THE FORGE PRO SERIES
September 26th - October 24th l $300
Saturdays from 2:00-4:30p
Five Casting Directors from across the country, right in the comfort of your home.
WORK WITH PROFESSIONALS AT THE TOP OF THEIR GAME
Spend five weeks working with and receiving feedback from Casting Directors with collective decades of experience in the industry. Over the course of this workshop, you'll hear a variety of perspectives from around the country, from LA to Chicago. For two and half hours on a Saturday, via Zoom, you'll work on material from studio features, indie film, commercials, theatre and more.
If you want to challenge yourself as an artist, and expand your knowledge beyond your local industry, snag your spot in this intensive today.
MEET THE PROS
WEEK 1 • CATHY REINKING
Cathy Reinking, CSA, has been working as a Casting Director since the early '90s, working on Frasier, Arrested Development, According to Jim, and many other shows, pilots, films, web series, commercials, plays - you name the genre, she has cast it. She also served as NBC's Manager of Casting, overseeing many pilots including "The Office," and she holds a degree in theatre arts from UCLA, where she graduated magna cum laude. Cathy is also an award-winning stage director, stage manager, and writer, who has worked in California, Kansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Texas, Georgia, and New York. She now resides in Atlanta, GA.
WEEK 2 • MATTHEW BARRY
Born in New York – Matthew was a successful actor, best known for starring in Bernardo Bertolucci’s film “La Luna.” After many years of acting, he asked Academy Award winning Producer Mark Johnson for a production job and was guided to the casting department. Matthew has spent the last 28 years as a casting director, working with Tim Burton on “Ed Wood” and “Mars Attacks,” Brett Ratner on “Rush Hour 1 & 2,” and “Family Man;” Nick Cassavetes on “Unhook the Stars,” “She’s So Lovely,” “John Q,” “The Notebook,” “Alpha Dog,” “My Sister’s Keeper,” and “The Other Woman;” and producer Jerry Bruckheimer on “Crimson Tide” (Tony Scott) and “Con Air” (Simon West).
WEEK 3 • CHRIS FREIHOFER, CSA
Big Budget Indie Films
Chris is regarded as the leading casting director in Oklahoma with over 100 film and television credits and safely over a thousand commercials. Fun fact: He's the casting director that our own Sarah Clark learned under and got her started in the industry.
He has cast projects from Oscar winners Francis Ford Coppola, Terrence Malick, Cameron Crowe and Andrea Arnold, films for first-time filmmakers William H. Macy and Paul Dano, and cool projects for acclaimed directors John Wells, Rich Correll, John Gulager, Michael Winterbottom, Mark Romanek, Martha Stephens, David Boyd and many more. He's a titan of big budget indie films in the south, with two his last projects not only getting into Sundance, but receiving nominations and winning awards.
WEEK 4 • SARAH CLARK, CSA
Sarah runs the little casting office that could in Chicago, Compass Casting. She's worked on hundreds of commercials all across the nation for brands big and small. From sports casting for NBA commercials to finding actual farmers for Ford, real families of actors for local spots to hilarious comedic actors for national commercials she's done a little bit of everything.
Sarah works on commercials to support her indie film habit. She's always looking for actors to knock their commercial auditions out of the part so she can trust them with bigger roles for her narrative work. With all castings moving online, her session with you will focus on Zoom auditions for commercials.
WEEK 5 • CATHERINE MILLER
Catherine Miller casts for theatre all across the city of Chicago. They are the casting director for Jackalope Theatre, First Floor Theater, Raven Theatre and more. They've been invited to speak on panels, advise on casting practices and create workshops for About Face, Paramount Theatre, Director'sLabChicago, Beloit College, The Theatre School at DePaul and Steppenwolf Theatre. Recently, Catherine was named one of New City's 2019 Players: The Fifty People Who Really Perform for Chicago and was on the Windy City Times' 30 Under 30 list. They hold a BFA in Dramaturgy/Criticism from The Theatre School at DePaul.