Special: Special Class
- Must have previous UCBT class experience. See course description below for details.
- Mondays 3:30-6:30pm
- Start Date
- Mon November 26, 2012, 3:30pm EST
On-Camera Commercial by Phil Cassese and Stacy Gallo
This three-week class is a combination of an audition workshop and an overview of the business of commercial acting. Your instructors are casting director Stacy Gallo and talent agent Phil Cassese who have worked with many UCBT alumni for years. You'll learn how to quickly interpret commercial copy and using improv to enhance your performance. You will have a chance to perform prepared commercial copy, using scripts from the previous classes.
PRE-REQUISITE: COMPLETION OF IMPROV 301
Phil Cassese and Stacy Gallo
Phil Cassese recently merged his entire commercial department with Stewart Talent where he is the senior on-camera commercial agent. Phil previously held the same position at TalentWorks, where he spent the last six years developing a highly competitive roster of talent. After spending several years in the music industry and personal management, Phil was recruited to helm the commercial division of TalentWorks. Prior to working for TalentWorks Mr. Cassese successfully created a commercial division at a small theatrical agency.
Phil's interest in comedy led him to develop a strong roster of improvisers and comedic actors. He works on and has booked a wide array of commercial projects including multi-faceted campaigns to smaller niche projects.
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Stacy Gallo has been a casting director in New York City for the past 11 years. She began her career at MTV as a casting assistant and was then promoted to casting director on a live show. In 2001, she was chosen to create an in-house casting company for Hungry Man, called Downstairs Casting and headed that department for 7 years. In 2008, she ventured out on her own and formed Stacy Gallo Casting.
With a background in acting herself, Stacy completed the 2-year program at the William Esper Studio in New York. She has a reputation for being a very “actor-friendly” casting director. She has the ability to allow actors to feel comfortable in an audition and is adept at bringing out their comedic side by showing them how to enhance their performance for the commercial.
To her credit, Stacy has been successful in casting a variety of projects, including many national network commercials for notable directors and clients. Some of her most memorable and award-winning spots include: NY Lottery Little Bit of Luck, CareerBuilder.com Superbowl Campaign, Tribeca Film Festival, McDonalds, CNN campaign, Luvs, AT&T, Yoplait, ESPN, Mastercard w/Brett Favre, Verizon Wireless, and Visa w/ Kevin Bacon.