Co-Founder Sean Bradley brings several different perspectives into the class room. Having worked as a professional actor for years, Sean joined the staff at O'Connor Casting Company in 2000. Learning the ins-and-outs of the business, he soon became a full on Casting Director working on jobs from conception to completion. During his time as a casting director he conducted well over 30,000 individual actor's auditions for commercial, film, television, print, and industrial projects. He has since returned to his acting career with credits that include a Guest Star role on ABC's Cupid, Lifetime's Beyond Chance, The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Remy Bumppo, and many national, regional, and local voice-overs, on-camera commercials, and industrials. He juggles all of that and his teaching schedule with a career in production as both a producer and director on various projects, including his role as producer on the feature film "Witches' Night." He currently has several film projects in development with Hay Moon Pictures. Sean is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison having completed a double-major in both Theatre & Drama and Molecular Biology.
Co-founder David Murphy also brings multiple areas of expertise to his teaching. Having worked for years as a full time Casting Director as well, he joined the staff at O'Connor Casting Company in early 2001. David Murphy also occasionally does freelance work for O'Connor Casting. Around the casting office, there are two "David's" (David O'Connor is the owner), so this David is often known as "Murphy". Like Sean, he has also conducted well over 30,000 individual actor's auditions. In another life, Murphy was a teacher for the Players' Workshop of the Second City in a stint that lasted over 16 years. Murphy has directed over a hundred shows ranging from improv reviews to children's shows. He has created several touring groups performing for such clients as GE and Novis. Murphy has worked as an artistic director for Bedlam Productions, has worked in casting for Toast productions and has been a consultant to several fledgling theatre companies.
Courtney's career in acting started in professional theatre after graduating from Illinois State University. She has worked with such theatres as: Madison Repertory Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Apple Tree Theatre, Theatre at the Center, Noble Fool Theatricals, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Adventure Stage Chicago, The Theatre Building Chicago, Mary Arrchie Theatre, ATC and Theatre Bam.
She can also be seen in many regional and national commercials, independent films, and hosted an online show called "Da Green Show".
Soon, she found her niche in the world of voiceover as a performer. At Sound Advice, she began coaching voiceover and became a casting director at their sister company, Big House Casting. Her recent voiceover work extends beyond national, regional, and local spots to include a global job for a McDonalds Happy Meal. She teaches voiceover and runs the kids/teens program here, at The Green Room. Courtney is a proud member of AEA, SAG and AFTRA. To hear Courtney's demos visit: www.courtneyrioux.com
Steven Ivcich is a writer/director/actor/teacher with 30 years of professional stage, film and commercial experience. Working with actors has been central to the arc of his career. His understanding of the actor’s creative needs led him to develop his cross training process, a process that affords actors the very best possible learning and working environment. For more information on Steven and his approach visit www.theactorsprocess.com. And of course- yet one more if the teachers at The Green Room that has experience behind the camera in a casting room at O'Connor Casting!
Matthew Amador joined O’Connor Casting in 2010 and continues on there today as a Casting Associate. With over a decade of experience as a stage, on-camera and voice-over actor, he’s appeared in regional and national ad campaigns, best-selling audio books, and has performed live all over the country. Now on the OTHER side of the camera, Matthew uses his first-hand knowledge of the acting business to bring about the best possible performances from the already rich talent pool of Chicago. A graduate of Northwestern University and a surfer at heart, Matthew is naturally adept at getting along with different personality types, feels right at home directing both children and adults, and revels in the dynamic field of casting and the challenges it presents. Matt regularly teaches in our On Camera Training Program.
Josh is a Casting Associate at PR Casting in Chicago, as well as a fantastic improvisor on the stages of Chicago. We're proud to have him teaching in both our adult and kids programs. More bio to come!
Shelby Cherniet C.S.A
Upon receiving her B.A. from the University of Arizona in May 2002, Shelby began her internship with Claire Simon Casting the following fall. She became a permanent member of the casting industry in September 2003. She has served as a Chicago Casting Associate on several projects, most recently on Season One of both “Detroit 1-8-7” and “The Chicago Code”. She has also cast many other projects including television pilots “Cooper & Stone”, “BOSS”, “The Line”, and “Matadors”, Season One of “The Beast," starring Patrick Swayze, and the hit television show “Prison Break”. She has been a Casting Associate on several films, including Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion”, “The Last Rites of Joe May”, “Gifted Hands”, “The Poker House”, and “The Lake House”. She has also been a part of numerous television pilot seasons, and countless film searches and commercial spots. With a flare for Publicity, she has begun to develop this division at Simon Casting, so expect to be seeing our name out there. As a Senior Associate, Shelby is delighted to have been here at Claire Simon Casting the past eight years and looks forward to the many more years of casting to come. We're proud to have her teaching in both our adult and kids programs!
Cristin McAlister is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she received her degree in theatre from LSU. She has been seen onstage in Chicago at several theatres including: New Leaf, WNEP, Caffeine Theatre, The Annoyance and IO. She currently performs regularly with her improv team The Senate, a member team at The Playground theatre. She can also be seen in the feature films, Schizopolis and Before We Were Turtles and recently completed work on several short, independent films. Cristin started teaching the kids and teens classes in the fall of 2010.
Sanaa Sayyed hails from Spring, Texas where she graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in Mass Communications in December of 2009. Since then, she jump started her career by interning at Simon Casting and freelancing as a production assistant on such projects as The Chicago Code and Transformers 3 (where she got to meet and fawn over her childhood dream: Shia Labeouf). Currently she's settled down into a position as a Talent Agent at one of Chicago's oldest union franchised talent agencies working on all of the major projects that come through the city, and LOVES spending time on weekends helping with the Green Room kid's classes.
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