Industry Mondays – Casting

COMMERCIAL ACTING IN QUARANTINE Q&A
WITH DOUG KESTEN

Monday, July 20th 12:30pm-1:30pm EST

Doug is one of the top commercial agents in the city! Doug works with both freelance and signed actors.

He’s recently booked his clients in commercials for: BUD LIGHT, POPEYE’S, OCEAN SPRAY, VERIZON FIOS,  LIBERTY MUTUAL, BANK OF AMERICA, CREST, DISCOVER CARD, NEW YORK LOTTERY, AT&T, TD AMERITRADE, ENTRESTO, CAPITAL ONE, IKEA, LAY’S GOURMET, PUR, SPECTRUM, LINCOLN FINANCIAL, AVOCADOS FROM MEXICO, RITE AID, DOLLAR SHAVE & ZYRTEC.

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Meet previous guests

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.

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.

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


Other Industry Mondays Professionals Include:

  • Clint Alexander, Casting Director, from Network Television
  • Christine Kromer, Casting Director, from Alexa Fogel
  • Mary Clay Boland, Casting Director
  • Jack Doulin, Casting Director, from New York Theatre Workshop
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