Angela Peri, C.S.A.
ANGELA PERI, Casting Director
With 30+ years of 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. Her most recent projects include the Academy Award® nomiated film KNIVES OUT starring Daniel Craig, DEFENDING JACOB starring Chris Evans, SPENSER CONFIDENTIAL starring Mark Wahlberg, PROUD MARY starring Taraji P. Henson, I FEEL PRETTY starring Amy Schumer, EQUALIZER 2 starring Denzel Washington & CITY ON A HILL starring Kevin Bacon. Other recent films include: STRONGER, CHAPPAQUIDDICK, Mark Wahlberg's PATRIOTS DAY, and David O. Russell’s Academy Award® nominated films JOY and AMERICAN HUSTLETED & 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 received an Artios Award from the Casting Society of America for BEST CASTING IN A FEATURE FILM, BIG BUDGET COMEDY (location casting) for KNIVES OUT in 2020.
Director of Boston Casting’s Media Performance
Brittany has been teaching acting classes to kids, teens and young adults for more than 14 years in Boston, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Given her experience in casting, her expertise lies in audition technique and some of her students can be seen on Disney Channel, Disney XD, Nickelodeon, NBC, ABC, Discovery Channel, as well as local/national commercials, print ads and even on Broadway!
Brittany relocated to Boston in 2012 after spending time in Los Angeles, casting both feature films and television programming. She began as a casting assistant for casting director Joseph Middleton and worked closely 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! Since joining Boston Casting in 2012, Brittany routinely runs casting sessions for television/film, commercials and print ads.
Prior to living in Los Angeles, Brittany was the Director of Education for an acting school in Washington, D.C. 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, she holds a Massachusetts Provisional Teaching License in Theater (all levels K-12) and currently serves as the Director of Boston Casting's Media Performance.
Rachel Bailit is an Actress and currently a Faculty Member at The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in Los Angeles. She brought Method Acting to Boston in 2017. Rachel was trained and mentored by David Lee Strasberg and many prestigious students of Lee Strasberg. She teaches around the world. She was a guest speaker and teacher at The Shanghai Theater Academy International Forum on Actor Training and Education.
Rachel specializes in teaching “Acting for Animators” at Dreamworks Animation, Warner Animation Group and The Animation Guild. She is The Museum Consultant for Affective and Physical Engagement at The Getty Museum and where she created the tour “Sense Memory in Art” in addition to teaching in the Getty Education Department. Rachel originated classes for Military and Veterans at SAG-AFTRA and serves on The Military Committee in order to serve her fellow union members.
She most recently starred in a three new films, “Stay Sane”, “The Shade”, and “Marzipan”, opening in 2021.Her acting credits include Paramount’s “Festival In Cannes” directed by Henry Jaglom. She played alongside Jim Carrey in Ron Howard’s “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”. Rachel has appeared in many television shows including “The Conan O’Brien Show”, “Desperate Housewives”, “Jon Benjamin Has a Van”, “Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show”, “NYPD Blue” and the role of “Marissa” in “General Hospital”. "The Vamps Next Door". Rachel performed her acclaimed one-woman show, “Sugar Happens”, Directed by David Lee Strasberg, for five years in Los Angeles in many theaters including the Comedy Central Stage and Off-Broadway at St. Luke’s Theatre. In addition, Rachel has performed in many shows on both coasts and is a member of The Actors Equity Association.
Learn more about Rachel at rachelbailitteaching.com
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
Lorna’s clients have been featured in almost every TV show and movie based in Boston, and many NYC and LA projects including Broadway shows and national tours. (Most recently the role of Gabby on Gabby's Dollhouse on Netflix, and Marshall on PAW Patrol.)
Many of her students/clients have been finalists on American Idol, The Voice, America's Got Talent, and The X Factor, have appeared on MTV, and have won national talent competitions including vocal talent awards at Miss America.
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, in 2020 she opened The Patio. All 3 performance and training venues are thriving. 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, JOY, STRONGER, to name a few. 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.
Since 2010, she has partnered with the Chamberlain International School as an arts curriculum coordinator. She was a consultant and teacher for The Mass Dept of Ed. as well as the creative and performing arts teacher for students at the Massachusetts State Hospital School in Canton. Lorna was a Shakespeare teacher and curriculum consultant for students in state facilities including Taunton State Hospital, Camp Squanto, and House of Correction in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
FUN FACTS: Lorna’s book The Buoy Projects was #2 on Amazon, and received national recognition. She is also the author of Cooking On North, and Dirty Bombshell - from Thyroid Cancer Back to Fabulous. (Also a bestseller) You can see Lorna in the trailer for Ted 2 in the wedding scene. (Black hat, yellow dress) Back in the day, many of her students were on ZOOM and FETCH. Audiences may remember her student Brett Manley from the movie TED in the role of young John. He was her first client to land a leading role in a film. Lorna is the official vocal sponsor of the Miss Massachusetts Scholarship Organization / The Miss America Organization and trains girls for pageants. She was the Casting Director for Turtle One Productions in partnership with the National Marine Life Center of Buzzard’s Bay, Massachusetts. Lorna cast Season 2 of COOL STUFF- DOLPHINS. A self-proclaimed Domestic Diva, Lorna lives in Middleboro with her husband Roger in the historic 1840 Ebenezer Soule House.
Born and raised in Everett and educated at Boston College, Chris began his acting journey here in Boston in 1997. After performing for 2 years with critically-acclaimed Sketch Comedy Group PERFECT MONSTER, he moved to Los Angeles where he resided for 15 years, pursuing Film, TV (Gotham, Castle), Commercial and Voice work. Since 2005, Chris has worked in multiple genres of voice, including Audiobooks, Commercial, Animation, Interactive, TV and Film Narration, Promos, E-Learning and ADR. He has over 50 interactive gaming credits and has voiced characters for popular video game titles Fallout and Mafia, can be heard hosting The Ultimate History Quiz for The History Channel on Alexa-enabled devices, and is a frequent voice of national commercial campaigns. Now an experienced audiobook narrator and director with over 300 credits, he has been reviewed by AudioFile Magazine over 20 times, received 4 Earphones Awards, a SOVAS win on a multi-cast, an Audie nomination, and an Odyssey and Audie win on a multi-cast production. He now lives just outside New York City.
Alexis Rene Garcia, professionally known as Naheem, has been an actor and theatre educator for more than twenty years. He grew up in Boston, arriving here from Cuba with his mother, grandmother and aunt in 1968. He is proudly bilingual (English and Spanish) and known for his deep, mellifluous voice.
Naheem has worked extensively in the Northeast, including with The Huntington Theatre Company, Boston Youth Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Company One, Kennedy Library (Moakley Public Speaking Program), and New African Theatre Company. He is an adjudicator for Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild, known as the GUILD. In recognition of his excellence as a theatre educator, he represented the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation for NeighborWorks American and Community Leadership Institute in 2017.
A member of AFTRA and SAG, Naheem has appeared in several prominent Hollywood-and independently-produced feature films. A selected list includes:
· Equalizer2 (Denzel Washington)
· Daddy’s Home2 (Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Mel Gibson, John Lithgow)
· Joy (Jennifer Lawrence),
· Black Mass (Johnny Depp)
· The Proposal (Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds)
· The Heat (Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy)
· Lift (Kerry Washington)
· Maiden Heist (Morgan Freeman, Christopher Waken, William H. Macy, Marsha Gay Harden)
· Purge3 Election Year (Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson)
His television work includes Showtime’s SMILF (Frankie Shaw and Rosie O’Donnell) and voice-over work and appearances in commercials for Subways, Dunkin Donuts and Visa.
Naheem’s work has been lauded by his peers and he received the El Planeta Powermeter 100 (2014) and Sojourner Truth Award (2007). He completed the Aesthetic Education Immersion program with the Lincoln Center Summer Forum at Julliard in 2017.
Naheem continues his path as an actor and theatre educator whose mission is to represent and encourage audiences and youth through his work.
Ava Gaudet is a professional singer, film, television, and Broadway actress who played “Maureen” in the hit Broadway Production of RENT, and had a memorable recurring role on ABC’s UGLY BETTY. Other TV guest appearances include N.C.I.S, PRIVATE PRACTICE, FRANKLIN & BASH, MIKE & MOLLY, and THE EXES, THE SOCIETY, and Showtime’s CITY ON A HILL. Notable films include EVIL ANGEL (opposite Pulp Fiction/Mission Impossible star Ving Rhames), BACHELORS (with Fred Willard, Anna Hutchinson) AGENT TOBY BARKS, I CARE A LOT and LOVE, WEDDINGS & OTHER DISASTERS.
Ava is adjunct faculty at the Dean College School of the Arts, and has taught acting and entertainment industry workshops for high school and college level students including CCRI, Regis College, the Brown-Trinity Conservatory at Brown University, and YASI . She hosts a YouTube channel focused on tips and advice for the entertainment industry called #TipsofTheTrade
Celeste Oliva, is with the cast of David Simon’s We Own This City, currently shooting in Baltimore for HBO. Oliva, who recently wrapped work on Julia - also for HBO - will play a detective in the drama written and produced by the makers of The Wire. In addition to TV, Oliva has recently been seen on the big screen in The Unholy and I Care A Lot. She will appear in the upcoming Mattson Tomlin film Mother/Android with Chloe Grace Moretz and in the Adam McKay feature, “Don’t Look Up” with Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio. Celeste recently starred in the legit theatre production of Nia Vardalos’ Tiny Beautiful Things. Celeste is based in NYC.
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.
Jen is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and holds a BFA in Theatre Performance (Emphasis in Acting for the Camera) from Chapman University. Jen 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. Notable recent commercial work includes Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare’s HaPi Dance campaign and Century Bank. Jen has been an actor and children’s acting coach in both Los Angeles and the greater Boston area for over eighteen years. Jen 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. Current clients of Jen’s are working in both the New England and New York areas. Whatever your needs, Jen can help you navigate your way in the ever-changing climate of on-screen acting!
Fran Weinberg has taught Boston Casting’s Scene Study class for the past sixteen years and also teaches Mastering The Monologue. She is one of the Boston area’s best-known private acting and audition coaches for actors of all ages, and is an award-winning freelance 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. Fran received her Masters degree in Theatre from Emerson College where she has been a member of the performing arts faculty, as well as at Stonehill College, where she worked as a guest director. Fran runs a variety of workshops for actors at all levels. Her workshop “The Actors Workout” is designed for actors to dive into material they choose to work on with their peers in a group setting on a regular basis.
Fran has taught acting classes for more than thirteen years at Wheelock Family Theatre@Boston University where she runs their Teen Advanced Performance Intensive and directed their Teen Ensemble production of Radium Girls. She has taught at Stoneham Theatre, Riverside Theatre Works and runs classes for Needham Community Theatre. 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. She has directed critically acclaimed productions of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Art, and I Hate Hamlet at the Boston Center For The Arts. Fran has collaborated with countless playwrights as director of many successful premiere productions of new work seen at the Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Playwrights Theatre, and in the annual Tennessee Williams Festival in Provincetown.
Mikayla attended The Boston Conservatory at Berklee where she studied Musical Theatre and went on to graduate from Penn State with a Degree in Acting. She interned with the Cannes Film Festival in France then joined Boston Casting, Inc. in 2018. Along with Casting, Mikayla also teaches acting. Mikayla is based in Boston, MA. Some of her most recent projects are: I CARE A LOT on Netflix and GODMOTHERED on Disney+.