Casting Dir. Workshop

Casting Directors

Do you want your child to be seen by a top NYC casting director for a fraction of the price it would cost to go to New York for the day? Or how about finally getting coaching and feedback from Broadway professionals that actually have the ability to get you a role in a Broadway show? That's what C-R Kids is bringing this Fall to the Capital Region and Saratoga for teenagers and younger child actors.

All Casting Directors will run these 5 hours workshops like a professional Broadway audition and give you and your child the feedback that is needed to make your next trip to NYC for an audition worth your time.

These Casting Directors are the people that cast shows like NEWSIES, THE LION KING, LES MISERABLES, ALADDIN, and opening soon on Broadway - SCHOOL OF ROCK. All these shows are sure to run a long time and are always in need of replacements and this is your chance to be seen by those that can make your Broadway dreams a reality!


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Cesar Rocha

Saturday, September 12
Sunday, September 13

Workshop Filled

Cesar Rocha- is a casting associate at Telsey + Company and has been a part of the Telsey team since 2010, He is originally from Miami, Florida. Telsey + Company has worked on various theatre, film and television projects. Some of these include ; Broadway/Tours: Hamilton, An American In Paris, The Last Ship, Love Letters, Sister Act, This is Our Youth, Motown, Kinky Boots, Rock of Ages, Newsies. Off-Broadway: Atlantic, MCC, Second Stage, Signature. Regional: A.R.T., Dallas Theater Center, Goodman, La Jolla, New York Stage and Film, Paper Mill, Signature. Film: Ricki and the Flash,The Intern, Ithaca, Focus, A Most Violent Year, Into the Woods, The Last 5 Years, Stage Fright, Song One. TV: " SMASH", "Flesh and Bone," "Peter Pan Live!," commercials.






Initially an actress ('Les Miserables', 'Aspects of Love', et al.), Merri found herself out West some years back where she quickly made a name for herself at Liberman/Hirschfeld, then Liberman/Patton Casting, working on such shows as "NewsRadio", "The Larry Sanders Show" and the Miramax feature film "Playing By Heart", starring Sean Connery and Angelina Jolie. In 2000, Merri moved to Dreamworks Studios as the Casting Executive in charge of TV Pilots and Series- including "Spin City", and the critically acclaimed "The Job", starring Denis Leary. She was then offered a position as the Director of Casting for Dramas and Movies at ABC Television, overseeing the casting of "Alias", "NYPD Blue", "The Practice" and the 'made for television movies’ "Gilda Radner - It's Always Something" and "The Music Man", starring Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth, to name just a few.

Merri then returned to the East Coast to teach and coach actors – something she still does (and loves) as time permits, when Tara Rubin offered her a Casting Director position where she’s been happily ensconced ever since, working on, among many others - the Broadway productions, touring and international companies of SPAMALOT, JERSEY BOYS, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, LES MISERABLES, HOW TO SUCCEED…, MAMMA MIA!, ALADDIN and currently SCHOOL OF ROCK for Broadway. She also casts for many theaters regionally – including the Papermill Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, The Old Globe and The LaJolla Playhouse. She is the very proud CD of the critically acclaimed web series SUBMISSIONS ONLY and also boasts many TV & film projects, workshops and readings – including the mew musical TREVOR – based on the Oscar winning short film.

In other news, she has been a Big Sister to Jenny via the amazing Big Brothers/Big Sisters program for the last 18 years, is an alumni officer of the professional sorority Kappa Gamma Chi (BFA in Musical Theater - Emerson College), a member of Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, has been a Tony Voter for the past three years and is a proud member of CSA (Casting Society of America).



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Binder Casting started by Jay Binder in the early 1980’s, has cast over 70 Broadway shows including A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Lion King, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Born Yesterday, The Miracle Worker, Finian’s Rainbow, Brighton Beach Memoirs, A Chorus Line, Gypsy, 39 Steps, White Christmas, Is He Dead?, Inherit The Wind, Journey’s End, Butley, Virginia Woolf, Sweet Charity, Wonderful Town, Movin’ Out, 42nd Street, Music Man, Iceman Cometh, Charlie Brown, Sound of Music, Beauty & the Beast, Last Night of Ballyhoo, Chicago, King & I, Damn Yankees, Lost in Yonkers, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, The Goodbye Girl and every City Center Encores! production since its inception in 1994. Film/TV/Other: Carousel (NY Philharmonic/PBS), Six by Sondheim (HBO), So You Think You Can Dance, West Side Story (San Francisco Symphony), Every Little Step, Hairspray, Dreamgirls, Chicago, Nine. Ten–time Artios Award winner.
Binder Casting has had the honor of working with top industry professionals including, Darko Tresnjak, Casey Nicholaw, Warren Carlyle, John Doyle, Marc Bruni, John Rando, Nicky Martin, Jack O’Brian, David Grindley, Jerome Robbins, Neil Simon, David Mamet, David Ives, Stephen Sondheim, Tommy Tune, Michael Blakemore, Twyla Tharp, Rob Marshall, Kathleen Marshall, Julie Taymor, Edward Albee, Dan Sullivan, Gene Sacks, Joe Mantello, Gary Hynes, Susan Stroman, Doug Hughes, Michael Mayer, Graciela Daniele, John Doyle, Howard Davies, Anthony Page, Jerry Zaks, James Lapine, among many others.



TEEN WORKSHOPS: ages 13-18

Saturdays (9/12, 10/10, 11/21)
@ C-R Kids Performing Arts School
9 Laura Drive, Cohoes, Ny 12047


Sundays (9/13, 10/11, 11/22)
@ Saratoga Arts Center
320 Broadway # 1, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Workshops limited to 16 participants
Attend all 3 Workshops for only $250 plus Prep Sessions.

Register for all 3 Workshops.

Casting Directors will start the Workshops off with Q & A session with participants only.
Parents are invited to attend final 45 minutes of Workshops for Q & A session.

Each participant must:

Prepare 2 contrasting songs
Attend 2 Prep Sessions ($50 per session) prior to Seminar.)
Accompanist provided. Song choice, presentation and more covered in Prep Sessions.

**If you attend more than one seminar.and wish to change songs, you MUST attend one additional Prep Session.

Prep Session Dates:

September 12 Workshop - Prep Sessions: September 1 - 5:00pm-8:00pm and September 9 - 5:00pm-8:00pm
October 11 Workshop - Prep Sessions: September 26 - 10:00am-1:00pm and October 3 - 10:00am-1:00pm
November 21 Workshop - Prep Sessions: November 7 - 10:00am-1:00pm and November 14 - 10:00pm-1:00pm

Schedule for Workshops:

9:30am - 9:45pm -Participants arrive and sign-in
10:00am-10:30am -Introductions and Q & A Session with participants
10:30am-12:00pm -Work Session
12:00pm-12:30pm -Lunch break. Participants bring lunch.
12:30pm- 2:15pm -Work Session
2:00pm - Parents arrive for Q & A Session.
2:15pm - 3:00pm - Q & A Session with parents and participants.
3:00pm - End of Workshop

Mission Statement


To nurture, advance and create a community of young artists, fortifying their lives and those of their families, schools, communities and beyond, through the study and performance of theatre.

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