2019 MainStreet Callbacks Jury

actors:  
David Garrison  
Joanna Gleason  
Wren Harrington  

Paul Hecht

Paul Hecht is a graduate of the first class of the National Theater School of Canada. He started his New  York Career off Broadway (MacBird,Sjt Musgraves Dance) and with the NY Shakespeare festival both in Central Park and on the school tours (Henry V, Alls Well that ends Well).He received a Tony Nomination for his role as the Player in Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and was in the original companies of 1776 (John Dickinson), Night and Day (with Maggie Smith), Caesar and Cleopatra (with Rex Harrison) and the Rothschilds ( with Hal Linden). He was Cyrano at the Guthrie in the world premiere of the Anthony Burgess adaptation , and was one of the few actors  to have performed the double Marc Antony at the American Shakespeare festival in Stratford CT. He received an OBIE award for his performance of Pirandello's  Henry IV  at the Roundabout theater in NYC. He has recorded dozens of books and has been in films and on TV with such stars as Bette Davis, Jeremy Irons,Chris Rock,Jane Fonda and Kris Kristofferson. He mentors young performers at Girl Be Heard and  as a community volunteer, reads to 5 year olds as part of NYC's pre K for all program. He lives in Brooklyn NY.

 
Marc Moritz  

Chris Sarandon

Chris Sarandon was born of immigrant Greek parents in 1942, in the town of Beckley,  in the southern coal fields of West Virginia.  After a part time stint as a rock and roll drummer, he completed his primary and secondary schooling, then  attended West Virginia University, where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Drama. Sarandon continued his education at the Catholic University of America, receiving an Master of Fine Arts degree in Theater. After working for a year with an improvisational theater company in Washington, DC, he became a member of the professional Equity acting company at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven Connecticut.

Moving to New York in the late 60’s, he was immediately cast in the soap opera “The Guiding Light,” before returning to the theater, where he was cast as Jacob Rothschild in the original Broadway musical, “The Rothschilds.” This was followed by his replacing Raul Julia in the hit Broadway musical romp, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.”

Sarandon was then chosen by Sidney Lumet to play the pivotal role of Al Pacino’s would-be transsexual lover in the film “Dog Day Afternoon,” for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, nominated for  a Golden Globe for Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture, and nominated for a New York Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor.  This was followed by starring roles in the films “Lipstick,” “Cuba,” Sam Peckinpah’s last film “The Osterman Weekend,” “Protocol” with Goldie Hawn, the cult vampire classic “Fright Night,” “The Princess Bride,” and as the voice of Jack Skellington in the animated classic, Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” More recently he has appeared in “I Smile Back” with Sarah Silverman, and “Big Stone Gap.”

On Television Sarandon has starred in the dual roles of Sidney Carton and Charles Darnay in the CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame production of “A Tale of Two Cities,” and as Thomas Wolfe in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of “You Can’t Go Home Again,” among many other movies for television. He has also appeared in recurring roles on the series “ER,” “Picket Fences,” “The Practice,” “Felicity,”, and “Judging Amy.” He also starred with Sally Field as a Supreme Court judge in the short-lived ABC series, “The Court.” Returning to his first love, the theater, he appeared with Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner as the reformed villain the Comte de Guiche in the acclaimed Broadway production of “Cyrano de Bergerac.” His Off-Broadway appearances include the critically lauded Lincoln Center production of Dave Malloy’s “Preludes,” “Through a Glass Darkly,” with Carey Mulligan, John Guare’s “Marco Polo Sings a Solo” with Madolyn Kahn, Joel Gay, and Sigorney Weaver at the New York Public Theater, and “The Woods,” also at the Public.

Sarandon is married to Joanna Gleason, with whom he appeared in the ill-fated Broadway musical “Nick and Nora.” They have seven grandchildren . . . and counting.

 

 
   
casting directors:  
Holly Buczek  
Michael Cassara  
Brett Rigby  

Katja Zarolinski Originally from Pittsfield, Maine, Katja is a graduate of Syracuse University. During Katja’s time as a musical theatre student, she developed an interest in casting and began to intern for Calleri Casting her final semester. After graduating, she worked for two years as the assistant Program Director for the Tepper Semester (originally founded by Arielle Tepper Madover), a unique and rigorous program from Syracuse University’s Department of Drama. Katja continued to pursue casting and interned for Stephanie Klapper Casting.

Katja joined the McCorkle Casting team in 2012 and has since worked on over 20 TV/Film productions and over 200 theatrical productions in New York, including Broadway and Off-Broadway, and at some of the most prestigious theatres throughout the country. Katja came to McCorkle Casting with a background in acting, music, and dance having studied with the prestigious Bossov Ballet Theatre in Maine. Currently, she volunteers with the Casting Society of America’s Diversity Committee and is committed to visibility and inclusion to under-represented groups through the art of Casting.

 
   
directors:
 
Aaron Adair  
Sue Anderson  

David Grabarkewitz

David Grabarkewitz is a stage director and educator with undergraduate and graduate degrees from The University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music, and The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.  He was raised in Seward, Nebraska.

The New York Times called his staging of la Boheme “…the best in New York!” andThe New Yorker magazine calls his work “…inspired direction.”  In addition to serving as Resident Director for The New York City Opera at Lincoln Center from 1995-2010, he also served as Artistic and General Director of El Paso Opera from 2009-2015.  His staging of Madame Butterfly for The New York City Opera won the 2008 Prime Time Emmy Award for Best Live Performance, Music or Dance.

He has directed La Boheme, Hansel and Gretel, The Magic Flute, Paul Bunyan and Rigoletto for The New York City Opera; Hansel and Gretel for Austin Lyric Opera, Paul Bunyan for Opera Omaha, Lucia di Lammermoor and The Marriage of Figaro for Connecticut Grand Opera, L’Enfant et les Sortileges, Elixir of Love, and Figaro for Opera New Jersey, Hair and Cabaret for The Hartt School of Music, and West Side Story, Tosca, The Barber of Seville, The Desert Song, Figaro, and Madame Butterfly for El Paso Opera.  His new English versions of The Magic Flute, La Boheme and Countess Maritza have been heard at Greensboro Opera, The Santa Fe Opera, Cedar Rapids Opera and El Paso Opera, and his English verse translation of The Magic Flute premieres at Orchestra Miami in May, 2018.

An established educator, he served on the faculty of The Hartt School of Music’s Opera and Musical Theater Department from 1988-1990, teaching acting and directing, as well as directing the opera workshop program for The University of California at Santa Barbara in their winter terms 2015 and 2016.  He has directed acting and opera workshops for The New England Conservatory of Music, The Boston Conservatory of Music, and has conducted master classes at Juilliard and The Kingdom of Bhutan’s Royal Academy of Performing Arts. 

He is the founder of the New Opera Workshop, presenting staged readings of new works, and The Children’s Opera Workshop, presenting new works created by young people, and teaches acting and movement for the City Of Lincoln, Nebraska after school programs.

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Maggie Harrer  
Alyce Mott  
Charley Repole  
John Znidarsic  
   
educators:  
Catherine Weidner  
   
talent agents:
 
Anna Fatica  
Mikey Nagy  
Josh Pultz  
Matt Redmond  

Nicole Wichinsky (DGRW) has been at this top legit office for over 14 years. Nicole has Bachelor’s degrees in Communications/Film and Theatre from the University of Miami, and a Master’s degree in Educational Theatre from New York University. Her education and background in acting, directing, and casting give her the solid tools to represent clients in theatre, film, and television. DGRW has clients working regularly in television and film, as well as appearing in leading roles on Broadway, in National Tours, and in theatres across the country. Nicole has taught classes in improvisation, acting, and audition technique, and is passionate about finding and developing exciting, new talent.

 
   

 

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