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Casting Director Blow-out!

Start the New Year off right.  Meet and network with these busy NYC casting directors.  

Show your talent and network with 8 commercial casting directors in this 2-hour workshop, hosted by Brooke & Mary. You will present yourself by reading copy in the relaxed and fun environment that Brooke and Mary provide.  All of the casting directors in attendance are the people who call actors in for commercial auditions at the busiest casting offices in New York City.

If casting directors don't know who you are and what you can do, how will they ever bring you in?  After this evening casting directors will know who you are, what you look like and most importantly what you can do on-camera.  Brooke and Mary designed this night to offer you the opportunity to expand your knowledge of some of NYC's commercial casting directors as well as be seen, get recognized and GET CALLED IN!  

The evening will start with a short interview followed by 2 pieces of commercial copy, provided in advance.  Feedback and re-direction is given by the guest casting directors as well as Brooke and Mary.  There will also be an opportunity for an open Q&A discussion.  You must have 8 headshots and resumes to attend.  Beverages and snacks will be provided.  You must have experience working on-camera with cue cards to attend.

Brooke &  Mary say: "Not only is this class's crazy fun!  It sells out fast so jump on it."

Date: Thursday, January 5, 2017.  7pm-9pm

Location: Envision Studio, 60 Madison Avenue, Suite 601, NYC

Cost: $275.00

Your Hosts: Brooke & Mary

Class size limited to 12 students.

About Your Instructors

David Bellantoni

Casting Director, Beth Melsky Casting

I started casting in Los Angeles in 1994 and moved back home to New York to continue my work in the business in 2005. I’ve worked on a wide variety of projects such as national network commercials, network promos, political ads, feature films, short films, documentaries, corporate industrials, music videos, PSA’s, webisodes and voice-overs for both TV and radio spots. Some of the directors I’ve worked with include: David Fincher, Tom Hooper, Tony Scott, Peter Berg, John Singleton, Doug Liman, Phil Morrison, and Errol Morris. I’m currently a Casting Director with one of the busiest companies in New York, Beth Melsky Casting. I’ve guest lectured at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, The Maggie Flanigan Studio, The Actor’s Green Room, The Actor’s Connection, ACT NOW, Weist-Barron, One on One and Paul Michael’s The Network NYC. I’m also a frequent contributor to Backstage’s “Commercial Break” Advice column.

Jodi Kipperman

Casting Director, Kipperman Casting

Jodi has been a prominent NYC casting director for over 30 years. She is the owner of Kipperman Casting which casts for TV, film and commercials.

Angela Mickey

Casting Director, Liz Lewis Casting

Angela is the Managing Director of Casting for Liz Lewis Casting Partners and has been there for over ten years casting on-camera commercials, V/O's, TV, Film, and theater. Recent commercial projects include: Truvia, Comcast, Verizon Fios, MTV, Plavix, Lowes, Victoria's Secret, Rockband 2, All Bran, Toyota, Holiday Inn Express, and many promos for Comedy Central.

Fay Shumsey Grande

Casting Director, Grande/Morris Casting

Fay Shumsey is the former in-house casting director for award-winning production company Hungry Man. Since starting her career at Hungry Man she has worked on many notable Super Bowl commercials and award-winning campaigns. Some of her most recent clients include American Express, Bud Light, Microsoft, NY Lotto, Kraft, and Snickers. Grande/Morris Casting specializes in commercial, digital, promotional, short film, and television casting. Fay Shumsey prides herself on constantly calling in fresh faces and new talent. She also hopes to one day be the star of her own hit reality TV show on Bravo!

Rachel Silver Damanti

Casting Director, Don Case Casting

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Rachel came to New York via Syracuse University where she earned her degree in Drama. Upon her arrival in NYC, Rachel dove into the entertainment agency, learning the ropes working in a theatrical agency with actors working all over Broadway. She moved into the commercial world, working for two of New York’s top commercial agencies representing both children and adults for on-camera commercials, voiceovers, and radio. Rachel transitioned into casting when she joined Donald Case Casting in 2008. During her time with Don Case Casting, Rachel has cast hundreds of commercials, matching talent of all types and ages to the right projects.

Rebecca Yarsin

Casting Director, House Casting

Rebecca casts National and Regional Commercials and Industrials as well as National and Regional Voice-Overs. Recent commercials include: Apple, Time Warner, Cablevision, AT&T, Bank of America, TD Bank, Chase, Burlington, Verizon, Lay's, Old Navy, Gillette, Macy's, Microsoft, Hertz, Ketel One, Bacardi, McDonalds, Dunkin Donuts, Hershey's, Dove, Charles Schwab, Dr Scholls, Kit Kat, GNC, Reese's, Acuvue, Dos Equis, Marie Callender and many others. She also works on many web series, shorts and plays as well as directing her own projects. She is always looking for new talent! She was formerly in theatrical casting and worked as a Producer on Broadway and Off-Broadway for many years.

Mary Egan Callahan (Host)

Casting Director, House Casting

Brooke Thomas (Host)

Casting Director, Brooke Thomas Casting

Frequently Asked Questions

From real people to real actors, Casting Loop instructional offerings are for people who are looking to book television commercials and TV programming. Our classes, workshops and events fill up with everyone from curious, unsigned, non-union aspirers looking to get into the business to established actors looking to improve and hone their performance techniques for commercial and TV auditions. While actors, comedians, and improv artists consistently sign up to our classes, we have many, many people from all walks of life, like doctors, lawyers, assistants, housewives, athletes, business professionals, art dealers, etc., etc., etc.

Thousand of our students have taken classes and we see them appearing on ad spots, television shows and film everyday. Some who went on to train for commercials (usually before they got popular) via our class and then rose up the entertainment ladder include: Ben Schwartz (House of Lies), Nick Kroll (The Kroll Show, The League), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation, Safety Not Required), Bayne Gibby and Jason Mantzoukas (Enlightened), Ed Helms (Daily Show, The Office,The Hangover), Adam Pally (Happy Endings), Jessica St. Clair (Best Friends Forever, Bridesmaids), Rob Huebel (Human Giant, Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital) Michael Nathanson (Side Effects), Kate McKinnon (SNL), Pete Holmes (voice of the E-Trade baby and soon to be host of The Midnight Show with Pete Holmes). ...This is a very small partial list! ...And maybe you’ve seen people in ads that you didn’t know were past students such as comedian Coleman Green (Cablevision pink pixel), actress/songstress Nadia Quinn (Yoplait yogurt), Sara Megan Thomas (wrote and starred in the movie Backwards), Jim Connelly (Amtrak and many other ads). This list goes on and on...

Plans change, we get it. If you book a job or something else comes up we'll try to resell your seat if you notify us 7 or more days prior to the start of the class or workshop. (Go to "Contact Us" to let us know.) But if it's a 7 day or less notice and we can't fill your seat, we won't be able to refund.



from 7:00pm until 9:00pm


60 Madison Avenue
Suite 601
New York, NY 10010


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