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SELF-TAPE AUDITION MASTERCLASS, taught by Casting director Nancy Bishop, CSA*


Thursday 23rd November MAX: 20 Participates

In this one day masterclass, all participants will have an opportunity to practice their skills in self-taping, which is a crucial part of the international casting process. Actors will choose from a selection of scenes and self tape themselves in advance. Nancy will give feedback in class for all scenes. This will be followed by special exercises which Nancy has developed to hone strategies for auditioning, including cold reading techniques, and identifying choices and objectives on a new text.

PART 1: Feedback on Self Taped Auditions:

Self-taped auditions are increasingly prevalent in the industry and actors are expected to have the skills to effectively present themselves. Actors will bring a pre-assigned self taped audition that they have taped themselves in advance. Nancy will offer detailed feedback on each clip.


PART 2: Audition Strategy Exercises:

Actors will take part in stimulating exercises designed to develop spontaneity and purpose, in quick-read audition circumstances. Learn new techniques for cold-reading and strategize an approach to audition work.


CSA, is an American born Emmy-nominated casting director working internationally with active offices in both London and Prague. Her most recent film credit is the soon to be released Ophelia, starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts. She has been retained as a casting director by dozens of major producers and directors, ranging from Fede Alvarez on Don’t Breathe, Peter Greenaway on Eisenstein in Guanajato, Brad Bird on Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, and on Roman Polanski’s Oliver.  Regarding TV, she has been contracted by many of the major US networks; current TV work includes The Romanoffs, the Amazon series, created by Mathew Weinerand 12 Monkeys for Sci-Fy, and Knightfall  for A&E. She was Emmy nominated for Anne Frank, The Whole Story. Beginning as a theatre director in Chicago, she moved to Prague shortly after the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia. Appointed as artistic director of an English language theatre company, she began to help US and European producers and directors with location casting requests. Expanding on this she started to give seminars on the process and demands of casting and auditioning for actors in the internet era. Now having taught classes from Rio de Janeiro to Moscow, she has written two books on auditioning, “Secrets from the Casting Coach,” and “Auditioning for Film and TV” (both published by Bloomsbury/UK). Although she retains a considerable familiarity with talent from Eastern Europe and Russia, on her latest projects in many cases she has been casting actors from all parts of the Globe, for example, from films shooting in the USA to South Africa, Serbia and Turkey she’s particularly active in the UK. She is proud to have been elected by her peers to the CSA national board, and is the interim President of the CSA European Chapter.

Her second book “Auditioning for Film and TV,” will be available for €20  with all proceeds will go towards to help the refugees in Calais.


When: Thursday, 23rd November, 2017
Times: 10:00‐17:00
Where: Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin.
Cost: €95 Filmbase Members or €125 Non-Members.

* Please note that Nancy follows CSA rules for teaching so students should understand that this class is instructional only. It does not guarantee future auditions with Nancy.

Nancy follows CSA guidelines for teaching. Please note that acceptance by Nancy Bishop for your
participation in this class is strictly based on your current material including your CV and headshot. This class is exclusively instructional in nature and our acceptance of your attendance does not imply in any manner or circumstance any reciprocity between us, either now or in the future, nor will our acceptance of your attendance influence your ability to secure a future audition for projects that we may be undertaking. Nancy Bishop teaches according to CSA guidelines:

To reserve your place on this course, please contact Filmbase Reception on 01 679 6716 and dial 0. For more information, email our Training Department at Please read our Terms & Conditions before booking a course.