Workshops

CASTING

 

Gordon Anderson began his career in the theatre, training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama to be an actor before changing course to become a Director. He went on to direct for many of the leading UK theatre and opera companies, including the Royal Court Theatre, The National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Scottish Opera and English Touring Opera before starting to direct TV.
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.
Faye started in casting working with Nadine Rennie, Laura Dickens and Annelie Powell. Most recently Faye was working with Rachel Freck on Series 3 of Sky Atlantic/Amazon series Tin Star, before recently returning to work with Sophie Holland, who she worked with on Netflix series The Witcher starring Henry Cavill.
As well as working as a casting director in my own right, I have previously worked with Nina Gold, Robert Sterne, Julie Harkin, Kate Rhodes James, Theo Park and more on projects such as Line of Duty (BBC), Sherlock (BBC), Vanity Fair (ITV), The Terror (AMC), Beauty and the Beast (Disney) & The Spy Who Dumped Me (Lionsgate).
Ben has been working as a Casting Associate to Sarah Crowe for the past 10 years. Recent projects include Sharon Horgan comedy Motherland, BAFTA nominated series Mum and both Armando Iannucci's BAFTA nominated film The Personal History of David Copperfield starring Dev Patel and HBO series Avenue 5. He has also recently been working on an adaptation of David Nichols novel Us (BBC)
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.
Acting can be a lonely, isolating career and often it feels like there's no one to turn to for help and guidance.

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

 

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 24th February 

Time: Various

 

Venue: Old Diorama Arts Centre, London, NW1

Nearest Tube: Warren Street

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 the Almeida, 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.

 

During this practical workshop, Ginny will offer guidance in approaching new or contemporary texts, using some of the plays Ginny has cast over the last couple of years. Scenes will be allocated a few days in advance, based on Spotlight CVs, and the whole play will be emailed to you. The session will end with an informal Q&A at the end of the session.

 

 

 

Date: Thursday 27th February

Time: 18:30pm - 21:30pm

 

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

Nearest Tube: Warren Street

 

Theatre Castings

As well as working as a casting director in her own right, Emma has previously worked with Nina Gold, Robert Sterne, Julie Harkin, Kate Rhodes James, Theo Park and more on projects such as Line of Duty (BBC), Sherlock (BBC), Vanity Fair (ITV), The Terror (AMC), Beauty and the Beast (Disney) & The Spy Who Dumped Me (Lionsgate).

 

Emma says: "I really believe actors who are comfortable going into a casting are more successful. I want to help them feel comfortable, confident and well prepared for their castings by passing on advice that come from 9 years of working in casting and 2 years as an actor."

 

During this session Emma 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 3rd March

Time: 18:30pm - 21:30pm

 

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

Nearest Tube: Warren Street

TV & Film Castings

Lucy has been working in casting for 6 years. She is currently working as an associate at Nina Gold Casting where her most recent associate credits include upcoming films Misbehaviour starring Keira Knightley and directed by Philippa Lowthorpe, Ironbark starring Benedict Cumberbatch and directed by Dominic Cooke and a new adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Anne Hathaway and Octavia Spencer.

 

Previously Lucy worked with Des Hamilton, where projects included HBO series Gunpowder and The House That Jack Built.

 

During this session Lucy 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.

 

*Please note this session takes place in Manchester and the studio we are using is regrettably not wheelchair accessible.  Please also note these are 2 seperate sessions, not a single all day session.

Date: Saturday 7th March

Time: 11:00am - 14:00pm

          15:00am - 18:00pm

 

Venue: 53two Studios, Old Colony House,

South King Street, Manchester, M2 6DQ

TV & Film Castings

Faye started in casting working with Nadine Rennie, Laura Dickens and Annelie Powell. Most recently Faye was working with Rachel Freck on Series 3 of Sky Atlantic/Amazon series Tin Star, before recently returning to work with Sophie Holland, who she worked with on Netflix series The Witcher starring Henry Cavill.

 

She is also the Casting Director for the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum which is chaired and run by TV and Film Producer Farah Abushwesha (The ABC Murders, The Singapore Grip)

 

During this session Faye 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. 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: Tuesday 3rd March 

Time: 18:30pm - 21:30pm

 

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

Nearest Tube: Warren Street

 

TV & Film Castings

Gordon is a BAFTA nominated TV Director. He began his career in the theatre, training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama to be an actor before changing course to become a Director. He went on to direct for many of the leading UK theatre and opera companies, including the Royal Court Theatre, The National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Scottish Opera and English Touring Opera before starting to direct TV.

 

His TV credits include: Granchester (ITV), The Mallorca Files (BBC), Endeavour (ITV), Lovesick (Netflix), Fresh Meat (Ch4), Shameless (Ch4), The Inbetweeners (E4) and The Catherine Tate Show (BBC)

 

During this session Gordon will use a selection of sides to explore the choices you make when preparing for a TV or Film casting, offering his unique Director's perspective on the casting process and paying particular attention to self tapes - which he finds himself increasingly casting from. He will offer feedback, redirection and advice to help you maximise your time in a casting before ending the session with an informal Q&A.

Date: Tuesday 25th February

Time: 18:30pm - 21:30pm

 

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

Nearest Tube: Warren Street

 

TV & Film Castings - Director's Take

Ben has been working as a Casting Associate to Sarah Crowe for the past 10 years. Recent projects include Sharon Horgan comedy Motherland, BAFTA nominated series Mum and both Armando Iannucci's BAFTA nominated film The Personal History of David Copperfield starring Dev Patel and HBO series Avenue 5. He has also recently been working on an adaptation of David Nichols novel Us (BBC)

 

Other credits include: WIld Bill (ITV), No Offence (Channel 4), Traitors (Netflix), The Death of Stalin, Delicious (Sky), The Job Lot (ITV2) and The Thick of It (BBC)

 

During this session you 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.

TV & Film Castings

Date: Sunday 15th March

Time: 10:30am - 13:30pm

 

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

Nearest Tube: Southwark/London Bridge

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: Tuesday 17th March

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: Thursday 19th March

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: Tuesday 24th March

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: Saturday 28th March

Time: 10:30am - 13:30pm

          14:30pm - 17:30pm

 

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

Nearest Tube: Southwark/London Bridge