A touch of Hollywood: Cassimatis back in Orange and looking for acting talent

SNAPPED IN HOLLYWOOD: Los Angeles-based casting director Alex Newman (centre) in Hollywood recently with former Kinross Wolaroi students Eleni Cassimatis (left) and Hayley McCarthy.

SNAPPED IN HOLLYWOOD: Los Angeles-based casting director Alex Newman (centre) in Hollywood recently with former Kinross Wolaroi students Eleni Cassimatis (left) and Hayley McCarthy.

BACK in Orange after a stint to expand her acting experience in Los Angeles, with the Australian Institute for Performing Arts (AIPA) program, Eleni Cassimatis is urging young Orange thespians to follow their dream.

In Hollywood recently Ms Cassimatis says she had an amazing opportunity to meet up with Hollywood casting director Liz Newman who worked on Glee, The Mentalist, Friends and a score of other television hits and is coming to Orange later in the month to give tutorials and potential opportunities for budding young actors.

Ms Cassimatis also met up with fellow former Kinross Wolaroi School student Hayley McCarthy who has moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting dreams.

“Hayley’s really fortunate to have been signed up by a top LA management ,” Ms Cassimatis said.

The visit to Orange will be hosted by the Australian Institute for Performing Arts (AIPA) on May 26 and 27.

A spokesperson for AIPA says it has identified Orange as an area where there is an enormous level of talent and dedication from young performers.

“We are dedicated to bringing the arts to regional areas,” the spokesperson said.

Ms Cassimatis met Ms Newman in Los Angeles earlier this month.

“I can’t wait to take her class when she comes to Orange,” she said.

The classes with Ms Newman are divided into three age groups - 8-12 years (parent allowed), 13-17 years, and adults - and will be held at Orange Ex-Services Club.

To register go to www.aipatdp.com.au or go to the AIPA Sydney Facebook page.

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