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.
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.
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.
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.
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Casting Director, House Casting
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Casting Director, Brooke Thomas Casting