Michael is coming! Michael is coming!

Yes, it’s true. On March 30th casting director Michael Cassara will be our guest for the next FREE Industry Workshop. Invitations for the workshop will go out on Monday the 28th of March at 12 noon. There are twenty-five spots so be ready to pounce as soon as you get your invitation. If you’re on gmail check the promotions folder – that seems to be where they put our invitations.

The workshop starts at 6:30 and goes until 9:30 on Wednesday the 30th, so make sure you’re free before you sign up.

th-1Michael, a member of  CSA, works in New York City where he and his team have cast over 400 theatre and film projects since the formation of Michael Cassara Casting in 2003.  Recent credits include Gigantic (Vineyard Theatre), Forbidden Broadway (most recent two off-Broadway editions and cast albums), I Love Lucy® Live On Stage (2014-15 national tour), Heat Wave: The Jack Cole Project (dir. Chet Walker), Kingdom (The Old Globe, dir. Ron Daniels), Oliver! (National Asian Artists Project/NAAP – Artios Award nomination for excellence in casting) A Little Night Music (starring Penny Fuller and Mark Jacoby), The Twelve (Denver Center/world premiere), The Molly Maguires (dir. Sheryl Kaller).  Regional credits include frequent productions for top regional theatres including Gulfshore Playhouse, Denver Center, Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and more.  Michael has served as the resident casting director of the New York Musical Festival since 2007, where he has cast over 70 musicals since the festival’s inception in 2004.  Additionally, in 2013 he began serving as the Resident Casting Director for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) and casts their annual Festival of New Musicals each October.  Film credits include Grantham & Rose, The Hyperglot (Artios Award nomination, dir. Michael Urie), Paper Dreams, Clear Blue Tuesday and more.  As an educator, he regularly teaches at many of the nation’s top universities and training programs, including Baldwin Wallace University, Elon University, Indiana University, NYU, Texas State, and many others.  Michael is a native Clevelander and a BFA graduate of the musical theatre program at Otterbein College.  An obsessive family historian, he is the only person to ever hold membership in both the Casting Society of America and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

To receive an invitation to the workshops you either have to follow this blog or you have to be a current/former student of mine.

Update on classes:

Level 1 Commercial — 14 March – 2 May 2016 (2 spots left)  To enroll call 212-741-0209

Level 2 Commercial — 17 March – 21 April 2016 (sold out)

Scene Study — 5 April – 24 May 2016 (registration for this class opens 22 March)            

For information on all classes go to: https://johnhowardswain.com/classes-2/

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