This is an online workshop!


Our industry has moved online, and there’s never been a better time to train from home!

CSA in partnership with TAFTA are very excited to announce an online casting workshop with Neighbours  Casting Director, Thea McLeod, this September!
This workshop will provide invaluable insight into casting in the T.V.  and Film industry from one of Australia’s Top casting Directors, as well as a look into the new movement of online auditioning.  This is an experienced perspective into:
  • How we can best audition from our own space
  • How best to position yourself in online castings
  • An experienced perspective into casting as done online in the industry
The structure of the workshop will include:
  • SATURDAY 26th September with Sara Cooper:
  • One 5 hour online workshop (OPTIONAL group session) with CSA’s Academy Director, Sara Cooper. 
  • Prepare your piece for Thea, with Sara’s Assistance.  Sara has filmed tests for A list actors from around the globe and will assist you to show Thea your very best.
  • SUNDAY 27th September with Thea McLeod:
  • 30 minute Group session via Zoom learning about the audition and casting process
  • 15 minute one-on-one Zoom session with Thea where she will offer feedback and give direction so you can perform your allocated scene to your best ability in this new format and enjoy the casting process.
  • 30 minute finishing Q&A session with Thea to ask all the questions you could ever want

Learning a new way of auditioning in today’s climate can be stressful and nerve-wracking. Having recently used Zoom in the audition process, Thea will share her knowledge with you, giving you the very best tips to enhance your opportunities as an actor in the entertainment industry. Her approach to casting is fun and positive so you will feel comfortable to be yourself in this on- line world.

*On enrolling you will be allocated a time for your one on one session. 


  • You must have your own computer and access to internet with good speed
  • You will need a friend to read opposite you (they can be online on another device) – this person would be required for say 15 minutes but allow 30 mins
  • Downloading the Zoom app prior to the workshop will be beneficial but not necessary
    PREPARATION: You will be sent a scene 5 to 7 days prior to class commencement. Please ensure you have learnt this scene for your one-on-one session with Thea.


Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th Sept
Cost: $295 pp.
Maximum students: 15 per class
Age: 15+*


Thea McLeod of McLeod Casting is one of Australia’s most prominent casting directors with a wide breadth of work ranging from international films to television, Thea has a passion for discovering and nurturing the next generation of A list actors from Australia and beyond.
Thea spent eleven years in the UK where she was both an actress and a casting director, gaining much International experience in film, television, and commercials. This is Thea McLeod’s 10th year as the resident casting director for Australian TV serial  “Neighbours”. Recent television credits include “With Intent”, a Network 10 & Channel 5 mini-series in the UK, the highly acclaimed “Better Man” for the SBS network, the controversial telemovie “Schapelle” for Channel Nine, based on the fascinating story of Schapelle Corby and her trial, and “UnderBelly Files: The Man That Got Away” for Screentime, which was a part of the highly successful crime series Underbelly plus “City Homicide” for The Seven Network  & “Whatever Happened to that Guy” for Foxtel.  In addition to television, Thea has cast many successful Australian Feature films including “Pawno”, “Spin Out”, “Emo The Musical”, “Summercoda”, “Blinder”, “What if it Works” and “The Menkoff Method”. Recently she both casting and executive produced “Measure 4 Measure ” which will have it’s formal release in 2020.
The Feature Film “Pawno”, cast by Thea, was nominated for 6 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Award AACTA Awards: Including Two Best Actor Awards, Best Actress Awards, Best Supporting Actor Award, and Best Supporting Actress Award, recognising the brilliant work by McLeod Casting.
Thea McLeod has cast many well-known Australian actors including Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Bryan Brown, Jack Thompson, Noah Taylor, Robert Taylor, Rachael Taylor, Maeve Dermody, Kerry Armstrong, Angus Sampson, Colin Friels, Josh Lawson, Xavier Samuel, Josh Helman, Rose McIver and the Academy Award Winner Jacki Weaver.


An internationally award winning actress, Sara’s 25 year career has spanned theatre, film, TV and radio. Her screen credits include playing Will McInnis’ daughter in the multi-award winning 2001 mini-series My Brother Jack (Channel 10), as well as roles in Five Bedrooms (Channel 10), Harrow (ABC), Rosehaven (ABC), The Gloaming (STAN), My Place Series 2 (ABC), The Kettering Incident (BBC/Foxtel), the Canadian/Australian feature film Arctic BlastNoirhouse (ABC iview)and over 40 short films and TV commercials. Sara voices multiple characters for international animation series including; Dumbotz, Megabites (ABC), Pixel Pinkie (Channel 9), Buzz Bumble (Channel GO!) and Fanshaw and Crudnut – the telemovie.

Sara’s 50 professional stage credits include the 2019 international premiere of The Mares by Kate Mulvany for Ten Days on the Island, Monkey Magic directed by Ben Winspear, Terrapin’s Explosion Therapy (winner “Most Outstanding Production” – 2008 International Children’s Theatre Festival, Shanghai), It’s Partly about Love – It’s Partly about Massacre, Sick and The Berry Man for The Tasmanian Theatre Company, Dream Masons (Ten Days on the Island), the premiere season of the AWGIE winning Beyond the Neck, and The Effect for Loud Mouth Theatre Company.

A versatile performer, Sara was a Clown Doctor for The Humour Foundation, performing in hospitals around Australia for six years, as well as a regular performer in Big Monkey’s Botanical Gardens shows (Robin Hood, Alice in Wonderland, Monkey Magic, Treasure Island and Alladin). Her self devised roving acts were featured over six years at many festivals including the Taste Festival.

In 2015 Sara won Best Supporting Actress and Best Dramedy Supporting Actress at the Rome WebAwards for Noirhouse (ABC iview) and was nominated for Best Actress at The inaugural 2015 Errols for her performance in the Tasmanian Theatre Company’s The Berry Man. In 2020 she is nominated for Best Ensemble Performance for The Mares in the Tasmanian Theatre Awards. Committed to professional development, Sara has continued to train in improvisation, clowning, screen acting and more, under world renowned practitioners; Ivana Chubbuck (L.A.), Aleksi Vellis, Di Drew, Improbable Theatre (U.K), Phillipe Gaulier (France), Justus Neumann (Austria), Tom Greder and Clare Bartholomew, Laura Sheedy; Rowena Balos (L.A.).  She has also completed workshops in audition technique with casting directors from The Great Gatsby, Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries and Mission Impossible 2.


September 2020