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Chicago Master Casting

4 weeks. 4 casting professionals.

 Every casting professional has a unique approach 

What's more valuable than time spent workshopping material with a casting professional? Time spent workshopping material with FOUR casting professionals!


Expectations, preferences, and specialties vary from one casting director to the next. Blue Door created Chicago Master Casting as an opportunity for actors to see and hear a variety of different perspectives on their work and on developing and maintaining a career as a working actor. 

Over the course of four weeks, select actors will be working with casting professionals on audition technique, as well as prepared material. Students will also have the opportunity for an industry Q&A.

Join Emma Gruhl of the Goodman Theatre, LA Casting Director Brittani Ward, Sarah Clark of Compass Casting, and freelance theatrical Casting Director Catherine Miller for four intensive weeks of training and learning.

 Meet the Pros 
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Emma Gruhl Goodman Theatre

Emma has been working in casting for the past 5 years growing quickly within her field.  After graduating from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she moved to Chicago and began working as a Casting Assistant for Paskal Rudnicke Casting. She then was brought on to be a Casting Associate at Goodman Theatre.  Emma has done freelance casting at multiple theatres throughout the city. 

Brittani Ward | LA Casting Director

Brittani worked in Los Angeles for several years as a Casting Associate to Amber Horn, Danielle Aufiero, and Barbara Fiorentino. Her credits during that time include MTV's Awkward., The 100 on the CW, Lifetime's Un-Real, Homefront, The Trials of Cate McCall, SexEd (Starring Haley Joel Osment), and other studio and network pilots. In 2018, Brittani worked as the CD for Powderkeg’s inaugural anthology series: Fuse. Today, Brittani lives in Chicago and works remotely, frequenting Los Angeles about twice a month or as needed while actively casting.

Catherine Miller | Freelance Theatrical Casting Director

Catherine Miller is a freelance Casting Director and company member at First Floor Theatre and Jackalope Theatre. Select casting credits include: First Floor Theater, Jackalope Theatre, Raven Theatre, and Red Tape Theatre. Over the past two years, they've been invited to speak on panels, advise on casting practices and create workshops for multiple theatre across Chicago.  Catherine was named one of New City's 2019 Players: The Fifty People Who Really Perform for Chicago and was on the Windy City Times' 30 Under 30 list. 

Sarah Clark CSA Compass Casting


Sarah has worked in the industry for over ten years. Casting is her bread and butter, but she's also an Emmy Nominated producer and professional screenwriter. She’s been lucky to work on films like AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY, TO THE WONDER, RUDDERLESS, and many many more. Sarah has seen thousands of actors for hundreds of commercials with clients like NIKE, CORONA, HONDA, and hundreds more.

 Nuts and Bolts 

Application Instructions



Cost + Dates



Interested in getting in the room? To apply for entry, please email your headshot and resume to Your application email should be titled "Chicago Master Casting"

Sundays 2:00-4:30pm

March 22nd

$275/4 weeks

10 student limit

Please note that we are taking a by week in observance of Easter Sunday, and picking back up with our final class on Sunday April 19th

We're happy to answer any questions you may have!

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