where he was Artistic Director until 2014.
Acting can be a lonely, isolating career and often it feels like there's no one to turn to for help and guidance.

Workshops with Casting Directors are educational and should not be considered a job interview or audition. Attending workshops is not a way to obtain employment as an actor. The presence of a Casting Director is neither a guarantee nor a promise of employment. Contact with a Casting Director at a workshop rarely results in any further contact with that Casting Director or any company affiliated with that Casting Director.

 

CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS

We are happy to offer full refunds on all standard 3hr workshops, provided we are given a full working 72hrs notice.

If only 24-72 hours notice is supplied a credit note will be issued, valid for 6 months and redeemable once.

A credit note will not be issued for cancellations made inside 24hrs.

 

IMPROV COURSES (When Available)

You can book and pay in full immediately or alternatively secure your space by selecting the £50 deposit. (Non-refundable but deductable from total cost). Final payments to confirm attendance must be paid by (See course details). If full payment has not been made by this date we reserve the right to re-allocate your space.

 

IMPROV COURSE CANCELLATIONS

We will be able to offer a refund of the full fee (minus £50 deposit) on any cancellations made on or before (See course details).

We regret we cannot offer refunds after this date unless your space is filled.

 

For more details about the improv courses email: info(at)casting-workshops.co.uk

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Workshops, Courses + Events

 

Melissa is currently casting assistant to Lauren Evans who she has worked with on series 1 & 2 of Netflix's smash hit series Sex Education and the upcoming Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special. They are currently working on Miracle Workers (Daniel Radcliffe, Steve Buscemi) series 2 for TBS and a brand new Netflix project from the creators of Misfits.

 

Melissa has previously worked with Julia Horan, Kate Rhodes James and Theo Park. Prior to starting her casting career, Melissa worked as a freelance theatre producer. Her last project was staged at Trafalgar Studios.

 

During this session Melissa will use a selection of sides sent out a few days before, to explore the choices you make when preparing for a TV or Film casting. She will offer feedback and advice to help you maximise your time in a casting before ending the session with an informal Q&A.  

 

Date: Wednesday 6th November

Time: 18:30pm - 21:30pm

 

Venue: Old Diorama Arts Centre, London, NW1

Nearest Tube: Warren Street

TV/Film Castings

Free Events

Casting Workshops offer Actor Surgery Sessions with Old Diorama's Associate Performer Scheme

 

Acting can be a lonely, isolating career and often it feels like there's no one to turn to for help and guidance.

 

Our FREE monthly Actor's surgery, offers 7 actors the chance to seek 1-to-1 guidance and advice in a supportive and confidential setting. Whether you have a specific problem you need help with or you're looking for advice on agents and casting directors, more practical thoughts about your CV, Showreel and headshots or emotional support dealing with the highs and lows of the industry, you can come and spend time with us for an honest, open chat.

 

Book your 25minute slot for October's surgery now and remember there's only 7 spaces available!

 

The £1 booking fee, taken to secure your slot, will be refunded after your attendence.  

This is a 100% free service.

Date: Monday 2nd December

Time: Various

 

Venue: Old Diorama Arts Centre, London, NW1

Nearest Tube: Warren Street

TV & Film Castings - Leading Parts

Nicola has worked in Casting for 7 years, starting off as an assistant at Stephanie Gorin Casting in Toronto, Canada and as freelanced for many UK Casting Directors including Kirsty Kinnear, Rose Wicksteed and Priscilla John.

 

She is currently Casting Associate at Olivia Scott-Webb Casting, where she has worked for over 4 years on a variety of film and TV projects. Recent projects include Series 2 of BAFTA and Emmy award winning series Fleabag, The Souvenir and a number of TV series for Netflix.

 

The focus of this unique workshop will be  auditioning for larger/leading roles for film and TV. During the session Nicola will use a selection of sides sent out a few days before, to explore the choices you make when preparing a leading role for a TV or Film casting compared to day player player roles. Recording your scenes, she will offer feedback and advice to help you maximise your time in a casting before ending the session with an informal Q&A.

 

 

Date: Saturday 9th November

Time: 10:30am - 13:30pm

 

Venue: Jerwood Space, London, SE1

Nearest Tube: Southwark

 

TV & Film Castings

Sophie has spent much of the last three years working as Associate to Rose Wicksteed, whilst also pursuing her own projects. Previously she has worked with Casting Directors including Lucinda Syson, Karen Lindsey-Stewart and Kharmel Cochrane, and was also associate to Alex Johnson on ITV's period drama Beecham House.  

 

Her most notable projects have been with Rose Wicksteed and include TV series Genius: Picasso, (National Geographic) and UK casting for Homeland series 8 (Showtime). Films include The Nun (Warner Bros) and Escape Room (Sony). Sophie is currently working with Rose on new Hulu show The Great and on a new series for Apple. She was also Casting Director on two short films, Lynch (Oxygene Films) and Mr Whippy (Elation Pictures).

 

During this session Sophie will use a selection of sides, sent out a few days before, to explore the choices you make when preparing for a TV or Film casting. She will offer feedback and advice to help you maximise your time in a casting before ending the session with an informal Q&A.

 

Date: Tuesday 12th November

Time: 18:45pm - 21:45pm

 

Venue: Old Diorama Arts Centre, London, NW1

Nearest Tube: Warren Street

 

TV & Film Castings

Amy Jackson started her casting career working full time with Sasha Robertson and has gone on to work in a freelance capacity with some hugely respected Casting Directors, such as Kate Rhodes James, Rachel Freck, Julie Harkin, Jina Jay, Kate Dowd, Gemma Sykes, Rachel Sheridan, amongst others.

 

Her most recent credits include: In My Skin (BBC), The Other One (BBC), Four Weddings and a Funeral (Hulu) and Flack Series 2 (Pop and UKTV). Amy is currently working as Casting Associate to Amy Hubbard and prides herself on her ability to connect and work with an understanding of actors, having come from an acting family.

 

During this session Amy will use a selection of sides, sent out a few days before, to explore the choices you make when preparing for a TV or Film casting. She will offer feedback and advice to help you maximise your time in a casting before ending the session with an informal Q&A.

 

Date: Thursday 21st November

Time: 18:30pm - 21:30pm

 

Venue: Old Diorama Arts Centre, London, NW1

Nearest Tube: Warren Street

 

TV & Film Castings

Seth has been working in casting for over 5 years and is casting associate to both Victor Jenkins and Andy Brierley.

 

Recent work includes: World On Fire (BBC), Deep Water (Kudos), Unforgotten III (Mainstreet Pictures for ITV1), Troy: Fall of a City (BBC), Silent Witness (BBC), Cleaning Up (ITV), The Rook (Starz/Lionsgate), Dark Money (The Forge), The Split II (BBC) and the feature films Crawl (Paramount) and See You Soon.

 

During this session Seth will work with everyone on scenes sent out a few days before the workshop to explore the choices you make when preparing a TV or Film casting to help you maximise your time in the room when you get auditions. The session will end with an informal Q&A.

 

During this session Seth will use a selection of sides, sent out a few days before, to explore the choices you make when preparing for a TV or Film casting. He will offer feedback and advice to help you maximise your time in a casting before ending the session with an informal Q&A.

 

Date: Wednesday 27th November

Time: 18:30pm - 21:30pm

 

Venue: Old Diorama Arts Centre, London, NW1

Nearest Tube: Warren Street

 

Theate Castings - Director Session

Stephen's one of the most experienced and respected theatre and opera directors, writers and teachers working in the UK.  For most of the 1980s he worked at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. He founded ETT (English Touring Theatre) in 1993 and, in 2008, opened the Rose Theatre, Kingston where he was Artistic Director until 2014.  

 

Stephen's directed a large number of leading actors and actresses, at all stages of their careers, and his productions have been seen in London and across Britain.

 

What is an experienced Theatre director looking for in a casting meeting?  What are the pitfalls to avoid?   How can you be your best and land the part?  Stephen Unwin will help you through the casting process and give you some useful tips on how to land the part.  Bring a favourite piece and an open mind.  It'll be fun.

Date: Thursday 28th November

Time: 18:30pm - 21:30pm

 

Venue: Old Diorama Arts Centre, London, NW1

Nearest Tube: Warren Street