PAUL WEBER, CSA
FILM AND TELEVISION DRAMA SCENE TEACHER
Paul Weber C.S.A, is one of Hollywood's most respected Casting Directors. He is based in Los Angeles and presently an INDEPENDENT Casting Director and Producer. Paul is the former "In House" Casting Director for MGM worldwide television and the MGM feature casting consultant for 16 years.
For series television, Weber most notably cast the wildly popular STARGATE franchise. Other TV credits include SPARTACUS:GODS OF THE ARENA, SHE SPIES, POLTERGEIST, DEAD LIKE ME, and THE OUTER LIMITS. These series and others have garnered numerous honors including 21 Primetime Emmy Award nominations. For the big screen, Weber has advised on numerous MGM features including the blockbuster JAMES BOND franchise,FAME, ZOOKEEPER with Kevin James, HOT TUB TIME MACHINE, RED DAWN with Chris Hemsworth, Joss Whedon’s CABIN IN THE WOODS , and THE MACHINE starring Vin Diesel.
Home entertainment credits include LEGALLY BLONDES, PICTURE THIS with Ashley Tisdale, INTO THE BLUE 2, WARGAMES, the SPECIES franchise, as well as the CUTTING EDGE franchise for ABC Family. He has many projects in development and preproduction including casting a kids movie, "SOCCER CHIMP", set to shoot this summer, 2015, in OHIO. Also, a heartwarming family film about a family with an autistic child and dolphins, called "UNCONDITIONAL" scheduled for later this year. THE UNEXPECTED (period/thriller feature set in the Alaska circa 1850. Paul Giamatti attached) BEULAH ( Dakota Fanning attached) THE STUPIDEST ANGEL (comedy-fantasy feature about a group of misfits who save their town from their dead friends and relatives who've been mistakenly resurrected by Heaven's stupidest angel) (co producer/casting)League of Monster Slayers (fantasy feature about two orphaned children & their nanny who live in a castle and fight the forces of evil) LAYING WITH THE ENEMY (feature about a baseball story set in WWII prisoner of war camp Director: Jim Sheridan) Starfish Scream (coming-of-age feature; John Coppola directing) (Co-Producer/casting) Television: A DAUGHTER'S NIGHTMARE (mistaken identity thriller movie for the Lifetime Network) SEED (1/2 hr comedy series. Sold to the CW) . Casting Consultant: SAF3 (Series) casting Consultant.
MARY KATE MCGEEHAN
(Tentative due to scheduling)
KID COMEDY SCENE TEACHER
Mary Kate McGeehan, aka MK, is a noted and respected dialogue coach, as well as a sought-after private acting coach for kids. But this hybrid career didn’t happen over night and is the result of over 30 years of working in the industry. MK will be the first to tell you how grateful and lucky she is to not only still be involved in the business, but to have been able to creatively re-invent herself from a successful 80’s television actress, to a rewarding career today, as a dialogue coach, and private acting coach for kids. It all started nearly 30 years ago when Mary Kate took a job as an extra on ‘General Hospital’, which lead to booking an Under-Five, which lead to working on all the other soaps in Los Angeles, which lead to getting an agent and ultimately securing the part of Linda Caproni, opposite Billy Moses, on CBS’s ‘Falcon Crest’, a job that would truly change her life forever. Although the part of Linda was a mere two lines in the audition and on the first episode, those two lines lead to two years as a series regular on Falcon Crest, as well as to guest starring on all the popular shows of the day, from Magnum P.I. and Murder She Wrote, to Hotel and Love Boat.
As you can imagine, MK is a firm believer that there are no small parts and teaches this philosophy to the kids she coaches because a role, no matter how small, can and often does lead to a leading roles and a career. It was during this time that MK also did many national commercials, infomercials and voiceovers, but when her daughter, Katy was born, MK took time off to be a full time Mom. A role she still cherishes today. When her daughter was in second grade, MK took a job as a dialogue coach through her close friend, Danny Kallis, EP and creator of ‘Smart Guy’. It was on this show that MK learned the craft of being a dialogue coach and all that it entailed.
When Danny created another show, Disney Channel’s ‘The Suite Life of Zack and Cody’, he asked her to be the dialogue coach for Dylan and Cole Sprouse, a job that would span almost 7 years. It was this fabulous job that opened numerous doors to working as a dialogue coach/on set acting coach for other Disney Channel ‘kidcom’ pilots, as well to becoming a private acting coach off set. MK also opened a sitcom acting school for kids, now in its 5th year, specifically designed to teach young actors everything they need to know about the world of kid’s sitcoms from auditioning and booking the part, to actually performing on a show and what to expect when that happens. MK works with Adam Tait, another dialogue coach who works for Nickelodeon shows. It should also be noted that for the past three years, MK has been the dialogue coach on CBS’s hit show, ‘Mike and Molly’, which just wrapped Season Three, but she still finds the time to coach young actors and to run her acting school.
Former Kids Casting Director in Los Angeles.
Kidcom scene coach. Confirmed.
Sarah Grace Johnson started her casting career with Heather Laird of Wright/Laird Casting in Kansas City, MO., where she helped cast commercials, print ads, local features, as well as Heather’s personal projects including a web series entitled NEXT! While working for Heather, Sarah was asked to coordinate a first reading of Winter’s Bone. Though three years had passed and she had moved to LA, she was asked to return to Missouri to manage the local casting and all of the background casting for the film. Following that, she returned to LA where she has been working for the Disney Channel on shows such as Sonny With a Chance, Wizards of Waverly Place, So Random, Dog With a Blog, and Jessie as well as Disney XD’s Pair of Kings and Mighty Med. She has also worked for Nickelodeon on shows such as Supah Ninjas, Fred: The Show, and Figure It Out. In addition, Sarah has done projects with Awesomeness TV such as Guidance (with Michelle Trachtenberg), Expelled (with Cameron Dallas), and Side Effects. She worked with Kids Casting Director, Sheryl Levine and worked with Sarah on Disney Channel’s "Bizardvaark" and casted for Awesomeness TV and Dreamworks TV channels on the web.
CASTING DIRECTOR WORKSHOP TIPS, PERSONALITY, AUDITION TAPING
Greg has been working consistently in the Film Industry for over 25 years. He is a Top Los Angeles based photographer and Indie filmmaker as well as the Director of The Casting Workshops, which he has been traveling the world with the top Youth Casting Directors for almost 6 years now. Greg has been based in Los Angeles and has paid his dues there for over 20 years working in many facets of the entertainment industry. At age 17, Greg attended Heidelberg University and was a Theater Major. 2 years later, he was discovered by top Hollywood manager, Betty McCormick-Aggas with Midwest Talent. He then started modeling around the USA and then around the world in cities such as Milan, London, Tokyo, Seoul, Toronto, with top agencies such as FORD, and appearing in magazines such as GQ, Teen/Seventeen, Jostens, Kohls, Sears, JC Pennys, Target and many more.
After seeing the world through modeling with top agencies for 8 years, he pursued his dream of acting. He studied at the world renowned Stella Adler Conservatory with Stella herself and took classes at UCLA. He appeared in TV shows including Baywatch, Bold and the Beautiful, Disney's Weird Al special, GSN's Extreme Dodgeball, to name a few...as well as many commercials and over 15 TV game shows. He was also the lead actor in a feature film,"Inner Shadow", starring opposite Leigh Allen Baker of the hit Disney TV show, "Good Luck Charlie". He had a supporting role in an indie film along side Alison Eastwood in "Don't Tell". As a celebrity photographer he has worked with and photographed some of the biggest stars today, including a 2 day shoot with superstar, Jennifer Lopez (photographer for her groundbreaking album), Actor and singer Brandy, Andrea Bowen (of "Desperate Housewives"), Moon Bloodgood ("Terminator Salvation" and "Eight Below"), Katie Lee Joel (wife of Billy and celebrity foodie). 80's superstar singer, "Taylor Dayne". Child actors include Addison Reicke of "The Thundermans", Upcoming superstars, Dusan and "lETHAL WEAPON'S"" Dante Brown (discovered both boys in Chicago), Addison Timlin of "Derailed", Sean Cunningham of Disney’s "Secretariat"and Sydney Rouviere of "The Change Up" as well as many others. As a filmmaker he has made over 12 short films and produced/directed 3 indie features that have appeared and have honors in film festivals including the 2014 LA Comedy Festival, The Vancouver Comedy festival and the LA Shorts festival. Greg is a 2 time national Dodgeball champion and was the co-creator of the script titled, "DODGEBALL the movie", which grossed over 300 million dollars worldwide. Indie film producer credits include "Movie Money", "Me and Grandma". Greg works closely with top talent/modeling agencies and managers across the country in the entertainment industry.
For the past 20 years, he has shot thousands of actors/models and has helped hundreds of young talent get connected to reputable representation.