Workshops

CASTING

 

Katie worked in TV production before moving into casting, working as a freelance assistant for Sasha Robertson, Sarah Trevis, Jina Jay and Kate Rhodes James.
Sydney is currently working as associate to Award winning Casting Director Sasha Robertson where she deals primarily with commercials, film and TV. Previously she has worked as an assistant for casting directors such as Brendan McNamara at Beach Casting, Anna McAuley and Rose Wicksteed.
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.
Sacha is currently working for Nina Gold Casting, where projects he has worked on include BAFTA winning 1917 directed by Sam Mendes, the upcoming Marvel film Morbius starring Jared Leto, Misbehaviour starring Keira Knightley and directed by Philippa Lowthorpe and The Power for Amazon.
Melissa is the Casting Associate at Theo Park Casting, working on large scale Film and TV projects. She has experience with independent and studio film, TV comedy, fantasy and drama. Melissa has previously worked with Catherine Willis and Colin Jones.
Sean trained at The National Theatre Studio as well as both the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts and East 15. He is the current Director of the West End and UK Touring productions of The Play That Goes Wrong and has directed replica productions in Australia, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea, Hong Kong and Spain.
THIS WILL NOW BE CONDUCTED ONLINE VIA VIDEO CALL
THIS WILL NOW BE CONDUCTED ONLINE VIA VIDEO CALL

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Workshops with Casting Directors are educational and should never 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 or refund 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 notify us of their Spotlight name by dropping us an email.

Workshops, Courses + Events

 

Online Workshops - Pay What You Can

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 and Rachel Sheridan.

 

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 practical online group session Amy will use a selection of sides, sent out for you to prepare a few days before, to explore the choices you make when preparing for a TV or Film casting. The session will also embrace our current circumstances to address self-taping. Amy will offer feedback and advice to help you maximise your time in a casting and suggest how your personal 'set up' might be improved for self-tapes, before ending the session with a structured Q&A.

 

PAY WHAT YOU CAN

We are asking people to pay £5 to secure their place, in an attempt to avoid cancellations. Following the session we will be gratefully accepting any additional 'Pay What You Can'  donations.

Date: Weds 15th April

Time: 18:00pm - 20:00pm

 

THIS SESSION WILL BE CONDUCTED ONLINE

VIA A ZOOM VIDEO CALL FOR 12 PEOPLE MAX.

Katie worked in TV production before moving into casting, working as a freelance assistant for Sasha Robertson, Sarah Trevis, Jina Jay and Kate Rhodes James.

 

Since 2017 Katie has been working for Casting Directors Suzanne Crowley and Gilly Poole. Most notable projects include all 3 seasons of The BAFTA and Emmy award winning Killing Eve (BBC America) with Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, The Durrells (ITV), Trollied (Sky) and Sticks and Stones (ITV). Katie has also assisted casting for several theatre projects for Hampstead Theatre and most recently Sunset Limited (Boulevard Theatre).  

 

During this session Katie 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.

TV & Film Castings

Date: TBC - Postponed

Time: 18:30pm - 21:30pm

 

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

Nearest Tube: Warren Street

Sydney is currently working as associate to Award winning Casting Director Sasha Robertson where she deals primarily with commercials, film and TV. Previously she has worked as an assistant for casting directors such as Brendan McNamara at Beach Casting, Anna McAuley and Rose Wicksteed.

 

As well as her assistant work, Sydney has been a freelance casting director since 2017. She is the in-house casting director for the Ipswich based theatre company, Red Rose Chain, where she casts 3 plays for them per year. This includes an open-air Shakespeare production in the Summer.

 

During this session you will work with Sydney on commercial scripts/briefs given out on the day. Using these often vague briefs she will explore how to handle the technical and often tricky situations that commercial casting will throw at you. The session will start with an intro chat and end with a Q&A.

Commercial Castings

Date: TBC - Postponed

Time: 18:45pm - 21:45pm

 

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

Nearest Tube: Warren Street

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.

TV & Film Castings

Date: TBC - Postponed

Time: 18:30pm - 21:30pm

 

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

Nearest Tube: Warren Street

Sacha is currently working for Nina Gold Casting, where projects he has worked on include BAFTA winning 1917 directed by Sam Mendes, the upcoming Marvel film Morbius starring Jared Leto, Misbehaviour starring Keira Knightley and directed by Philippa Lowthorpe and The Power for Amazon.

 

Previously Sacha worked with Rebecca Wright, where projects included Call The Midwife, Britannia and Delicious.

 

During this session Sacha 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.

TV & Film Castings

Date: TBC - Postponed

Time: 10:30am - 13:30pm

          14:30pm - 17:30pm

 

Venue: Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London, SE1

Nearest Tube: Southwark/London Bridge

Melissa is the Casting Associate at Theo Park Casting, working on large scale Film and TV projects. She has experience with independent and studio film, TV comedy, fantasy and drama. Melissa has previously worked with Catherine Willis and Colin Jones.

 

Recent TV credits include Aisling Bea's This Way Up (Channel 4 / Hulu), In the Long Run (Sky), Cuckoo (BBC) and Ladhood (BBC). Recent feature film credits include Overlord (Bad Robot / Paramount), The Hustle (MGM) with Anne Hathaway & Rebel Wilson and The Current War, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon.

 

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: TBC - Postponed

Time: 11:00am - 14:00pm

 

Venue: 53two Studios, Old Colony House,

South King Street, Manchester, M2 6DQ

TV & Film Castings

Sean trained at The National Theatre Studio as well as both the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts and East 15. He is the current Director of the West End and UK Touring productions of The Play That Goes Wrong and has directed replica productions in Australia, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea, Hong Kong and Spain.

 

Sean is responsible for unearthing Arthur Miller's first play No Villain and presenting the World Premiere which transferred to the West End in 2016 (Trafalgar Studios). Other recent credits include: Talk Radio (Old Red Lion); Nahda (Bush Theatre) The Crucible (ALRA); Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Permanently Bard/UK Tour); Shakespeare's Lovers (The Faction); His 2012 London transfer of Edinburgh hit Three of Hearts received five Off West End nominations including Best Director.

 

During this practical workshop Sean will cover a variety of things Including; improvisations to look at the basics of clowning for character development and learning to get out of your own way in castings. A unique insight to the casting process for Mischief Theatre productions as well as Sean's own casting for stage techniques.

Theatre Castings

Date: TBC - POSTPONED

Time: 18:30pm - 21:30pm

 

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

Nearest Tube: Warren Street

COVID-19: In line with advice on social distancing we have made what feels like the only responsible decision to postpone all workshops until at least 21st April. We are currently looking into alternative ways to conduct workshops.

 

If you have booked on a session before this date you will be sent further details via email.

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 Actor's surgery, offers 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 20minute slot for the next surgery now!

 

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

This is a 100% free service.

Date: Mon 20th April

Time: 20 min slots between 17:30pm - 20:10pm

 

THIS WILL BE CONDUCTED ONLINE VIA A ZOOM VIDEO CALL