Bay Street Audition Workshop offered at LTV

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Meghan Rafferty. Courtesy Bay Street Theater.

Bay Street Theater will host an “On-Camera Audition Workshop with Meghan Rafferty,” on Saturday, November 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at LTV Studios in Wainscott.

Rafferty, a New York-based casting director, brings her unique combination of experiences as both an actor and casting director to lead participants through the often challenging and frustrating audition process. She provides an engaging and insightful look at the on-camera audition process for both film and television.

The global health crisis has forever changed the ways in which casting directors host auditions and the days of crowded audition rooms are in the past. With the process being relocated online, and more productions taking place on virtual platforms, there will be more opportunities for those actors who do not live in New York or Los Angeles. However, before any of that, all actors must first learn how to make a great audition tape.

Not only will Rafferty offer invaluable feedback on each scene, but she will also provide valuable advice that only insiders may know — even details concerning how best to send an audition tape to casting directors that will help take actors to the next level.

Participants will be given their audition sides in advance of the workshop and will be put on tape on the day of the workshop, where Rafferty will provide her invaluable feedback. The best “take” will be sent to each participant following the workshop via email. Rafferty, a working actor herself, loves actors and truly appreciates the audition process from both sides of the table. This is a unique opportunity for beginners as well as seasoned professionals to work with an industry insider in the comfortable confines of LTV Studios.

Rafferty is known for her work on HBO’s “The Leftovers” and the film “Paterson,” and for associate casting films “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Hugo,” and HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.” Along with Mia Cusumano, she formed M&M Casting, whose current film projects include “I Don’t Live Today,” “Make A Marriage Great Again” and “Grad Night.”

Rafferty has taught hundreds of on-camera classes in the New York area, and at many universities and performing arts colleges across Long Island. She received her BFA in acting from Adelphi University and an MFA degree from the Florida State University Asolo Theatre Conservatory. When not casting or teaching, she continues to pursue her first love — acting.

The workshop will be held in a safe and social-distanced setting at LTV in accordance with all health and safety guidelines. Registration is $175 and the workshop is open to teens and adults. For information, contact Bay Street’s director of education, Allen O’Reilly, at allen@baystreet.org.

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