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 http://bit.ly/2GuEPzZ

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… http://bit.ly/2HAnAON

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 – http://bit.ly/2HAnAON

 

What a lovely surprise- a thank you video- http://bit.ly/2EVZcc7.

“You’re all pretty!”

 

 

 

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

 

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What a terrific group of talented wonderful people I got to work with for 8 weeks at BGB Studio. My next class begins in January.  Looking forward to a wonderful holiday with family then back to the audition room for Pilot Season! #AuditionExperience

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CBS Diversity Showcase

CBS Diversity Showcase

The 8th Annual CBS Diversity Showcase is here! We’ve spent 3 months of collaboration with terrific talent and writers helmed by our fierce director, Rick Najera and the extraordinary Fern Orenstein, VP of Casting at CBS Network. We can’t wait to share our funny!

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Through the incredible efforts of CBS Casting Vice President Fern Orenstein and Rick Najera, outstanding talent from coast to coast has been identified and an impressive 80 actors’ careers have been launched as series regulars or in recurring roles. Our next showcase promises to be another platform for introducing diverse talent and impacting the industry,” Josie Thomas, CBS Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer.

OUR ACTORS & WRITERS

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