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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Meals for Monologues: Post Game

by ranielle

Our Meals for Monologues event this past Wednesday, December 7, was a rousing success!  Actors from all over the Pacific Northwest joined the effort and the results were amazing.

After seven hours of open call auditions, Casting Directors Lana Veenker and Eryn Goodman saw over 200 actors perform 2-minute monologues and Cast Iron Studios collected 831 pounds of food for the Oregon Food Bank.  Veenker and Goodman were joined throughout the day by local talent agents.

We are thrilled at the response and we look forward to making Meals for Monologues an annual event at Cast Iron Studios.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Win a Scholarship to ‘Action for Actors’ Workshop

by ranielle

UPDATE:  Congrats to our scholarship winners Megan Wescott, Kirsten Fussell and Genevieve Andersen! Have a great time this weekend!

How cool is this? Organizers of this weekend’s fight workshop with Anthony de Longis and Kendall Wells have decided to offer discounted scholarships to three lucky people. Recipients will receive $150 off of the full $275 price, for a total cost to attend of only $125.

In order to qualify, scholarship applicants must fill out the survey below by 11:59 PM on Thursday, December 1, 2011.  Winners will be notified by phone and email and announced on this blog on Friday, December 2, 2011.

Think you should you be the recipient of one of these scholarships? Tell us why in 100 words or less! Good luck!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Meals for Monologues

by ranielle

We here at Cast Iron Studios are firm believers in giving back, especially during the holiday season.  Inspired by Claire Simon, CSA, in Chicago, we’re happy to announce our inaugural “Meals for Monologues” canned food drive-slash-holiday potluck.

Meals for Monologues
Food Drive Benefiting

Holiday Meet-n-Greet Potluck

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

1430 SE 3rd Ave, Suite 100
Portland, OR 97214


Actors from far and wide, you’re invited to come to our offices for an open general audition call, where you can be seen by a casting director in exchange for two non-perishable food items benefiting Oregon Food Bank.

  • Bring a HEADSHOT and RESUME (stapled back-to-back or resume printed on back of photo)
  • Perform a short, prepared monologue (or two!) of your own choosing.
  • Choose a contemporary piece (we just don’t cast much Shakespeare).
  • Audition slots are 2 MINUTES MAX, so make the best use of your time!
  • No appointment necessary.  No phone calls.  One day only.  First come, first served.


Before or after you read for one of our casting directors — or even if you’re not auditioning and just want to say hi — feel free to bring a treat and have a bite at this unique holiday party.

As a side note, if you’re an actor who’s already a regular at our office, it would be great to see you at the potluck, but you might consider leaving the audition spots open for actors who are new to town or to film/TV casting.  Unless you haven’t been seen by us in the last several months, then by all means!

Spread the word!  You can join our event on Facebook.

Monday, November 28, 2011

A “Grimm” Winter: NBC Orders Full Season of Freshman Drama

by ranielle

NBC has ordered Portland-filmed “Grimm” to a full 22-episode season (adding the “back nine” to the already-ordered 13 episodes currently filming).  In addition, the network is giving the Friday night show a shot at a Thursday night time slot.  The next all-new episode will air on Thursday, December 8, followed by another all-new episode on Friday, December 9.  Cast Iron Studios provides Oregon principal casting on the series.

“We are very pleased to be making a full-season commitment for ‘Grimm,’” NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said in announcing the news. “This series is turning the traditional procedural drama on its head and is attracting a loyal following for us on Friday nights. We love where it’s going creatively and we’re excited to deliver more episodes to our audience.”

Link to full article.

Are you caught up with “Grimm”?  Watch full episodes online at

Thursday, November 17, 2011

More shenanigans: Cast Iron Studios Launch Party

by admin

We’re forging a new path, and our clients and supporters came out in droves on November 5th to help us celebrate.  Here are more photos of the shenanigans at FORGE: Cast Iron Studios’ official launch party!


Eryn Goodman, Walt Lloyd, Lana Veenker and Peter O’Fallon at FORGE
James and Melanie Bowman Clark at FORGE
Gina Mitchell and Andrew Warnecke at FORGE
Lana Veenker, Jake Greenberg and Lisa Shannon at FORGE
Eryn Goodman and Ranielle Gray at FORGE
Members of the crew of Grimm at FORGE
Justin Habel and Emily Peterson at FORGE
Heather Harlow, Katie O’Grady, Orianna Herrman, Holcombe Waller and Kavita Jhaveri at FORGE
Kristin Leppert and Shannon Sansoterra at FORGE
Tina and Ryan Menard at FORGE
Deneb Catalan at FORGE
Claire Doody, Eryn Goodman and Ranielle Gray at FORGE
Jason Jeffords, Kaili Carlton and Matthew Reeves at FORGE
Leanne Littrell and Josh Fuhrer at FORGE

 Link to more photos by Nicholas Wilson

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

FORGE: Cast Iron Studios is Launched

by admin

On Saturday, November 5th, the team at Cast Iron Studios threw a VIP reception for contributors to its “F*ck Apathy” PSA campaign, followed by a launch party of the company’s new brand and services, in celebration of its 12th year in business.

John O’Connell and Bruce Lawson at FORGE

In attendance were Cast Iron’s clients from companies such as Wieden + Kennedy and CMD, model and talent agents such as Justin Habel of Q6 and Kaili Carlton of Arthouse Talent & Literary, cast and crews of NBC’s “Grimm” and the new FX pilot “Legit,” as well as the production team of the “F*ck Apathy” PSA, including director Andrew Warnecke, producer Heather Harlow and director of photography Gary Nolton.

Gary Nolton and Heather Harlow at FORGE

Additional sightings included musician Holcombe Waller, former Oprah producer Gwen Martin, director Peter O’Fallon, cinematographer Walt Lloyd, performers from LiveWire! Radio, The 3rd Floor and Sweat, music promoter Pennie “Lane” Trumbull, author and activist Lisa Shannon, filmmakers/graphic artists The Pander Bros, and a host of others who have been supportive of our efforts since the early days.

Check out photos of the shenanigans!

Arnold Pander and Jacob Pander at FORGE
Jonny Schultz, Holcombe Waller and Kavita Jhaveri at FORGE
Shilpa Sunthankar and Aaron Cohen at FORGE

More photos by Frank DiMarco

(Stay tuned for our photo booth photos by Nicholas Gunderson!)


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

On-Camera Workshop with Top Hollywood Fight Master & Protégé

by admin

Cast Iron Studios (formerly Lana Veenker Casting) is always on the lookout to bring new learning opportunities to our talent pool. We are proud to present ACTION FOR ACTORS, a unique and exciting on-camera fight workshop this December.





Most films and TV shows these days have action to help drive the story, and actors need to be prepared to deliver.  Fight master Anthony De Longis and Kendall Wells will cover the basics of what all actors need to perform action on professional film sets.  From selling punches to taking hits, understanding the story of the fight, to building safety factors, they’ll take you through all you need to know to perform action with the stars.

  • Explore the basics of fight choreography and what choreographers want to see
  • Learn fights like those used on film and television
  • Perform fights for the camera and review them in class
  • Benefit from the presence of two experienced fight directors in one workshop

What’s Being Covered

  • Empty-hand fight choreography
  • Basics of delivering and taking hits and selling them
  • Basics of camera awareness regarding fights
  • Building levels of safety to keep you, your partner, and the crew safe
  • Basic falls
  • Basic knife and stick work; used to explore found weapons and give greater understanding to empty-hand
  • Filming short pieces of choreography for review


Actor, Director, Action Coordinator

Anthony De Longis has worked in virtually every aspect of the entertainment industry for over 38 years and counting. Professional credits span film, television, theatre, motion capture and opera and he’s worked with some of biggest names in the entertainment industry, including Harrison Ford, Jet Li, Ron Howard, Yuen Woo Ping, Tim Burton, Michelle Pfeiffer, David Carradine, Patrick Swayze, Angelica Huston, Placido Domingo, and Charlton Heston, to name a few.

As an actor, De Longis portrayed Shakespeare’s immortal villain Iago in OTHELLO, twice, and co-starred in the popular movies FEARLESS, ROAD HOUSE, MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, CIRCLE OF IRON, JAGUAR LIVES and THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER. He created the role of Kazon leader Maje Culluh for STAR TREK: VOYAGER, guest starring in five of the series’ episodes. Television appearances include GRIMM, LEVERAGE, ER, THE OUTER LIMITS, QUEEN OF SWORDS, THE ADVENTURES OF SINBAD, CONAN THE ADVENTURER, BABYLON 5, and HIGHLANDER: THE SERIES, twice. He stars as Sheriff Leigh Marshal in Rock Star Games’ RED DEAD REDEMPTION, General Serrano in BULLETSTORM, and Mick Cutler in REDEMPTION 3.

As a Fight Director and choreographer, he’s known for his skill and knowledge in a broad range of bladed weapons arts, always building his action from combative truth to tell a more dynamic action story. De Longis introduced the unique style of Spanish rapier fighting to the screen in HIGHLANDER: the SERIES and created a more efficient, effective and visual style of whip work for Michelle Pfeiffer’s “Catwoman” and Harrison Ford’s “Indiana Jones” in CRYSTAL SKULL. He’s demonstrated his practical skills with blade, whip, gun and horse on History Channel’s MORE EXTREME MARKSMEN, LOCK & LOAD and DEADLIEST WARRIOR. View his Fight Director / Action reel and Stunt resume here.

Anthony is a published writer, member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Screen Actors Guild, Actors Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Actors, Academy of Canadian Television and Radio Actors, Union of British Columbia Performers, Society of Canadian Fight Directors and an honorary member of the Society of American Fight Directors. He was honored with inductions into both the Black Belt Hall of Fame and the International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame.

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Actor, Fight Director, Filmmaker

Kendall Wells graduated a full-time acting conservatory in 2004, and in the same year, became the protégé of Hollywood actor and fight master Anthony DeLongis.

Kendall recently starred as a weapons expert on SpikeTV’s DEADLIEST WARRIOR, 3Net’s new 3D mini-series SCARY TALES, and co-starred in an episode of TNT’s LEVERAGE.

He played the title role in Blue Monkey’s ROBIN HOOD, and MacDuffe and Seyton in Northwest Classical Theatre Company’s MACBETH, for which he also won a Drammy for fight choreography.

Most recently, Kendall worked as an action performer in ROMEO ET JULIETTE with conductor Plácido Domingo and director Ian Judge at LA Opera.

Kendall is a Certified Teacher of DeLongis Combative & Performance Arts, with an extensive martial arts background, and skills in empty-hand, sword, knife, whip, stick, staff, and mounted horseback.

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You have a choice of either morning sessions or afternoon sessions.

CLASS A (Morning Session): 9:00AM to 1:00PM
Saturday, December 3 & Sunday, December 4, 2011


CLASS B (Afternoon Session): 2:00PM to 6:00PM
Saturday, December 3 & Sunday, December 4, 2011

Anthony and Kendall have decided to offer ONE, FULL-WEEKEND WORKSHOP in place of two half-day workshops. This means you’ll get 15 hours of instruction (17 hours, minus two 1-hour lunches) instead of eight, FOR THE SAME PRICE!

The class will be taught by two instructors and will be limited to a maximum of 30 registered students, ensuring plenty of personalized attention. You must be at least 16 years old to attend. Minors must obtain permission of parent or guardian.

COST: $275.00

This workshop meets on Saturday AND Sunday, from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM, and includes a lunch break. See below for registration details.

Note: There is now no difference between Class A and Class B. Register for either one to attend the full-weekend workshop. (We couldn’t delete them, since tickets have already been purchased. We will honor all previously purchased tickets for the full two-day course.)

If you have a discount code, be sure to enter it on the registration page.

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Lana Veenker Casting is now Cast Iron Studios

by admin

We’re happy to announce a big change! After more than a decade in business, Lana Veenker Casting has become Cast Iron Studios, and we’re ready to celebrate all the growth and hard work that’s brought us to this moment.

We’re still the Northwest’s premiere film and television casting company, and we’re now delving into production development as well.

Why the new name?
For a long time, Lana has wanted to honor the contributions of her team, by taking her name out of the company moniker. And she’s keen to tackle new challenges, by playing a larger part in the productions that cross her desk.



In her new role as Executive Producer, she’ll maintain her involvement in film and television casting, while vetting projects of her own to shepherd through the production process.

Casting Director Eryn Goodman will continue to head up primary casting duties, while Office Dominatrix Ranielle Gray (henceforward Associate Producer) will keep the gears running at all cylinders.

Please keep up with us on our new Facebook page at and on Twitter at

And, of course, right here on our blog.

Join us as we forge forward!


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Open Casting Call Tips

by admin

Now that we’ve announced a new open casting call for “Grimm”, we thought it was a good time to post a reminder about how to ensure you have the best chances at being chosen.


1. Be professional

The casting company’s job is to find the best and most professional candidates for the parts. Your chances of being chosen will increase if you demonstrate that you are reliable, responsive and serious about working as an actor.

2. Fit the specs

We are currently seeking males and females, ages 18-22 based in Oregon or Washington, who can portray under 17. Those who fit these specs most closely will be given first priority.

We may take photos of each candidate. Dress as yourself.

We do not need to see anyone significantly older or younger than the given ages. Definitely no one under 18.

Reminder: This casting call is for these specific age demographics only. Submitting for any other roles at this time will only waste your time and the casting office’s. Please help us stay on top of all the work we have to do by only attending if you fit the specs.

In general, it’s best if you don’t bring a group of friends and family with you, unless they fit the specs and are also auditioning. This slows down the process considerably and makes our facilities much more crowded and uncomfortable for everyone. The only people who should attend the casting call should be the ones who fit the casting specs.

3. Follow instructions precisely

Be sure to fill out all requested information on the card you will be given at the casting call.

Please do not show up outside of our 2:00PM to 6:00PM window on Wednesday, October 19, 2011.  We ask that you be respectful of our time, our limited number of phone lines and already heavy work load. Thanks!!

4. Be patient

We really do love and adore you, but we are unable to respond to requests for news and updates. We’ll only get in contact if and when there is news. Unfortunately, that means a lot of waiting and not knowing, but due to time constraints, there’s simply no other alternative. That’s show biz! 🙂

5. Gain as much experience as you can

If you’re interested in pursuing acting as a career and you don’t have a lot of experience, take some classes, find a mentor, read books and get up to speed on how the industry works, so you come across as a professional.

There’s a lot of free info on this blog and in our newsletter that will help you. You may even attend one of Lana Veenker’s workshops in the future, if you’re interested (join mailing list in the right sidebar for updates). But most importantly, find a way to learn as much as you can about the business.

Hope this helps and best of luck to everyone. We can’t wait to see you on the silver screen!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Don’t Miss Our Casting Call for NBC’s "Grimm"!

by admin

Don’t miss our casting call for Grimm this afternoon! The new series starring David Giuntoli premieres October 28th on NBC.

Here’s a round-up of news coverage about our auditions:

Want To Star In “Grimm”?
FM News 101 KXL
October 18, 2011

“Grimm” is the latest television show filming in Portland and local casting director Lana Veenker needs young people of all ethnicities and backgrounds between the ages of 18 and 22. She won’t go into specifics about what kind of roles these people could be playing though. The show tells the story of a Portland homicide detective, who solves the crimes of the Grimm Fairy Tales. The casting call is Wednesday, 2:00 to 6:00pm at Lana Veenker Casting, 1430 SE 3rd Avenue, Suite 100, Portland. The show debuts next Friday night on NBC. For more information, check out her website or listen to this interview:

Link to interview with Lana Veenker.

‘Grimm’ holds casting call for Portland actors
KGW News Channel 8
by Teresa Blackman
October 17, 2011

PORTLAND – The NBC prime-time show, “Grimm” wants to fill a number of roles with local 18-22 year-old actors and actresses, so they’re holding a casting call in Portland.

The open casting call will be held on Wednesday, October 19, from 2 pm to 6 pm at Lana Veenker Casting, 1430 SE 3rd Ave, Suite 100, in Portland.

Link to full article.


Monday, October 17, 2011

Press Release: Open Casting Call for NBC’s "Grimm"

by admin


“Grimm” is currently shooting in Portland and surrounding areas

PORTLAND, ORE.  Lana Veenker Casting announced today that it is seeking 18-22 year olds, both male and female, all ethnicities to fill a small number of roles in the NBC primetime drama “Grimm”, which premieres Friday, October 28, 2011 on the network.

“We are widening our search to find young actors 18 and older who can pass for late teens in an upcoming episode,” says Casting Director Lana Veenker, owner of the Portland, Oregon-based casting company.  “While this open call is primarily for a specific episode, this will also enable us to keep a pool of young actors in our files for use on future episodes or projects.”

An open casting call will take place in Portland on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Lana Veenker Casting, 1430 SE 3rd Ave, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97214.  Applicants who fit the age requirements (18-22 years old only) will have their photos taken and may be asked to read lines in front of the casting director.

There is no charge to audition for any role.

Interested talent should be available to audition and work as locals in Portland, Oregon. No other roles are open to the public at this time, and the casting company cannot accept drop-in or telephone inquiries.

Applicants who are unable to attend Wednesday’s open call should email their contact information, acting resume and a photo to  More information about Lana Veenker Casting is available on the casting company’s website at

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

U.S. Casting Director to Visit Austria: Guest Lecturer at Webster University & Workshop at IfiF Productions

by admin

For our German-speaking friends: An article on Lana’s upcoming lecture and workshop on Austria’s university portal,

US Casting-Direktorin zu Besuch in Österreich
Gastvortrag an der Webster University sowie Workshop bei IfiF Productions
22 September 2011

Lana Veenker (bekannt durch Filme und Serien wie “Twilight,” “Paranoid Park,” “Leverage”) ird am 28. September einen Gastvortrag für angehende Filmemacher an der Webster University Vienna halten.

Lana Veenker war schon an hunderten Filmen beteiligt, darunter solche Blockbuster wie “Twilight,” Gus Van Sants “Paranoid Park,” und über 40 Episoden der TV-Hit-Serie “Leverage” mit Timothy Hutton. Sie arbeitete für so herausragende Filmkünstler wie Robert Benton, Dean Devlin, und Tim Robbins und betreute Stars wie Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Aniston, Harrison Ford, Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron um nur einige der Namen zu nennen. Gerade eben erst hat ihre Firma das Casting für den neuen Heitor Dhalia-Film “Gone” mit Amanda Seyfried abgeschlossen.

Im ihrem Workshop am 29.September bei IfiF Productions wird sie alles Wissenswerte über die richtige Vorsprechtechnik beim Film verraten. Die Unterrichtssprache ist Englisch.

Schauspieler in Wien haben die einmalige Gelegenheit das Vorsprechen für einen amerikanischen Film zu üben, und zwar durch eine prominente amerikanische Casting-Direktorin am 29. September im Studio der IfiF productions im 8. Wiener Gemeindebezirk.

In ihrem Drei-Stunden-Workshop, betitelt “In the Hot Seat: On-Camera Audition Workshop,” wird den Schauspielern gezeigt, wie “auditions” für amerikanische Serien und Filme genau ablaufen. Sie werden lernen, worauf Regisseure, Produzenten und Caster achten und werden in englischer Sprache anhand von Texten aus Lanas letzten Filmen die Situation beim Vorsprechen üben. Das wird – so hofft Lana Veenker – sich auch positiv auf die persönlichen Vorsprechtechniken in jedweder anderen Sprache auswirken.

“Es war immer mein größtes Interesse, Schauspielern, die NICHT aus Hollywood stammen, zum Durchbruch zu verhelfen,” bekennt Lana Veenker. Sie hat sich darauf spezialisiert vor Ort an den Drehschauplätzen zu besetzen, sie sucht Leute, die einheimisch sind. “Ein George Clooney braucht meine Hilfe nicht. Es macht viel mehr Spaß jemandem seine erste Rolle in einem großen Film zu verschaffen, jemandem das Sprungbrett für die große Karriere zu bieten.”

Bis jetzt hat Lana ihre Workshops in Paris, London, Berlin, Prag und Wien abgehalten und natürlich auch überall in den Vereinigten Staaten und hat manchen Stern am Himmel dank ihrer Starthilfe aufgehen gesehen. Dennoch betont sie, dass ihre Workshops als Unterricht gedacht sind. Es sind keine eigentlichen Auditions und eine Garantie für eine Besetzung gibt es auch nicht. “Schauspieler, die etwas lernen wollen, sind bei uns richtig. Es genügt nicht, einfach nur seine Set-Card abzugeben und zu hoffen, gesehen zu werden.” Die Workshops halten sich strikt an die Bestimmungen der Casting Society of America. Somit ist das richtige Ambiente für eine authentische Lernerfahrung gewährleistet.

Detaillierte Infos zum Workshop am 29. September gibt es unter folgendem link:

Deadline für die Anmeldung ist der 24.September. Die Kosten betragen EUR 95.-

(Quelle: Webster University)

Link to article.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Don’t Miss Lana’s Workshops in Paris and Vienna This Month!

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If you’re based in Europe, don’t miss Lana’s workshop in Paris on Monday, September 26th or in Vienna on Thursday, September 29th! Details below.

What people are saying about workshops with Lana Veenker:
 “It’s always useful for an actor to meet a casting director in a non-audition situation, and if that casting director is as motivating a person as Lana, the experience is pleasurable as well as useful.” 
“As an American actress in Paris, this workshop opened my eyes and helped put into perspective the things I need to be doing in order to advance my career on both sides of the ocean. As actors, we are so often bombarded with information from other actors as to what they ‘think’ is useful, that it is so nice and streamlined to have a Casting Director break everything down into what you NEED to be doing and explain why it works, it makes the task of marketing yourself seem less overwhelming.” 
“It has been a real pleasure to attend Lana’s workshop because not only it allowed me to meet her and receive some credible, relevant infos on the job & Hollywood market but also to meet other actors. Thanks to Lana, I feel more confident now about the fact of moving to L.A since I have now some tools about CVs, photos and how to contact CDs and I feel relieved about my choice of the Lee Strasberg school.”
“Very interesting !!! Every actor (or aspiring actor) who’d like to move in the USA should first take notes by Lana Veenker’s workshop. Very important for the resume and the headshot and how to behave in front of agents and professional. Thank you Lana for helping us in our first steps ;);) “

“It [was] a real delight to attend Lana Veenker’s workshop. She understands how Europeans work so she can very clearly explain to us the main differences with the USA. It is a real plus value in the pursue of my career. Thank you very much.”

In the Hot Seat: On-Camera Audition Workshop
with Casting Director Lana Veenker
Presented in English by Tools For Actors
Have you ever wondered what it is like to audition for film & TV in the United States?  Join American casting director Lana Veenker for this three-hour workshop and:

  • Learn how film & TV auditions are conducted in the States
  • Discover what directors, producers and casting directors are looking for
  • Practice auditioning in English with scenes from Lana’s past projects
  • Improve your on-camera audition technique

Lana Veenker CSA (“Twilight,” “Paranoid Park,” TNT’s “Leverage,” NBC’s “Grimm”) has built a career helping actors OUTSIDE Hollywood break into the business. If you want to learn what it takes to succeed when there’s an ocean between you and Hollywood, don’t miss her workshops in Paris and Vienna.


In the Hot Seat: On-Camera Audition Workshop with Casting Director Lana Veenker
Monday, September 26th, 2011
Studio Bleu
7-9, rue des Petites Écuries
75010 Paris
Métro Château d’Eau, Strasbourg St Denis

EUR 95.00
Register by 23:59h on Wednesday, September 21st, 2011


In the Hot Seat: On-Camera Audition Workshop with Casting Director Lana Veenker

Thursday, Sept 29, 2011
IfiF Productions
Bennogasse 24/2/14
A-1080 Wien

Strassenbahn 44 (Schottentor) to Hernalser Gürtel (15 minutes)

EUR 95.00
Register by 23:59h on Saturday, Sept 24, 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011

Special ‘Casting Scoop’ Discount for PICA TBA!

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Psst!! A little birdie told me about a way to get the PICA member discount price on THREE of its upcoming TBA (Time-Based Art) Festival shows!

If you’re a follower of The Casting Scoop or Lana’s Twitter or Facebook pages, you can use a special discount code to get into any of the following shows:

Rude Mechs
The Method Gun

Fri, Sept 9 8:30-10:00pm
Sat, Sept 10 8:30-10:00pm
Sun, Sept 11 8:30-10:00pm
Mon, Sept 12 6:30-8:00pm
Tue, Sept 13 6:30-8:00pm

The Method Gun explores the life and techniques of Stella Burden, the actor-training guru of the 60s and 70s and creator of “The Approach” (referred to as “the most dangerous acting technique in the world”), which fused Western acting methods with risk-based rituals to infuse even the smallest role with sex, death, and violence. Using found text from the journals and performance reports of Burden’s company, The Method Gun reenacts the final months of her company’s rehearsals for their nine-years-in-the-making production of A Streetcar Named Desire. The Method Gun addresses the ecstasy and excesses of performing, the dangers of public intimacy, and the incompatibility of truth on stage and sanity in real life.

Tickets to Rude Mechs
Discount Code: timetotba


Taylor Mac
Comparison Is Violence or The Ziggy Stardust Meets Tiny Tim Songbook

Fri, Sept 9 8:30-10:00pm
Sat, Sept 10 8:30-10:00pm
Sun, Sept 11 8:30-10:00pm

Gloriously larger than life, the fabulous performer, writer, and director Taylor Mac draws from the traditions of drag and performance art to create a style all his own. Combining dramatic flair, searing satire, poignant honesty, and—of course—plenty of glitter, Mac presents his newest show, in which he dissects the darker side of comparison while singing Tiny Tim songs and selections from David Bowie’s glam-rock classic, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust. It promises to be a concert unlike any other.

Tickets to Taylor Mac

Discount Code: timetotba


Andrew Dinwiddie
Get Mad at Sin

Tue, Sept 13 6:30-7:30pm
Wed, Sept 14 6:30-7:30pm
Thu, Sept 15 6:30-7:30pm
Fri, Sept 16 6:30-7:30pm
Sat, Sept 17 6:30-7:30pm

Get Mad at Sin! is a one-man performance reanimating a historical document: an out-of-print vinyl record of a sermon by the evangelist Jimmy Swaggart, recorded live at the First Assembly of God in Van Buren, Arkansas, circa 1971. Conceived and performed by Andrew Dinwiddie under the direction of Jeff Larson, Get Mad at Sin ! strives to achieve perfect audio fidelity to the original record while reincarnating Swaggart’s carpetpacing, pulpit-pounding performance. The result is a complicated portrait of Swaggart in his prime—legendary Pentecostal preacher, pioneer of radio and televangelism, fiery rhetorician, best-selling gospel artist of all time, and first cousin of rock-and-roller Jerry Lee Lewis—before he reached the height of his fame and imploded in 1988.

Tickets to Andrew Dinwiddie
Discount Code: timetotba


Enjoy the great discount and be inspired! If you hit any of these shows, leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Talking film & TV on "Have You Heard? with Byron Beck"

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Had a blast co-hosting Have You Heard? with Byron Beck the other day. We really enjoyed working together, although I did have to bust his chops a bit about his “Between Two Ferns” set dec! 😉

Oregon’s top casting director, Lana Veenker, talks movies and why so many of them are being made in Portland. Actor Darius Pierce shares his experience on the set of Leverage and his role in Portland’s Shakespeare Project’s production of “As You Like It,” and Absolut Herve LeClerc and Red Cap’s Samuel Thomas create cocktails in support of civil rights and Basic Rights Oregon.

Have You Heard? Hosted By Byron Beck: Episode #22 from earth2world on Vimeo.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

What’s New in Portland Film & TV? AM Northwest Finds Out.

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Great to see KATU’s Dave Anderson again (after his star turn on Leverage episode 408, which will air in a few weeks!) on this morning’s AM Northwest.

Portland is buzzing with TV and Film productions. Casting Director Lana Veenker stopped by to tell us what’s happening now…and how we might get in on the action.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Submission Instructions for NW Actors and Extras

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This is an outdated post. Our current submission instructions can be found here. Thanks!

Are you interested in working as an actor or extra in Oregon?

Looking for submission instructions for Lana Veenker Casting? You’ve found the place.

NOTE: This information is for extras and actors who live in the Pacific Northwest.


* For information on working as an extra on Leverage or other film, television and commercial productions, please contact Extras Only.

* To be entered into Lana Veenker Casting’s database for extra work (commercials only), please follow these instructions precisely:

  • Go to
  • Click on “New Profile” on the left side of the home page, under the login button.
  • Select “Portland.”
  • Select “I’m signing up as an extra.
  • Select Account Type (scroll to bottom for free Basic Account).
  • Enter your information completely and follow the instructions you will receive in an email as to how you can upload your current picture.
  • It is very important that you immediately upload your photo on Casting Frontier in order to be entered into the database. You cannot be considered for extra work without a photo.
  • Our calls for extras are few and far between. We’ll be in touch if we have a project that requires background actors.

NOTE: There are no fees to be listed in our database, nor do we charge extras any commissions. We are paid by the production companies that hire us. Furthermore, we earn nothing from paid profiles on Casting Frontier; this is simply the company we use for our online casting system. There is no charge to create a basic profile and no requirement to upgrade to a premium account.

If you are a professional actor based in Oregon or Washington and you are NOT represented by a talent agency, you can create a free profile in our casting database.

  • Go to The Casting Frontier
  • Create a Basic (Free) profile in the Pacific NW Region
  • Fill your profile out completely, including your headshot and resume
  • Send the Public Link of your profile to talent[at]slateplease[dot]com, subject line: NW Actor Submission

Hint: Your public link contains a lot of random letters and numbers. If there aren’t a lot of random letters and numbers, it’s not a link we can use.

If you are seeking representation in the Northwest, please contact SAG or AFTRA for a list of franchised agencies, or check the Production Directory on the OMPA website under Talent Agencies.

NOTE: We are a casting company, not a talent agency, so we don’t represent actors. Creating a Casting Frontier profile will put you in our database, but you still need an agent to promote you!

If you are a professional actor based in Oregon or Washington and you ARE represented by a talent agent, you should already be on Casting Frontier. There is no need for you to resubmit or self-submit. Just let your agent know you’re interested and available for upcoming projects, and they’ll do the rest.

NOTE: There are no fees to be listed in our database, nor do we charge actors any commissions. We are paid by the production companies that hire us. Furthermore, we earn nothing from paid profiles on Casting Frontier; this is simply the company we use for our online casting system. There is no charge to create a basic profile and no requirement to upgrade to a premium account.

****Please no calls or drop-by visits.****

For more information on film production in Oregon, check out the Oregon Governor’s Office of Film and Television‘s website, the OMPA website, or the Confluence website.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Información para aspirantes a actores en Oregon

by admin

(For our Spanish-speaking friends in the Northwest!)

¿Está usted interesado en trabajar como actor o extra en Oregon?

Usted ha venido al lugar correcto.


Aquí tiene algunos lugares en los alrededores de Portland para estudiar actuación profesional:

Portland Actors Conservatory (El Conservatorio para Actuación de Portland)
Jana Lee Hamblin
Robert Blanche
Barbara Kite

Oregon Children’s Theatre (Teatro Infantil de Oregon)
Northwest Children’s Theatre (Teatro Infantil del Noroeste)
Sandra Peabody
Katie O’Grady


Para participar en el teatro de la comunidad latina, usted puede ser voluntario, tomar clases o audicionar para los espectáculos en el Teatro Milagro de Portland:

Teatro Milagro (Miracle Theatre)


* Para información sobre cómo trabajar como extra en Leverage, o en el cine, la televisión y producciones comerciales, por favor póngase en contacto con Extras Only.

* Para entrar en la base de datos de Lana Veenker Casting para trabajar como extra (sólo para comerciales), por favor, siga estas instrucciones con precisión:

* Ir a
* Haga clic en “Create Your Profile Now!” (“¡Crear Su Perfil Ahora!”) en el lado izquierdo de la página, debajo del botón de inicio de sesión (“Login”).
* Seleccione “Portland”.
* Seleccione “I’m signing up as an extra” (“Estoy apuntándome como un extra”).
* Seleccione el tipo de cuenta (vaya hacia abajo para la cuenta básica gratis, “Basic Profile,” y haga clic en “Free”).
* Escriba su información en forma completa y siga las instrucciones. Recibirá en un correo electrónico cómo usted podrá subir su fotografía actual.
* Es muy importante que suba de inmediato su foto a Casting Frontier con el fin de que se le añada en la base de datos. Usted no puede trabajar como extra si no tiene foto.
* Nuestra necesidad de extras es escasa, ya que principalmente trabajamos con actores profesionales. Nos pondremos en contacto con usted si nosotros si tenemos un proyecto que requiera de extras.

NOTA: No hay costos para figurar en nuestra base de datos, ni cobramos ninguna comisión a los actores. Nos pagan las empresas de producción que nos contratan. Por otra parte, no ganamos nada de los perfiles que son pagados en Casting Frontier; esta es simplemente la empresa que usamos para nuestro sistema de casting en línea. No hay ningún costo para crear un perfil básico y no se necesita actualizar a una cuenta al nivel premium.

Recuerde que las producciones con las que trabajamos siempre piden a actores y modelos para que completen el formulario I-9 antes de trabajar. Esto requiere una prueba de identidad y un comprobante de autorización para trabajar.


Si usted es un actor profesional con sede en Oregon o Washington y NO está siendo representado por una agencia de talento, puede crear un perfil de forma gratuita en nuestra base de datos para castings.

* Ir a Casting Frontier
* Crear una perfil básico gratuito (“Free Basic Profile”) para la región del Noroeste del Pacífico (“Pacific Northwest”).
* Llena tu perfil por completo, incluyendo tu fotografía de presentación y tu currículo artístico
* Enviar el enlace de su perfil público a: talent [arroba] slateplease [punto] com, asunto: “NW Actor Submission.”

Sugerencia: Su enlace público contiene un montón de letras y números al azar. Si no hay un montón de letras y números aleatorios, no es un vínculo que podamos utilizar.

Si usted está buscando representación en el noroeste, por favor póngase en contacto con el SAG o AFTRA para una lista de agencias en franquicia, o visite el directorio de la producción Source Oregon en agencias de talento (“Talent Agencies” o sino “Talent Managers”).

NOTA: Somos una empresa que se dedica a hacer castings. No somos una agencia de talento; por lo tanto no representamos a los actores. Crear un perfil en Casting Frontier le pondrá a usted en nuestra base de datos, ¡pero usted todavía necesita un agente para promoverle!

Si usted es un actor profesional con sede en Oregon o Washington, y ES representado por un agente de talento, usted debe ya estar en Casting Frontier. No hay necesidad de que vuelva a presentar su perfil. Simplemente deje saber a su agente que está interesado y disponible para futuros proyectos, y nosotros haremos lo demas.

NOTA: No hay costos para figurar en nuestra base de datos, ni cobramos ninguna comisión a los actores. Nos pagan las empresas de producción que nos contratan. Por otra parte, no ganamos nada de los perfiles que son pagados en Casting Frontier; es simplemente la empresa que usamos para nuestro sistema de casting en línea. No hay ningún costo para crear un perfil básico y no se necesita actualizar a una cuenta al nivel premium.

**** Por favor, no llame o haga a visitas sin cita. ****


Para más información sobre la producción cinematográfica en Oregón, echa un vistazo al sitio de web de la Oficina del Gobernador de Oregon para Cine y Televisión (“Governor’s Office of Film and Television”), el sitio web OMPA (“Oregon Media Production Association”), o el sitio web de Confluence.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Twilight Lexicon Reports: Lana Veenker Makes PSA Appeal

by admin

Many thanks to the ladies over at Twilight Lexicon, who posted about the anti-rape PSA campaign that we are producing. We appreciate you!

Lana Veenker Makes PSA Appeal
July 8, 2011
Posted by Twilight_News

Many of you who have been around the fandom awhile know that Lana Veenker was one the people who helped to cast the original Twilight movie that filmed in the Portland, Oregon area. Lana casts many shows such as Leverage that shoot in the Portland area. For Twilight, Lana helped cast much of the local talent that was used in the film (Cora the waitress, young Bella, the original Sam Solomon Trimble, etc).

Lana is now involved in a cause that means much to her, as one of her close friends is one of the major activists in this area. More details on how you can help bring awareness to this important issue here.

Link to original post.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

‘Twilight’ Casting Director, Lana Veenker, Takes a Stand

by admin

The folks over at Twilighters Anonymous are helping to spread the word about the PSA we are producing. Thanks, guys!

‘Twilight’ Casting Director, Lana Veenker, Takes a Stand
July 9, 2011
By Evie

You might recognize the name Lana Veenker as the casting director from the original Twilight movie. Now Lana is taking a stand in a new PSA against rape as a weapon of war. Check out more below:

Meet Andrew & Lana from Cast Iron Studios.

Join our efforts to produce a 60-second PSA to help stop the use of rape as a weapon of war!

Our Story

New statistics show that over 400,000 women per year are raped in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where armed militias are using rape as a weapon of war to terrorize communities. Since this statistic does not include men and children, the actual number is much higher.

By comparison, as of the last census, the population of Portland, Oregon was about 584,000.

Think about that: Almost the equivalent of the entire population of Portland, violently raped. Per year.

Link to full blog post.