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 years as a casting director he conducted well over 50,000 individual actor's auditions for commercial, film, television, print, and industrial projects. He has since left casting and returned to his acting career with credits that include Chicago PD, Chicago Med, Empire, Red Line, ABC's Cupid, The Playboy Club, The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Remy Bumppo, American Players Theatre, other TV, film, theater credits and many, many national, regional, and local voice-overs, on-camera commercials, and industrials. Sean is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison having completed a double-major in both Theatre & Drama and Molecular Biology.
Sarah brings years of casting experience to the class room. You'll often run into her as a Session Director at Pascal Rudnike Casting (and recieve some of the finest directing in town!) She also knows the other side of the camera very well, plays a recurring role on Chicago Med, and has done many other major TV shows and films. She did not write this bio - and I should probably call her up and find out what those are so I can brag about her in more detail. But I do know she's also spent time on Broadway. But that's New York- and we're in Chicago. So whatever. She's freaking great at acting and directing.
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AJ Links is a Casting Director at Paskal Rudnicke Casting. She's very, very good at it and super, super cool. You should meet her (if you are comfortable around people with a far better fashion sense than you). She joins us as a guest teacher on some evenings of the advanced levels of our regular On Camera Training Program, as well as our kids classes. She also likes to pose for pictures as a beautiful delicate flower.
Anne Acker was born and raised in Alabama before coming up north to attend Indiana University where she majored in Musical Theatre and Communication and Culture. She has performed on stages all over the Chicagoland area including Drury Lane, Theatre at the Center, and Chicago Kids Company. Some of her favorite roles include Maria in West Side Story, Sarah in Guys and Dolls, and Abigail in The Crucible. When she's not singing and dancing, Anne is auditioning for commercials. You may have seen her in ads such as Walmart, Long John Silver's, Xolair, and Gordman's. To bring more perspecitve into the classroom, she also learned the behind the scenes world of casting as an intern at Pascal Rudnike Casting.
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 of the teachers at The Green Room that has experience behind the camera in a casting room at O'Connor Casting!
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. Now she runs much of our registration and administration remotely from LA, as she is making her acting career happen in that tiny, obsucre little TV and film market out west..
David Murphy also brings multiple areas of expertise to his teaching. He joined the staff at O'Connor Casting Company in early 2001, worked for years as a full time Casting Director, took a hiatus to focus on teaching, and has now returned full time to the casting session rooms with OCC. 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 50,000 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.
Sam Porretta knows what he's doing. He's spent many a session behind the camera as a freelance Session Director at O'Connor Casting. But he's an even better actor. Turn on your TV lately and you're sure to see him constantly. He happens to also be a very humble guy and doesn't brag about stuff- he did not write this bio himself. Probably doesn't even know it's up here on the website.
In 2006, Courtney's bubbly personality, acting know-how and babysitting skills finally paid off together in one job. After taking classes at The Green Room, Sean and Murphy asked if she was interested in teaching their kids division. Courtney jumped at the opportunity and has had a strong presence at the Green Room since. Now, she teaches kids and adults alike. A proud member of the actor's union SAG-AFTRA, Courtney has done everything from musical theatre to on-camera to voice over. She has spent the past few seasons on Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD in her recurring role Paramedic Courtney, and has worked for great theatres like Madison Rep, Drury Lane, Noble Fool, Apple Tree, Illinois Shakespeare and Theatre at the Center. For voice over, Courtney can be heard on regional, national, and even global commercials. She's been in independent films, pilots and commercials, (the one she did with her husband for AT&T holds a special place in her heart.) Your kids might have played with a Disney V-Tech toy that she voiced for Doc McStuffins or Frozen, or talked you into a McDonald's Happy Meal after hearing her voice. Most recently, Courtney has become a certified life coach and is on a mission to help actors improve their mindsets and create happy, fulfilling lives.
You can check out her sites at courtneyrioux.com
Brian King was born and raised in Chicago. After graduating from Columbia College he went on to work as a copywriter in the Chicago advertising community for 10 years while also pursuing his acting career. We are thrilled that, with Brian, students get a chance to hear the writer's perspective when it comes to auditions. He left his writing job in 2010 to act full-time starring in over 40 commercials from Budweiser to KFC while landing roles on TV shows such as a major recurring role on the SHOWTIME hit THE CHI, as well as PRISON BREAK, LEVERAGE, DETROIT 187, MOB DOCTOR, CRISIS, CHICAGO FIRE and EMPIRE. He also played the recurring role of "Chuck" on the STARZ series BOSS starring Kelsey Grammar. Film work includes WIDOWS, MAN OF STEEL, and A LIGHT BENEATH THEIR FEET as well as smaller independent movies. He has also starred in three shows at Chicago's acclaimed STEPPENWOLF THEATRE. Oh, and Brian owns a boat.
Leah Raidt proudly hails from Louisville, Kentucky. Chicago credits include American Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Pavement Group, Explore Theatre, and Emerald City Children's Theatre. Before The Green Room, Leah taught young actors at Walden Theatre and The Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts. She holds a B.F.A from The Theatre School at DePaul University, and is a graduate of The School at Steppenwolf. Leah also works as a Weight Watchers leader. To bring more perspecitve into the classroom, she also learned the behind the scenes world of casting as an intern at O'Connor Casting Company. Follow her on twitter @Lraidt!