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Leadership

Officers

Richard Hicks

President

Casting Director for Film, Television and Theatre, Richard is also a member of BAFTA, ATAS and on the Teamster Local 399 Union Steering Committee.

Committees: Finance, Publicity & PR, Training Program, Union Liaison, Website Technical

Matthew Lessall

Vice President

A Casting Director for Film & Television, he's also a member of BAFTA, ATAS and local 399.

Committees: Artios, Bylaws & Artios Criteria, Festivals & Panels, Finance, Publicity & PR, Training Program

Sharon Bialy

Secretary

Casting Director for Television, Film and Theatre, Sharon was 2011 recipient of the Media Access Award. A member of ATAS, and the CSA National Board, Sharon has twelve Artios nominations, and is an Ovation voter for LA theatre.

Committees: Publicity & PR

Mark Simon

Treasurer

Casting director for theatre projects on Broadway, in London, national tours, regional theatres and currently in Los Angeles at the Center Theatre Group.

Committees: Bylaws & Artios Criteria, Finance, Publicity & PR, Theatre Peer Group

Bernard Telsey

Vice-President (New York)

Bernard Telsey is the New York Vice President of CSA. He is the owner of Telsey + Company in NYC. Telsey + Company casts films, television, commercials and theatre.

Committees: Tony, Union, Artios

James Calleri

Treasurer (New York)

Owner of Calleri Casting, Cast for Theater, Film, and Television.

Committees: Standards & Practices, Budget

National Board of Directors

CSA

Kerry Barden

Committees: AMPAS, Casting Society Cares, New York Liaison, Publicity & PR

Russell Boast

Nominated for two NAACP Theatre Awards and winner of Best Producer from The World Academy of Arts, LIterature and Media (London) in 2012, Russell's casting credits include a range of TV shows and feature films. He is affectionately known as an "Ally to Artists and Entertainers."

Committees: Activities, Theatre Peer Group, Training Program

CSA

Jennifer Cooper

Owner of Jennifer Cooper Casting, Casting both Television and Film.  She is a proud member of the CSA and a newly appointed member of the CSA BOARD.  Jennifer is also a member of the local 399.

Committees: Bylaws & Artios Criteria, Casting Society Cares, Membership

CSA

Felicia Fasano

Committees: ATAS, Training Program, Website Creative

Ivy Isenberg

Ivy Isenberg has worked in Casting since she began at MGM in 2001. Currently her Company casts, Film & Television but specializes in Animation and Video Games. Heller Award Winner, Artios Nominee, Proud Member of CSA, ATAS and honored to be on the Board of Directors!

Committees: Artios, Bylaws & Artios Criteria, Festivals & Panels, New Media

Rich Mento

Rich counts himself very fortunate to have successfully worked in casting, over the past 15 years, on theatre, TV, and film, in both NYC and Los Angeles.

Committees: Bylaws & Artios Criteria, Membership, New Media, New York Liaison

Michael Sanford

Casting Director for Film, Television and Commercials, Michael is proud to be serving his first year on the board. He's also a member of the Teamsters Local 399.

Committees: Artios, Diversity, Regional CD's

Kim Marie Swanson

Member of CSA since 2002, casting Film, Television, Theatre and National Commercial work in Missouri, Illinois and Los Angeles. Member of ATAS and Teamsters.

Committees: Artios, Regional CD's, Theatre Peer Group, Training Program

Seth Yanklewitz

A Casting Director for film and television, Seth is the current Vice President of Casting for Fox Broadcasting Company and oversees New Girl, Raising Hope, Ben & Kate, The Mob Doctor, and The Following.

Committees: ATAS, Diversity, Membership, Publicity & PR

Gohar Gazazyan

Associate

An Associate Casting Director for Film and Television, Gohar is currently part of the incredible team at Bialy / Thomas Casting.

Committees: Artios, Associates, Membership, Training Program

Charley Medigovich

Associate

Associate Casting Director for Film and Television, Charley is also a member of the Teamster Local 399 Union Steering Committee. 

Committees: Associates, Casting Society Cares, Festivals & Panels, Publicity & PR, Training Program

New York Chapter Board of Directors

CSA

David Caparelliotis

Committees: Diversity

Jessica Daniels

Native New Yorker and Casting Director for Film and TV. Holds an MFA in Film from Columbia and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son. 

Committees: Independent & Short Films, Technology

Joy  Dewing

Joy is the owner of Joy Dewing Casting, which casts for theatre, dance, concerts, and independent film. Proud CSA member and mommy who enjoys hiking, cooking, and being handy.

Rachel Hoffman

Rachel is currently a Casting Director at Telsey + Company, primarily working on Theatre but also involved in Television, Film, and Commercial casting. Outside of work she enjoys running, traveling, wine, and college football.

Committees: Membership, Technology

Rosalie Joseph

Formerly VP of Casting for ABC, Independent Casting Director since 2009. Member of Teamsters Local 817, ATAS. With the NY Community and Outreach Committee, created the first ever Casting Cirriculum for the Tepper Semester, NY CSA Diversity chair, NY CSA Cares.  

Committees: Community Outreach, Charity, Diversity

CSA

Tara Rubin

Tara Rubin Casting specializes in theater casting for Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theaters.  Staff members include Eric Woodall, CSA, Merri Sugarman, CSA, Kaitlin Shaw CSA , Lindsay Levine, CSA and Scott Anderson.

Committees: Tony, AEA, Website

Matthew Maisto

Associate

Bicoastal independent casting associate for Film, TV, theatre and commercials. Proud member of the Teamsters (Local 817) since 2008. Native New Yorker.

Committees: Associates, Community Outreach

Cesar Rocha

Associate

Cesar is a casting associate at Telsey + Company in NYC working on TV, Film, and Theatre. He is a pround member of CSA.

Committees: Associates, Recreation

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