May 20th – 11:45 – 1:15pm – Extra Space – Livestream to Zoom

Coaching Young Performers in Commercials

What does casting want and need to see in a young actors audition? Explore technical and organic components that assist in clear storytelling in a limited amount of time and often without words. This interactive workshop with Mann Casting and leading coach, Robert Kennedy will engage coaches in how to help young actors bring out their own unique take in an imagined environment.

Robert Kennedy is an actor, coach and teacher with over 35 years in the industry. Robert coaches actors from 7 to 75 for Television, Film and Theatre auditions as well as pre production prep. He is a veteran of dozens of commercial campaigns for such companies as, Canadian Tire, Tim Hortons, McDonalds, Midas, Visine and Cadbury Chocolate to name a few. Robert has appeared in numerous film and television projects over the years, including the soon to be released limited series The Big Cigar, feature film Older Every Day and many more. Along with his wife Catherine McNally he operates McNally Kennedy Acting.

Sarah Sheps is a Casting DIRECTOR at Mann Casting. She is a proud member of the Casting Directors Society of Canada and has been in the business for over 20 years. She is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Music Theatre program and spent time touring Canada, the US and Europe with many children’s shows including Strawberry Shortcake Live, Dora the Explorer and Franklin the Turtle. She is extremely passionate about Toronto’s talent and hopes to be casting them forever. Her greatest accomplishment to date is the birth of her boy Henry!

Mann Casting is a Nationally renowned and award-winning casting agency, Led by Steven
Mann for over 15 years, Mann Casting has been involved in casting over 7,000 jobs, including
award-winning TV commercials from the Bessie Awards to the Gold Lion Awards to Super Bowl
spots, you name it, he’s cast it.