Casting Society of America Forming Committee to Investigate “Pay-to-Play” Workshops

Casting Society of America

The Casting Society of America is taking action after Criminal Minds casting director Scott David was fired in the aftermath of an article accusing him of holding workshops that were essentially utilized for “pay-to-play” casting and Vampire Diaries Greg Orson canceled several workshops of his own after similar accusations. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the CSA is forming a committee to investigate the practice of casting workshops serving as fronts for paid auditions.

CSA President Richard Hicks told The Hollywood Reporter, “We have been in communication with the city attorney’s office as things come up. At the end of the day, it’s up to them to enforce.” In the meantime, the city attorney has received a petition with over 11,000 signatures asking for the office to investigate the predatory practice.

Hicks will be joined on the committee by Amanda Lenker Doyle (Black-ish) and Marci Liroff (Mean Girls) among others. One of the purposes of the committee will be to “seek to preserve and enhance the educational value of casting workshops” as opposed to casting directors using them as an additional moneymaking opportunity. However, other casting directors have criticized the selection of committee members, and The Hollywood Reporter even points out that Doyle has hosted paid workshops as recently as March 28 (however, the magazine does not accuse Doyle of wrongdoing with her workshops — just pointing out that she hosts paid workshops).

One possible solution that the CSA is considering are “officially sanctioned CSA programs” that would allow the organization to uphold “the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.” However, it is unknown if the CSA will discourage its membership from holding paid workshops altogether.

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/laura-linney-genuis.jpg
Laura Linney: “The thing that makes the theater different from any other art form: it’s time”
Linney cast's some light on why revivals in theater are looked at differently than their television and film counterparts.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/corey-hawkins.jpg
Corey Hawkins: “I grew up a theater nerd”
"The fun of it and the challenge of it is to take the play — to take the text — and make it your own, to find it your own way" - Corey Hawkins on Theater
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/sally-field-the-glass-menagerie.jpg
Sally Field on Performing on Broadway: “You’re so totally and utterly and completely alive”
Field reveals how the lack of intermission helps her maintain her energy and why she decided to return to Broadway after a nearly 15-year break.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/watch-sag-conversations-with-geo.jpg
Watch: SAG Conversations with Geoffrey Rush of ‘Genius’
Rush speaks at length about his career and portraying who many consider to be the wisest man of the 20th century.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Ben-Platt-Dear-Evan-Hansen.jpg
Ben Platt on How He Found Himself Starring in ‘Dear Evan Hansen’
"Every day is a different sort of vibe and feeling. It can be impacted by anything from like, "Is it raining outside?" to "Are there a lot of old people?"" - Ben Platt