Lecture with Children’s Casting Director Debbie O’Brien


Tue 10th Nov - 7pm GM

Join Industry Renowned Theatre & Children’s Casting Director Debbie O’Brien for this amazing online lecture.

Debbie will discuss the ways in which she is casting children for theatre and stage projects in this climate, as well as how performers can navigate 2020 successfully and secure work.

Credits include

As a Casting Director:
West End productions include:  Thriller Live, The Knowledge, Annie (children’s casting), Kinky Boots (children’s casting), Close to You, Sinatra, American Idiot, Dusty, The Bodyguard (children’s casting), Show Boat (children’s casting), In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Grease, Flashdance, Piaf, The Snowman, Respect La Diva, The King and I, The Harder They Come, Showboat, Dancing in the Streets, The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Saturday Night Fever, Fame, Peter Pan, The Pirates of Penzance, Mum’s the Word, Daisy Pulls It Off, Napoleon,  Madame Melville, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, La Cava, Smokey Joe’s Café, The Rocky Horror Show, Soul Train, Rent, Always, Steaming, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Disgracefully Yours.

UK tours include:  Our House, Grease, Laila, a new Musical, Jackie the Musical, Let It Be, Mum’s the Word, So This Is Christmas, Footloose, American Idiot, Dirty Dancing, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Crush the Musical, Thriller Live, The Bodyguard and Annie (children’s casting)Dancing in the Streets, The Threepenny Opera, Soul Sister, I Was a Rat, Carnaby Street, Dreamboats and Petticoats, Flamenco Flamen’ka, Burn the Floor, 51 Shades of Maggie, Doctor In the House, Hormonal Housewives, Tell Me On a Sunday, Cacophony, Menopause the Musical, Flashdance, Defending the Caveman, The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas, Mahabharata, Sweet Soul Music, Starlight Express, Anything Goes, What a Feeling, Dirty Dusting, Mack and Mabel, The Misanthrope, A Chorus Line, A Tribute to the Blues Brothers, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, The Rocky Horror Show, Soul Train, Wild Animus.

Other London, regional and international productions include:  20th Century Boy, Oxy and the Morons, Room, Caroline or Change (children’s casting), Godiva Rocks, Annie, Snow White, The Last Five Years, Ostrich Boys, The Burnt Part Boys, Red Snapper, The Sisterhood, Only a Day, Cougar, Medea, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, Merry Wives of Windsor and Twelfth Night, Noises Off, And Then The Dark, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, Treasure Island, Five Guys Named Moe, Priscilla Queen of the Desert (NCL), Kiss Me Kate, Top Hat, West Side Story, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Singing in the Rain, Legally Blonde, Cats (RCCL), Midsummer Songs, The BFG, Evolution, South Pacific, Sister Act, Jackie the Musical, Hairspray, Starlight Express (Bochum and international tour), Fame, Alice In Wonderland, The Sound of Music, Chicago, Hair, The Opera Show, Soul SisterLittle Shop of HorrorsThe Corstorphine Road NativityWhite Christmas, Mods and Rox, Robin Hood, It’s a Wonderful Life, Laurel and HardyBlues in the Night, My Fair Lady, Anything Goes, The Sound of Music, Me and My Girl, Little Shop of Horrors, Guys and Dolls, Crazy For You, Oklahoma!, The Opera Show and The Pirates of PenzanceThe Wizard of Oz, Motherhood the Musical, Amadeus,  The SnowmanSide by Side by Sondheim,  Only You Can Save Mankind and 100% Sex Therapy

Cruise company casting has included projects for the following companies : Aida Cruises, P&O Carnival Cunard UK, Carnival USA, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Crystal Cruises, Belinda King

Recorded media:  WaybulooGrandpa In My Pocket, What’s Your News?Buddy Patrol, Tic TocQuick Quack Duck, Grease is the Word, How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria Amahl and the Night Visitors, Planet CookEnergy.

Other experience includes:
UK Tour manager for Mark Morris Dance Group, Tricia Brown Dance Company, Stephen Petronio Dance Company, Elizabeth Streb Dance Company;
Acting Administrative Director, Dance Umbrella;
General Manager, Maybox Theatres; General Manager, Theatre of Comedy and Shaftesbury Theatre;
European consultant, Pace/Turnstyle Ltd;
Project Manager, Peacock Theatre refurbishment;
Deputy Project Manager, Sadler’s Wells redevelopment. 

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