STEPHEN DeANGELIS - (Casting Director - Grey Advertising & Independent) having cast over 3000 network commercials for NYC's leading advertising agency, Stephen is a straight-forward, honest CD that casts both on-camera commercials and V/O's (he'll accept your demos if you have them). Recent Grey clients include: Kmart, Panasonic, Olive Garden and Pantene. Independently, Stephen also casts feature films and theatre projects. Most recently, Stephen served as Casting Director for the new Playhouse Disney series Johnny and the Sprites. He has cast over 300 theatrical productions for the York Theatre Company, Musicals Tonight!, The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport, The Drama League, Casa Manana, North Shore Music Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Stage One, Studio Arena Theatre, American Stage Company, GeVa Theatre, Starlight Theatre of Kansas City and the St. Louis Municipal Opera. Stephen cast the 25th Anniversary National Tour of Hair, the short film Thanksgiving, and is Producing Artistic Director of At This Performance, a concert series showcasing Broadway and Off-Broadway Standbys and Understudies.
JEN RUDIN - (Jen Rudin Casting, CSA) is an award-winning casting director and author of Confessions of a Casting Director: Help Actors Land any Role with Secrets from Inside the Audition Room (Harper Collins, 2013). She's cast extensively for both film and Broadway. Jen began her thirty-year career in show business as a child actor at age eight. As a casting executive at the Walt Disney Company, Jen conducted extensive talent searches all over the United States, identifying and hiring actors who went on to star on Broadway in The Lion King, Mary Poppins and The Little Mermaid and in beloved Disney movies like The Incredibles, The Princess and the Frog, Chicken Little and Brother Bear. Her company, Jen Rudin Casting, casts projects in New York and Los Angeles. Visit www.jenrudin.com and @RudinJen
TODD THALER (Film, TV & Theatrical Casting Director - CSA) began his casting career with Rollins & Joffe, a production/management company known for producing all of Woody Allen’s films, and managing comedic artists including Robin Williams, David Letterman and Billy Crystal. He was promoted to oversee additional casting on Mr. Allen’s films, and worked on over 14 projects with the company while establishing his own casting company.
Todd transitioned into principal casting, working on films including Streets of Gold, directed by Joe Roth, and Sidney Lumet’s Running on Empty. His notable credits include: Luc Besson’s The Professional, Ed Harris’ directorial debut Pollock, John Turturro’s Mac, Illuminata, Romance & Cigarettes, and Fading Gigolo , Wayne Wang’s Because of Winn-Dixie and Maid in Manhattan, and Todd Field’s Little Children.
Over the years Todd has cast many television projects, including the NBC comedy series Ed for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award. Most recently, Todd cast an unprecedented 100 episodes in a single year of the Joe Roth/Ice Cube-produced Are We There Yet? for TBS.
Todd was active in the successful effort to unionize Casting Directors with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Over the years he has taught countless workshops, as well as both on-set and private coaching. Todd has been on the faculty of the Atlantic Theater Acting School, and is an adjunct professor at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, Brooklyn College, and Columbia University’s graduate acting program.
PAUL RUSSELL; award-winning casting director, director, and author of ACTING: Make It Your Business – How to Avoid Mistakes and Achieve Success as a Working Actor (Penguin - Random House) has 30-plus years experience in entertainment that includes film, TV and Broadway. He began his career journey as a successful working actor.
As an independent casting director, he has cast for major studios including Twentieth Century Fox, HBO, Warner Brothers plus casting for New York and regional theater.
As a director Russell has directed at Tony award-winning L.O.R.T. theaters and Off-Broadway productions. He worked alongside playwright John Guare directing the first regional production of Mr. Guare's A Free Man of Color.
He has taught master classes on acting and the entertainment business on the campuses of America’s finest performing arts schools including: NYU, Yale, Elon, Rutgers University, Wright State University, Oakland University, Oklahoma Central University, Temple University, The University of The Arts, Emory & Henry College, Coastal Carolina University, James Madison University, Southeastern Missouri State University, Louisiana State University, and Northeastern University....
Aside his work in live-entertainment, Russell is presently authoring three fictional works; including a murder mystery.