Inclusion & Diversity

Inclusion & Diversity

On January 7 the Casting Society of America’s Inclusion & Diversity Open Call took place in LA. It was eye-opening and simply moving for this Casting Director! Our Casting Team was one of a dozen onsite meeting and reading with performers with disabilities. Approximately 750 people participated and were seen by 50 casting directors and associates in 16 cities across the US. Here’s a video of the day. Scroll down for more information on giving actors with disabilities their due.

Inclusion & Diversity Open Call

As part of a series of events focusing on casting opportunities for actors who have been historically overlooked in the entertainment industry, Casting Society of America (CSA) Inclusion and Diversity Committee focused on performers with disabilities (PWDs). Performers were given an opportunity to share a two-page prepared scene of their choice in front of a panel of CSA casting directors. This was an educational opportunity and a chance for Casting Directors to meet with and learn from the PWD community.

Article written by committee and CSA member Marci Liroff – CSA Is Giving Actors With Disabilities Their Due via @BackStage

PPALA 2018 – The LA Intensive

PPALA 2018 – The LA Intensive

Pace University has done it again! I am THRILLED to be a part of Year 4 producing, co-directing and teaching this amazing grup! This year’s BFA Acting seniors traveled from NY –> LA immersing themselves in an intense intensive throughout January. Prior to that I co-directed them in their showcase videos. To view their work and learn more about them – click the link…

They worked with industry directors, producers, casting directors, seasoned talent and writers; honed their skills on-camera, produced their showcase videos and learned A LOT about self-care, online presence, who they are and what they have to offer as unique and fierce artists. This terrific group is ready to take on whatever comes their way. So blessed to be part of  their journey. THANK YOU!! #TeacherHat


For information on each student and their upcoming NY Showcase –


What a lovely surprise- a thank you video-

“You’re all pretty!”




Always LOVE when my coaching clients soar. Big congrats RYAN PHUONG for your recurring role on YOUNG SHELDON!!



BLOOD BROTHERS, a haunting WWI film I cast, will screen at the Academy Award Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival on August 18th @ 2:30 PM TCL Chinese Theatres.


PROGRAM: Historical

WHEN: Friday, August 18th at 2:30 PM


Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers

It was an honor and joy working with this team. A wonderful and haunting WWI film I cast is an Official Selection at L.A. Shorts International Film Festival and HollyShorts Film Festival

Academy Award Qualifying and BAFTA accredited so WAY TO GO for our filmmaker, production team, crew and amazing Talent!


Some  of the  #BloodBrothersmovie  team back in action at our premiere at L.A. Shorts International Film Festival

From Left to Right: Nicole Falsetti (Producer), Max Chernov  (Director),  Dan Funes (Executive Producer),  Elena Bawiec (Executive Producer).


CMTC 2017

CMTC 2017

New talent. Young talent. Singers, dancers, actors, musicians were abundant at CMTC in Toronto celebrating their 25th anniversary! I taught my seminar BOOM THE ROOM: Preparing for an Unforgettable Audition which included proper slating and tips for performing their monologues, commercials and cold reading scenes. Take a look at some of the terrific talent I met…

Pre-BOOM warmup – CLICK HERE


BOOM highlights – CLICK HERE




New School Video Showcase

New School Video Showcase

I was honored to direct the School of Drama at New School in New York. 13 MFA graduates and 24 BFA undergraduates worked at lighting speed and fiercely showed up to film scenes designed in collaboration with myself and CTCA. They learned how to distinguish material showing their strengths as artists, as well as how they would be cast. This was their first time on camera, and they did a beautiful job! Web links to come. For now…

MFA preview link- CLICK HERE


BFA preview link- CLICK HERE

UT Austin BFA Acting

UT Austin BFA Acting

These BFA seniors have been in LA for their final semester immersing themselves in all things soon-to-be graduating actors do to prepare to take on film and television in Los Angeles- namely scene study and on-camera audition technique with Howard Fine and Michael D Cohen and a host of industry professionals.

As they are in preparations for the LA showcase, I am honored (and EXCITED) to be invited to test their mettle in an all-day workshop this week including mock auditions, producer call backs, as well as prepping them for their upcoming general meetings post-LA showcase. The future is bright for this talented group!

Here’s their LA showcase information. Please attend!


The University of Texas at Austin

April 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

The Matrix Theatre
7657 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90046

Pace BFA Acting 2017 Virtual Showcase

Pace BFA Acting 2017 Virtual Showcase

Presenting Pace Performing Arts Los Angeles Showcase 2017. This is a video showcase produced and directed by Caroline Liem, Pace Prof/Casting Director and Wendy Kurtzman, Pace Prof/Casting Director/College To Career Acting with Pace University. Our talented BFA Acting Seniors trained for 3 weeks in Los Angeles receiving in-depth industry education alongside some of our favorite producers, directors and casting directors. They have learned to expand their work as artists in film and television writing, producing, acting, as well as the business of the actor always speaking from their unique voice. They’re ready for film/TV. Please view & enjoy!
For industry folk interested in meeting any of our wonderful students please contact: Grant Kretchik, to arrange an appointment. And for those in New York please save the date for their live NY showcase, May 8.
Virtual showcase link:

Pace LA Intensive 2017

Pace LA Intensive 2017

It has been my joy to collaborate with Pace University on our third annual LA Intensive. This program has allowed BFA candidates an inside look to our industry. They entered the Writers Room and developed and pitched self-written scripts with Nat Bernstein, uncovered who they are with branding skills provided through The Branding Buddha’s Carla Renata, elevated & monetized their online presence using their unique voice with Larry Shapiro, elevated their acting skills for career longevity with Howard Fine, learned techniques for Self Care with Kehinde Koyejo, as well as perfected their technique for auditioning on-camera for film, television, commercials with myself and casting colleagues and taking a general meeting with executives. All this along with producing their showcase videos that will serve as their reel. I look forward to following up with this beautiful group of artists in the spring. Until then…



Our Core Teachers Howard Fine, Wendy Kurtzman, Nat Bernstein, Caroline Liem, Larry Shapiro