BROCK/ALLEN SUMMER CAMPS
Angelique Midthunder began her career in casting in the mid-1990s after working internationally as an actress and discovering an intrigue for the casting process. Angelique spent many successful years working in Los Angeles, and in 2005 relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico where she quickly became one of the state's preeminent casting directors. In addition to casting every character type, Angelique has developed a special niche for Native American casting and prides herself on preserving integrity in cultural casting while recognizing the value of creative freedom. In 2010 she was nominated alongside Richard Hicks and David Ruben for an Emmy for “Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special” for Georgia O’Keeffe - and in 2017, she was nominated alongside Jeanne McCarthy for an Aritos Award for location casting for "Captain Fantastic." She is a current member of the Casting Society of America (CSA) and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Beth Sepko CSA is an award winning Casting Director with over 20 years expertise workingwith film and television directors including Robert Rodriguez, Richard Linklater, Mike Judge, Peter Berg & Tim McCanlies, among others. She is one of the top Casting Directors in the State of Texas and has cast several film and television projects like Boyhood, American Crime, The Leftovers, 11.22.63, Friday Night Lights, The Lying Game, Revolution, Miss Congeniality, and the Spy Kids films just to name a few.
Matthew got his first taste of being in the industry in the fall of 1995 while working on Joel Schumacher’s A TIME TO KILL; a feature that was being filmed in his hometown of Canton, MS. This moment changed his career path, and he hasn’t looked back since.
Graduating in International Business and Foreign Languages, Matthew moved to Canada and immersed himself in the industry and the multiculturalism. He learned the casting ropes from established casting directors in Toronto before he eventually opened up his own casting company in December of 2004. Having studied in both France and Spain, Toronto was a perfect, multicultural city in which to start his casting company, Morgan Casting Inc.
Matthew specialized in casting real people, street casting and finding tough, specialty characters not always found though an agency. Nothing was impossible to find, and Matthew was known for his hard work ethic and charming people skills. After building up a real-people database, he eventually moved into casting actors and focused on commercials and TV series. Finally, Matthew returned to his home state to cast in his hometown of Canton, MS, on a William Faulkner Film, AS I LAY DYING, directed by and starring James Franco. Morgan had finally come full circle; he is doing what he loves most - casting movies! And his background in real-people casting helps him find the undiscovered actors for those hard-to-fill roles.
Matthew has since enjoyed casting on feature films, TV series and commercials across North American, working in diverse places and truly excelling at being mobile with his work. From Arkansas to Washington State…Vancouver to Montreal … Matthew has been able to successfully set up temporary offices for every project. He truly enjoys casting on location in diverse places, staying true to his love of travel, culture, languages and challenging work.
Matthew Morgan is proudly both Canadian & American, as well as a member of both country's casting guilds, CSA & CDC
Michelle De Long (owner/instructor) is an actress, writer, producer, director, casting director and owner of Sizzlin’ Brains’ Creative and Actors Casting & Talent Services. Through Sizzlin’ Brains’, a company she co-founded with her late husband, Jef Fontana, she has enjoyed a successful career as an award-winning producer of commercials, corporate marketing promotions, and industrial training films. Her casting company, ACTS, provides talent coordination and payroll services for local and national productions. Michelle’s voice has been heard on thousands of radio and television commercials throughout US and Canada for the past 20 years. She has directed and appeared in theatrical productions across the Midwest, and has written and produced original children’s productions for the Penn Square Players since 1988. She’s served on theater advisory/director boards for local community theaters and her name is well known throughout the acting and theater community for her weekly “On Stage” column in Oklahoma Gazette, which she wrote from 1996-2003. Ms. De Long serves as primary instructor and administrator for the ACTS Acting Academy, overseeing the curriculum, other instructors, and hand selecting source materials.
Michelle has twenty years of experience as a professional child acting coach, working with local, regional and national professionals, aged 6 to 18. One of her very first students, Ryan Merriman, began training with Michelle at the age of 9, and has appeared in two TV series and more than a dozen films including The Ring II, Final Destination 3. The Deep End of the Ocean with Michelle Pfeifer; Smart House and Luck of the Irish for the Disney Channel.
Other students of note: Blake Garrett, star of feature film How To Eat Fried Worms; Hayley McFarland, series regular on Lie To Me; recurring guest star on The Gilmore Girls and co-staringrole with Catherine Keener and Ellen Page in the feature An American Crime; Noah Crawford, series regular on How To Rock and recurring role on My Name Is Earl; Lexi Ainsworth, daytime Emmy nominee for her work on General Hospital; Brian Presley, series regular on Port Charles; and Kristen Chenowith, whom Ms. De Long directed in the musical A Chorus Line. Visit the Hall of Fame page to see more of Ms. De Long’s students and their impressive credits.
For over 30 years Keith Alcorn has been involved in all facets of animation. In 1987 he Co-Founded DNA Productions, Inc. DNA provided script to screen services for Corporate and Commercial clients until they transitioned to the Entertainment Industry and became one of the largest animation facilities in the U.S.
In 1997, Alcorn served as Producer/Character Designer for the 1997 ABC animated Christmas special, “Santa vs. the Snowman”. In 2002 the project was converted into the very first all-animated IMAX feature film. That same year he served as Director/Designer for the CBS’s Saturday morning series, “The Weird Al Show”.
In 1999 he produced the Emmy nominated, “Olive, the Other Reindeer” for the FOX network and Matt Groening. Two years later, Keith Produced and Co-Created the Oscar nominated animated feature film, “Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius” for Paramount and Nickelodeon. Alcorn also served as Director/Co-Executive Producer on the Nickelodeon series, “The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius” before serving as Executive Producer on the feature film, “The Ant Bully” for Warner Brothers and Tom Hanks.
In 2010 Alcorn was Co-Creator/Executive Producer/Director/Writer for the Nickelodeon animated series, “Planet Sheen”. In 2014 he completed Writing/Directing duties for the hour-long documentary, “Back on Badstreet”. He is currentlyWriting and Directing for two new projects; the faith-based animated series, “Owlegories” and a “Top-Secret” animated feature film he is not allowed to talk about under penalty of death!
Keith Alcorn attended UTA majoring in Fine Arts and Film. In 2001 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Texas at Arlington. Keith and his family reside in Grapevine, Texas, USA, Earth.
Chad Gundersen’s producing career began almost 20 years ago while in college at the University of North Texas. Soon after, Chad co-founded Night & Day Films in 2000 and made numerous award winning commercials, music videos and short films.
Going out on his own in 2006 Chad started Gundersen Entertainment and has worked alongside studios like 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate and Sony to produce life-changing films. Some of his more notable projects are Like Dandelion Dust starring Academy Award Winner Mira Sorvino and Barry
Pepper, The Trial starring Matthew Modine and Hoovey starring Patrick Warburton and Lauren Holly.
Chad is currently in production on a children’s animated series called Owlegories, as well as numerous live action feature films, animated feature films and multiple TV shows.
Toni Brock and Sally Allen
TONI COBB BROCK
Casting Director, Acting Coach and Co-Owner of Brock/Allen Casting. A Texas Tech graduate, Toni is formally trained as a director and actor. She has been teaching on-camera acting and auditioning techniques to actors for over 20 years as well as casting film and television for 25 years., Her teaching has taken her to universities and studios all over the southwest including Dallas Theatre Center, Tepper Gallegas Studios, and Brock/Allen's acting studios in Dallas and Austin.
Casting Director, Acting Coach and Co-Owner of Brock/Allen Casting. Sally started her teaching career at Texas Tech University while she was getting her MFA in Acting & Directing for Theatre. In 2009, Sally and Toni started an on-going acting class focusing on auditioning techniques in Austin, TX. They also travel the southwest teaching workshops to actors of all ages. In 2014,, Sally was honored to be a guest professor at the University of Texas where she taught graduate students on-camera acting. She currently co-teaches an on-camera acting course for BFA acting majors at Texas State University with Michael Costello.
DISCLAIMER: This is not a job interview or audition. The presence of a Casting Director is absolutely not a guarantee or promise of employment. The intent of this class is solely educational.