STAFF

Angela Peri, C.S.A.
Founder/Co-Owner/Casting Director

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With 40+ years of casting experience in the Boston area, Angela Peri, C.S.A. is the founder and co-owner 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, Rhode Island Casting in 2018, and the acting school in 1996 alongside co-owner, Lisa Lobel.  Angela has cast thousands of national, regional, and local productions from feature films and television series to commercials, web videos, and reality television.

Her most recent projects include the three-time Oscar winner, CODA, the AMC series KEVIN CAN F*** HIMSELF and the Whitney Houston Biopic I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY. Other recent film and TV credits include: Academy Award nominated 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 1 & 2 starring Denzel Washington, CITY ON A HILL starring Kevin Bacon, STRONGER with Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Wahlberg’s PATRIOTS DAY, David O. Russell’s Academy Award® nominated films JOY and AMERICAN HUSTLE, TED & TED 2, THE FIGHTER & THE PROPOSAL.

Angela is the winner of two Artios Awards for Best Casting for CODA (2022) and KNIVES OUT (2020), and has five Artios Award nominations for JOY, TED, AMERICAN HUSTLE, THE FIGHTER & THE PROPOSAL.

   ARTIOS AWARD, CASTING SOCIETY OF AMERICA

2022 – CODA (Best Casting, Studio or Independent – Drama)
2020 – KNIVES OUT (Best Casting in a Feature Film, Big Budget Comedy – Location Casting)

   ITALIAN AMERICAN OF THE YEAR

2015 – MADONNA DILLA SACOROSO SOCIETY

   I MIGLIORI IN MENS ET GESTA AWARD

2014 – PIRANDELLO LYCEUM

   PRESIDENTS AWARD

2013 – FEDERATION OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

   IMAGINNAIRE AWARD

2009

   MARGARET BOWMAN AWARD

2008 – OUTSTANDING PARENT IN THE AUTISM COMMUNITY

Lisa Lobel, C.S.A.
Co-Owner/Casting Director

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Lisa began her casting career in 1995. She is the co-owner of Boston Casting and one of the founders of the School of Screen Acting division of Boston Casting.

In 2021, Lisa was nominated for an Artios Award by the Casting Society of America for best local casting and a Semiramis Award for Excellence in Casting worldwide on SOUND OF METAL, a film that features an almost entirely deaf cast (and was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture!).  Lisa was the local casting director on the Netflix thriller I CARE A LOT, feature film FREE GUY, with Ryan Reynolds, and is eagerly awaiting seeing her work on the big screen in Alexander Payne’s latest film THE HOLDOVERS as well as Newline’s 2022 version of Steven King’s SALEM’S LOT.

Some of her most recent TV casting work includes HBO’s JULIA, Showtime’s DEXTER: NEW BLOOD, and the hit Netflix series THE SOCIETY.

As a former educator, Lisa enjoys speaking to students around the country about careers in acting & casting and loves to ski and travel with her husband and three young-adult kids.

   ARTIOS AWARD, CASTING SOCIETY OF AMERICA

2022 – CODA (Best Casting, Studio or Independent – Drama)
2020 – KNIVES OUT (Best Casting in a Feature Film, Big Budget Comedy – Location Casting)

   IMAGINNAIRE AWARD, “WOMAN OF THE YEAR”

2018

Brittany Shapiro
School Director

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Brittany has been teaching acting classes to kids, teens and young adults for more than 15 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. 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.

Brittany has a Bachelor’s 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 the School of Screen Acting at Boston Casting. 

Brittany enjoys spending time with family and friends, and can often be found on the lacrosse and soccer fields cheering for her two young daughters.

Melissa Morris, C.S.A.
Casting Associate

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Melissa grew up on Long Island and moved to Massachusetts after graduating from Fitchburg State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, focusing on Film/Video & Theater. Her casting career began the summer of 2016 with an internship at Boston Casting where she realized the casting industry was where she wanted to work.

Melissa returned as Office Manager and Commercial Casting Assistant in 2017 and has since cast for films and television series, earning her a C.S.A. Associate title. Some of her notable credits include DEFENDING JACOB, CODA, DEXTER: NEW BLOOD, and JULIA.

If you’re looking for Melissa, you can find her at a local distillery with her dog or grooving to house and techno at a music festival.

   ARTIOS AWARD, CASTING SOCIETY OF AMERICA

2022 – CODA (Best Casting Studio Or Independent – Drama – Casting Associate)

Brett Duffy
Principals Casting Associate/
Extras Casting Director

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Brett began her career at Boston Casting in 2016 as an intern while working towards her degree at Curry College (where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a focus in Theatre and Television and a minor in English). After graduation, Brett moved to Los Angeles where she worked on several films, television shows, and commercials.

Since moving back to Boston, she has once again joined the Boston Casting team. She has recently worked as the principal casting associate on the action film AFTERMATH and was the principal casting assistant on I CARE A LOT and I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY. She has been the extras casting director on over 10+ films & television series such as DEXTER: NEW BLOOD, THE PARENTING, SALEM’S LOT, GODMOTHERED, and THE EXPECTING.

Brett is a die hard Swiftie (as everyone should be) and a horror movie buff. You can probably find her at any trivia night in the city, but if she’s not there she’s most likely at home watching a Wes Craven film for the 100th time.

Owen Guinessy
Extras Casting Associate

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Owen attended Northeastern University and graduated with a degree in Media and Screen Studies. He interned at Boston Casting in 2020 and came back to work in the extras department starting in 2021. He now works as an extras casting associate. His recent credits include Aftermath, The Holdovers and Spirited.

Lisa Lobel, C.S.A.
Co-Owner/Casting Director

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Lisa began her casting career in 1995. She is the co-owner of Boston Casting and one of the founders of the School of Screen Acting division of Boston Casting.

In 2021, Lisa was nominated for an Artios Award by the Casting Society of America for best local casting and a Semiramis Award for Excellence in Casting worldwide on SOUND OF METAL, a film that features an almost entirely deaf cast (and was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture!).  Lisa was the local casting director on the Netflix thriller I CARE A LOT, feature film FREE GUY, with Ryan Reynolds, and is eagerly awaiting seeing her work on the big screen in Alexander Payne’s latest film THE HOLDOVERS as well as Newline’s 2022 version of Steven King’s SALEM’S LOT.

Some of her most recent TV casting work includes HBO’s JULIA, Showtime’s DEXTER: NEW BLOOD, and the hit Netflix series THE SOCIETY.

As a former educator, Lisa enjoys speaking to students around the country about careers in acting & casting and loves to ski and travel with her husband and three young-adult kids.

   ARTIOS AWARD, CASTING SOCIETY OF AMERICA

2022 – CODA (Best Casting, Studio or Independent – Drama)
2020 – KNIVES OUT (Best Casting in a Feature Film, Big Budget Comedy – Location Casting)

   IMAGINNAIRE AWARD, “WOMAN OF THE YEAR”

2018

Hilary Missan
Casting Director

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With Boston Casting since 2007, Hilary specializes in casting commercials, web videos, independent films and kids casting. Together with Angela Peri, CSA, Hilary has worked on such films as KNIGHT AND DAY starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, THE FIGHTER starring Mark Wahlberg, THE PROPOSAL with Sandra Bullock, PINK PATHER 2 with Steve Martin, and WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU with Mark Ruffalo and Ethan Hawke. Her television credits include casting for LOUIE on FX and the pilot WAR OF ’04 as well as commercials and web videos for Zip Car, Mass.

Lottery, Fidelity, Meineke, VISA, American Express, and Liberty Mutual. Prior to joining Boston Casting, Hilary ran her own casting office in New York, specializing in theater casting. She began her career as the resident casting director for The Philadelphia Festival Theater for New Plays based at the University of Pennsylvania. While there, she singlehandedly cast over 40 world premiere productions of new plays, by such well known playwrights as David Mamet, David Ives, Lee Blessing, Jules Feiffer. Hilary is a graduate of Oberlin College.

Cheryl Hawe
Extras Casting Director

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Cheryl has been with Boston Casting since 2017. She also previously worked for 7 years as a background casting director for a Los Angeles casting company. A Boston native, Cheryl graduated from the University of Massachusetts and double majored in Theatre Arts and Political Science.

Upon graduating, she ignored her majors and promptly took a job in the finance world! When her four children took an interest in theatre and acting, she came back to the theatre world and eventually moved into casting. Since joining Boston Casting, she has done the background for films THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT and THE UNHOLY and Television series NOS4A2, KEVIN CAN F*** HIMSELF, and JULIA.

Mikayla Cramer
Principals Casting Associate/
Extras Casting Director

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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 in 2018. 

She has recently worked as the principal casting associate on Season 2 of Kevin Can F*** Himself and The Parenting. She has been the extras casting director on films such as I CARE A LOT, THE TENDER BAR, GODMOTHERED, and SPIRITED. Mikayla has worked on many commercials as well with clients such as BOSE, DUNKIN DONUTS, and LL BEAN. 

Along with casting, Mikayla loves teaching and working with kid actors. As a fellow actor herself, she loves working in the studio aiding the next generation of actors. 

When not on the clock, you can find Mikayla scrolling aimlessly through TikTok (yes, she does think it is a great creative outlet), drinking a spicy marg (cas amigos, of course), or going to live theatre performances. 

Ariana George
School Assistant

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Ariana attended Emerson College where she graduated in 2021 with her BFA in Musical Theatre with a Concentration in Voice-Acting. Having grown up in Los Angeles, she was often immersed in the film and television world. She helps build up Boston Casting’s school program while assisting in casting on multiple productions.

When she’s not on the clock, you might spot her frolicking in the streets of Disneyland, lounging in the sun with her favorite music playing, or cuddling up with her cat while catching up on her favorite animated TV series.

Gracie Kennedy
Extras Casting Director

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Gracie started with Boston Casting in March of 2020 after moving back home from NYC. There, she did internships with industry leading offices like Telsey & Co, Calleri Casting, and the Carson Kolker Organization. Upon graduating from Pace University for Acting and Devised Theatre, she worked for a manager with clients on Broadway and major networks such as the CW.

Since moving back home to the Cape and now Boston, Gracie has assisted on 4 projects with BC, including JULIA and THE TENDER BAR. She loves booking the vintage cars for period pieces and meeting new actors. When not in the office, you can find Gracie petting dogs on the street or having a cocktail in the North End.

Owen Guinessy
Extras Casting Associate

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Owen attended Northeastern University and graduated with a degree in Media and Screen Studies. He interned at Boston Casting in 2020 and came back to work in the extras department starting in 2021. He now works as an extras casting associate. His recent credits include Aftermath, The Holdovers and Spirited.