ANGELA PERI, Casting Director
With 30 years casting experience in the Boston area, Angela Peri, C.S.A., is the owner and founder of BOSTON CASTING, INC. Known as the hardest working woman in show business, Angela is a member of the Casting Society of America and an original member of the Massachusetts Production Coalition, Angela founded Boston Casting in 1991, and has cast thousands of national, regional and local productions from feature films to commercials, industrials and reality television. Nominated for five Artios Awards, Angela has worked with many of the nation’s top directors. Angela’s recent credits include Mark Wahlberg's PATRIOTS DAY, Jake Gyllenhaal's STRONGER, David O. Russell’s Academy Award® nominated film JOY as well as AMERICAN HUSTLE, THE FINEST HOURS, BLEED FOR THIS, and CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE. Other recent films include: TED & TED 2, THE FORGER, SEX TAPE, THE FIGHTER, EQUALIZER, THE JUDGE, R.I.P.D., HERE COMES THE BOOM, THE PROPOSAL and LABOR DAY.
Angela is the recipient of the 2009 Imaginnaire Award for her vast contributions to the New England production community, and is featured in the Bill Brett book Boston, Inspirational Women. An Italian-American, Angela received the 2014 I Migliori in Mens et Gesta Award from the Pirandello Lyceum for her important contributions to her Italian/Sicilian culture, society and the community, as well as 2015 Italian American of the Year from the Madonna dilla Sacoroso Society.
As a retired actress and stand up comedienne, Angela continues to infuse her own brand of humor and experience into causes she is passionate about. Angela lends her expertise to organizations and events related to autism, and is the recipient of the 2013 President’s Award from The Federation of Children with Special Needs, and the 2008 Margaret Bowman award for outstanding parent in the autism community. Lastly, Angela was invited to throw the first pitch at Fenway Park in May 2015 for her work in the autism community.
Director of Boston Casting’s Media Performance Institute
Brittany relocated to Boston in 2012 after spending some time in Los Angeles, casting both feature films and television programming. Brittany began as a casting assistant for casting director Joseph Middleton and most recently worked with casting directors Brandi Brice and Dana Gergely on Disney Channel’s hit television series A.N.T. Farm, and the Disney XD pilot, Shmagreggie Saves the World!
Prior to Los Angeles, Brittany was the Director of Education for an acting and modeling school in the Washington, D.C. area for over four years. In addition to being the director, she also spent a great deal of time teaching both children and adults beginner and advanced acting courses. Brittany has a Bachelors Degree in Drama from Syracuse University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts and currently serves as the Director of Media Performance at Boston Casting.
Ann started her career in the business in 1977, working with American Residuals and Talent, a casting and paymaster company. In 1980, she went out on her own as Ann Baker Casting. Working in film, television, and theatrical communities, Ann is a seasoned casting director. From 1982 to 1990, she served as the New England casting liaison for ABC-NY, and was the casting director for the ABC-TV series Spenser: For Hire, the feature film MR. NORTH produced by John Huston, the Emmy Award winning PBS series Concealed Enemies, a CBS movie of the week First Affair, and The Gathering Part II for NBC. For 11 years she ran her own full-service organization, Ann Baker Casting Company. She is a recognized leader in the development of the industrial film market and has worked with producers from Digital, General Electric, Raytheon, and the AMA. When not casting, Ann specializes in coaching beginner and advanced on-camera commercial technique.
Lorna J. Brunelle
Entrepreneur, Producer, Writer, Instructor, Cancer Survivor and Activist
As a graduate of The Boston Conservatory, the arts have always been center stage in Lorna’s life. In 1995, she opened the doors of The Burt Wood School of Performing Arts. In 2010, she opened The Alley Theatre. Her students, ranging from toddler to adult, hundreds of her students/ clients have landed jobs in TV, commercial, film, live theatre, and voice over work.
In the fall of 2000, Lorna joined the team at Boston Casting Inc., as an on-camera acting, public speaking, interview, voice and acting instructor, consultant, and casting director. She has worked on several film projects including: FEVER PITCH, THE GAME PLAN, FURRY VENGEANCE, CROOKED ARROWS, AMERICAN HUSTLE, TED 2, THE FINEST HOURS and JOY. A few favorite TV projects include: DEAL OR NO DEAL and MARKET WARS. Lorna worked on the David O. Russell films AMERICAN HUSTLE and JOY as the private acting coach for David’s son, Matthew.
In 2011, Lorna was invited to join the cast of the NBC UNIVERSAL/STYLE NETWORK Reality TV Show WICKED FIT. Based in Boston, Lorna appeared in eight out of the eleven episodes. Although the show wasn’t picked up for a second season, Lorna learned a lot about Reality TV on set. Many of her students/clients have been finalists on American Idol, The Voice and The X Factor and have appeared on MTV Made.
Lorna has a passion for working with children on the spectrum. Since 2010, she has partnered with the world-renowned Chamberlain International School serving as an arts curriculum coordinator. She was a consultant and teacher for The Massachusetts Department of Education, serving as the creative and performing arts teacher for physically challenged children at the Massachusetts State Hospital School in Canton, and as a Shakespeare teacher and curriculum consultant for students in state facilities including Taunton State Hospital, Plymouth House of Correction, and Camp Squanto, in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
FUN FACTS: You can see Lorna in the trailer for Ted 2 in the wedding scene. Many of her students were on the TV shows ZOOM and FETCH. Audiences may remember her student Brett Manley from the movie TED. She is an official sponsor of the Miss Massachusetts pageant and trains girls for pageants. She is the Casting Director for Turtle One Productions in partnership with the National Marine Life Center of Buzzard’s Bay, Massachusetts. Lorna recently cast Season 2 of COOL STUFF- DOLPHINS. She is a published author. A self-proclaimed Domestic Diva, Lorna lives in Middleboro with her husband Roger in the historic 1840 Ebenezer Soule House.
Sonny has been in the voice-over business for 44 years. He started out as a DJ for two local radio stations, before becoming a production engineer at Continental Recording Studios, where he also began doing voice work. In 1981, he joined Soundtrack Studios as chief production engineer and manager, eventually leaving to concentrate on his VO business. He currently owns and operates his own ‘in-house’ studio where he voices and produces radio spots, commercials, and industrials as well as producing demo tapes for aspiring voice artists. He is also a booth announcer at WBZ Radio.
Michael Fennimore has been teaching at Boston Casting for over ten years. He also teaches acting for the camera at UMass Boston. For twenty-five years, Michael has acted and directed the play SHEAR MADNESS at the Charles Playhouse. He first got his SAG card in 1980 and had served as its New England president for nine years. Appearing in numerous commercials and dozens of industrials, Michael received his first TV credit with the show SPRENSER: FOR HIRE and more recently had a recurring role in the Showtime Series BROTHERHOOD. Michael has a scene with Christian Bale and Amy Adams in the Acadey Award nominated film, AMERICAN HUSTLE.
Chris Neville is the Director of The Actor’s Loft in Worcester Massachusetts where he teaches classes of all levels and ages. You can also find him teaching classes and workshops for Boston Casting’s Media Performance Institute in Boston as well as the Hopkinton Center for the Arts.
Chris grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts where he graduated Cum Laude from Worcester State College. He then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. For the past 17 years he has appeared in network television shows, commercials and feature films, including Ghost Whisperer, E Ring, Wassup Rockers, The Black Rose, Broad Squad and Ted 2.
Chris has worked with Directors, Larry Clark (Kids, Wassup Rockers), Mary Lambert (Pet Cemetery), Michael Robison (E-Ring, Crusoe), James Frawley (Grey’s Anatomy, Ghost Whisperer) and Seth MacFarlane (Ted 2, Family Guy) to name a few. Chris also assisted Donna Rosenstein Casting during the casting of 4 different pilots, including October Road with Director Gary Fleder and writer Scott Rosenberg and A.K.A with John Leguizamo. His love for the craft and passion for movies led him to production. As a Partner of Passing Lane Productions, Chris produced the documentary series “Tackling Hollywood”.
Chris trained for years under the tutelage of his Acting coach, Aaron Speiser and was a member of the Aaron Speiser Acting Studio’s Masters Class. Aaron Speiser is the acting coach for Will Smith and Virginia Madsen, both of whom have been nominated for Academy Awards with Mr. Speiser’s help. He has also coached Jennifer Lopez, Gerard Butler, LL Cool J, Mandy Moore, The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) to name a few.
Chris later joined Anthony Gilardi (a Boston native) in the development of the Anthony Gilardi Acting Studio in Hollywood CA where Chris taught and coached actors from 2012 - 2014. For the past 2 years Chris has been the Director of the Actor’s Loft in Worcester and has been running his own acting workshops throughout Massachusetts, including Boston and Hopkinton.
There are only a few women in Boston whose voices are as recognizable as Candy O's. The newest member of Boston Casting's teaching staff was on the air at Magic 106.7 for 25 years and has recorded hundreds of commercials throughout her long career, including: American Airlines in flight entertainment, Century Bank, Dentyne, Homegoods, Lifetime Television, Sleep Number and Santa's Village. As creator and founder of the Exceptional Women show, she has received 43 local and national awards for excellence in women’s programming. It’s rare to find a woman who not only plays songs on the radio, but sings them herself. Her full length CD Dream Come True features tracks that have received worldwide airplay including "The Gift", "You Are The Only One", "Silent Night", "Over The Rainbow" and "To Make You Feel My Love". She is the lead judge on the Emmy award winning TV talent show Community Auditions and has acted in three locally produced feature films including Lazarus Rising winner of Best Action Film at the 2015 Action on Film Festival. The co-founder and President of Boston Women in Media & Entertainment, Candy is a constant mentor to women in her field and is a tireless warrior in the fight against breast cancer, serving as the radio ambassador for the American Cancer Society's Making Stride Against Breast Cancer Walk/Boston for 13 years. She sits on the board of Dream BIG and is the media ambassador for Strong Women, Strong Girls. Candy was also named the 2015 Broadcaster of the Year by the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association.
M. Lynda Robinson
Lynda has been working in theatre, film, and TV for the past 30 years as an actor, director, producer, teacher, and playwright, and is a member of SAG/AFTRA (past New England Secretary), AEA, Dramatists Guild. On stage she has performed in many theaters in the Boston area including the Publick, Nora, Lyric, Wilbur, W.H.A.T., Huntington, Provincetown Rep, Merrimack, Gloucester Stage, Shear Madness, Stoneham, Wheelock Family Theatre, and New Rep, among others, and at the Studio Theatre & Kennedy Center in D.C. She was honored with the Outstanding Boston Actress Award at the 1993 Elliot Norton Awards. Lynda attended the Masters Program in Playwriting at B.U. and is a published playwright. She is the recipient of many Playwriting Awards, and her work had been performed in both festivals and full theatrical productions, including several at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. Lynda has performed in hundreds of commercials, corporate videos, live trade shows, and voice-overs, as well as performing principal roles in film and TV. Some of her film work include Meet the Mobsters, On Broadway, Dead Silence, With Honors, Treading Water, The Retreat, Screamplay & Massholes. Her TV work includes: The Brotherhood, Law & Order, Unsolved Mysteries, Another World, The Guiding Light, Miller’s Court, Kid’s Guide to Parenting, The Carrie White Show, and for WGBH The Great Whodunit, and English as a 2nd Language. She has been a teacher and private coach for camera and stage for 25 years, at places including Wheelock Family Theatre, Emerson, Boston Casting, Kevin Fennessey Casting, Cameo/TV Workshop, Gloucester Writers Center, the West End Theater, and Blackburn Performing Arts. She has been a guest instructor at Rollins College, Gordon College, and U. Mass; has adjudicated at the Mass High School Drama Festival, and mentored with the Huntington Young Voices Program, and Massachusetts Young Playwrights Program. She is also a 2010 Arts Learning Distinguished Arts Educator Advocate Award in the field of Theatre recipient.
Jennifer is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and holds a BFA in Theatre Performance (Emphasis in Acting for the Camera) from Chapman University. She has been an actor and children’s acting coach in both Los Angeles and the greater Boston area for over thirteen years. Jennifer has collaborated on many original children’s musicals as well as served as director, vocal coach, choreographer, and acting coach at such well-known companies as Watertown Children’s Theatre, Arlington Children’s Theatre and Harwich Junior Theatre on Cape Cod. In addition, she is the Middle School Drama Teacher at Cambridge Friends School and continues to private coach in the greater New England area, specializing in audition preparation, on-camera technique, and the business of acting. Whatever your needs, Jennifer can help you navigate your way in the ever-changing climate of acting in New England. Jennifer is also an accomplished actress, with film projects screening at the Cannes, Comic-Con, and South by Southwest Film Festivals among others, as well as extensive television, industrial and theatre credits.
Dennis Staroselsky has been acting professionally since the age of 13. His credits include the Off-Broadway run of An Early History of Fire, the world premiere of David Rabe’s latest play as well as appearances at regional theatres such as the A.R.T. The Huntington Theatre Co., Geva Theatre Center, Dallas Theater Center, The Paper Mill Playhouse and he is a company member of the New York based Stage13. His TV & Film credits include Nurse Jackie, All My Children, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Jericho, The Michael J. Fox Show, Ghostwriter, Law & Order, White Colllar, How to Make A Dollarbill in Brooklyn and the feature films Rubberneck and The Greens are Gone. As a playwright his first full length play Just About Cured was produced by the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City in the fall of 2014. He holds a BFA from Boston University and an MA in theater education from NYU. Some of his clients include Jaimie Ray Newman (Eastwick ABC), Noah Bean (Damages F/X), Katie Lowes (Scandal ABC), and Claire van der Boom (The Pacific HBO). See his credits on IMDB.com.
Charlie Van Eman
For over 30 years Charles Van Eman has worked as an actor. His television and film credits include Chasing Life, Sea of Trees, Drop Dead Diva, 96 Minutes, Unstoppable, Vampire Diaries, One Tree Hill, Prison Break, Ghost Whisperer, CSI Miami, All My Children, and The Colbys.
As a writer he adapted Louis L’Amour short stories and a novel into internationally distributed audio dramas for Random House Publishing. He co-wrote and directed 20 episodes of the Atlanta based internet drama series High Rise. He is the author of two novels, On The Way To Pomona andThe Weight of Loss.
Fran Weinberg has taught Boston Casting’s scene study class for the past eight years. She is one of the Boston area’s best-known private acting and audition coaches, as well as a teacher, workshop leader, and an award-winning director. Fran’s clients attend and are graduates of the country’s top undergraduate and graduate performance programs. They can be seen on-and off-Broadway, in films and television, and on stages throughout New England and across the country. She received her Masters degree in Theatre from Emerson College where has been a member of the performing arts faculty, as well as at Stonehill College, where she also served as a guest director. Fran directs and teaches the teen acting intensive program at Wheelock Family Theatre and has taught at Stoneham Theatre and Riverside Theatre Works. Fran received the Best Director Award from the Independent Reviewers of New England for her productions of Tennessee Williams’ Orpheus Descending, at the Huntington Theatre’s Studio 210 and Marvin’s Room at the Theatre Cooperative. Her productions of 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and The Lover for the Poet’s Theatre received the IRNE’s Best Ensemble Award and she also directed the critically acclaimed production Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. Fran has directed numerous productions of new work; most recently, Val’s Story in the annual Tennessee Williams Festival in Provincetown. Her show, A Blessing and A Curse, played to sold out houses at Boston Playwrights Theatre, and was the highly successful production of two world premiere plays by award-winning playwright Ginger Lazarus.