Spring 2019 Advanced Industry Workshop Registration Page (April 10-19)
Dates: Wed 4/10 @ 10am
Meets 6 times: 4/10 4/10 @ 2pm 4/10 @ 6pm 4/12 @ 11am 4/12 @ 3pm 4/12 @ 7:30pm 4/13 4/13 @ 2pm 4/15 @ 2pm 4/15 @ 7pm 4/17 4/17 @ 2pm 4/17 @ 6pm 4/17 @ 8pm 4/19 4/19 @ 3pm 4/19 @ 6:30pm
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22 Casting Directors, Agents, & Managers!
Over the course of six days, work with 22 Casting Directors, Agents, and Managers! In addition, you'll get monologue coaching, a headshot and resume consultation, and a marketing seminar that will help you sell yourself to the industry.
This program includes:
12 Three-Hour Intensives with our most Popular Casting Directors
8 Top Industry Agents
3 Top Industry Managers
2 Special Seminars with Industry Guests
1 Legit Agent Showcases
1 Manager Showcase
1 Commercial Showcase
CONFIRMED CASTING DIRECTORS INCLUDE:
Emily Fleischer - Susan Shopmaker Casting
Alexis Atkinson - Jonathan Strauss Casting
Jeff Dreisbach – McCorkle Casting
Matthew Bonifacio – Award Winning Film Director
Lisa Donadio – Playwrights Horizons
Brette Goldstein – Brette Goldstein Casting
Nick Peciaro – Judy Henderson and Associates
Donna McKenna – Donna McKenna Casting
Stacy Gallo – Stacy Gallo Casting
+ 2 Other Offices TOO Big to Mention
+ 12 Agents and Managers
Confirmed Agencies + Management Companies include:
Center Stage Management
Take 3 Talent
Talent Riot Management
Your scenes in the TV & Film classes are recorded. After this class, you will receive an email with a link so you can watch your own clip.
Failure to cancel before the cancellation deadline will result in a forfeiture of your payment and you will not receive credit in your One on One Bank.
Teachers and class structures are subject to change.
This seminar or class is for educational purposes only and will not secure or provide opportunity for employment in the field or representation by an agent. One on One is bonded in the State of California: #70978001
About Advanced Industry Workshop▼
Booked a meeting with BLOC NYC to discuss commercial representation after Advanced Industry Workshop!
About Matthew Bonifacio▼
Matthew Bonifacio’s directorial feature film debut, Lbs., was an official selection of the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Alfred P. Sloan Award. Lbs., co-written and produced by Matthew, had a limited release in 2010 with the #1 per-screen-average in the country its opening weekend. The film went on to play in seven cities, earned a 90% Fresh rating by Top Critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and was selected by Bilge Ebiri as a New York Magazine Critics’ Pick. In 2011, Lbs. was nominated for the John Cassavetes Award at the Film Independent Spirit Awards.
Matthew directed and produced his second feature film, Amexicano (Raul Castillo’s feature film debut), which made its world premiere at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. The film had a limited theatrical release and was highly praised by critics from Variety, The New York Times, Village Voice, and New York Daily News.
The Quitter, Matthew’s most recent feature film, marked his first film as an actor and director. The Quitter had an exclusive theatrical engagement with Regal Cinemas in 2014, and received positive reviews in The New York Times, New York Daily News, The Huffington Post, Film Journal International and many others. The Quitter was picked-up by Cinetic Media’s FilmBuff and released across all platforms (iTunes, Amazon, VUDU, GooglePlay). HULU acquired and released The Quitter for streaming. The Quitter made its Television debut on PBS/WNET.
Matthew’s award-winning short films have screened at the Tribeca Film Festival (2006, 2011, 2012, 2013), Palm Springs International Shortfest, Aspen Shortsfest, Florida Film Festival, Williamstown Film Festival, Nantucket Film Festival, Maui Film Festival, Heartland Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, and many others.
His short film The Watering Hole won the first-ever Tropfest@Tribeca Film Festival. A jury of Naomi Watts, Matt Dillon, Darren Aronofsky, Caroline Baron, Famke Janssen, Anthony Lapaglia, and Charles Randolph selected it as the winner.
His shorts, Migraine (featuring Nathan Lee Graham and Laverne Cox), and Fortune House (starring 2017 Tony Award Winner Michael Aronov), are distributed by Shorts International and are available on iTunes. Fortune House won the Christopher and Dana Reeve Award for Best Short Film.
Matthew also directed, wrote and produced Libero (Free), which was commissioned by DICK’S Sporting Goods/Tribeca Digital Studios and world premiered on ESPN; and Last Pick-Up, starring 2016 Tony Award Winner Reed Birney (currently in post-production).
Matthew has also been a guest shorts screener for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions of the Tribeca Film Festival.
He has directed and produced commercials that have won Telly and Cine Golden Eagle Awards. Matthew also won a Special Achievement Award for Direction at the Intercom/Chicago International Film Festival.
Matthew is recognized as one of the top on-camera acting coaches and teachers in New York City, and frequently guest lectures at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Matthew is also a professor in the Department of Performing Arts at Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace University. He teaches (BFA) Acting for Film and Television.
As an actor, Matthew studied at The William Esper Studio with Maggie Flanigan. He made his film acting debut as the lead role in Pishadoo. The film won the Princess Grace Award (from the Princess Grace Kelly Foundation) for Best Narrative Short in the country, and was distributed by Canal Plus Europe, Sundance Channel, Atom Films, and United Airlines. Matthew also played various roles in the New York Off-Broadway hit show, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding for several years.
Matthew was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where he currently lives with his wife.
About Alaina Feehan▼
Alaina Feehan is owner of the new NY based management company, Talent Riot!
She is formerly the head Across the Board Talent Agency's New York office. Alaina has almost a decade of experience in talent representation. Clients she has worked with in the past have booked major films, series regular roles on NBC, Netflix, and the WB, guest star,recurring, and co-starring roles for most NYC based shows, Broadway, and regional theatre.
About Kate Dunn Kennedy▼
Kate Dunn Kennedy is CEO and principal at Merging Artists, NY/LA a talent management and production company located on both coasts. Her roster of clients out of NY, London and LA can be seen on Upcoming Pilots, BILLIONS, NEW AMSTERDAM, GOTHAM, LAW & ORDER:SVU, THE BLACKLIST, BLUE BLOODS, FEATURE FILMS, BROADWAY STAGE AND NETWORK COMMERCIALS. Kate began her career in the Industry as a casting director. After 15 years, she then opened Merging Artists Management.
About Christopher Silveri▼
Christopher D. Silveri takes great pride in his career in the entertainment industry that has spanned the last two decades since his graduation from the New York University Theater program. Christopher is the President and CEO of Center Stage Management, LLC, a talent management company with headquarters in New York City.
After a brief stint in acting, Christopher began his entertainment management career casting commercials with Liz Lewis Casting Partners, moved on to head up the Legit Department (Theater, TV, and Film) at Gilla Roos, Ltd. and most recently was Vice President of Talent Management at Prestige Management Group. Christopher started his own talent management company in 2017, serving clients on both coasts and in all mediums of the entertainment business.
Christopher’s clients have recurring roles on FBI, Bull, Blue Bloods, God Friended Me (CBS), Gotham (FOX), Manifest, New Amsterdam, The Blacklist, Blindspot, Law and Order SVU (NBC), Orange Is The New Black, Jessica Jones, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, House of Cards (NETFLIX), Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Mozart In the Jungle (AMAZON), Billions, Homeland (SHOWTIME), Power (STARZ) And those are just the recurrings!
His theatrical clients have been in nearly every Broadway show you can think of: Moulin Rouge, Bandstand, Escape to Margaritaville, The Color Purple, The Lion King, Jersey Boys, Book of Mormon, Million Dollar Quartet, Beautiful, Hamilton, Clueless – The Musical, Heathers—The Musical, etc.
And lest we forget the always special film medium: The First Purge, The Post, Ocean’s 8, The Only Living Boy in New York, What Happened Last Night, Going in Style, etc.
Many of his clients have national ad campaigns and/or major print advertisements running as well!
Finally, Christopher is an active presenter to those just starting out in the entertainment industry, teaching and participating in workshops in New York (New York University) and Washington D.C..
About Abby Salzberg▼
About Ryan Ostendorf▼
About Alexis Atkinson▼
Alexis Atkinson from Jonathan Strauss Casting is currently casting for NBC's hit series LAW & ORDER: SVU, CHICAGO FIRE, CHICAGO MED, CHICAGO PD, and CHICAGO JUSTICE. Recent projects include casting with Judy Henderson for The New Group, the Emmy Award-Winning Showtime TV series HOMELAND, and several feature and indie films!
About Blaine Johnston▼
Blaine's background is in behind the camera & theater casting and he continues to work in various casting offices in New York City. He most recently worked on the 4th Season of YOUNGER on TVLand. He was the casting director for the short film Mariachi Madness and was/is a casting director for two NY theater companies, RAL Productions and Goldfish Memory Productions. His strengths are helping actors learn what it takes and the skills you need to land a Series Regular and Major Recurring role on TV.
About Jack Bowdan▼
BROADWAY: Nice Work If You Can Get It, Born Yesterday, Brighton Beach Memoirs/Broadway Bound, The Miracle Worker, The 39 Steps, Is He Dead?, Inherit the Wind, Journey’s End, Butley, The Times They Are-A-Changin’, Well, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Movin’ Out, Sixteen Wounded, 45 Seconds From Broadway, Urban Cowboy, A Class Act, The Dinner Party, Wrong Mountain, The Iceman Cometh, …Charlie Brown, High Society, Golden Child, The Sound of Music, Triumph of Love, Proposals, Last Night of Ballyhoo, King David, On the Waterfront, Damn Yankees, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Lost in Yonkers, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Jake’s Women, The Goodbye Girl, Rumors.
SPECIAL THEATRICAL EVENTS: the Encores! Series at City Center
OFF-BROADWAY: The Body of An American (Primary Stages), The 39 Steps (Union Square Theatre and New World Stages), I And You (59E59Theatre), Desperate Writers, The Marvelous Wonderettes , Portraits, Barbara’s Wedding, My Old Lady, Surviving Grace, Time and Again (MTC), A Class Act (MTC), Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight, London Suite, Hyde in Hollywood, Oil City Symphony
LONDON WEST END: The Lady From Dubuque, The Old Vic Theatre
ASIA: Sister Act
FILM: Nine, Dreamgirls, Chicago, Everything Relative
TELEVISION: Opening Doors/HBO. The television films Once Upon A Mattress, The Music Man, Young at Heart, Chasing the Dragon. The series New York News, Going to Extremes, I’ll Fly Away. East Coast casting for Warner Bros. Television (all pilots and TV films, 5 years), Sony Pictures Television, the pilots Cold Feet and Lateline.
REGIONAL THEATRE: includes work at Hartford Stage (2012-2017), Mark Taper Forum (LA, CA), Long Wharf Theatre (New Haven, CT), A.C.T. (San Francisco, CA), Old Globe Theatre (San Diego, CA), Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington, D.C.), A Contemporary Theatre (Seattle, WA), Arena Stage (Washington, D.C.), Actors Theatre of Louisville (Louisville, KY), Huntington Theatre (Boston, MA), Alliance Theatre (Atlanta, GA), Williamstown Theatre Festival, Philadelphia Theatre Company, among many others.
About Emily Fleischer▼
Emily Fleischer (Casting Associate, Susan Shopmaker Casting) is passionate about supporting new talent in and out of the studio. She is currently working on Terence Nance' BLACK REST (HBO/A24) and has cast dozens of independent films, TV shows, and commercials.
About Donna McKenna▼
Donna McKenna, CSA, is an international award-winning casting director and producer for independent feature film, short films, pilots, and web series. Her ensemble casts consists of critically-acclaimed actors from film, television, Broadway, and upcoming talent. To date, she is responsible for casting over 100 projects and hundreds of upcoming actors becoming SAG-AFTRA eligible. Some of Donna's films have been invited to screen at renowned film festivals, including the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival, Dances with Films, Milan, LA Film Festival, Holly Shorts, and the Berlin Film Festival. In 2014, Donna proudly discovered Marisa Brown and Colin Walker in her One on One workshops and cast them in her film LEAVES OF THE TREE, which stars Eric Roberts and Sean Young and was filmed in Italy and Texas. This film has won numerous awards at film festivals worldwide including best actress nominations for Marissa Brown and the Casting Award of Merit at the IndieFest Film Festival for Donna. In October 2016, LEAVES OF THE TREE was theatrical released in 42 cities. Donna is a proud member of the Casting Society of America, an appointed board member on the Suffolk County Film Commission, and a jury judge at many respectable film festivals.
Kelsey Lynn Stokes
Noelle P. Wilson
Noelle P. Wilson
About Rachel Goldman▼
Rachel is the NY Casting Associate at Barden/Schnee Casting and has worked there for two and a half years. While at this office, Rachel has collaborated on a variety of works including The Upside (STX) , Queen America (Facebook Watch series), Leave No Trace (Directed by Debra Granik of Winter's Bone), The Last O.G. (TBS), Book Club (Paramount), Bonding (Blackpills), Charlie Says (Directed by Mary Harron), Good Girls Revolt (Amazon), Girlboss (Netflix), Pitch Perfect 3 (Universal), and many independent films. As an office, Barden/Schnee has cast noted features like The Girl on the Train, Spotlight, August: Osage County, Pitch Perfect franchise, Dallas Buyers Club, The Help, Winter's Bone, Still Alice, among many others.Upcoming credits include Clemency (Sundance 2019 Grand Jury Prize WINNER), Ma (Blumhouse), Timmy Failure (Disney), Eve (Directed by Tate Taylor), Panic (Amazon pilot), Virgin River (Netflix series), Shirley (Directed by Josephine Decker), Buffaloed (Directed by Tanya Wexler), among other independent films.Current credits include: What is Life Worth (from SPOTLIGHT team), Filthy Rich (FOX pilot), The Birch (Facebook Watch series), Breaking News In Yuba County (Directed by Tate Taylor), The Shaggs (Directed by Ken Kwapis), Gonzo Girl (Directed by Rebecca Thomas).
About Lisa Donadio▼
About Abby Salzberg▼
About Phil Cassese▼
Phil Cassese is the senior on-camera commercial agent at Stewart Talent. Phil previously held the same position at TalentWorks, where he spent the last six years developing a highly competitive roster of talent. After spending several years in the music industry and personal management, Phil was recruited to helm the commercial division of TalentWorks. Prior to working for TalentWorks, Phil successfully created a commercial division at a small theatrical agency. Phil's interest in comedy led him to develop a strong roster of improvisers and comedic actors. He works on and has booked a wide array of commercial projects from multi-faceted campaigns to smaller niche projects.
About Chase Theibault▼
About Tracey-Lynn Goldblum▼
Tracey Goldblum is the Vice President / Head of the Commercial Department at Abrams Artists. Abrams client commercial credits include: AT&T, BURGER KING, OLIVE GARDEN, NYC LOTTERY - THE LOTTERY GUY, CAMPBELL SOUP, JOHNSON & JOHNSON, AMERITRADE, DSW, EXCEDRIN, SUBWAY, DAYQUILL, LONASE, FEDEX, PRILOSEC,
About Ryan Ostendorf▼
About Brette Goldstein▼
Brette Goldstein is an independent Casting Director who is always casting multiple projects for Film and Stage. Brette was formerly a Casting Associate at Elissa Myers Casting. Credits include: QUEEN CITY with Vivica A. Fox, HELLO LONESOME, MIRIAMS SONG, THE DAVID DANCE, IN SEARCH OF AZTEC GOLD, BUFFALO BUSHIDO, THE BELL with Martin Sheen, EL CAMINO, ABLE DANGER, MAIN STORY, LIVE AT FIVE with Katie Finneran, HOMECOMING with Josh Hamilton, THE EGOIST, BOMB, AWOL, FIVE LINES, NOON BLUE APPLES, and many more.
Luis Carlos de La Lombana
About Cassandra Tay▼
Cassandra Tay is a legit agent in the New York office at Buchwald. She formerly worked at KMR, a bi-coastal talent agency that represents some of the finest working actors in Television, Film, and Theater. Recent client bookings include: CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, THE GOOD FIGHT, THE NIGHT OF, THE FLASH, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, THE DEUCE, FALLING WATER, HOMELAND, and Broadway's HAMILTON, WAITRESS, CATS, FALSETTOS, THE HUMANS, MATILDA, WICKED, SCHOOL OF ROCK, and more.
About Nicole Wichinsky▼
Nicole Wichinsky has been at the top legit office DGRW for over 14 years. Nicole has Bachelor’s degrees in Communications/Film and Theatre from the University of Miami, and a Master’s degree in Educational Theatre from New York University. Her education and background in acting, directing, and casting give her the solid tools to represent clients in theatre, film, and television. DGRW has clients working regularly in television and film, as well as appearing in leading roles on Broadway, in National Tours, and in theatres across the country. Nicole has taught classes in improvisation, acting, and audition technique, and is passionate about finding and developing exciting, new talent.
About Eddie Rabon▼
About Lauren Sytsma▼
Lauren Sytsma is a proud graduate of Boston College. Lauren began her career in casting working with Jay Binder and Judy Henderson. She made the decision to focus on representing artists once she realized the best way to advocate for performers is to be on their team. Before coming to Bloc, she was at Professional Artists and most recently at Nicolosi & Co. During this time she represented Tony nominees, series regulars, and actors in feature films. Most recently her clients can be seen starring in Kinky Boots, the Hamilton national tour, Chicago PD, Elementary, and The Deuce. While Lauren’s heart will always be in musical theatre, her primary focus has been expanding her clients’ television and film experience to help them build a more well-rounded career.
About Cynthia Katz▼
Established by industry veterans with over 25 years experience, Gotham Talent Agency represents actors for Theater, Film, Television, and Commercials. We have an uncommon depth of talent that includes Tony Award-nominees and television's most recognized characters. A boutique New York talent agency with a big reputation, Gotham Talent represents clients on HELL ON WHEELS, UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT, MADAM SECRETARY, BLUE BLOODS, THE PATH, BLACKLIST, HOUSE OF CARDS, UNTITLED LMN PROJECT, BRAINDEAD, THE DETOUR, THE AMERICANS, SHADES OF BLUE, QUANTICO, BULL, LAW AND ORDER: SVU, ELEMENTARY, PERSON OF INTEREST, and more. Gotham Talent Agency has represented clients in numerous Theater projects both on Broadway and on tour, including: FINDING NEVERLAND, HAMILTON, PARAMOUR, BAZ, MATILDA, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, BARE, EVITA, IN THE HEIGHTS, ANYTHING GOES, JERSEY BOYS, and WICKED, just to name a few.