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Child Acting: Backstage with Broadway's Youngest Cast

With myriad challenges facing the development of the child actor, are you prepared to guide the career of your child? We talk with the producers, casting directors and actors of Broadway's youngest production, 13, to find out how these young actors came to the production and the challenges presented in staging this unique show. Moderated by Erik Haagensen.

Speakers include:
Sean Free, company manager, 13
Mark Simon, casting director, 13
Graham Philips, lead actor, 13
Kathryn Philips, Graham's mother, 13
Talent agent (name TBA)


Sean Free
Sean Free has been a company manager for Broadway shows for the past 15 years. His career began with the renowned general management firm Gatchell & Neufeld, Ltd. Broadway credits include: Closer, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Tom Saywer, Stones in His Pockets, Dance of Death, Bea Arthur on Broadway, Movin' Out, Mark Twain Tonight, and 13. Broadway tours include Sunset Boulevard, Cats, and Chicago.

Las Vegas productions include Avenue Q and Spamalot, both at Wynn Las Vegas. Free has also served as a theatrical consultant to various artists and shows including Vanessa Williams' at The Palace Theatre and Barry Manilow's Harmony.

Mark Simon
Mark Simon has been the casting director for the world premiere productions of The Last Five Years, Parade, Lovemusik, 3hree, Hollywood Arms, Bounce, Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life, Adrift In Macao, Harlem Song, Sweet Smell Of Success and Ragtime. Other productions include Die Mommie Die!, Show Boat, Candide, Sweeney Todd, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Pippin, and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Mark is a member of the Casting Society of America.

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