Workshop: 2 Day L.A. CASTING DIRECTOR Workshop with Eric Souliere, CSA Benefiting the Actors Fund of Canada, Actors Fund of Canada and the Canadian Film Centre

2 Day L.A. CASTING DIRECTOR Workshop with


‘American Horror Story’, ‘State of Affairs’, ‘Legends’, ‘Scream’, ‘Nip/Tuck’, ‘The Mentalist’, ‘Rizzoli & Isles’, + numerous pilots… 

and feature films including Golden Globe Winning & Oscar Nominated “THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT”

**With Surprise Toronto Casting Special Guest**


Saturday, Jan. 17 -­‐ Sunday, Jan. 18
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Participation for Experienced Performers.


  • $299* Studio (& Early Reg.)
  • $375* UNION/Aaction
  • $475* NON UNION
  • (MC / VISA / AMEX all fees & details below)

One on One Appointments :

  • $149.00* Union
  • $249.00* Non Union

One on One appointments are available for actors participating in the full workshop,
and preference will be given to Union actors.
 There are currently only 5 appointments available.

AUDITING (NO Participation):

  • Studio / Union: $200*
  • Non Union $325*

*Fees do not include applicable taxes.

AUDITING : Auditing by application only, will be allowed at the costs listed above for auditing both day 1 and 2. Auditing performers are strictly there to observe. They will not participate in performance, question and answer, discussions or one-­‐on-­‐one meetings if applicable.



About The Workshop:

  • Major LA Casting director Eric Souliere, CSA will be offering a workshop in Toronto for professional actors, to give critical feedback and help sharpen your skills and auditions in the US/Canada marketplace.
  • Actor participants will be cast with specific material chosen for them to work on by Eric in advance for Day 1 and Day 2. Material will be provided to actors for Day 1 IN ADVANCEof the workshop to prepare (no more than 3 days in advance as to best simulate the actual amount of time given to prepare for a similar audition/role)
  • Actors will be given a second opportunity on Day 2 to perform material in a call back or producer session situation, and will be given new material to prepare at the end of Day 1 to bring in for the following day.
  • Actors will be given the chance to present the material for Eric for comments and redirection, as well as discussion of that actors type, range, etc. in an audition setting. Opportunities for the assessment of professional materials (headshot, resume, styling, etc.) for participants well as in depth discussion and Q&A period regarding representation and taping for US productions and Canadian actors in US based productions, pilots and features will occur on both days.
  • Eric will talk about auditioning tips, network approval, current projects and audition on tape – as well as the numerous projects filming and searching in CANADA he worked on and will be working on in the future.
  • Actors will be working with professional readers and session assistants who are present to support YOUR work, and allow you to do your BEST possible work.

Masterclass Schedule:

DAY ONE : Saturday

  • 9:00 – 10:00 : Introduction and Background (including current projects and pilots and features)
  • 10:00 – 11:15 : Question and Answer period from participants / Eric’s notes on auditioning, working in the audition room, preperation and choices.
  • 11:15 – 1:30 : AUDITION SCENES and feedback
  • 1:30 – 2:00 : Lunch
  • 2:00 – 5:30 : AUDITION SCENES continue + Special Guest Q&A
  • 5:30 – 6:00 : Closing remarks, questions and details on day two schedule.

DAY TWO : Sunday

  • 9:00 – 9:30 : Thoughts on casting and auditions, reminders and pet peeves, etc. and Q&A opportunity for participants.
  • 9:30 – 1:30 : Individual or pair audition appointments (run like a standard audition session with a reader and assistant). Actors will receive verbal feedback, possible redirection and will have the opportunity to ask personal questions regarding type, their scene etc.. Actors may be given written evaluation from Eric on both their performance and material overall upon the completion of their appointment. These appointments will be done in front of the group.
  • 1:30 – 2:00 : Lunch
  • 2:00 – 5:30 Individual or pair audition appointments continue.
  • 5:30 – 6:00 : Closing remarks, final Q&A

Application Process: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
Please email your current headshot and resume, and training to  with ERIC SOULIERE TORONTO in the subject line.

Indicate your age range, union status (and membership number), contact details – and whether you’d like to participate or audit (as well as whether you’re applying for one of the 5 ONE ON ONE appointments).

Applicants accepted to participate will receive a confirmation email requesting payment information to secure their spot. Any and all questions are welcomed in advance of the workshop.

Preference will be given to experienced union performers. Actors will be placed on a waitlist once the workshop enrollment is full, and will be offered auditing spots as available.

About Eric Souliere, CSA:
Eric Souliere has wanted to be a casting director since he was 11 years old. After growing up in Boston and getting his BFA in Film Studies from Hunter College in New York City, he moved to Los Angeles in February 2005.

After working with Wendy O’BrienHoward MeltzerCarol GoldwasserSally Stiner, and Barbie Block, Eric began working at Ulrich Dawson Kritzer Casting in May 2006 as the casting assistant to Eric Dawsonand Liz Dean on the FX series “Nip/Tuck.” He was then promoted to Associate Casting Director the following season, and then to Casting Director for the final two seasons of the show. Over the course of it’s run, “Nip/Tuck” was nominated for 19 Emmys (including 2 nominations for casting), 5 Golden Globes, and3 Casting Society of America’s Artios Awards for achievement in casting.

Also while at Ulrich Dawson Kritzer, Eric was Associate Casting Director on the first two installments ofFX’s “American Horror Story – Murder House and Asylum – and Co-Casting Director on the third installment, Coven. He was also Associate Casting Director on the pilot and first five seasons of CBS’s “The Mentalist.”

Eric was twice nominated alongside Robert Ulrich, Eric Dawson, and Carol Kritzer for a Casting Society of America Artios Award for Outstanding Casting for a Mini-Series or Television Movie for the casting of the first and second seasons of “American Horror Story.”

In 2012, Eric won the Talent Manager’s Association Seymour Heller Award for Outstanding Associate Casting Director, and in 2011, he was named one of Backstage Weekly’s “Top New Casting Directors.

Eric has worked as Associate Casting Director on a few feature films such as “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2,” “Country Strong,” and the Academy Award Best Picture nominated film “The Kids Are All Right.” He also cast the feature film “Space Station 76,” as lead Casting Director, starring PatrickWilsonMatt BomerLiv Tyler, Marisa Coughlan, and Jerry O’Connell, and recently completed casting the feature film “The Inherited” starring Nathan DarrowAnnabella Sciorra, and Tammy Blanchard.

In January 2014, Eric joined forces with casting director Sara Isaacson to form Isaacson and Souliere Casting. Since the launch of their company, Eric and Sara have been working non-stop.

They cast NBC’s “State of Affairs” with Katerine HeiglTNT’s “Legends,” CBS’s “The Mentalist,” and the pilot for MTV’s “Scream,” which was recently picked up to series and will go into production in 2015.

A Note on Our Format:
We believe strongly in our workshops and their format, as we feel it provides the class atmosphere necessary to help you learn from the questions of others, while still providing one on one time for you to hone your craft of performing.

While everyone in the workshop stays present for the question and answer portion of the workshop, one of the best aspects of our workshops is the one on one conference time you receive with the casting director,  producer or director running the workshop.

In this portion of the workshop, you are one on one, paired with a screened, skilled, professional actor who is your reader, and there purely for YOUR benefit.

Their goal is to make YOU look good (as opposed to a random partner who may be there to personally impress the teacher), so that our industry guest can accurately aid you with advice on becoming a stronger performer.


  • Creating our own choices on scene direction
  • Analyze personal goals and how to achieve them
  • Analyze performance for means of improvement

Essential Question:

  • How can we become better actors?

Workshop Exercises:

  • Actors will prepare a scene ahead of time provided to them, or of their choice as per instructors directions.
  • The guest instructor will review their personal background in the entertainment industry, including, but not limited to, prior jobs in the dramatic arts  (casting, directing, acting, their own education, experience as a teacher of the dramatic arts, etc.)
  • Guest instructor will discuss the process involved in succeeding as an actor in their opinion and professional experience
  • Guest instructor will answer questions from students regarding their professional aspirations, and other relevant queries
  • Actors will, one at a time, conference with teacher regarding their headshot/resume and scene.Actors will perform scene it in its entirety at least once for evaluation; often with an opportunity to perform additional material on day two.
  • Guest instructor will fill out an evaluation form based upon performance and headshot/resume, and cite specific ways student can improve technique, choices, and marketability in the future.

Our goal with our workshops and masterclasses is for you as an actor to gain as much insight from your own decisions and performance as from the guest instructors insights and suggestions. We endeavor to create the same professional atmosphere that you are expected to work within in the industry within which to hone your skills.

It’s our opinion that it is important for each actor exercise self-evaluation in combination with feedback suggestions or critiques from the guest instructor and our other special guests that drop in from time to time.

We want you to reach your full potential, grow as a performer and aid in building and creating relationships within the industry with those individuals who are in decision making positions and can make the casting and production process as transparent as possible.

CSA Disclaimer: Workshops/Classes are NOT job interviews.  The presence of an industry professional is in no way a promise of employment. Actors Workshops Canada does NOT attempt to procure employment for actors/artists – we are strictly for educational purposes.

The Cancellation Policy is as follows:
Pre-registration cancelations are subject to a $100 non refundable fee. (This fee can be applied to future workshops.)

Participants and auditors:
14 days prior to the workshop: You receive a 50% refund.

Within 13 days prior to the workshop: No refund.

*An attempt to substitute your attendance with another AWC Workshop will be made to occur within 1 year of the original workshop date.

Thanks for your understanding and co-operation.