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FEST – Casting for Directors and Producers Seminar

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Casting for Directors and Producers Seminar

This two hour seminar focuses on casting considerations for producers and directors.
It covers the process of casting, highlighting how casting directors
work together with production.
Topics include:
  • casting the lead
  • casting supporting talent
  • hiring actors vs. amateurs
  • how to effectively communicate with actors during an audition

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Audition and Screen Acting Technique, Prague, 10-12 Nov, 2017

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Audition and Screen Acting Technique

3-Day Master Class

Casting directors Nancy Bishop, CSA and David Stejskal, CSA offer a special Master Classes in their home city of Prague, 10-12 Nov, 2017.

Summary: This three day intensive series of Master Classes is designed for actors who wish to learn strategies to approach marketing and auditioning and to improve on camera acting skills. Each actor will get professional feedback and a copy of their scene work. The class is for instructional purposes only and follows the guidelines set out by the Casting Society of America.*


Class Schedule:


Friday, 10 Nov 2017

10:00 – 10:30  Meet at venue for welcome coffee and orientation.

10:30 – 12:00  Archetype Workshop Part I (Introduction Exercise with David)

Actors introduce themselves to the rest of the group. Others identify acting archetypes based on their first impression.

12:00 – 13:00 SCENE WORK (with David)

With a special exercise on creating unique performance.

13:00 – 14:15  Lunch

14:15– 17:00 SCENE WORK (with David)

                      Practicing cold-reading with special attention on correct “eye technique”.


Saturday, 11 Nov 2017


10:00 – 13:00 SCENE WORK (with David)

                        Reading scenes with special attention on realistic delivery of lines.

13:00 – 14:15 Lunch Break

14:15 – 16:00 SELF TAPE SESSION (with Nancy)

All actors will have been pre-assigned self-tape auditions which we will view in the class for critique by Nancy.

16:00 – 17:00  Warm up exercises targeted to help actors identify strategies to approach auditions by identifying circumstance and objectives  and assignment of scenes for mock auditions(with Nancy).


Sunday, 12 Nov 2017


Students present their materials (headshots, reels etc.) for feedback by David and discuss further development strategy.


A presentation by David on how to build a powerful showreel.

13:00 – 14:15 LUNCH

14:15 – 17:00  MOCK AUDITIONS (with Nancy)

Each actor will be coached and recorded performing the scene assigned on Saturday. Nancy will provide feedback on playbacks.


19:00               FINAL DINNER AND FAREWELL


About DavidDavid Stejskal is the head caster in Nancy Bishop’s Prague office and a member of the Casting Society of America. He has worked on films ‘Ophelia’ and ‘Unlocked’ and TV series ‘Knightfall’, ‘12 Monkeys’, ‘Transporter’ and ‘Crossing Lines’. David is also an acting coach at Prague Film School, ISFF in Berlin while holding private classes.

Furthermore, as an active horseman David is developing unique method of actors training through working with horses under project called ‘Actinghorse’.  David was trained as a film director at Northern Film School. His student film ‘Two Soldiers’ was in the official selection at the Manchester Film Festival 2012. After studies David wrote and directed numerous short projects, including commercial videos for brands like Haagen-Dazs, Arla Denmark and Nestea.

About Nancy’s best-selling book (published by Methuen Drama) Acting for Film and TV: 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 price of 20 EUR with all proceeds from sales going towards to help the refugees in Calais.

About Prague: Meet and work with actors form all over Europe in beautiful Prague, the Golden City filled with a thousand spires. The master classes will take place at Vivid Studios in Prague overlooking Letna Park. 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: 10-12 November, 2017

WHERE: Prague (TBC)

COSTS: Discount available for returning students. Please write to david@nancybishopcasting with photo and CV to register and learn 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 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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*Nancy and David follow CSA guidelines for teaching. Please note that acceptance by Bishop/Stejskal for your participation in this class is strictly based on your current material including your CV and headshot. This class is exclusively instructional in nature and our acceptance of your attendance does not imply in any manner or circumstance any reciprocity between us, either now or in the future, nor will our acceptance of your attendance influence your ability to secure a future audition for projects that we may be undertaking.

2 Day Pilot Season Masterclass in London 28-29 October 2017

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MASTERCLASS, taught by Nancy Bishop, CSA

Weekend of 28-29 October 2017


Nancy Bishop CSA, Emmy- Award Nominated Casting Director and author of Auditioning for Film and TV, offers a special two day PILOT SEASON MASTER CLASS and INTERNATIONAL MARKETING SEMINAR for actors who wish to position themselves for international work. Stay on top of your audition technique with practice in taped auditions, self tapes, and cold reading technique. This class will focus particularly on the demands of pilot season, with targeted scene work typical of American pilots.


Saturday 28 October 10:00 – 4.30

10:00 Coffee and Welcome

10:30- 12:00 Targeted warm up exercises will hone cold reading audition technique.

12:00- 13:00: Lunch

13:00- 15:00 Feedback on Self Taped Auditions selected from pilot season sides:

Casting directors are often expected to cast pilots within shorter time periods so they are increasingly relying on self-tapes. Actors will provide a pre-assigned self taped audition from sample pilots for feedback from Nancy


Seminar for actors will focus on strategies for actors to promote themselves and procure work in the international market. Topics will include how to best take advantage of the internet for marketing, organize a professional CV, choose a winning headshot, produce an effective show reel, record auditions to send to production, and use social media.


16:00- 16:30: Actors are assigned two pilot scenes for the next day.


Sunday 29 October 10:00 – 4.30-5 MOCK PILOT AUDITIONS

10:00 – 12:00: Actors will perform  and tape scenes assigned on Saturday with coaching from Nancy.

12:00- 13:00: Critique of taped scenes

13:00- 14:00 Lunch

13:00- 16:30 (Might go later) : Second Round of pilot scene taping and critique





WHEN: 28-29 October 2017

TIMES: 10:00 – 16:30

WHERE: The Umbrella Rooms 241 Shaftesbury Avenue,  T- 0207 693 9776

COST:  for fees and further info, please email

TO REGISTER: Send CV and photo to: