The third in a series of national landmark symposiums for the entertainment industry.

ABOUT THE ACTORS' SYMPOSIUM

The Actors’ Symposium was born from the observation of its founders that, while gaining an education in the arts, most of the emerging actors in Canada haven’t been taught practical knowledge and applicable skills to succeed in a highly competitive business.

The two day, Actors’ Symposium will educate established and aspiring artists in their pursuit of a career in the exciting world of the performing arts.

INTRODUCING ARTISTS TO PROFESSIONALS

The unique congress of artists and professionals provides a forum for creative discussion and an opportunity to exercise and showcase the next tier of great performing artists in our nation.

OUR GOAL

The main objective of T.A.S. (The Actors’ Symposium) is to provide guidance and educate emerging and aspiring actors while introducing them to some of the key players within the industry.

JOIN US

We invite you to spend the weekend with us and be a part of this exciting and worthwhile venture. See you on August 20th and August 21st!

 
RON LEACH - CDC
RON LEACH - CDC
Ron Leach is a veteran of the entertainment industry, distinguishing himself in recent years as a Casting Director of feature films, television series and movies-of-the-week including: American Psycho, Love and War, The Safety of Object, The Marsh, Pale Saints, and Hiroshima; and the landmark television series Da Kink In My Hair.

He is the Producer of the acclaimed feature-length documentary film “SHURTLEFF,” on the famed author, teacher, and casting director Michael Shurtleff, for the CBC, BRAVO and PBS; “AUDITION,” a four part instructional series on the teachings of Michael Shurtleff for TV Ontario; “ECO-TV,” a half-hour children’s program commissioned by Earthday Canada, which he co-wrote and also directed; and wrote, produced and directed “THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES,” talking book series (which earned a gold record in Canada). He has been a juror for the INTERNATIONAL EMMY AWARDS; the “ON THE FLY FILM FESTIVAL;” was recently key-note speaker for the TORONTO FILM CHALLENGE; and is a frequent moderator for the WILDSOUND Script Reading Series and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto “LIFT OUT LOUD” script reading series. Ron was on the steering committee of the first Trade Forum of Toronto’s Festival Of International Film Festivals; and was Chairman of the Board of the Canadian International Animation Festival, serving 2 terms, producing international Film Festivals in both Toronto and Hamilton. He was the founder and past president of The Talent Representatives Association Of Canada serving 3 terms. He was the President of the Board of Directors of Toronto’s award-winning ACME Theatre Company, where, during his ten year tenure, he produced over twenty main stage plays.

In 1997, Ron began teaching a renowned master classes in on-camera acting entitled “AUDITION DYNAMICS and SCENE DYNAMICS” which has become the foremost course of education in both camera and audition technique in Canada. He taught his course of acting skills for the camera, at the prestigious STRATFORD SHAKESPEAREAN FESTIVAL in Stratford Ontario; CENTENNIAL COLLEGE FILM AND VIDEO PRODUCTION DEGREE PROGRAM and continues to offer private tutoring and ongoing classes in Toronto’s production community.
 
 
BRIAN LEVY - CDC
BRIAN LEVY - CDC
A leader in the Canadian casting community since 1986, Brian started in the industry as an actor, heading west to Vancouver’s prestigious Vancouver Playhouse Acting School. He worked there as an actor before moving into a leadership role in management. Returning to Ontario as publicist for the Gryphon Theatre Co., he then became managing producer for Ron East’s Mime Company Unlimited.

Brian began casting in the mid 1980’s. Starting his casting career with Liz Ramos, he quickly became a partner in Ramos-Levy Casting. Brian then bought the company and became Brian Levy Casting Inc, quickly establishing himself as a talented and busy casting director. Joining forces with casting director Jon Comerford, he created Levy-Comerford Casting. Brian and Jon formed The Casting Associates to include renowned casting director Deirdre Bowen. The Casting Associates disbanded in the mid 1990’s. Meanwhile, Brian continued to work as a successful independent casting director. In 2003, he became a partner with Kim Everest in Powerhouse Casting. Now in 2007, Brian has launched the independent Fly Casting.

Fly Casting is a small ‘boutique’ casting shop. Brian works closely with each client. Brian, himself, not only directs the initial casting session, but attends all callbacks with his directors. This hands-on approach as well as his knowledge of established and emerging talent gives Brian’s work award-winning and substantial results. Fly Casting works out of Toronto’s historic Magic Building at 60 Sumach St. and has two state-of-the-art studios.

Brian stays current by attending theatre, comedy venues and first run films. He also watches more TV than his mother would approve of.

Brian Levy is a member in good standing of the Casting Directors Society of Canada (CDC).

 
 
CRYSTAL KRAMER - CDC & CSA
CRYSTAL KRAMER - CDC & CSA
Crystal has been full time in the Toronto casting business for the last 12 years. Her company, Crystal Casting, is incredibly busy, always giving eager new performers a chance to play with the big boys.

Casting credits include working on feature films with producer/director Ron Howard for Cinderella Man & director John Madden for Killshot (same director of Proof & Shakespeare in Love). She has cast many series and films for networks including Hallmark, Discovery Channel, National Geographic History, Global, CTV, A&E, & Life/Slice Network.

Recently Crystal has won her first casting director award at the Iowa Film Festival for Best Ensemble cast for the feature film, "Son of Sunshine". Crystal cast "Bikers I" is number one on the History Channel U.S.. Her Independent Features have been in the Toronto Film Festival, Sprockets Film Festival & numerous short films she has cast have won many awards. Casting for Feist’s music video “1,2,3,4” was nominated for a Grammy for best music video. And one of her short film series "Inside Steve's Mind" made YouTube’s first position on their home page with over 600,000 hits.

Crystal casts for a wide range of projects, but mainly focuses on Features, TV Series, MOW’s.