Our Instructors

Meet New York’s Casting Directors

The Performing Option provides education with industry insiders.  All of our acting classes are taught by currently employed Casting Directors.  And all six week classes, camps, and weekend events end in a showcase for agents and managers.

“Work with the industry experts at Performing Option
and we’ll give you the skills
to take your actor
from novice to professional!” – Madelyn

Alison Franck – Alison Franck Casting
Casting company’s credits include: GAP, Mercedes, Universal Studios, Verizon Disney, Maybelline, Fruit by the Foot, Niki Shocks, Merck, GoGurt and TRIX to name a few.


Barry Shapiro – Herman and Lipson Casting
Barry Shapiro, Casting Director has been with Herman Lipson for over twenty seven years casting over 7500 commercials, both voice over and on-camera for such products as Loreal, American Express, Advil, Verizon and many other top accounts. He casts for commercials all around the world and also casts for film, television and theatre.  



Cesar Rocha – CSA


Colleen Piquette – Carol Hanzel Casting


David Vaccari  – CSA


Erin Darke – Chrystie Street Casting
Casting company’s credits include: Royal Pains, PAN AM, Precious, Sex and the City (TV show), Shakespeare in Love, Good Will Hunting, Cider House rules, Pineapple Express, The Wrestler and 200 other feature.


Fay Shumsey – Grande Morris Casting
Fay Shumsey has over ten years of experience working as a casting director. Originally the in-house casting director at the commercial production company Hungry Man, she now runs her own company: Fay Erin Casting. She has casted commercials for Target, Starburst, Walmart, JC Penny, Microsoft, and many more. 


Garrett VonderHeide – Grande Morris Casting
Casting company’s Credits include: Kraft, New York Lotto, Golden Corral, Target, Mitsubishi 


Jamie Schulman – CSA
Casting company’s credits include: Person of Interest, Ringer, The Good Wife, Medium, NUMB3RS, Dirt, Blackout, The District and other television series and movies 


Jay Binder – Jay Binder Casting
Mr. Binders credits include over 150 Broadway shows such as Born Yesterday, Looped and The Miracle worker 


Jodi Angstreich – CSA


Jon Ort – CSA
Mr. Ort’s credits include Army Wives and pilots for major network


Kaitlin Shaw – Tara Rubin Casting
As a Casting Associate at Tara Rubin Casting, Kaitlin works and has worked closely on the Broadway productions of Ghost, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, A Little Night Music, Promises, Promises, Mamma Mia, Shrek the Musical, The Phantom of the Opera, and Mary Poppins, the National Tour of Les Miserables: the 25th Anniversary Production, and the Off-Broadway productions of Love, Loss, and What I Wore and A Minister’s Wife and Happiness for Lincoln Center Theatre. She also works extensively on readings and workshops for many developing projects.  


Kathryn Zamora – CSA


Kyle Coker – Kyle Coker Casting
Kyle Coker has cast hundreds of commercials including ones for Target, Hallmark, Wendys and Heinekin. In addition, he has cast for films such as Day and Night, The Nativity Story, On Broadway and Whatever Lola Wants

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2459917/ or http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2459917/

Lindsay Levine – Tara Rubin Casting
Ms. Levines credits include: Billy Elliot, Mama Mia and Jersey Boys 


Liz Ortiz-Mackes – Casting Solutions
Liz Ortiz-Mackes, Casting Solutions and I Ain’t Playin’ Films. Casting director and indie film producer credited on projects which have screened at hundreds of US and International film festivals including: Sundance, Toronto, Palm Springs, HBO Latino, Urban World, Slam Dance, Berlin, South Africa, Costa Rica, Martha’s Vineyard, Hamptons, Famous Monsters of Film Land to name a few, and have aired on HBO, Showtime and Cinemax.


Melissa Moss – CSA


Meredith Jacobson – Amerifilm Casting, Inc
Ms. Jacobsons credits include: Sherlock Holmes, Sex and the City, I am Legend


Patrick Goodwin – Bernard Telsey Casting
Mr. Goodwins credits include: Wicked and Memphis and who is currently casting for Annie 


Rachel Silver – Don Case Casting
At Don Case Casting for three years, Rachel handles a wide array of projects at this office including on-camera commercials, voice-overs and radio spots with talent of all ages and backgrounds. Recent clients include: AMAZON KINDLE, EYEWITNESS NEWS, COCA-COLA, LEGOS, BOSTON MARKET, COLGATE, TOSHIBA, FRITO-LAY, and PRILOSEC.


Rikki Gimelstob – CSA


Stephanie Klapper – Stephanie Klapper Casting
Ms. Klapper’s credits include: A Christmas Story, In Transit; Rosmersholm; Secrets of the Trade; The Tempermentals; Dividing the Estate (2009 Tony Nomination); an oak tree (NY Artios award winner), Indoor Outdoor. Selected regional credits: NY casting for The Cherry Sisters (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville); Eric Rosen and Matt Sax’s Venice; Saved! for Gary Griffen; Moises Kaufman’s Into the Woods; Mary Zimmerman’s The Arabian Nights; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Vienna); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Frankfurt). 

http://klappercasting.com/ or http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0458260/news


Tony Pichette – Sound Lounge Casting plus Sidecar Productions
Mr. Pichette casts both national and regional commercials (both on-camera and V/O.) Recent clients include: Castrol Motor Oil, Excedrin, Exxon Mobil Oil, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Healthy Choice, Jagermeister, Lotrimin, NJ Lottery, Arm Hammer, and Sears. They also cast industrials and print. Tony loves actors and really takes his time working with you giving extensive feedback.