CASTING DIRECTOR BIOGS:
Carl Proctor CDG
Having trained as an actor at RADA, Carl has worked in theatre, film and TV for a number of years. He has produced one feature film – MAD DOGS, produced and/or directed award winning short films and theatre, including Good Golly Miss Molly – the successful West End rock ‘n’ roll musical. Carl has been a casting directors for many years, working mainly in film and TV. Film credits include ‘Shadow of The Vampire with Willem Dafoe and John Malkovich, ‘The Wedding Date’ with Deborah Messing, Amy Adams and Dermot Mulroney, ‘Blood Creek’ with Michael Fassbender and Henry Cavill and directed by Joel Schumacher and Trevor Nunn’s all star ‘Twelfth Night’. Carl cast ‘The Bible’ series. Initially seen on US TV, it has become the most successful mini series of all time.
Emmy-nominated Jeremy Zimmermann is one of the UK’s leading casting directors and has worked on productions with such notable directors as Ron Howard, Guillermo del Toro, Bille August, Giuseppe Tornatore, Isabel Coixet, Peter Yates, John Schlesinger, Ridley Scott, Bruce Beresford, Neil Marshall and Sir Richard Attenborough. Following an early career in international marketing, Jeremy changed direction to become an actor, studying at the Drama Centre. He spent ten years working in repertory theatre, television & film, and also took an opportunity to work behind the cameras with a commercial film company. He eventually turned down an offer to join the National Theatre Company to pursue this alternative career in films. Jeremy went on to join forces with Noel Davis (also an ex-actor) and they started their own casting agency, Davis & Zimmermann. After ten years in partnership, Jeremy opened his own company, Jeremy Zimmermann Casting. Ever since he has become a mentor for undiscovered talent, giving many actors their early or significant breaks, including Paul Bettany, Rachel Weisz, Matthias Schweighõfer, Rebecca Ferguson, Akiya Henry, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Chipo Chung and Aaron Taylor- Johnson.
To date, Jeremy has worked on such features as Moon, In Love And War, Swing Kids, Willow, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Blade II, Africa United, Hidalgo, Keeping Mum and Hellboy.
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.
Polly Hootkins CDG
Polly was an actress and agent before becoming a casting director (a member of the Casting Directors’ Guild). Trained at LAMDA. Film credits include : Winter Ridge, A New Day in Old Sana’a (cast and shot in Yemen), Captain Jack, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Cutthroat Island, Dark Blood (which was halted after the demise of River Phoenix) Prospero’s Books and Utz. TV credits include : Wild at Heart, Rose & Maloney, Marguerite Volant (10 x1 hour series for French Canadian TV). Theatre credits include : Revivals for Optik Theatre Company, Chichester Festival Season, Faithful Dealing at Soho Theatre, M. Butterfly for Singapore Repertory Theatre, The Wood Demon at The Playhouse, London.
Irene East CDG
Training: Webber Douglas, one year's contract from theatre producer/company on graduation.
Script supervising (continuity) working with Alan Clarke, Mike Leigh, Richard Eyre etc.
Produced and directed short series for television
Casting director for classical company Love and Madness,
Free lance castings for Menagerie Theatre Company - Cambridge
Casting on short films for NFTS, Hurcheon Films and Royal Holloway University
Casting on feature films for Sweetwater Films - Sweden
English casting for Sveriges Television
2018 Casting Director on feature film If You Can Hear Me
Currently casting ACE funded 4 week workshops on newly found/translated work by Bertolt Brecht
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.
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.
Sharon Sorrentino is a London based Casting Director who has cast productions both in London and nationally. She has worked in the casting industry for over 15 years and has cast a number of independent film, television, theatre productions, commercials and music videos. Her work includes award winning TV series Elizabeth I's Secret Agents, Murdered for Love? Samia Shahid; multi-award winning feature film The Journey and multi-award winning shorts The Outer Circle, White, Sticky, Grandfather, The Storyteller, The Chop, Crack, No Playground For Little Children and Invisible. She is the author of a book of advice for actors ‘The Audition Room – A Down to Earth Guide’ published by The Book Guild.
Kate Plantin CDG
Kate Plantin is a Casting Director of Film, Theatre and Television and has worked extensively for over twenty years.
Theatre Credits include: The Rubenstein Kiss, Other People’s Money (Both at Southwark Playhouse); The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Park Theatre); The Gulf (Tristan Bates Theatre); Screaming Secrets, Glass Roots (Tristan Bates Theatre); Dracula (Singapore and Bangkok); The Trial of Jane Fonda (Park Theatre); All or Nothing (The Vaults and Tours); Pig Farm (St James); Roaring Trade (Park Theatre); McQueen (St James and Haymarket) Sweeney Todd (Tooting Arts Club, London and New York); Harvey (Tour & Haymarket); Storm In A Flower Vase (Arts Theatre); The Dead Wait (Park Theatre); The Father (Belgrade, Coventry); Of Mice And Men (Tour); Touching the Blue (Edinburgh), Marilyn And Ella (Edinburgh & London); Joan Rivers – A Work In Progress (Edinburgh & London); Telstar which Kate also co-produced in the West End; The Trestle At Pope Lick Creek (Southwark & Manchester Royal Exchange); On Your Toes and Follies (Royal Festival Hall).
Film Credits include: Break (Svcanner-Rhodes);The Bromley Boys (Itchy Fish Film) Tango One (Apex Media) Stanley a Man of Variety (Special One Films); We Still Steal the Old Way (Richwater) We Are Tourists (LTTT);The Timber (ANA Media); Index Zero (Margherita Films); Gone Too Far (Poisson Rouge); The Contract (Scanner-Rhodes); Quantum Love (Pathe); The Outpost Trilogy (Black Camel); Le Weekend (Poisson Rouge); Siren (Poisson Rouge); The Hide (Poisson Rouge); Walled In (Leomax); Book Of Blood (Matador); Princess Ka’iulani (Matador); Telstar (Aspiration Films); City Rats (Face Films); Seed Of Chucky (Rogue Pictures); Chaos And Cadavers (Matador); Another Life (Alibi).
Liz Stoll CDG
Liz Stoll started casting in 1986 as Deputy Casting Director at the RSC, followed by Casting Director at the Theatre Royal Plymouth before going free-lance. She cast various West End musicals and some plays and The Bill before starting to work at the BBC in 2001 where she worked for over 18 years. She has cast 5 series of Judge John Deed, 5 series of Down to Earth, various episodes of Waking the Dead, Dalziel and Pascoe, one series of Being April and 7 Afternoon Plays. Other drama cast at the BBC include "The Night Watch" with Claire Foy, Jodie Whittaker and Anna Maxwell Martin, "One Night" with Douglas Hodge, Georgina Campbell and Jessica Hynes, and "The Magnificent 7" with Helena Bonham Carter and Holliday Grainger, She has cast over 300 episodes of Holby City and more recently numerous episodes of Father Brown, The Coroner, Shakespeare and Hathaway and some drama documentaries for BBC2 including The Armada, The Royal Wives at War and Kim Philby: His Most Intimate Betrayal.
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.