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November 5th sees the eagerly awaited return of The Actors Centre's annual fundraising event, Castathon. Castathon will give actors a fantastic opportunity to spend 15 minutes, one-on-one, with some of the UK's leading casting directors from theatre, TV and film who have generously donated their time and expertise to help you!
In lieu of our annual in-person event, this year's Castathon will take place online and is presented in partnership with Flairbox, an innovative new online video-sharing platform connecting actors and casting directors, created by actors Rob Eades and Elliot Janks. Flairbox provides a 'digital stage' on which to perform, whilst simultaneously offering an end-to-end workflow solution for casting professionals and agents. Flairbox allows every actor, no matter their background, to be seen and cast for what is important, their talent. Click here for more information on Flairbox.
Louise has a Degree in Law from University College Cork. She also trained at The Gaiety School of Acting. She was an Actor for a period before setting up Louise Kiely Casting in 2005. Louise was Emmy nominated in 2020 for her casting on the critically acclaimed Normal People, starring Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal.
Debbie did a degree in Drama at the University of Hull and then worked in the West End in Stage Management and Children’s Administration. She was Production Assistant for Robert Fox when he started as a producer and then moved on to General Management for Maybox Theatres, The Turnstyle Group, the Shaftesbury Theatre and The Theatre of Comedy. Credits as a casting director include West End productions Thriller Live, The Knowledge, Annie (children’s casting), Kinky Boots (children’s casting), Close to You, Sinatra, American Idiot, Dusty, The Bodyguard (children’s casting), Saturday Night Fever, Fame, Peter Pan, The Pirates of Penzance as well as a host of UK tours including Grease, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and The Rocky Horror Show.
Phil trained as an actor at the Webber Douglas Academy, and has worked as a freelance casting director in the theatre, film and TV industry for over 25 years. He was also an agent with ICM, has cast commercials for JWT, Great Guns, and Ridley-Scott associates and was co-executive producer on the acclaimed ITV pilot “Wire in the Blood". Phil is also a casting consultant to the National Film and Television School, a voice/audition technique coach, and gives seminars at RADA, the Royal Central School, LAMDA, Surviving Actors’, and The Old Vic New Voices. He also has an ‘in demand’ actors’ consultancy service, and, as a voice coach, his corporate clients include BBC TV News, the Austrian Embassy and the Royal Opera.
Wayne casts on EastEnders. Previous casting credits include: Our Girl, The Boy In The Dress, Billionaire Boy, Grandpa’s Great Escape (all BBC), Urban Myths: The Trial of Joan Collins (Sky) and The Break (BBC Three).
Jeremy Zimmermann is one of the UK’s leading casting directors and has worked on international productions for the past twenty years with such notable directors as Peter Yates, Ron Howard, Guillermo del Toro and Richard Attenborough. He was also nominated for an Emmy in 1995 for an ‘Outstanding Individual Achievement Award’. To date Jeremy has worked on features such as Moon, Hellboy, Willow, Keeping Mum, Africa United and Night Train to Lisbon.
Amy Jackson is a freelance Casting Associate/Director, currently working as an Associate for Amy Hubbard. She started her casting career working full time with Sasha Robertson and has gone on to work in a freelance capacity with some hugely respected Casting Directors, such as Kate Rhodes James, Rachel Freck, Julie Harkin, Jina Jay, Kate Dowd, Gemma Sykes, Rachel Sheridan, amongst others. Her most recent credits include, Isolation Stories (ITV), Devs (HBO/BBC), Trying (Apple TV), In My Skin (BBC), The Other One (BBC), Four Weddings and a Funeral (Hulu), Flack Series 2 (Pop and UKTV). She is currently working on Apple TV's newly announced TV series, Suspicion, co-casting with Amy Hubbard. Amy prides herself on her ability to connect and work with an understanding of actors, having grown up in an acting background and family.
Faye worked as an Agent for three years before moving into casting. She began working for Nadine Rennie, Laura Dickens and Annelie Powell. She then spent a year assisting Sophie Holland on the Netflix TV series The Witcher and then Rachel Freck on Series 3 of Tin Star. She is currently the Associate at Sophie Holland Casting working on The Witcher S2 and The WitcherPrequel. She is also the Casting Director for the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum.
Lucy Jenkins CDG is the co-found of Jenkins McShane Casting alongside Sooki McShane. West End includes: The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, The Play That Goes Wrong, Peter Pan Goes Wrong and Groan Ups, The Kite Runner (Wyndhams / Playhouse), The Red Lion and Bomber’s Moon (Trafalgar) War Horse (New London), Cool Hand Luke (Aldwych), Carrie’s War (Apollo). Other recent theatre credits include: Stranger Things (Secret Cinema), The Snow Queen (Rose Theatre), Clear White Light (Live Theatre), Clybourne Park (Rapture Theatre) Close Quarters (Out of Joint / Sheffield), The Last Ship (Northern Stage & tour); Jekyll & Hyde (Rose Theatre and tour), Cathy (Cardboard Citizens); Home Truths and La Ronde (Bunker Theatre); Tyne and My Romantic History (Live Theatre); A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian and Mighty Atoms (Hull Truck), The Quiet House (Park Theatre); The Divided Laing (Arcola); Wet House (Soho Theatre), Serpent’s Tooth (Almeida). Upcoming: I’m Sorry, Prime Minister, I Can’t Quite Remember (Cambridge Arts & tour); A Very British Coup (Live Theatre / Hull Truck); Groan Ups (National tour); Pitman Painters (Live Theatre / Kenwright). Lucy and Sooki are members of the CDG and BAFTA.
Aisha Bywaters started working in casting in 2007. Aisha worked for Shaheen Baig for six years, assisting Shaheen on numerous projects including films The Impossible, Starred Up, Black Mirror and Peaky Blinders. In 2015, she set up her own company. Her credits as a casting director include Cyberbully (starring Maisie Williams), The Watchmen (starring Stephen Graham), and Enterprice (written by and starring Kayode Ewumi) for TV. Her film credits include Dirty God and The Last Tree (which both premiered at Sundance in 2019). For her work on The Last Tree, she was nominated for a British Independent Film Award for Best Casting alongside Shaheen Baig. Upcoming projects include Channel 4 comedy, Lady Parts, written and directed by Nida Manzoor and feature film comdey, Lines, which premiered at the London Film Festival in 2019 and will be in cinemas in 2020. In September 2020, Aisha was named as one of Screen International's UK & Ireland Stars of Tomorrow.
Sophie has been working in the casting industry for six years. She started out working as a casting associate at Hubbard Casting with Ros and John Hubbard, where she worked on films such as Journey's End, Hurricane and The More You Ignore Me. She now works with Des Hamilton and has most recently worked on projects such as Nextflix's The King, Top Boy Series 3 and Jojo Rabbit.