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Official Guide to Actorfest 2004 - Casting Director "Focus Sessions"

These are the folks with the power to get you hired on TV, in films, and in commercials: the casting directors. And short of getting an audition with them, this is the format in which you'd like to see them: up close, talking about what they look for and how you can get seen by them. These dynamic informational sessions are held in small conference rooms seating no more than 50, so all your questions can be answered. Don't just bring your headshot—bring a notebook and have your pens ready. This is information and advice you don't want to miss.

Nan Dutton

Nan Dutton has won two Artios Awards from the Casting Society of America, one for L.A. Law in 1987 and one for the pilot of EZ Streets in 1997. She is currently the casting director for the hit CBS show C.S.I.: Miami. Among her many television casting credits are the series That's Life, JAG, The Naked Truth, and MacGyver and the TV movies Finding John Christmas, Stolen from the Heart, Stranger in My Home, Justice in a Small Town, and Children of the Dark. Feature films include 9 1/2 Weeks, The Wrong Guys, and The Reef.

Dutton's two Focus Sessions will be in the Marilyn Monroe Room at 9 and 10 a.m.

Felicia Fasano

Fasano was the casting director on the recently released Barbershop 2: Back in Business and Bad Santa. Her additional and impressive list of feature credits include Training Day, Barbershop, Narc, Malibu's Most Wanted, City of Ghosts, Pumpkin, Orange County, The Glass House, Focus, Prozac Nation, Harvard Man, and Saving Silverman, among many others. For television, Fasano cast this season's CBS series The Handler, starring Joe Pantoliano. Her early casting credits include MTV's popular reality programs MTV Real World and Road Rules.

Fasano's Focus Session will be in the Audrey Hepburn Room at 9 a.m.

Janet Gilmore

Along with casting partner Megan McConnell, Gilmore currently casts The Practice, for which they have received three Emmy nominations. They also cast the pilot for the ABC series Alias, for which they also received an Emmy nom. Other notable TV credits for this casting team include Felicity, Boston Public, Snoops, Dragnet, and The Single Guy, in addition to numerous network pilots. Gilmore, along with McConnell, also cast the animated remake of Disney's The Jungle Book. Gilmore previously worked as a casting associate with Judith Weiner on the ABC series Champs and the Fox series Wild Oats.

Gilmore's two Focus Sessions will be in the James Dean Room at 9 and 10 a.m.

Danny Goldman

Goldman began his show business career as an actor, appearing in such classic films as M*A*S*H* and Young Frankenstein. He has directed more than 30 stage productions in Los Angeles, receiving awards from Drama-Logue and the L.A. Drama Critics Circle for his work. Goldman has been casting commercials for the past 20 years. In addition to commercials, he has branched out into casting films, music videos, industrials, voiceovers, and interactive multimedia.

Goldman's two Focus Sessions will be in the Audrey Hepburn Room at noon and 3 p.m.

John Levey

Levey has assembled a number of stellar ensemble casts, including those of ER, China Beach, Head of the Class, and Growing Pains. He got his start in theatre, first as a director with credits including Shades at South Coast Repertory and The Dining Room at the Coronet Theatre. In addition to the daily casting of ER, Levey brought together a gifted multi-ethnic cast for Third Watch and the award-winning ensemble of The West Wing.

Levey's two Focus Sessions will be in the Clark Gable Room at 11 a.m. and noon.

Michelle Levy

Levy is a casting associate with Junie Lowry Johnson and Libby Goldstein on the HBO series Six Feet Under and Deadwood, and the new HBO pilot Big Love, as well as the currently released film 13 Going on 30, and the upcoming feature Mrs. Harris, starring Ben Kingsley and Annette Bening. They also cast the upcoming MOW 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story, with lead Barry Pepper. As a CA for Rick Montgomery, Levy recently helped cast the upcoming Disney movie Herbie: Fully Loaded, starring Lindsay Lohan. Levy also worked as a casting assistant on Bruce Almighty.

Levy has two Focus Sessions: 1 p.m. at the Marilyn Monroe Room, and 3 p.m. at the James Dean Room.

Tracy Lilienfield

Lilienfield began her career in casting in New York more than 20 years ago, working on Broadway and Off-Broadway, and in regional theatre productions. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has cast for theatre, feature films, and primarily for television, including the series The Naked Truth, Boston Common, Clueless, Inside Schwartz, and Dream On. She currently is the casting director on Will & Grace. For her efforts, Lilienfield has received four Emmy nominations and several Artios nominations, including wins for Best Pilot Casting and Best Episodic Comedy Casting. Tracy is a member of the Board of Directors of the Casting Society of America.

Lilienfield's two Focus Sessions will be in the Audrey Hepburn Room at 10 and 11 a.m.

Ricki Maslar

With her partner Jay Michael Ferguson, indie-film casting director Maslar recently completed casting of Return to Sender, starring Connie Nielsen, Aidan Quinn, and Kelly Preston. Other credits include Ed Begley's Coming In, the porn industry mockumentary The Making of Touché, Karma Police, Revenge of the Extras, Going Down, Gacy, Net Games, Bathroom Boy, Dahmer, Mod Civ 1A, Killing Time, Talking in Your Sleep, Cacophony, The Real Deal, Brother to Brother, Razorback, Sex and the Teenage Mind, and Speechless. She worked as a location casting director on Next! and The Casting Couch, the MOW Rise ad Walk: The Dennis Byrd Story, and reality shows America's Most Wanted, Rescue 911, and Unsolved Mysteries.

Maslar's two Focus Sessions will be in the James Dean Room at 11 a.m. and noon.

Andrea Romano

Romano, who has cast and directed voice talent for more than 20 years, holds a B.A. in theatre arts from the State University of New York at Fredonia. She taught theatre history at Rutgers University, where she was also a member of the Graduate Program in Acting. In Los Angeles, Romano worked at Abrams-Rubaloff, where she began as an assistant and was then franchised as a voiceover talent agent in 1981. She then moved to Special Artists Agency, where she opened its voiceover department. She worked for five and a half years as casting director at Hanna-Barbera and has directed Disney's Duck Tales, Universal's Land Before Time home videos, Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Superman, Batman, and Batman Beyond. She's currently working on Static Shock, Teen Titans, and Justice League. A seven-time Emmy winner, Romano has also directed many CD-ROMs and "talking toy" projects, as well as numerous commercials, promos, and Internet projects.

Romano's two Focus Sessions will be in the James Dean Room at 1 and 2 p.m.

Monica Swann

Swann has most recently worked on the feature films Fat Albert and You Got Served and the series Wanda at Large, Soul Food, and The Parkers. She began her casting career in the 1980s as assistant to the vp of Casting at MGM/UA, moved on to work as a casting associate at Joseph D'Agosta Casting, then worked as an assistant to the vp of Casting at Universal Television. She began as a casting director with Reuben Cannon & Associates before breaking out on her own as an independent casting director in 1987. Since then she has cast the features New Jack City and The Glass Shield, and series The Steve Harvey Show; Linc's Sister; Sister, Sister; The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air; and Amen.

Swann's two Focus Sessions will be in the Clark Gable Room at 2 and 3 p.m.

Rick VanNoy

VanNoy is currently a casting associate at Vicki Huff & Associates, where he assists Huff on the WB series 7th Heaven. He's also worked as a CA for Nan Dutton on the series Nash Bridges, C.S.I.: Miami, MOWs for CBS, and three pilots for Fox Television. VanNoy has also worked as an associate agent at the Blake Agency and as an assistant agent to Nancy Schmidt at Meridian Artist Agency. Priot to that, he worked for nearly five years as a development manager/story editor at Warner Bros. Feature Animation.

VanNoy's two Focus Sessiosn will be in the Audrey Hepburn Room at 1 and 2 p.m.

April Webster

Webster has been a casting director for more than 20 years in all aspects of entertainment, including feature films, movies of the week, episodic TV, and theatre productions. Feature films include the most recent James Bond film, The Day After Tomorrow, Eight-Legged Freaks, The Patriot, Godzilla, All the Queen's Men, Death Before Dishonor, and Bob Roberts. Webster is currently the casting director for the ABC hit Alias. Before that she cast CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and The Lone Gunmen.

Webster's Focus Session will be in the Clark Gable Room at 1 p.m.

Kim Williams

Williams cast the currently released film Johnson Family Vacation and recently worked on the upcoming movie Getting Played, featuring Bill Bellamy and Vivica A. Fox. She currently casts the UPN sitcoms The Parkers and Half & Half and Fox Television's Cedric the Entertainer Presents…. In addition to casting numerous pilots, including Girlfriends, The Bernie Mac Show, Half & Half, and Wanda at Large, she has also cast the series My Wife and Kids, Martin, and In Living Color and the TV movies The Muhammad Ali Story for ABC and the Hallmark production A Christmas Visitor. Other feature film credits include Love Don't Cost a Thing, Deliver Us From Eva, Ghosts of Mars, Dancing in September, and Magnolia (additional casting). From 1988 to 1994, Williams was the manager/director of casting for HBO Pictures, HBO Original Programming, and HBO Independent Productions.

Williams' two Focus Sessions will be in the Clark Gable Room at 9 and 10 a.m.

G. Charles Wright

In addition to being the casting associate on That '70s Show, Wright is an actor who has appeared in the NBC series Leap of Faith and HBO's short film Food for Thought. In 2001 Wright provided several series regular voices in an animated pilot, titled Twisted Toons, and played drug dealers in two films Smack and Listen. He was also the casting associate on the Fox pilot In the Weeds and the feature film Home Room, starring Erica Christensen and Victor Garber. Wright began his career as an intern with Liberman/Patton Casting, working on 3rd Rock From the Sun.

Wright's two Focus Sessions will be in the Marilyn Monroe Room at 2 and 3 p.m.

Sharon Chazin Lieblein

Lieblein is the director of Casting at Nickelodeon, where her current projects include the recently picked-up Unfabulous, starring Emma Roberts; Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide; and Drake and Josh. Prior to joining Nickelodeon in 1999, Lieblein was an independent casting director. Before that her resumé included a staff position at Witt-Thomas Productions and a variety of TV and film projects with Champion/Paladini and CD Holly Powell. A former child actor from New York, Lieblein hung up her acting shoes for a career in casting soon after moving to L.A. at age 17.

Lieblein's two Focus Sessions will be in the Marilyn Monroe Room at 11 a.m. and noon.

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