Workshops

CASTING

 

Catriona is currently working as Casting Associate to Nina Gold where she has been working on a number of high profile TV and Film projects.
Olissa Rogers is currently working as a Casting Associate to Amy Hubbard.
Ceri Bedingfield is a freelance Casting Assistant, who has worked across TV, Film, Theatre & Commercial projects with Casting Directors Rachel Freck, Dixie Chassay, Jill Green  Emily Tilelli.
Jonny has been working in casting for over 9 years and started his career working with Gabrielle Dawes, Kate Rhodes James and Daniel Edwards on projects like Sherlock, Line Of Duty, The Missing (series 1 and 2) and Mr. Selfridge.
Rick Laxton is a freelance Casting Director and member of the CDG.  Amongst his credits are series for BBC, ITV, Amazon Prime and Disney, including BBC1 show Scarborough, and multi award winning BBC1 comedy Peter Kay's Car Share.
Jonny has been working in casting for over 9 years and started his career working with Gabrielle Dawes, Kate Rhodes James and Daniel Edwards on projects like Sherlock, Line Of Duty, The Missing (series 1 and 2) and Mr. Selfridge.
Rachel Sheridan has worked in casting for over 10 years. She began her career working with the casting director Pippa Ailion on various West End musicals. Rachel then moved to predominantly working in TV as the associate to casting director Rachel Freck, where she spent 8 years before going independent several years ago.
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.
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.
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

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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 27th January 

Time: Various

 

Venue: Old Diorama Arts Centre, London, NW1

Nearest Tube: Warren Street

Jonny has been working in casting for over 9 years and started his career working with Gabrielle Dawes, Kate Rhodes James and Daniel Edwards on projects like Sherlock, Line Of Duty, The Missing (series 1 and 2) and Mr. Selfridge.

 

Jonny is currently working as a Casting Associate at Shaheen Baig Casting where projects he has worked on include Peaky Blinders, Three Girls, Electric Dreams, Damilola Our Loved Boy, Rare Beasts, I Am, Ghost Stories and Shane Meadows' series The Virtues. Recent credits include series 2 of Amazon series Hanna - where he shared Casting Director credit with Shaheen.

 

During this session Jonny 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.

 

*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 15th February

Time: 10:30am - 13:30pm

          14:30pm - 17:30pm (New Session Added)

 

Venue: 53two Studios, Old Colony House,

South King Street, Manchester, M2 6DQ

 

 

 

TV & Film Castings

Rick Laxton is a freelance Casting Director and member of the CDG.  Amongst his credits are series for BBC, ITV, Amazon Prime and Disney, including BBC1 show Scarborough, and multi award winning BBC1 comedy Peter Kay's Car Share.  

 

He was Head of Casting at Lime Pictures from 2010 to 2015, where his credits included Hollyoaks, Rocket's Island, The Evermoor Chronicles and House of Anubis.  Before that, Rick worked in the ITV casting department for seven years, on shows such as The Street, Vincent and Coronation Street.

 

During this session Rick will use a selection of sides 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: Thursday 13th February

Time: 18:30pm - 21:30pm

 

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

Nearest Tube: Warren Street

 

TV & Film Castings

Catriona is currently working as Casting Associate to Nina Gold where she has been working on a number of high profile TV and Film projects.

 

She previously worked with Rachel Freck on Hulu's Four Weddings and A Funeral and Kate Ringsell on film projects such as Justice League (Warner Brothers), All the Money in the World (Sony) and The Lost City of Z (Amazon), as well as TV series' including Sense8 (Netflix), Berlin Station (Epix) and Barbarians Rising (History Channel)

 

During this session Catriona 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. The scenes will be recorded. 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 28th January

Time: 18:30pm - 21:30pm

 

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

Nearest Tube: Warren Street

 

TV & Film Castings

Olissa Rogers is currently working as a Casting Associate to Amy Hubbard.

 

Olissa began working in the industry in Germany in 2008 working mainly on TV Series. In 2015 she met casting director Jeremy Zimmermann and went on to be casting assistant for him on several films. She then spent some time as casting assistant to Kharmel Cochrane, working across commercials and TV/Film projects.

 

Olissa spent most of 2019 working with Theo Park as an Associate on new comedy series Ted Lasso (Apple) and a new series from Luca Guadagnino (Call me By Your Name) for HBO. She recently moved to join Amy Hubbard.

 

During this session Olissa 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 30th January

Time: 18:30pm - 21:30pm

 

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

Nearest Tube: Warren Street

 

TV & Film Castings

Ceri Bedingfield is a freelance Casting Assistant, who has worked across TV, Film, Theatre & Commercial projects with Casting Directors Rachel Freck, Dixie Chassay, Jill Green  Emily Tilelli.

 

Most recently Ceri has worked on Series 3 of Tin Star for Sky and feature film Louis Wain and is currently working with Rachel Freck on a number of new drama and comedy TV projects for 2020.

 

During this session Ceri 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 4th February

Time: 18:30pm - 21:30pm

 

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

Nearest Tube: Warren Street

 

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: Thursday 6th February

Time: 18:30pm - 21:30pm

 

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

Nearest Tube: Warren Street

 

TV & Film Castings

Rachel Sheridan has worked in casting for over 10 years. She began her career working with the casting director Pippa Ailion on various West End musicals. Rachel then moved to predominantly working in TV as the associate to casting director Rachel Freck, where she spent 8 years before going independent several years ago.

 

Recent shows Rachel has cast include: Feel Good for channel 4 and Netflix, starring Mae Martin & Lisa Kudrow.  The BAFTA award winning In My Skin for BBC, The Left Behind for BBC and most recently the second season of Flack starring Anna Paquin & Sophie Okonedo and a new comedy series for BBC The Other One.

 

Other Notable shows Rachel has worked on include: Tin Star, Hunderby (Sky Atlantic), Love Nina, W1A, Twenty Twelve, Life in Squares, The Game and Him & Her (BBC)

 

During this session Rachel 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: Weds 19th February

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.

 

Date: Sat 22nd February

Time: 10:30am - 13:30pm

 

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

Nearest Tube: Southwark

 

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: 18:00pm - 21:00pm

 

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

Nearest Tube: Warren Street

 

TV & Film Castings - Director's Take