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Date: 28th - 29th November 2018
Date: Wednesday 28th November 2018
Date: Sunday 2nd December 2018

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

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

 

Career Development

As well as running Casting Workshops for 5 years, Ollie has been working as an Actor, Writer and Producer for 10 years - producing & acting in both award nominated theatre productions, and also working in TV & Film production.

 

Ollie has appeared in Taboo alongside Tom Hardy, Lovesick on Netflix, Warner Brother's Justice League and has another studio features out early in 2019. He also has a Drama in development with an Oscar winning producer in LA. During his career he has amassed a huge amount of knowledge about the inner workings of the industry which he'll be sharing.

 

In this 3hr session aimed at graduates and more experienced actors alike, Ollie will be looking at how to best present yourself when approaching Casting Directors and Agents; using both positive/negative examples of approaches gathered from you in advance, to fine tune your letter writing. He will also explore the many platforms you can use to promote yourself and the dos & don'ts when it comes to social media and how to find out about upcoming productions on stage and screen.

Date: Tuesday 27th November 2018

Time: 18:00pm - 21:00pm

 

Venue: Jerwood Space, Union Street, London, SE1

Nearest Tube: Southwark/London Bridge

Writing For Actors

Does everyone say...'just write your own stuff?' As if it's so easy! We're thrilled to welcome Annie Sertich back from LA to lead a jam packed session designed for actors who want to write their own content, with a particular focus on short form material such as sketch & short film.

 

As an actress, Annie is a semi regular on HBO'S Silicon Valley. Other recent credits include: Greys Anatomy, Roman J Israel Esq, Showtime's Shameless (Reoccurring), Curb Your Enthusiasm & The Office. She is also a main company member of the famous Groundlings improv theatre where she has performed with, written for & directed  Lisa Kudrow, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy & more.

 

Writing credits: MTV, Disney, Nickelodeon, Paramount, IFC. Annie also wrote and currently performs an original one-woman play directed by Groundlings alumna Michaela Watkins (Casual, SNL, New Girl, Transparent) which is enjoying sold out runs in LA and NY. She currently has several projects in development with major US networks.

 

Split over 2 X 3hr sessions this crash course will cover: Finding your own voice, tips on getting started and then staying writing, using improvisation in your writing and offering general advice on different formats (sketch, essays, joke packets, webseries, television/film scripts) and how to create a good writing sample and the pros and cons of Solo writing vs co-writing.

Date: 28th - 29th November 2018

Time: 10:00pm - 13:00pm

 

Venue: Diorama Arts Centre, Drummond Street, London, NW1

Nearest Tube: Warren Street/Euston Square

Improv Drop-In

We're thrilled to welcome back Annie Sertich, who is returning from LA.

 

Annie is a main company member of the famous Groundlings improv theatre where she has performed with, written for & directed fellow alumni including  Lisa Kudrow, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy & more.

 

As an actress, Annie is a semi regular on HBO'S Silicon Valley. Other recent credits include: Greys Anatomy, Roman J Israel Esq, Showtime's Shameless (Reoccurring), Curb Your Enthusiasm & The Office.

 

Open to all levels, in this one off improvisation session Annie will use a variety of games and exercises to help tune your improv skills in a fast paced, dynamic atmosphere. A fun 3 hour workshop based on the basic tools of improvisation taught by the renowned Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles. These tools are invaluable to auditioning and writing. Come prepared to learn, explore and have fun.

Date: Wednesday 28th November 2018

Time: 14:30pm - 17:30pm

 

Venue: Diorama Arts Centre, Drummond Street, London, NW1

Nearest Tube: Warren Street/Euston Square

TV & Film Castings

Ben has been working as a Casting Associate for the past 9 years.

 

During this time Ben has worked largely with Sarah Crowe on some of the best loved and most ground breaking British television comedy and drama including: No Offence (Paul Abbbott, 2015), The Cloud, Mum, A Young Doctors Notebook, Rev, The Job Lot, The Thick of It, Count Arthur Strong, Rev, London Irish, Pramface, Starlings, The IT Crowd, A Touch Of Cloth, The Cricklewood Greats, Shirley, Lead Balloon and many others.

 

Recent projects include Sharon Horgan and Graham Linehan's BBC comedy Motherland, BAFTA nominated Mum and Armando Iannucci's BIFA winning film The Death of Stalin and Armando's upcoming adaptation of David Copperfield, starring Dev Patel in the titular role.

 

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 2nd December 2018

Time: 10:30pm - 13:30pm

 

Venue: Jerwood Space, Union St, Southwark, SE1

Nearest Tube: Southwark

TV & Film Castings

Clare has worked for Kate Dowd Casting for over 6 years and is currently her associate, working on films such as Eye in the Sky (Helen Mirren), Category 5, Me Before You (Emilia Clarke), The Book Thief and World War Z (Brad Pitt).

 

Clare has most recently worked on the feature films We Die Young, Official Secrets (Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith) and Shonda Rhimes produced series, Still Star Crossed. Clare was also Associate on Amazon TV series Jack Ryan starring John Kraskinski and covered UK casting on the reboot of Sabrina the Teenage Witch for Netflix. Clare also works alongside Kate on pilot season for Warner Bros and ABC

 

During this session Clare 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 27th November 2018

Time: 18:45pm - 21:45pm

 

Venue: Diorama Arts Centre, Drummond Street, London, NW1

Nearest Tube: Warren Street/Euston Square