I am an experienced casting director with over 20 years in the industry. My casting career began at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1997 and I went freelance in 2001. I have collaborated on hundreds of productions with dozens of directors, producers and venues, and although my main focus has always been theatre, I have also cast for television, film, radio and commercials. I have been an in-house casting director for Chichester Festival Theatre, Rose Theatre Kingston, English Touring Theatre and Soho Theatre and returned to the RSC in 2005/6 to lead the casting for the Complete Works Season. I currently work closely with Danny Moar on many of the shows for Theatre Royal Bath Productions and with Laurence Boswell at the Ustinov Studio Theatre, and with Howard Panter and his team at Trafalgar Entertainment. I have cast for independent commercial producers as well as the subsidised sector, for the touring circuit, regional, fringe and West End venues, including the Almeida, Arcola, ATG, Birmingham Rep, Bolton Octagon, Bristol Old Vic, Bush Theatre, City of London Sinfonia, Clwyd Theatr Cyrmu, Frantic Assembly, Greenwich Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Headlong, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Lyric Theatre Belfast, Marlowe Studio Canterbury, Menier Chocolate Factory, New Wolsey Ipswich, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Northampton Royal & Derngate, Oxford Playhouse, Plymouth Theatre Royal and Drum, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, Shared Experience, Sheffield Crucible, Sonia Friedman Productions, Tobacco Factory, Theatre Royal Haymarket, Touring Consortium, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Wilton’s Music Hall, Young Vic and Yvonne Arnaud.
I served on the committee of the Casting Directors’ Guild, and was actively involved in discussions with Equity regarding the casting process and diversity issues across the media. I am regularly asked to teach or lead audition workshops, masterclasses and Q&As run by drama schools and other organisations including The Actors Centre, Actors' Guild of Great Britain, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Central School of Speech and Drama, Custom/Practice, Drama Centre London, Director’s Guild of Great Britain, ETT, FuseLondon, Guildford School of Acting, LAMDA, Oxford School of Drama, RADA, the Rose Theatre, StandUp Drama and Talawa Theatre Company.
Some recent theatre credits include:
Kenneth Lonergan’s The Starry Messengerat the Wyndhams, directed by Sam Yates, with Matthew Broderick and Elizabeth McGovern.
The Almeida’s production of Richard II directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins and starring Simon Russell Beale for winter 2018, and the revival of Rupert Goold’s production of The Merchant of Venice, with Ian McDiarmid as Shylock in 2014.
A Song at Twilight by Noel Coward, with Simon Callow and Jane Asher, directed by Stephen Unwin for the Theatre Royal Bath and on tour.
Apologia by Alexei Kaye-Campbell and directed by Jamie Lloyd at the Trafalgar Studios, starring Stockard Channing, Laura Carmichael, Freema Agyeman and Joseph Millson.
Michael Boyd’s first Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard in a new translation by Rory Mullarkey, at the Bristol Old Vic and Manchester Royal Exchange.
All bar one of the productions in 16 seasons at the Ustinov Studio in Bath under the Artistic Directorship of Laurence Boswell, which have received slews of five star reviews and accolades, including:
The Father by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by James Macdonald, which transferred to the Tricycle, then to the Wyndham’s, the Duke of York’s, toured and also recorded for Radio 4. Kenneth Cranham was nominated for several awards and won Best Actor at the Oliviers 2016.
F Murray Abraham in The Mentor by Daniel Kehlmann, directed by Laurence Boswell, which transferred to the Vaudeville Theatre.
Gina McKee in The Mother, also by Florian Zeller and directed by Laurence Boswell, which transferred to the Tricycle.
Several iterations of Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon, directed by Michael Longhurst, at the Ustinov, St James, Arts, Theatre Royal Haymarket and on tour.
Laurence’s production of Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, which moved to the Park Theatre, was nominated for two Evening Standard awards including Best Actress for Tanya Moodie.
The Open House directed by Michael Boyd which moved to the Print Room, The American Plan directed by David Grindley and Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play directed by Laurence Boswell, both of which transferred to the St James’s Theatre.
King Lear at the Globe starring Kevin McNally, directed by Nancy Meckler.
The UK premiere of The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures by Tony Kushner, at Hampstead Theatre with Michael Boyd directing; the cast included Tamsin Greig, David Calder, Sara Kestleman and Luke Newberry.
A workshop of new adaptation of PG Wodehouse’s Summer Lightning by Giles Havergal directed by Maria Aitken, with Adrian Scarborough, Nicholas Le Prevost, Alice Orr-Ewing, Julie Legrand, Pippa Bennett-Warner and Ncuti Gatwa. The full production is slated for 2019.
1984 adapted and directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan for Headlong and Nottingham Playhouse on tour, and subsequently at the Almeida, three West End outings and an international tour.
Nicholas Wright’s adaptation of Regenerationdirected by Simon Godwin.
Eight productions for Trevor Nunn including Relative Values at the Theatre Royal Bath and Pinter Theatre with Caroline Quentin, Patricia Hodge and Rory Bremner, Scenes from a Marriage at the St James with Olivia Williams, The Wars of the Roses at the Rose Theatre Kingston with Robert Sheehan and Joely Richardson, A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Kulvinder Ghir at the New Wolsey Ipswich and Agnes Colander at the Ustinov which transferred to the Jermyn Street Theatre.
Gemma Bodinetz’ inaugural production of Twelfth Night at the new Liverpool Everyman, with Matthew Kelly, Nicholas Woodeson and Jodie McNee.
Arthur Miller’s Playing for Time at Sheffield Crucible directed by Richard Beecham, starring Siân Phillips, which required a dozen highly-skilled actor/musicians.
Switzerland at the Ustinov with Phyllis Logan, Great Expectations at West Yorkshire Playhouse and Around the World in 80 Daysat the St James, all directed by Lucy Bailey.
Richard Bean’s Smack Family Robinson at the Rose, directed by Richard Wilson, with Denise Welch, Keith Allen and Harry Melling.
Romeo & Juliet for Headlong on tour and The Alchemist at Liverpool Playhouse, both directed by Robert Icke.
A full list of credits can be downloaded below.
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