Faculty

Angela Peri, C.S.A.

Casting Director

ANGELA PERICasting 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, 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 BOOMTHE 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.

Brittany Shapiro

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.

Ann Baker

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.

Richard D. Bois

Image Consultant/Stylist

With over two decades of experience in the field, Richard is a graduate of Empire Cosmetology Academy in Boston and was a makeup artist at MAC cosmetics.  A model and actor with Model Club, Inc., Richard has appeared in regional commercials and national campaigns.  He worked for WKRON TV (Channel 4) on the shows Hyper-Tech and First Cut as a makeup artist in San Francisco.  While in San Francisco, Richard was the makeup artist and hair stylist for Ragamuff Productions.

Richard has been an image consultant for girls competing in the Miss America and Miss USA pageant systems, as well as working one on one with actors and business professionals.  Richard helps people unleash their confidence and full potential.

 

Lorna J. Brunelle

Entrepreneur, Producer, Writer, Instructor, Cancer Survivor and Activist

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. 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 and JOY. 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. Although the show wasn’t picked up for a second season, Lorna learned a lot about Reality TV on set. Many of her students/clients have been finalists on American Idol, The Voice and The X Factor and have appeared on MTV Made.

Lorna has a passion for working with children on the spectrum. Since 2010, she has partnered with the world-renowned Chamberlain International School serving as an arts curriculum coordinator. She was a consultant and teacher for The Massachusetts Department of Education, serving as the creative and performing arts teacher for physically challenged children at the Massachusetts State Hospital School in Canton, and as a Shakespeare teacher and curriculum consultant for students in state facilities including Taunton State Hospital, Plymouth House of Correction, and Camp Squanto, in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

FUN FACTS: You can see Lorna in the trailer for Ted 2 in the wedding scene. Many of her students were on the TV shows ZOOM and FETCH. Audiences may remember her student Brett Manley from the movie TED. She is an official sponsor of the Miss Massachusetts pageant and trains girls for pageants. She is the Casting Director for Turtle One Productions in partnership with the National Marine Life Center of Buzzard’s Bay, Massachusetts. Lorna recently cast Season 2 of COOL STUFF- DOLPHINS. She is a published author. A self-proclaimed Domestic Diva, Lorna lives in Middleboro with her husband Roger in the historic 1840 Ebenezer Soule House.

Sonny Dufault

Sonny has been in the voice-over business for 44 years. He started out as a DJ for two local radio stations, before becoming a production engineer at Continental Recording Studios, where he also began doing voice work. In 1981, he joined Soundtrack Studios as chief production engineer and manager, eventually leaving to concentrate on his VO business. He currently owns and operates his own ‘in-house’ studio where he voices and produces radio spots, commercials, and industrials as well as producing demo tapes for aspiring voice artists. He is also a booth announcer at WBZ Radio.

Naheem Garcia

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

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, and most recently the Netflix series, THE SOCIETY. Notable films include EVIL ANGEL (opposite Pulp Fiction/Mission Impossible star Ving Rhames), BACHELORS (with Fred Willard, Anna Hutchinson) and the upcoming films I CARE A LOT and LOVE, WEDDINGS & OTHER DISASTERS.

Ava teaches Acting for the Camera at Dean College and has taught acting and entertainment industry workshops for high school and college level students including CCRI, Regis College, and the Brown-Trinity Conservatory at Brown University. She hosts a YouTube channel focused on tips and advice for the entertainment industry called #TipsofTheTrade

Candy O'Terry

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.

M. Lynda Robinson

Lynda has been working in theatre, film, and TV for the past 30 years as an actor, director, producer, teacher, and playwright, and is a member of SAG/AFTRA (past New England Secretary), AEA, Dramatists Guild.  On stage she has performed in many theaters in the Boston area including the Publick, Nora, Lyric, Wilbur, W.H.A.T., Huntington, Provincetown Rep, Merrimack, Gloucester Stage, Shear Madness, Stoneham, Wheelock Family Theatre, and New Rep, among others, and at the Studio Theatre & Kennedy Center in D.C.  She was honored with the Outstanding Boston Actress Award at the 1993 Elliot Norton Awards.  Lynda attended the Masters Program in Playwriting at B.U. and is a published playwright. She is the recipient of many Playwriting Awards, and her work had been performed in both festivals and full theatrical productions, including several at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. Lynda has performed in hundreds of commercials, corporate videos, live trade shows, and voice-overs, as well as performing principal roles in film and TV.  Some of her film work include Meet the Mobsters, On Broadway, Dead Silence, With Honors, Treading Water, The Retreat, Screamplay & Massholes.  Her TV work includes: The Brotherhood, Law & Order, Unsolved Mysteries, Another World, The Guiding Light, Miller’s Court, Kid’s Guide to Parenting, The Carrie White Show, and for WGBH The Great Whodunit, and English as a 2nd Language. She has been a teacher and private coach for camera and stage for 25 years, at places including Wheelock Family Theatre, Emerson, Boston Casting, Kevin Fennessey Casting, Cameo/TV Workshop, Gloucester Writers Center, the West End Theater, and Blackburn Performing Arts. She has been a guest instructor at Rollins College, Gordon College, and U. Mass; has adjudicated at the Mass High School Drama Festival, and mentored with the Huntington Young Voices Program, and Massachusetts Young Playwrights Program. She is also a 2010 Arts Learning Distinguished Arts Educator Advocate Award in the field of Theatre recipient.

Jennifer Salvucci

Jennifer is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and holds a BFA in Theatre Performance (Emphasis in Acting for the Camera) from Chapman University.  She has been an actor and children’s acting coach in both Los Angeles and the greater Boston area for over thirteen years.  Jennifer 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.  Whatever your needs, Jennifer can help you navigate your way in the ever-changing climate of acting in New England.  Jennifer 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.  Jen also teaches Acting for the Camera at Walnut Hill School for the Arts.

Dennis Staroselsky

Dennis Staroselsky has been acting professionally since the age of 13, and some of his TV & Film credits include: The Deuce,  Nurse Jackie, The Loudest Voice in the Room, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and the feature films Detroit (directed by Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow) and the upcoming Love, Weddings and Other Disasters, among others.  He holds a BFA from Boston University and an MA in theater education from NYU. Some past clients include Jaimie Ray Newman (Eastwick ABC), Noah Bean (Damages F/X), Katie Lowes (Scandal ABC), and Claire van der Boom (The Pacific HBO). See his credits on IMDB.com.

Charlie Van Eman

For over 30 years Charles Van Eman has worked as an actor.  His television and film credits include Chasing LifeSea of TreesDrop Dead Diva, 96 Minutes, UnstoppableVampire DiariesOne Tree HillPrison Break, Ghost Whisperer, CSI Miami, All My Children, and The Colbys.

As a writer he adapted Louis L’Amour short stories and a novel into internationally distributed audio dramas for Random House Publishing.  He co-wrote and directed 20 episodes of the Atlanta based internet drama series High Rise.  He is the author of two novels, On The Way To Pomona andThe Weight of Loss.

Fran Weinberg

Fran Weinberg has taught Boston Casting’s scene study class for the past eight years. She is one of the Boston area’s best-known private acting and audition coaches, as well as a teacher, workshop leader, and an award-winning 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. She received her Masters degree in Theatre from Emerson College where has been a member of the performing arts faculty, as well as at Stonehill College, where she also served as a guest director. Fran directs and teaches the teen acting intensive program at Wheelock Family Theatre and has taught at Stoneham Theatre and Riverside Theatre Works. 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 and she also directed the critically acclaimed production Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. Fran has directed numerous productions of new work; most recently, Val’s Story in the annual Tennessee Williams Festival in Provincetown. Her show, A Blessing and A Curse, played to sold out houses at Boston Playwrights Theatre, and was the highly successful production of two world premiere plays by award-winning playwright Ginger Lazarus.

Stephanie Williams

Stephanie has been teaching acting and dance, and directing regional theatre for the past twenty years.  She began her career in California’s Central Coast and in 2004, returned to Boston where she currently teaches courses in Theatre, Dance and Video Production at Newburyport High School.  In addition to her work in public education, Stephanie directs and choreographs for several regional theaters.  Some favorite productions include RENT  School Edition, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream, Spring Awakening and Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses

Stephanie has prepared countless young adults for professional and collegiate auditions, and is well versed in the prescreen process.  In recent years her students have been admitted to Emerson, NYU, Boston University, Boston Conservatory, AMDA, Stevens Point, College Conservatory of Music-University of Cincinnati, Chapman University, Marymount Manhattan College, Ithaca College (Jordan Dunn-Pilz, RENT  20th Anniversary National Tour), and DePaul University (Joe Keery of STRANGER THINGS).

After completing her BA in Theatre with a concentration in Performance she went on to study with The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England under the tutelage of actors/instructors Alexandra Gilbreath and David Tennant of DOCTOR WHO

Stephanie also holds a Masters in Education in Arts Integration and a Massachusetts Professional Teaching License in Theatre (All Levels, K-12.). In 2012 she was awarded the Edward G. Molin Award for Teaching Excellence.