Vancouver 2014 Panelist Bios

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Panelist Bios

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STUART AIKINS – After an Honors BFA from Calgary and a MFA from Temple University  in Directing, Stuart Aikins cut  his teeth as a Casting Director on such Projects as ATLANTIC CITY, USA, THREE MEN AND A BABY and MOONSTRUCK . Moving to Vancouver in 1989, he worked with such Directors as Clint Eastwood on UNFORGIVEN, Ed Zwick on LEGENDS OF THE FALL and Jean-Jacques Annaud on WINGS OF COURAGE. As  AIKINS/COSSEY CASTING, Mr. Aikins worked on BEST IN SHOW for Christopher Guest and ELF for John Favreau , both cult successes. He is best known these days for casting THE TWILIGHT SAGE: NEW MOON, ECLIPSE AND BREAKING DAWN. Mr. Aikins has been nominated for a Best Casting Emmy in 2004 for TRAFFIC and in 2011 for THE KILLING. He received a Casting Society of America Award for Best Mini-series Casting for TRAFFIC and in 2008 he was awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award for his contribution to BC Film by The Vancouver Film Critics Circle. After 35 years in Casting, joined Capilano University and is now the Chair of the School of Performing Arts, Special Appointee to the Bachelor of performing Arts and resource Coordinator for the Theatre Department.

TRUDY ARONSON – Trudy Aronson – With a formal background in Law, Trudy’s entry into the media industry came from her son’s interest in the field which lead her through extensive industry research. Having experienced the business from the audition waiting rooms, to the sets, and seeing first hand what the actors face, Trudy has a great appreciation for what it takes to be a success in the business. The most profound testament to her dedication comes from having clients who have been with Trudy for the full 10 years she has worked as an agent. Trudy’s passion lies in providing a complete hands on approach with her clients. It is through specific and individual guidance; being aware that each client brings to the table their own unique set of strengths and working as a team to chart the individual path for her talent to achieve their professional goals. With the driving force being the happiness brought by seeing her clients develop and achieve success, Trudy will continue to deliver results through her tenacity and solid relationships throughout the industry.

DARREN BOIDMAN – Darren Boidman is the President and Senior Talent Agent at Carrier Talent Management Inc. He has been working as a Talent Agent and Manager to a lot of Vancouver’s top talent for over 15 years. He covers Film & TV, Voiceover, Animation, Commercials and Professional Theatre, for kids and adults, from Vancouver across Canada, and down South including L.A. and New York. Darren Boidman has a Bachelors Degree in Economics from McGill University and an MBA from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver and is fluent in both French and English.

SUE BROUSE – Exposed at an early age to actors and the casting process by parents who worked in the creative world of advertising, Sue joined the industry after moving to Vancouver in the 80s.  From her early days in extras casting, she quickly moved on to a principal casting career which spanned almost 20 years. During that time, she cast over 35 feature films with diverse themes and casting challenges. Sue has seen the industry grow exponentially, especially for home-grown actors who are now routinely cast in lead and guest star roles. Her proudest television experience was co-casting the first four seasons of the award-winning series “Davinci’s Inquest.  In 2012, with an eye to taking on new challenges and finding new ways to make a positive difference in the industry she loves, Sue accepted a position at the Union of BC Performers / ACTRA where her focus has been on improving the services to UBCP Members.

KATHY CARPENTER – With over 22 years experience in the industry, Kathy represents a stellar roster of working actors. Her keen eye for talent and tireless devotion to her clients has positioned her as the ‘go-to’ agent in Vancouver. Her commitment, loyalty and enthusiasm continue to bring success to both new and seasoned actors alike. Her father and aunt were actors at the famous Abbey Theatre in Dublin in the 1940′s and their stories of performing remain an inspiration to Kathy today. In the early 90′s, Kathy trained with award-winning acting coach Mel Tuck and learned all aspects of the craft. As a working actor, she experienced first hand the challenges artists face. Observing the business aspect of the industry, her instinct proved true. She became a successful casting agent and two years later made the switch to represent actors at one of Vancouver’s fastest growing agencies. In 2010 Kathy launched KC Talent and is pleased to introduce her team of associates.

CORINNE CLARK – Corinne is an Emmy nominated Casting Director who has worked in the film & television industry for over 20 years, She has cast high profile television shows such as AMC’S “The Killing”, ABC’s “Once Upon A Time”, FOX’s “Gracepoint” and the Disney feature “Tomorrowland”.

CANDICE ELZINGA – Based in Vancouver since 1995, Candice is a four time Emmy-nominated casting director. A trained actor with her BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta, Candice brings a profound understanding of the acting process to her work.

PAM DIXON, CSA- Pam is a past President of the Casting Society of America, a position she held for six years. She has worked at CBS Television as assistant to the Head of Casting; Vice President of Casting for ABC Television; and Senior Vice President of Casting for the ABC Television Network, where she oversaw casting for all series, mini-series, television movies and daytime soaps. Pam left ABC Television to become a Production Vice President for Paramount Pictures under Michael Eisner before opening her own casting company. As independent feature Casting Director, Pam has cast: Zorro, City Slickers, Waterdance, The Craft, Angels in the Outfield, Tremors, Dick, The Moderns, Goldeneye, Music Box, Baby Boom, Cookie’s Fortune, Gosford Park, and Prairie Home Companion. Recently, Pam completed casting on Mr. Morgan’s Last Love starring Michael Caine and Barefoot starring Evan Rachel Wood and The Right Kind of Wrong for director Jeremiah Chechik and producer Robert Lantos. She teaches at UCLA in the Entertainment Studies Department and lectures at The Los Angeles Film School, Harvard University and USC.

MURRAY GIBSON – Murray Gibson, A Talent Agent for over 28 years representing actors for Film and Television.  Post-secondary training in Marketing and Public Relations. Gibson was one of the founding members and sat on the board of the Talent Agents and Managers Association of Canada (TAMAC). Gibson formed a production company, Nosbig Productions, to facilitate producing of projects for film and television.

MATTHEW HARRISON – Matthew is a coach and teacher who has forged careers and honed professionals in their craft – on set and in class – for over Seventeen years, by giving actors the machinery necessary for success: clear directives, solid tools, and a fresh and profound acting technique.Working at acting schools and studios since 1996, Matthew has developed a distinct and comprehensive technique and a professional philosophy that has evolved into what is now known as the ACTOR’S FOUNDRY. Matthew’s emphasis on self-knowledge as the springboard to ego-less acting and its conduit to clear story telling has earned him a loyal and long roster of working actors in Vancouver, Toronto, LA, NY, and around the world.  Matthew began a career in the arts as a writing assistant to the award-winning American playwright Frederick Douglas Ward. Matthew’s arts education continued at New York’s prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse Theater School from 1991 to 1995. After the two year intensive training, Matthew was hired by the National Theater of the Performing Arts and toured the United States twice. Two years of working with regional theaters landed him in Seattle playing Hamlet at the Washington Shakespeare Festival. He has continued working extensively as an actor in theatre on stages across North America. Matthew has also earned notice as a film and television actor, having worked in over 65 films and television episodes.

MELANIE HAWTHORNE-TOOGOOD – Melanie has 18 years experience developing, promoting and managing careers of principal actors (Series Leads, Feature Film Leads, Guest Stars) and high fashion models, for bookings in Canada, the U.S. and abroad. Bookings include Series Regular and Guest Star roles on Smallville, Supernatural, Really Me, The Firm, Tower Prep, and The Haunting Hour to name a few… Major commercial bookings include Ford, Kraft, Barbie, Toyota, Verizon, Applebee’s, Hasbro, Campbell’s, and Wireless Wave among hundreds of others. She is a respected agent who fosters relationships with her extensive contacts worldwide and her loyal client roster, keeping her roster small to ensure everyone’s potential is maximized and careers are managed carefully. Melanie is known for her diplomacy and tenacity with negotiating contracts and managing talent.

JACKIE LIND – Jackie Lind has been a Canadian Casting director for 18 years. She has a casting company in both Calgary Alberta and Vancouver British Columbia where she is based. Over her career she has cast numerous TV Series and MOW’s. Jackie won an Emmy in 2007  for “Outstanding Casting for a Mini Series” “Broken Trail” and  In 2013 she won a LEO award for “Outstanding casting” for the Television Series ” Hell On Wheels” and Most recently won her second Prime Time Emmy for “Outstanding Casting for a Mini Series “Fargo” Jackie has two children, three step children and she resides in Vancouver with her husband John Rooney.

LISA LONDON – Lisa London has a casting career that expands over twenty-five years.  She has discovered (along with her business partner, Catherine Stroud) and/or cast many notable actors or actresses early in their careers such as Miley Cyrus in Hannah Montana, Jonah Hill in Grandma’s Boy, Emma Stone and Katharine McPhee in House Bunny, Selena Gomez in the Disney pilot, What’s Stevie Thinking and Giovanni Ribisi in Ellen.  She currently finished casting the VH1 series, Hit The Floor which just got picked up for its 3rd season and a new Disney Channel pilot, Growing Up and Down starring Adam Irigoyen and Raini Rodriquez and a number of new comers.

TIFFANY MAK – Tiffany Mak has been part of the Vancouver film industry for over a decade and has been casting for TV and film through her own company since 2010.  Recent credits include “The Visitors” (Tribeca Film Festival premiere), “Kid Cannabis”, and WWE Studios/Lionsgate Studios’ features “Vendetta”, “See No Evil 2” and “Leprechaun: Origins”.  She is currently casting “Dead Rising” for Legendary Pictures, a live adaptation of the Dead Rising videogame series.

ANDREW MCILROY – Andrew Mcilroy is a graduate of Ottawa University and The National Theatre School of Canada. He has taught at Simon Fraser University and Emory University. Currently he teaches at The Vancouver Film School and The Art Institute of Vancouver, as well has his own school Mcilroy And Associates.  Recent coaching credits include Lead Coach on the first season of ARROW and Disney’s TOMMORROWLAND. Recent acting credit WORDS AND PICTURES, and Recent directing credit POSTER BOYS-a play.  Andrew is proud to coach /teach TIFF RISING STAR /Julia Stone, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER “ONE TO WATCH”/Alison Liebert, REMEDY star Sara Canning, HANNIBAL star Kacey Rohl, DESCENDANT star Jedediah Goodacre and numerous others.

RICK MILLIKAN – Rick Millikan is currently casting the 10th season of FOX hit Bones.  Also the new series Backstrom for FOX starring Rainn Wilson and Melissa and Joey for ABC Family going into it’s 4th season.  Other past series include The X-Files (9 seasons), The Finder, Shark, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch (7 seasons), The Guardian, CSI:Miami, Married With Children, In The Heat of the Night.  Rick has also held casting executive jobs at Columbia Television and MGM Television.  First job as a Casting Assistant – Dynasty for Aaron Spelling.

JESSICA ORCSIK – Jessica Orcsik has trained at some of the most prestigious performing arts studios and companies both in Australia and USA including TAFTA, TVi Actors Studio, Broadway Dance Center (NY), The Edge Performing Arts Center (LA), NIDA, Industry Dance Studios Melbourne and more.  Her professional career began at age 4 on TV show Richmond Hill and since then Jess has worked on various TV shows including Home & Away, CNNNN, The Megan Mullally Show; Films including Son of the Mask, Me Myself I, High Life (LA) and Academy; Theatre including Nightmares Extreme Scream Park, The Jewellers Shop, Direct from Broadway Winner of 7 Tony’s and Leading Ladies and several commercials including McDonald, Jenny Craig and Nude by Nature.  Jessica recently produced the nation wide event and competition “On Broadway” which saw four Australian performers travel to New York City to meet Talent Agents, Train and complete an media campaign with Capezio.  Jessica has also written several articles on industry practices and experiences for Dance Informa and Dancelife Magazine.  Jessica now manages The Australian Film & Television Academy in Los Angeles and continues to create international programs for Australian Actors as well as providing services and help for performers seeking international careers.

FERN ORENSTEIN, Vice President, Casting, CBS Entertainment – Orenstein was named Vice President, Casting, in 1999.  She reports to Peter Golden, Executive Vice President, Talent and Casting, CBS Network Television Entertainment Group. In her position, Orenstein is responsible for casting some reality series and CBS’s original mobile content. Shows Orenstein has worked on include The American Baking competition, Let’s Make a Deal (host casting), and The Price is Right (host casting). Additionally, Orenstein has cast talent for CBS.com’s broadband channel. Orenstein has spearheaded hundreds of actor showcases and workshops as part of CBS’s Diversity Institute program designed to give minorities opportunities in front of and behind the camera. Currently in its 10th year, the CBS Diversity Talent Showcases are recognized as the industry leader in actor showcases designed to highlight diverse talent. To date, across all categories 267 actors have appeared in the showcases resulting in nearly 1600 auditions with actors landing over 400 roles. Orenstein is also the recipient of two Media Access Awards and two SAG/AFTRA Crystal Awards for her diversity work. She graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

DAVID RONCIN – David Roncin is a Vancouver-based filmmaker with a passion for storytelling.  He has worked as a director, editor, producer, and assistant director on numerous projects.  His movies have taken him to film festivals around the world, including Cannes, Hollyshorts (Los Angeles), The Duke City Shootout (Albuquerque), The Edgemar Film Festival, and The Okanagan Film Festival. David gained further production experience working for CMT, Out TV, Knowledge Network, KVOS, The National Film Board of Canada, and producing commercials for BC Construction.  He also worked with Bell for the 2010 Olympic Games.  Recently he began working with Pink Light Pictures directing music videos for artist Sidney York.  David also holds a strong passion for film education and has worked as a directing instructor, mentoring hundreds of students from around the world.  The opportunity to collaborate with equally passionate storytellers, both in education and film production continues to inspire him every day.

EMILIO SALITURO – Emilio brings with him over 20 years of experience in the acting industry. He is a classically trained actor who trained and worked professionally in film, TV and theatre. During his acting years he also worked as a director, producer and acting coach. In 2008 he took his love for the craft and experience in business to become one of Vancouver’s most popular talent agents. His clients have worked across Canada, Europe and the US. He likes pizza.

TIFFANY SMITH-ANOA’I, Vice President, Diversity & Communications – Smith-Anoa’i joined CBS Entertainment as a Senior Publicist for a primetime series in 2000. Since then she has been promoted to Director of Publicity, Entertainment Communication for primetime series, movies and specials. Most recently, Smith-Anoa’i was promoted to Vice President, Diversity & Communications. In this position, she is directly responsible for the development and execution of communications strategies for diversity initiatives and programs across the entire company. She also manages the internship and mentorship program for CBS’ West Coast Communications office. In her community, she is actively involved in several charities, including Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Smith-Anoa’i is an honors graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism.

VEENA SOOD – Veena Sood is an award-winning actress, known for her versatility in theatre, film, television, improv comedy, and hosting.  At age 17, she was a drama student at The University of Calgary, where she helped co-found Calgary’s Loose Moose Theatre Company, best known for their development of the world renowned improvisational theatre, & Theatresports.  Her feature films include Fairly Odd Summer, Touch of Pink, Nina’s Heavenly Delights, BBC’s Compulsion (U.K), and many Movies of the Week. Her films have opened at Sundance Film Festival, the London BFI Festival, and L.A.’s Outfest. She has appeared in numerous TV episodics, including Bates Motel, Saving Hope, Endgame, Signed Sealed & Delivered, Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, & Little Mosque on the Prairie, as well as several Movies of The Week.  Veena has also hosted gala events, awards shows, charity auctions, television specials, & corporate dinners, including her talk show, In The Company of Women, on CBC TV.  She’s been a featured performer at many theatre festivals including; The Glasgow Comedy Festival, The Vancouver Comedy Festival and The Winnipeg Comedy Festival. Currently Veena is the co-artistic director of Truth Be Told Theatre, developers of the improvised show The Life Game.  Veena divides her time between working in Canada as well as the U.K.  For further information, check out www.veenasood.com.

TYMAN STEWART – Tyman Stewart has been working in the film industry for Twenty Three years as a talent agent. He is Senior Vice President and a partner in The Characters Talent Agency (West), and represents many of Canada’s finest actors. His clients can be seen on many Canadian and American television series and film. Names include Tatiana Maslany, Brendan Fletcher, Carly Pope, Daniel Gillies, Michael Shanks, Grace Park, Tyler Labine, Nancy Robertson, Cynthia Stevenson.  Tyman has discovered a number of high profile actors whom he has represented over the years, these include; Barry Pepper, Sarah Chalke, Ryan Reynolds to name just a few.  Tyman has an eye for talent and a business ethic that is widely respected throughout the film industry. He provides his clients with valuable opinions and advice based on his experiences from years in the business, and is highly sought-after for his responsible attitudes towards his clients.  Tyman branched into Producing in 2002, with Co-Producing credits on “Ginger Snaps” the sequel.  Executive produced the Award winning Canadian Feature “everyone”. He is presently producing a reality series “Boy Meets Girl” starring Jenna Talackova.

LORI TRIOLO – Lori Triolo has been an actor, director, coach, teacher and mentor for over 20 years. She has worked on stages and sets from NYC to Vancouver. As a native New Yorker Lori helped build The Belmont Italian American Playhouse which was focused on plays written and performed by minorities from all ethnic backgrounds. She echoed that experience in Vancouver building another 60 seat black box theatre catered to providing an affordable venue for local performing artists of all kinds to showcase their talent to a focused audience. She has produced and starred in many critically acclaimed live theatre productions including, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Twelfth Night, Italian American Reconciliation, Where’s Money, Miss Julie. Guest and lead TV credits include Blackstone, Fringe, Supernatural, Smallville. Lori was granted permission from The Neighborhood Playhouse to teach The Meisner Technique and has done so for the past 20 years in her private studio as well as conservatories and university programs across North America. She has been involved in the world of Fitzmaurice Voicework for the past 2 years under the guidance of Catherine Fitzmaurice (www.fitzmauricevoice.com) and Saul Kotzubei (www.voicecoachla.com). She is a Certified Associate Teacher of FitzmauriceVoicework®. Lori brings her 30 years of experience working with mentors, Sanford Meisner, Larry Moss, Ivana Chubbuck, Cay Michael Patton on the principles of the performing arts to her work with Refinery Leadership Partners (www.refineryleadership.com). She has the privilege of guiding senior level executives into having a deeper connection to themselves, their colleagues, audience and the world around them. For the past 10 of its 20 years Lori has produced The Cold Reading Series(CRS) (www.coldreadingseries.com) showcasing works-in-progress from local stage and screen writers as well as singer/songwriters. The CRS brings the local stage, film, tv, web and music scene together to share their work, connect and make more. She is also the recipient of the WIFTV 2014 Leadership in Education Spotlight Award.

MAUREEN WEBB – Maureen is proud to have worked on film projects with, among others, Terry Gilliam, Rodrigo Garcia, Jonathan Levine, Ole Bornedal, Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego, Sam Raimi and Robert Redford. She has cast “50/50” starring Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, “Horns” starring Daniel Radcliffe, Words and Pictures starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche, and the soon-to-be released films, The Interview starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, and the much anticipated, Fifty Shades of Grey. She currently casts the TV shows Rush, Motive, Some Assembly Required and Package Deal. Maureen is the co-founder of Project Limelight Society, a not-for-profit Performing Arts Program, free for young people living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

APRIL WEBSTER – April Webster is a two-time Emmy award-winning casting director based in Los Angeles, California, known for her work in film and television. Webster has worked with some of the most successful directors, including several projects with J.J. Abrams.  She has been nominated for thirteen Artios Awards, and has won three in addition to her four Emmy nominations. Her casting credits have included Star Trek (2009 film), Mission: Impossible III (2006), and Lost.

 

Moderator Bios

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SETH COLTAN – Seth Coltan is an actor/producer in Los Angeles. Most currently appearing on the Fox show RAKE and the Showtime series SHAMELESS, Seth also produces free informative videos about the entertainment industry through Breakdown Services at www.VirtualChannelNetwork.com, and his own comedy series about casting at www.obSETHed.net.

GARY MARSH – Founder and CEO of Breakdown Services/Actors Access.  Marsh began his career as an actor after emigrating from England in 1963. Marsh terminated his acting career to begin Breakdown Services in 1971. A graduate of UCLA in 1976, Gary is also a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The family of companies that he has created employs over 100 people. Breakdown Services occupies a unique position of trust within the entertainment community since they are the only company given access to virtually all scripts and are charged with the responsibility of synchronizing all roles contained within these scripts both objectively and accurately.

A’DA WOOLFOLK – A’da Woolfolk is an actress, writer and producer based in Los Angeles. She studied at the American Conservatory Theatre, New York University and received her BA in Literature: Dramatic Arts & English from SUNY Purchase. Her credits include the feature film THE HARIMAYA BRIDGE, where she played Danny Glover’s daughter, as well as the television shows CRIMINAL MINDS, RIZZOLI & ISLES, FRANKLIN & BASH, SCANDAL and GIRLFRIENDS. A’da has been a producer with the Virtual Channel Network, a Breakdown Services Company, since it’s inception.

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