Vancouver 2014 Event Schedule


Event Schedule

The Actor Symposium Series: Vancouver provides a wide variety of seminars available.  See the details below!

Please be aware that some seminars will be going on at the same time as others.  Pay attention to the seminar start times to ensure that you don’t buy tickets for conflicting workshops.

Tickets for all seminars available now!  Click here to go to the EventBrite page to purchase tickets to all paid panels.

At the symposium, give your name at the Pre-registration table and we will provide you with wristbands for the seminars you have purchased tickets for.  You can purchase tickets at the door (CASH ONLY), but it is limited to availability and tickets are less expensive if you pre-register.

There is no minimum age to attend any of the seminars.  We only ask that children be accompanied by an adult and because we expect seating to be limited you will need to purchase tickets for the chaperone as well as the child actors.

Please Note:  Panelists and moderators are subject to change without notice!



  • “Behind the Casting Curtain” – Get a behind-the-scenes look at how Casting Directors review the submissions they get for roles.  Don’t miss out on this exclusive event, FREE to all symposium attendees.   See how your profile actually looks to the people deciding whether to call you in for an audition or not, and learn some simple tricks to help make your submission stand out from the crowd.  And, everyone who attends this seminar will be eligible for a raffle of prizes such as free reel uploads, industry books, and more.
    • Presented by: Gary Marsh (Breakdown Services)
    • FREE to all Symposium attendees


BLOCK 1 – 10:30AM-11:30AM

  • “Your Acting Toolbox” – What do you need to do to be a prepared actor?  Come to this seminar to learn the nuts and bolts of what to do to be appealing to a prospective agent, to join the actors’ union, or to work in the US.  Hear from professionals with first-hand knowledge in each of these areas and get specifics, not generalizations.
    • Panelists:
      • Darren Boidman (Carrier Talent Management)
      • Sue Brouse (UBCP)
      • Jessica Orcsik (TAFTA)
      • Tyman Stewart (Characters)
    • Moderator: A’da Woolfolk (Virtual Channel Network)
    • CA$30
  • “Kids Casting” – So your child wants to be an actor, now what?  This seminar features Casting Directors and Talent Agents who cast or represent child actors talking about the unique experience of casting kids.  As the parent of a child actor, learn what the challenges are that you could face, and the red flags you should be aware of.
    • Panelists:
      • Trudy Aronson (Premiere Talent Management)
      • Corinne Clark (Casting Director for “The Killing”, “Once Upon a Time”, and “Rogue”)
      • Melanie Hawthorne-Toogood (Premiere Talent Management)
      • Lisa London (Casting Director for “The House Bunny” and “Hit the Floor”)
    • Moderator: Seth Coltan (Virtual Channel Network)
    • CA$30


BLOCK 2 – 11:45AM-12:45PM

  • “How to Self-Tape” – More and more projects are utilizing self-taped auditions in their casting process.  Every actor must now be capable and comfortable filming themselves.  This seminar will present the specific tools to use, pit-falls to avoid, and tricks to utilize in order to produce the best self-taped audition you can by showing you actual auditions to see what works and what doesn’t.  Be prepared to accept all the additional opportunities self-taping provides.
    • Panelists:
      • Murray Gibson (RED Talent Management)
      • Jackie Lind (Casting Director for “Fargo”-Emmy winner, and “Hell on Wheels”)
      • Rick Millikan (Casting Director for “The X-Files” and “Bones”)
      • Dave Roncin (Shoreline Studios)
    • Moderator: Gary Marsh (Breakdown Services)
    • CA$30
  • “Helping Your Agent Help You” – This panel of top Talent Agents will discuss the myriad of things you can and should do as the client that helps them promote you and get you more auditions and more jobs.  Also, if you don’t have representation, learn the preferred methods Agents use to find and sign new talent.
    • Panelists:
      • Kathy Carpenter (KC Talent)
      • Emilio Salituro (Lucas Talent Inc.)
      • Tyman Stewart (Characters)
    • Moderator: A’da Woolfolk (Virtual Channel Network)
    • CA$30


LUNCH – 1:00PM-2:00PM

  • “Staying Prepared: Keeping Your Skills Sharp” – FREE BONUS SEMINAR, courtesy of Capilano University.  Meet local Coaches and Instructors in the private sector and learn how they work, what they look for and how they can keep you up on your game.
    • Panelists:
      • Matthew Harrison
      • Andrew Mcilroy
      • Veena Sood
      • Lori Triolo
    • Moderator: Stuart Aikins (Casting Director for “The Killing”, “Unforgiven”, and “Stargate SG-1”)
    • FREE to all Symposium attendees
  • “BOOK SIGNING: Lisa London, CSA” – Meet Casting Director Lisa London and have her sign your copy of “From Start to Stardom: The Casting Director’s Guide for Aspiring Actors”.  There will be a limited number of books available for purchase there, or get your copy in advance on
    • FREE to all Symposium attendees


BLOCK 3 – 2:15PM-3:15PM

  • “Casting Across the Border” – This seminar consists of highly successful Los Angeles and Vancouver-based Casting Directors talking about the process of finding talent.  When US productions travel across the border to shoot in Canada, the casting process introduces a unique set of challenges for Casting Directors in both countries.  You don’t want to miss this super-star panel to get insight into how the biggest films and television shows find their actors.
    • Panelists:
      • Heike Brandstatter (Casting Director for “Supernatural”, “Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce” and “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”)
      • Pam Dixon (Casting Director for “The Green Lantern”, “K-11”, and “Tremors”)
      • Coreen Mayrs (Casting Director for “Supernatural”, “Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce” and “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”)
      • Rick Millikan (Casting Director for “The X-Files” and “Bones”)
      • April Webster (Casting Director for “Lost”, “Star Trek: Into Darkness”, and “Star Wars Episode VII”)
    • Moderator: Seth Coltan (Virtual Channel Network)
    • CA$30


BLOCK 4 – 3:30PM-4:30PM

  • “Auditioning Dos & Don’ts with Vancouver Casting Directors” – Getting an audition is one thing, making the best of it when you get there is the key.  When you go into an audition, there are certain things you should do and not do.  Come to this seminar to hear from established Vancouver-based Casting Directors the things actors do that either drive them nuts, or make them put you on the short list.
    • Panelists:
      • Stuart Aikins (Casting Director for “The Killing”, “Unforgiven”, and “Stargate SG-1”)
      • Candice Elzinga (Casting Director for “Elysium” and “Psych”)
      • Tiffany Mak (Casting Director for “Rapture-palooza” and “A Christmas Story 2”)
      • Maureen Webb (Casting Director for “Motive” and “BloodRayne”)
    • Moderator: Murray Gibson (RED Talent Management)
    • CA$30


BLOCK 5 – 4:45PM-6:00PM

  • “CBS Diversity Institute: Headshot/Publicity/Marketing Workshop” – Presented by the CBS Diversity Institute, Fern Orenstein, CBS VP, Casting and Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i, CBS VP, Diversity and Communications will present The Actor’s Workshop, an intensive experience designed to help actors land roles. They will share their extensive knowledge of the casting and publicity process, and give actors a professional assessment of their headshots, offering specific critiques on how to best market themselves.
    • This panel is open to all, but due to time constraints, only 30 slots will be made available for professional headshot critiques.  Actors will be chosen on a first come, first serve basis.
    • Panelists:
      • Fern Orenstein (CBS VP, Casting)
      • Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i (CBS VP, Diversity and Communications)
    • Introduction by: Seth Coltan (Virtual Channel Network)
    • CA$30


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