CASTING DIRECTOR BIOGS:
Gemma is currently a casting director with the in-house casting department at the BBC. She has been working in casting for more than 20 years, enjoying a long career as a freelancer, working in theatre, TV and film alongside casting director Sam Stevenson.
Janis Jaffa CDG
Casting for over twenty years, Janis has worked on a wide range of projects including feature films, TV drama, fringe theatre and short films. From comedy (Meet the Magoons for Wark Clements) to series drama (The Bill for Talkback Thames), short films (The Road Home which got short listed for an Oscar nomination and award winning The Back Seat) to a long long list of commercials. She is currently casting the feature film Skin Walker.
Suzy Korel CDG
Suzy Korel CDG has been lucky enough to have been a Casting Director for over 25 years. During that time she has worked in numerous different fields in the world of entertainment, including well-known commercial campaigns, not so well known commercials, corporates, sponsorships, idents, bumpers, internet, pop promos, radio and the like. Her experience also extends to theatre , a play at the Oxford Playhouse, which later transferred to The Young Vic and more recently to films . She cast the award winning - A Reason to Leave directed by Norman Gregory (2016) and is currently in talks with a well known LA based director.
John Cannon CDG
John has been working in casting since joining the National Theatre Casting Department as an assistant in 1989. After leaving the NT he worked for The Almeida, The Bush, Chichester Festival, English Touring Theatre, The Gate, Oxford Stage Company, The Royal Court and The Young Vic amongst others. This was followed by ten years with The RSC both as Deputy Head and then Head of Casting. working on all but one Shakespeare play, many classics and new writing. He is currently a member of the BBC's in-house drama casting team working on productions such as Holby City, Father Brown and Shakespeare and Hathaway.
Polly Hootkins CDG
Polly Hootkins CDG is a casting director, who was an actress and agent before moving into the area of Casting. She developed a passion for film when casting came into her life. She has many film, TV and theatre credits which include; Wild at Heart, Dark Blood, Rose & Maloney, Crocodile Shoes and more
Irene East CDG
Irene East is an official casting director for the theatre company Love and Madness, specialising in classic work; she is currently casting a newly translated Brecht and waiting for dates to be confirmed. She is also currently on the reading panel for a major script writing award. Irene specialises in casting for theatre.
Phil Shaw (a former actor and ICM agent) has been a casting director for over 25 years in TV, film, theatre, and commercials, working for the BBC, ITV, Granada, Channel 4, CBS TV (U.S), and a variety of independent companies, including - Ridley Scott Associates, Great Guns, J Walter Thompson (commercials), and west end/regional theatres. He has cast several award winning shorts for The National Film & Television School, given career marketing seminars at RADA, LAMDA, and Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, and also has his own Actors' Consultancy Service.
Louis Hammond CDG
Having been an actor, agent and Casting Director, Louis Hammond CDG has an insight into the whole process. Casting credits include TV, theatre and film. Many projects as Casting Associate at the Royal Court; other work at the Young Vic, West End, Crucible Sheffield and more.
Richard Evans CDG
Richard Evans CDG has been casting since 1989, having worked as an actor for 10 years, he shares knowledge and experience from both sides of the audition table. He was the first freelance British casting director to specialise in all areas of theatre and has since cast a wide variety of productions in all media.
Sally Vaughan CDG
Sally has a wide range of casting experience, from the West End through to childrens’ theatre and the Fringe.
She started casting when she worked at the Churchill Theatre Bromley as Administrator/ Casting Director for more than a decade. Since then she has followed a varied freelance career: working for leading children’s playwright and director, David Wood; acting as casting director for Sweet Charity, starring Bonnie Langford, at the Victoria Palace; and running her own production company for which she produced and cast Of Thee I Sing and Sweeney Todd at the Bridewell Theatre and Anna Weiss at the Whitehall Theatre (starring Catherine McCormack and directed by Michael Attenborough).
More recently Sally has cast the stage productions of Dad’s Army, ‘Allo, ‘Allo, Porridge and Morse for Calibre Productions. Other casting credits include Marry Me, You Idiot! with Lynda Bellingham; Red on Black, a new play about Mark Rothko with Peter Wight as Rothko (which she also co-produced); Gibraltar starring George Irving at the Arcola Theatre; No Way To Treat A Lady – a new musical – Jekyll & Hyde starring Dave Willetts at the Landor; Kathy Kirby:ICON and Christmas by Simon Stephens at the White Bear Theatre.
Sally began her career in theatre as PA to the late impresario Sir Peter Saunders. She has worked in the West End on many productions and has also worked on the administration of the Society of London Theatre’s Olivier Awards.