PRAGUE 13-15 JUNE, 2014


Audition and Screen Acting Technique

3-Day Master Class

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Nancy Bishop, CSA Casting Director and author, of Secrets from the Casting Couch, offers special Master Classes in her home city of Prague, June 13-15, 2014.


Summary: This three day intensive series of Master Classes is designed for actors who wish to brush up on their professional on screen audition skills as well as to make connections in the international acting community. Each actor will get professional feedback and a copy of their scene work. The three day workshop will be co-taught by Joel Kirby, Workshop Manager and Head Acting Coach of the Nancy Bishop Technique.


Class Schedule:


Friday, 13th June 2014

10:00               Meet at venue for welcome coffee and orientation.

10:30               Marketing Seminar for International Work

In this seminar, actors will learn how to present themselves for international work; how to

crack into the US and European markets. Marketing skills covered will include how to

develop an effective CV, chose a key photo for headshots, and create a show reel and

website. Casting videos from successful actors will be screened.

13:00               Lunch

14:30-17:30    Archetype Workshop

Actors should bring their photos and CVs for discussion. The class will view and critique one another’s headshots, helping to pinpoint a key archetypal image for each actor.


Saturday, 14th June 2014

10:30-13:00    Master class: Strategies for Film Auditioning

13:00-14:00     Lunch

14:00-17:30     continuation of Master class. This section targets specific strategies for casting, including cold reading skills, and audition technique. Nancy will assign scenes from a variety of genres the actor will prepare for the following day.


Sunday, 15th June 2014

10:30-13:00    Master Class: Scene Study. Actors will further develop auditioning and screen acting              skills with a mock casting by taping and reviewing scenes.

13:00-14:00    Lunch

14:00-17:30    continuation of shooting scenes, followed by critique.

17:30              Farewell drink.


About Nancy: Emmy-award nominated, American Casting Director, Nancy Bishop, has cast nearly 100 international film and TV projects, from her base in Prague. She has cast for major feature films including and Mission Impossible IV, Roman Polanski’s Oliver Twist, Prince Caspian, and Bourne Identity. Recent credits include Child 44 produced by Ridley Scott and starring Tom Hardy, and Gary Oldman.  She has been teaching film acting workshops throughout Europe, the UK, and the US for many years. In addition, Nancy is the founding head of the Acting for Film Department at the Prague Film School, and author of the best selling book, “Secrets from the Casting Couch.”


About Nancy’s best-selling book (published by Methuen Drama) Secrets from the Casting Couch:Why is it that so many good actors don’t perform well at auditions? Secrets from the Casting Couch gives practical advice for actors, written from a casting director’s point of view, teaching the craft of film auditioning in front of camera. This best-selling book shows how actors can work with today’s internet technologies to book roles, and features advice and actual exercises that achieve results in the casting studio.  The book will be available for a discounted price of 12 EUR.


About Joel: Joel Kirby and Nancy Bishop have been collaborating for many years, on casting and coaching. Joel was crucial to the development of the Bishop technique of screen actor coaching. A professional actor himself, he resides in Berlin. His international film acting credits include, Babylon A.D., Euro Trip, Harrison´s Flowers, Hitler: The Rise of Evil, Anne Frank: The Whole Story, Beyond the Sea, The Ghostwriter (directed by Roman Polanski) and Faust directed by Alexandr Sokurov, awarded the 2011 Golden Lion for Best Film in Venice. German films credits include, Drei Schwestern: Made in Germany, Erkan und Stefan and most recently award-winning Hannah Arendt directed by Margarethe von Trotta. Joel has collaborated with Nancy on casting many projects including Hellboy, Mirrors, and The Illusionist.


About Prague: Meet and work with actors from all over Europe in beautiful Prague, the Golden City filled with a thousand spires. The master classes will take place at Kolowratský palace in Prague 1, resident home of the Prague Shakespeare Company, Located in the center of Prague, it is conveniently accessible nestled between Wenceslas Square and the Old Town Market. Prague is also of particular interest to actors not only because of its rich theatre history (notably with former President/playwright Vaclav Havel) but because hundreds of international film makers and large scale studios flock to Prague each year to shoot films.




WHEN: 13-15 June, 2014 (10:30-17:30)

WHERE: Kolowratský palac, and floor, Ovocný trh 579/6, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic.

COSTS: Please contact Joel Kirby ( ) for specific information about costs.

ACCOMODATION INFORMATION: Because participants may require different levels of budget/comfort, the organizers will recommend several different contacts for accommodation options.


HOW TO REGISTER: Please send a photo and CV to workshop manager Joel Kirby at  Preference will be given to serious career actors, with a commitment to skill enrichment. The 3-day master class space is limited, and we anticipate the class will fill up quickly so please register soon.

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