Perform for a Casting Director or Casting Associate and donate to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.
Casting Society Cares, the non-profit 501c3 charitable arm of CSA, and Actors Pro Expo are proud to announce the return of Meals 4 Monologues at this year’s event. Casting Directors and Casting Associate members of the CSA will be devoting a full day to seeing union and non-union actors who would like to participate in our food drive to benefit the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. We suggest you bring 2 non-perishable donation items to donate to our food drive, which you can hand over during your performance time slot.
Sign up will be in the exhibition hall starting at 10am – slots are limited, and work on a first come, first served basis.
Please prepare a 1-minute contemporary monologue or a 1- minute contemporary song (acapella) that showcases you as a performer.
Please bring one headshot/resume that will be available to the CSA members in the Casting Room.
A true East-Coaster, Alexa Pereira grew up in Newark, New Jersey but is now based in LA. She turned her love of acting and performing into her dream job and has been an Associate Casting Director for nearly 6 years. Alexa started out in commercial casting but soon realized she loved working in the theatrical world much more. Being a former actress herself, Alexa’s favorite part of her job is being in session and being able to work directly with the actors. She has enjoyed working on such projects as “New Girl” and “On Becoming a God in Central Florida” and with numerous Studios and Networks including Showtime, Blumhouse, Hulu and most recently HBOMax. She is also a huge fan of RuPauls Drag Race, and is a loving foster mom to amazing animals in need.
Amanda Lenker Doyle
After they each spent a decade in the casting industry in both New York and Los Angeles, Amanda Lenker Doyle & Chrissy Fiorilli-Ellington partnered in mid-2016. Jumping in feet first, they took on multiple series, pilots, and films – working for such companies as FiLM iNDEPENDENT, AwesomenessTV, Fullscreen, Funny or Die, CollegeHumor, and Verizon’s Go90. Pilot season 2017 brought them a pilot for ABC Studios/Amblin and a pilot for Amazon Studios. Additionally, they have worked on such projects as THE WALKING DEAD, PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF, THE GOOD WIFE, THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS, BLACK-ISH, THE MUPPETS, FULLER HOUSE, and independent features and shorts THE KITCHEN, 23 BLAST, PALIMPSEST, and ACTOR SEEKS ROLE. This year, Amanda is serving on the board of the Casting Society of America (CSA) as Treasurer, and has been nominated for four ARTIOS awards to date for her work on ABC’s BLACK-ISH, Netflix’s FULLER HOUSE and HULU series RESIDENT ADVISORS. Amanda is very happily married to her best friend, Devin Doyle who happens to be a super talented DP. Check him out at devindoyle.net
Brandon Henry Rodriguez
Brandon Henry Rodriguez is one of Hollywood’s most in demand, up-and-coming Casting Directors who values the art of collaboration, his adept eye and keen creative sensibilities allowing him to work on intriguing projects with veteran producers and viable talents. His passion for actors and their craft is evidenced by both his approach in the room and the material with which he chooses to align himself. With over fifteen years in the entertainment industry, Brandon draws upon past experiences to establish safe, comfortable, and creative environments for projects he’s involved with, ensuring that talents are placed in the best positions possible to not only land roles but thrive in them.
Brandon’s time in the business has allowed him to work on a wide range of independent films and reputable television series. He first served as Casting Assistant for the acclaimed FX series “Wilfred” before quickly moving up the ranks to serve as Casting Associate for such programs as “Granite Flats” and “Scorpion,” in addition to such fan favorites as “Awkward” and “The 100.” He also was one the lead Casting Directors on the television series “Lethal Weapon” for FOX. In 2017, Brandon made an ambitious leap into the independent sector and formed his own business, BHR Casting, and in the few years since the company’s launch Brandon has amassed a track record of working with some of the world’s hottest A-listers — including Kurt Russell, Vince Vaughn, Liam Hemsworth, and Alexis Bledel.
Caroline Liem is a casting director based in Los Angeles. For 20 years she has cast studio features, independent films, television series, and pilots for Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox, Disney Studios, Sony, Warner Bros, Nick Jr, ABC, CBS, NBC, The CW, and Fox. Before there was American Horror Story, there was Popular, the first show she worked on alongside Ryan Murphy. Mentored by some of the top casting directors in our industry, Caroline has enjoyed casting alongside many prominent producers and directors, including Lauren Shuler Donner, David Goyer, and Jon Turteltaub, as well as with Disney Studios’ casting department, overseeing such projects as “Gone in Sixty Seconds”, “Pearl Harbor,” and “Gangs of New York.” She served as head of casting for the award-winning late night show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and added video games, Assassin’s Creed III and Far Cry, to her varied and eclectic work. Additional credits include X-Men 2 and Blade Trinity. Her background as a musician and singer, progressing to actor and casting director, provided a firm foundation and distinct network of professionals in both film and television. Caroline is a Backstage Expert contributing writer, and one of Backstage’s “must follow” casting directors on Twitter. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Casting Society of America, and is involved with the organization’s Inclusion & Diversity, Artist Development and Training & Education Committees.
Charley Medigovich is a proud member of the Casting Society of America, with over 13 years of experience working in casting for film and tv. Charley was the first recipient of the Associate Spotlight Award in 2013 and has been nominated for Artios Awards for Zero Dark Thirty and Logan Lucky. She has been a member of the Teamsters Local 399 Casting Steering committee since 2010. Charley has been a CSA board member since 2014, currently running the 501c3 charitable arm Casting Society Cares and establishing their volunteer program working with local community partners, as well as working with the Training & Education committee to create the Assistant Training & Education Program.
Donna Morong is a respected casting director with over 25 years of experience in the business. She spent 15 years at The Walt Disney Company ultimately becoming Senior Vice President of Motion Picture Casting in the feature film division, where she cast films such as “PRINCESS DIARIES,” “SHANGHAI KNIGHTS,” “10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU,” “DEUCE BIGOLO,” “ANNAPOLIS,” and “CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN”. In 2008, she won an Artios Award for casting Ben Affleck’s “GONE BABY GONE” for Miramax which garnered an Academy Award Nomination for Amy Ryan. Ms. Morong began her career in casting in New York City working prestigious original Broadway productions including “HURLY BURLY,” “BILOXI BLUES,” and “BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS”. She cast for Yale Repertory and Second Stage while concurrently running a successful studio for young actors on Theatre Row. For the past decade she has been running an acting studio in Hollywood, as well as working with under-served filmmakers for films that have appeared at Sundance, Cannes, Los Angeles Film Festival, and more.
Dorian Frankel has served as Casting Director on television series including Veep (HBO) (for which she won an Emmy and an Artios Award), Baskets (FX), Single Parents (ABC), Future Man (Hulu), Parks and Recreation (NBC), One Mississippi (Amazon), Idiotsitter (Comedy Central), Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO), Maron (IFC), Kroll Show (Comedy Central), Eagleheart (Adult Swim), and more. She’s cast pilots for ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, Comedy Central, Freeform, and TruTV, as well as several independent features and a variety of online content. Her love of comedy was nurtured during many years as an improviser. She has a degree in theater arts from Mount Holyoke College, writes songs from time to time, and makes a nice marmalade.
Elizabeth Boykewich is head of Casting and Talent for Freeform. She oversees all casting and talent deal negotiations for the network’s movies, pilots, live-action series, animation, alternative and reality programming, as well as original movies for Disney’s forthcoming streaming service, Disney+. She manages both studio and network casting and was integral in launching and defining the Freeform brand, understanding the millennial and Gen-Z audience to discover the up-and-coming talent who drive the cultural conversation and become the future stars of tomorrow. Boykewich is also heavily invested in the holistic development of homegrown celebrities. By providing opportunities in-house to direct, write, and produce episodes on the network, she has led Freeform in becoming a platform for talent to break out in the broader industry. She is also responsible for leading the network’s on-screen diversity and inclusion efforts since the beginning of her tenure and has been instrumental in driving Freeform to the top as the most inclusive cable television network to date.
Series under her oversight include the multiple award-winning hits “Pretty Little Liars,” “grown-ish,” “Good Trouble,” “The Bold Type,” “Cloak & Dagger,” “Siren,” “The Fosters,” “Switched at Birth,” “Shadowhunters,” “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” “Bunheads,” “Baby Daddy,” “Melissa & Joey,” “Stitchers,” “Young & Hungry,” and “10 Things I Hate About You.” Upcoming series include “Motherland,” “Everything’s Gonna Be Okay,” and “Party of Five.” Boykewich has overseen over 400 projects for the network and is directly involved in all talent deals, including integration, ad sales, multiplatform content, and synergy efforts across the network and studio. Boykewich’s passion for developing and nurturing the careers of rising stars and casting diverse voices has won Freeform critical acclaim, along with numerous awards, including the Teen Choice Awards, People’s Choice Awards, NAACP, GLAAD, Imagen, Saturn Awards, and Television Critics Association Awards.
Boykewich attended Ohio University’s prestigious Professional Actor Training Program on a talent scholarship and quickly rose through the ranks from casting intern to casting director. When Boykewich branched out into film and television work in New York City, she quickly developed a reputation as the go-to person for talent searches. She spearheaded the nationwide talent search for the lead role in Disney’s remake of “The Parent Trap,” which launched Lindsay Lohan into the national spotlight. She also found Angus T. Jones for “See Spot Run” (“Two and a Half Men”), America Ferrara for “Gotta Kick It Up,” and the Sprouse twins for “Big Daddy” (Disney Channel’s “Zack and Cody”). Boykewich finished her tenure in New York as casting director for “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” During her first years in Los Angeles, Boykewich worked on a string of feature film hits in every genre: “Fifty First Dates,” “Anger Management,” “X-Men,” “X2,” “Big Daddy,” “Deeds,” “The Animal,” “Fifty First Kisses,” and many others.
In 2004, Boykewich moved to the executive suite at Paramount Television and helped oversee Paramount’s 2004 pilots, including “NUMB3RS,” “Medium,” and “Second Time Around.” Boykewich is a member of the Casting Society of America, Academy of Television Arts & Science, Women in Film, Step Up Women’s Organization, HRTS and is a sought-out mentor within the Walt Disney Television company. She holds a master’s degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater arts from Ohio University, but she likes to say that her most important degree is her meditation teacher certification, because … Hollywood: (https://www.wdtvpress.com/freeform/executives/)
For nearly a decade, Jessica Sherman has been involved with casting some of film and television’s biggest projects. A Los Angeles native, Sherman took a passion for entertainment and casting while studying at UC Riverside, and has translated that passion into a successful career.
She began her career under the mentorship of April Webster and was involved with Bad Robot/JJ Abrams projects like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek Into Darkness, Super 8, and CBS’ Person of Interest. And collectively later joined forces with Carlton Cuse and cast A&E’s Bates Motel and FX’s The Strain.
After hanging her own shingle in 2017, Jessica Sherman has cast several smaller budget films like Sundance darling Sleight and Tribeca hit Thumper, as well as the highly anticipated TNT series Tell Me Your Secrets. And most recently, her work as casting director on the Oscar winning short film “Skin” has received much acclaim with the announcement of her second Artios nomination.
Joy Dewing CSA is a Casting Director for Disney Parks Live Entertainment and a Board Member Emeritus of the CSA New York Board, where she co-chaired the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Prior to joining Disney, Joy was a New York Casting Director, casting for Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Tours, Regional Theatre, Concerts, and Dance Companies. Favorite casting credits include Magic Mike Live, Cheers! Live on Stage, 42nd Street, A Few Good Men, Fiddler on the Roof (starring Topol), Joseph… (starring Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Annie, Rent 20th Anniversary Tour, Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia, 3 Mo’ Tenors, Bring it On, In the Heights, Legally Blonde… and many readings of plays and musicals that you’ve never heard of. Her passion is discovery and development of emerging artists from a diverse spectrum of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, types, abilities, and genders.
Lisa Miller Katz
Lisa Zambetti is a Casting Director in Los Angeles who casts for television, film and new media. She is the casting director for CBS’ long running hit drama Criminal Minds, but has also worked on shows for NBC, ABC and cable; as well as on award winning independent features, large studio movies and blockbusting video game franchises. She is a proud member of the Casting Society of America and serves on the Artist Development Committee. She also cohosts the popular true crime podcast Real Crime Profile on the Wondery network.
Meg Morman began her career as Associate, then Manager of Casting in the Feature Film Department of 20th Century Fox working on such films as Ice Age, Unfaithful, and From Hell. She then honed her casting skills under Shelia Jaffe on studio and indie films including The Italian Job, Be Cool and The Machinist. With the films Me and You and Everyone We Know (Miranda July, John Hawkes) and Steal Me (Hunter Parrish, Paz del la Huerte), both premiering at Sundance, Meg stepped out into a solo casting career. In late 2004, Meg partnered with Sunday “Sunny” Boling to form Morman Boling Casting and together they have focused on quality, character driven films and series. Most notably Hello, My Name is Doris, Waitress, Hunter Gatherer, I Believe in Unicorns, Natural Selection, and Mississippi Damned . Recent theatrical releases include The Ballad of Lefty Brown (Bill Pullman, Jim Caviezel, Peter Fonda) and Unlovable (John Hawkes, Melissa Leo) both SXSW selections. On the series side, Meg and Sunny cast the Emmy nominated Relationship Status (Milo Ventimiglia, Sean Ashmore, Willa Fitzgerald) the highly rated Play by Play for Go90 and the upcoming half hour series Sneakerheads (Allen Maldonado, Andrew Bachelor). An Artios Award winner and Heller Award nominee, she has served on the board of Casting Society of America and as a casting advisor for Film Independent’s Directing Lab and Global Media Makers project.