Industry Mondays – Casting

Working with Industry Professionals in Theatre, Film & Television


This workshop with the award-winning Casting Director Ellen Parks will introduce you to the experience of acting for camera, using a practical approach that helps you more comfortably navigate in the professional world. The class will consist of two 2-hour sessions, with on-camera demonstrations that demystify the way the camera sees you, helping you to gain confidence in front of it and reveal yourself more fully. Actors will also experience the professional context for auditioning, using material from produced screenplays and teleplays.

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Dates TBA

Meet our Panel of Professionals

Ellen Parks, C.S.A has twenty-four years of professional casting experience. She has done casting work for Martin Scorsese, Alexander Payne, David O. Russell, Joel and Ethan Coen, George Romero, and David Letterman, in addition to working with numerous first time filmmakers. She has given actors such as Scarlett Johansson, Vera Farmiga, Maggie Gyllenhaal and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman their first important roles.

This workshop with the award-winning Casting Director Ellen Parks will introduce actors to the film industry on a practical level and help actors successfully navigate in the professional world. The class will consist of two sessions, with on-camera demonstrations that duplicate the environment and demands of the film industry and demystify the casting process. Actors will experience the professional context for auditioning and clarify the acting style required for television and film, using material from produced screenplays.

Lynne has been an agent with The Krasny Office, one of the most respected and active agencies in New York, for over 30 years. A former actor and director, she is one of NYC’s most respected agents. She works in all legit areas (film, TV and theater) as well as commercials. Currently, Lynne has booked clients on every episodic that is currently taping in NYC including THE BLACK LIST, LAW & ORDER: SVU, THE GOOD WIFE, ROYAL PAINS, BLUEBLOODS , BOARDWALK EMPIRE, LOUIE, WHITE COLLAR, PERSON OF INTEREST, Netflix’s DAREDEVIL, UNBREAKABLE KIIMMY SCHMIDT, USA’S WHITE COLLAR, and Hulu’s THE PATH). Her Broadway clients are working in HAMILTON, WICKED, and BOOK OF MORMON. National Tours: WICKED, JERSEY BOYS, MOTOWN, and BOOK OF MORMON. Off-Broadway: AVENUE Q. The Krasny Office books clients in every regional theatre in the country, including The Huntington, The Guthrie, St. Louis Rep., Alabama Shakespeare, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Baltimore Center Stage. A truly caring agent who LOVES her actors.

Actors taking the workshop will need to prepare one contemporary monologue no longer than 2 minutes.

Judy has been casting since 1993. Concentrating on film & theater, she has also cast several webseries, animated projects, and commercials. She has cast projects with: LAByrinth, Rattlestick, Partial Comfort, Project Y, Theater for a New Audience, and the Mint Theater Company. Her work in regional theater includes the Woolly Mammoth(DC), Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival, American Repertory Theatre(2003-2008), San Francisco Playhouse, and the Kitchen Theatre(Ithaca, NY). She co-cast David Mamet’s “The Old Neighborhood” on Broadway. She is an Adjunct Asst. Professor in the MFA Film School at Columbia University, and was on faculty at Harlem School of the Arts for 3 years. She also teaches at One on One in New York, and leads workshops at universities around the country. She is always on the cutting-edge of finding new talent, specializing in ethnically-diverse casts. She has a hands-on approach with new clients and new projects.

Katja Zarolinski has been with McCorkle Casting, one of NYC’s most prominent casting agencies, since February 2012 and brings her casting expertise and insight to help actors navigate the audition process for the stage. Casting for the Stage will focus on scripts from plays listed in Breakdown Services as well as specific projects cast by McCorkle over the last year. A specific play and character will be given before class.

“Working with Katja is a joy. She is warm and welcoming which really allowed me to relax and do my best when working with her. Her feedback is very insightful. She also offered great practical tips for the audition room that have served me well since.” ~M. Holden

More info coming soon.

Past Industry Mondays Professionals Include:

  • Eve Battaglia, Casting Director
  • Clint Alexander, Casting Director, from Network Television
  • Christine Kromer, Casting Director, from Alexa Fogel
  • Mary Clay Boland, Casting Director
  • Doug Keston, Paradigm Agent
  • Jack Doulin, Casting Director, from New York Theatre Workshop