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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 72 working hours notice is not 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

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

If your booking name differs from your Spotlight Name, or if you are booking on behalf of someone else, please include the attendee's Spotlight name & email on the 'notes' section of the

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Current Workshops + Courses

 

Casting for TV

Rick Laxton is a freelance Casting Director and a member of the CDG.

 

Rick's credits include Peter Kay's Car Share for BBC, Crown Court for ITV, and The Evermoor Chronicles for Disney. He was Head of Casting at Lime Pictures from 2010 to 2015, where his credits included Hollyoaks, Rocket's Island, The Case and House of Anubis.  Before that, Rick worked in the ITV casting department for seven years, on shows such as The Street, Vincent, Coronation Street, Blue Murder and The Road to Coronation Street, Rick is currently casting a new show for BBC.

 

During this session Rick will use a selection of sides, sent out a few days before, to explore the choices you make when preparing for a TV casting. The session will end with an informal Q&A.

Date: Wednesday 10th January

Time: 18:30pm - 21:30pm

 

Venue: Diorama Arts Centre, Drummond Street, NW1

Nearest Tube: Warren Street/Euston Square

Casting TV Comedy

Ben started his career in the industry as an actor before moving into casting 10 years ago. He has been working as a Casting Associate for the past 9 years. Recent projects include Sharon Horgan and Graham Linehan’s BBC comedy Motherland and Armando Iannucci’s BIFA winning film The Death of Stalin.

 

Other credits include Mum, No Offence, The Alan Partridge Film, The IT Crowd, The Job Lot, Count Arthur Strong, The Thick of It, Rev, Pramface, Starlings, A Touch Of Cloth, Lead Ballon, Harry and Paul and many others...

 

During this session we will work with Ben on scripts given out on the day. The session will start with an intro chat and Q&A. You will then work with Ben one to one on your audition technique using the sides he provides.

Date: Sunday 14th January

Time: 10:30am - 13:30pm

 

Venue: Jerwood Space, SE1

Nearest Tube: Southwark/ London Bridge

Casting for TV

Seth is currently working as Casting Associate to both Victor Jenkins and Andy Brierley on projects for Starz, BBC & ITV.

 

Seth previously worked at Catherine Willis Casting, on a range of projects from Flowers (Channel 4) and Upstart Crow (BBC Two) to Hetty Feather (CBBC) and Plebs (ITV2). He has also worked with Daniel Edwards on Mr Selfridge (ITV) and Born To Kill (Channel 4)

 

Prior to this, Seth also worked with Gary Davy and Julie Harkin.

 

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: Tuesday 23rd January

Time: 18:30pm - 21:30pm

 

Venue: Diorama Arts Centre

Nearest Tube: Warren Street/Euston Square

Casting for TV

Sonia began her career working in production before moving into casting. She spent a number of years working on continuing drama series such as Hollyoaks, Holby & Emmerdale. She is currently working for Gary Davy.

 

Most recently, Sonia has been working with Catherine Willis as an Associate on numerous projects.

including: Upstart Crow S2 (BBC), Flowers S2 (C4), Detectorists S3 (BBC), Plebs S4 (ITV2), Bad Move (ITV), Hetty Feather (CBBC), Wolfblood (CBBC), Porters (DAVE), Broadcast Pilots - The Pact (BBC2) and Static (BBC1).

 

During this session Sonia will provide a relaxed friendly environment with no pressure to feel you have to prove yourself. This session will entail improvisation games, working in pairs, groups and individually at times. Sides will be provided on the day to work with. Advice / Feedback will be given if required. The session will end with an informal Q&A

Date: Saturday 27th January

Time: 10:30am - 13:30pm

 

Venue: Jerwood Space, SE1

Nearest Tube: Southwark/ London Bridge

Mastering Self-Tapes

Gemma Sykes has worked in casting for 12 years. She started her casting career working with Sarah Crowe on shows such as Peep Show, The Thick of it and Lead Balloon before joining Hubbard Casting where she spent 10 years. In early 2017 Gemma set up on her own.

 

During her career Gemma has worked on numerous studio and independent films including Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks), Suite Francaise (Michelle Williams), One Chance (James Corden), Chalet Girl (Felicity Jones) and Ill Manors. Previous Television credits include shows such as Downton Abbey, The Jury, Sinbad and Chasing Shadows. Last year Gemma also worked on the latest film in the Bourne Identity franchise, which saw the return of both Paul Greengrass & Matt Damon.

 

During this session Gemma will explore the technicalities of the increasingly popular self-tape. Sides will be sent out before the session and you will be required to record a self tape and upload it to us in advance. During the session, Gemma will watch the tapes back with everyone; giving feedback on your tape, performance and discussing some of the more technical elements of creating a good self tape. The session will end with an informal Q&A.

Date: Tuesday 30th January

Time: 18:00pm - 21:00pm

 

Venue: Jerwood Space, SE1

Nearest Tube: Southwark/ London Bridge