Ready For Your Close-up?

Casting director and actress Meghan Rafferty. Courtesy Bay Street Theater.

Looking to improve your auditioning skills? On Saturday, May 15, Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor will host an in-person “On-Camera Audition Workshop” with New York-based casting director Meghan Rafferty.

The global health crisis has forever changed the ways casting directors host auditions, and the days of crowded audition rooms is 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 self-tape.

In this workshop, Rafferty 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 will provide an engaging and insightful look at the on-camera audition process for film and television. Not only will she offer invaluable feedback on each scene, but she will also give advice for sending an audition tape to casting directors that will help to bring performers to the next level.

Participants will be given their audition sides (prepared lines) in advance of the workshop and will be put on tape on the day of the workshop, where Rafferty will provide feedback. The best “take” will be sent to each participant following the workshop via email. She will also give her industry insight to anyone who brings their headshot and resume. This is a unique opportunity for beginners as well as seasoned professionals to work with an industry insider.

This workshop is open to teens and adults and will be held in a safe and social-distanced setting in accordance with all health and safety guidelines. Registration is $175. For additional information, contact Director of Education Allen O’Reilly at