Perform 4 Good: Open Casting Call in Support of UK Food Banks

Perform for CSA Casting Directors, Agents and donate to the Trussell Trust Charity!

Casting Society Cares, the non-profit charitable arm of CSA, and Young Talent Expo are proud to be hosting Perform 4 Good at this year’s event. CSA casting directors & selected agents will be devoting a full day to seeing performers who would like to participate in a food drive to benefit UK food banks. This is a great way to give back to the community and be seen by some wonderful casting directors and agents.

Sign up will be online here

Please note that an application is NOT a confirmation that you have a slot.

Only those contacted and given a specific time slot will be seen. Please do not email us about your application. We will contact you if you have been selected. Successful performers will be notified on Wednesday 28th September 2022.

If you are selected, please prepare one 2-minute contemporary monologue, song or dance that showcases you as a performer. Feedback will be given in the room by the panel.

Panellists include: Marvin Godfrey, Carolyn McLeod, Sophie Lyons, Mark Jermin, Nick Hockaday, Gilian Hawser and Olissa Rogers.

Donations from performers to support a food drive for regional food banks are encouraged here.


Carolyn McLeod CDG, CSA

Casting for over 15 years, Carolyn is a freelance Casting Director, who specialises in Film, Theatre and streaming content.

She has worked with directors including Stephen Herek, Paul Schrader, Michael Caton-Jones and Sofia Coppola on independent features and also projects for Netflix, including “The Princess Switch” and “A Christmas Prince” trilogies. Alongside projects for the BBC, Disney, Warner Bros, GAC, Hallmark and SyFy/NBC Universal.

She was the winner of the BIFA 2021 Best Casting Award for “Boiling Point” and she was also a BAFTA Film Best Casting Nominee 2022.

Gillian Hawser

I work in film. I cast films and currently I am working with a mul7-million film financing fund to produce a slate of very exci7ng, diverse films including a bio pic of Jane Austen and a film about Emily Bronte. I do a myriad of things; I sit on BAFTA film commiFee; I chair the performance categories for BIFA; I was instrumental in obtaining the first ever BAFTA award for cas7ng in both TV and film; I chair Awards for CSA European Board; I direct plays such as AJer the Dance and An Ideal Husband. I run workshops for actors. I support young new talent both on the screen and behind the camera.

Marvin Godfrey

Marvin originally started in Biochemistry before making the decision to pursue a career working in a field he has always been passionate about, talent management. Marvin has spent nearly a decade working with a range of talent from high profile, leading and award-winning actors, to recent graduates/ up and coming young performers. Marvin has his own list spanning across Film, TV and Theatre.

Olissa Rogers

Olissa Rogers is a Casting Director working on a freelance basis. She began working in the industry back in Germany in 2008. She worked there until 2016 mainly on TV Series. In 2016 she met casting director, Jeremy Zimmermann, and went to be casting assistant for him on several films until 2018. She then moved on to become casting assistant to Kharmel Cochrane for commercials and TV/Film projects. In March 2019 Olissa was approached by Theo Park and was working on big TV projects (e.g Ted Lasso) as her associate where she was until October 2019. From November 2019 until February 2020 Olissa was one of the casting associates to Amy Hubbard. Olissa has also worked for Fiona Weir as one of her associates from June 2020 – April 2022.

Sophie Lyons

Sophie is a Casting Assistant who began working in 2018, assisting Kirsty Kinnear with the children’s casting on the film ‘Song of Names’. Since this she has been fortunate to work for many casting directors across film, television and theatre including Charlotte Sutton on ‘The Long Song’ for Chichester Festival Theatre, Briony Barnett with ‘The Death of the Black Man’ for the Hampstead Theatre, and Theo Park on ‘Ted Lasso S2’. Sophie is currently assisting Sue Needleman on various projects, including ‘The Beaker Girls’ and ‘The Dumping Ground’ for CBBC, and ‘JoJo and Gran Gran” for CBeebies. She has recently joined the CDG as a probationary member.

Nicholas Hockaday

Casting for theatre as Casting Director includes Alice in Wonderland (Colchester), Friendsical (UK Tour & Edinburgh Fringe), Midsummer Mechanicals, Playing Shakespeare: Macbeth (both for The Globe) and Time & Tide (The Park Theatre). Children’s Casting Director includes 101 Dalmatians (Co-Casting with VJN Casting for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) Meet Me It St. Louis at Grange Park Opera (cancelled due to Covid). Dear Evan Hansen (Noel Coward Theatre), Jersey Boys (Trafalgar Theatre), Bedknobs & Broomsticks (UK Tour), Lion King (UK & Ireland Tour) as casting assistant. Casting for TV & film include Peter 2.0 (See-Saw), Homeland S8 (Fox), Love Gets A Room (Nostromo Pictures) & The Great (Hulu) as casting assistant. Children’s Casting for TV & Film includes Invasion (Apple TV), Life After Life (BBC/House), The Boy The Mole The Fox and The Horse (Bad Robot) as Associate.

Mark Jermin

Mark Jermin is the founder and director of Mark Jermin Management and The Mark Jermin Stage School, having dedicated his career to teaching performing arts to children and inspiring so many to succeed in their acting careers.

With over 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Mark has created a strong reputation across his agency and acting school, which is well respected among industry professionals. Mark Jermin Management represents adults and children, providing them with high profile opportunities in Film, TV and Theatre as well as commercial, voice over and presenting work, both in the UK and internationally.

From one initial Swansea branch of Mark Jermin Stage School, Mark has opened countless stage schools across South Wales and England, as well as introducing the hugely successful Online course during the coronavirus pandemic. The Mark Jermin Stage School is now one of the largest and fastest growing specialists performing arts educational institutions in the UK.

Mark Jermin is also a proud sponsor of BAFTA and delighted to also be a new sponsor of the Casting Directors Association Awards 2022.