Marisa Ross says:
SCOUT Chicago Comedy Festival was a big success! This was our second year but our first year adding the free panels and the response has been overwhelmingly positive! We did a Casting Director Panel on demystifying the television casting process with Seth Yanklewitz, Matt Skrobalak, Brad DeLima, Collin Daniels, Jennifer Rudnicke, Mickie Paskal and myself as the host. The packed audience was made up of students from DePaul, Columbia, Northwestern, Second City and iO. The panelists were candid and truthful and many students have given the feedback that they learned so much. Thank you to the panelists!! We will definitely make this an anchor part of the festival every year!!!!
From Seth Yanklewitz:
"I Cant say enough about how well organized and such a great level of talent this year. For a sophomore event it sure feels like it's been going on for years. Also this was an extremely well run panel. I commend my colleagues. #csa #televisioncasting"
CSA held their annual General Membership Meeting for members on April 30th at Sur Lounge in West Hollywood, CA. Old friends reconnected in the lively atmosphere, and we all got to meet members visiting from regions all over the globe, including one member from Turkey who joined CSA just the week before! For the first time it was recorded, and all members were emailed an online link so they could view the meeting, which included reports from all the various committees. Here are some photos.
The CSA was excited to host a mixer for both member and non-member Associates in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 20th at the lovely Sassafras Saloon (check it out if you haven't been yet...it's an awesome space!). In addition to catching up and meeting new folks, we had an informative and inspiring panel discussion featuring the newly re-elected President of the CSA Board, Richard Hicks, outgoing Board Member, Monika Mikkelsen, and TV casting legend, John Frank Levey. It was also a chance for the community to meet the newest Associate Board Member, Gohar Gazazyan. We are looking forward to having another event for the Associates later this year!