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ACTRA Info Session & Casting Discussion

The Kingston Film Office

Saturday, 9 February 2019 from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM (EST)

ACTRA Info Session & Casting Discussion

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ACTRA Information Session & Casting Discussion
Free Info Session & Networking Reception

What do The Handmaid's TaleKim's ConvenienceThe Shape of Water, and Schitt's Creek have in common? All are award-winning productions featuring ACTRA talent!

If you're a filmmaker who wants to know more about getting the best talent on your production, or you're a performer interested in learning about the union, come to "ACTRA 101." Join Taisa Dekker, ACTRA Toronto Industry Relations, as she demystifies the process of working with union talent on various types of content. This presentation will introduce you to ACTRA, how to join the union, and how to produce content with the best talent in the business.  

The ACTRA Presentation will be followed by a Q&A and discussion with top Casting Director Ilona Smyth and notable Actor and Kingston-native Brock Morgan.


Saturday, February 9, 2:30pm-5:30pm 
Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, Queens University

Screening Room (Room 222)
390 King Street West, Kingston, ON
(paid parking in the Isabel Bader lot and overflow just west of entrance on King Street)

Event Schedule:
2:15: Doors Open
2:30: ACTRA Information Session 
3:30: Roundtable Discussion
4:30: Community Announcements
4:30-5:30: Reception (light refreshments)


ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of over 25,000 members across the country and members include actorsrecording artists, comedians, announcers, stunt co-ordinators & performersdancersnarratorsvoice performers, hosts, choreographers, models, singers, background performerspuppeteers and more. ACTRA’s principal role is to negotiate, administer and enforce collective agreements to provide performers with equitable compensation as well as safe and reasonable working conditions.

This workshop is being hosted by the Kingston Film Office with the goal of helping develop and prepare local community for potential large-scale film and television production.


Ilona Smyth CSA took Film Studies at Carleton University prior to opening her company Smyth Casting (EST. 2010). She has since cast over 70 projects, numerous Movies of the Week and 5 series for Canadian networks. 

Some notable projects includeHouse at the End of the Street (Jennifer Lawrence), Blackcoats Daughter (Emma Roberts, Lauren Holly, Kiernan Shipka) There Are Monster (Bryan Bertino, Zoe Kazan, Scott Speedman), Clown (Jon Watts), Michael Everyday (Don McKellar), & Amelie & Compagnie (TFO). Ilona was nominated in 2015 for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Achievement in Casting for the CBC prime-time Series The Best Laid Plans.


Brock Morgan is an actor located in Toronto, originally from Kingston Ontario. Brock moved to Toronto in 2009 to take the “Acting for Film and Television” program at Humber College and has been working in film and television since graduating in 2011.

Early successes include landing a lead role on the Shaftesbury/YTV series Totally Amp’d, working on Kiefer and Donald Sutherland’s Western Feature Forsaken and a recurring role on CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries playing the iconic Canadian Painter Tom Thomson. He can most recently be seen in a supporting role on CTV’s Cardinal season 2, the upcoming 3rd season of CBC’s Working Moms, Netflix’s original October Faction and the upcoming feature film Daughter of the Wolf Starring Gina Carano and Richard Dreyfuss.


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This workshop is presented by ACTRA through partnership between the new Kingston Film Office and Queen's Film & Media, with the support of the Kingston Canadian Film Festival and The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

The Kingston Film Office is a division of Tourism Kingston, designed to attract and support film and television production within the Kingston area.  Visit:  Contact:


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When & Where

Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, Queen's University
Room 222
390 King Street West
Kingston, ON K7L 2X4

Saturday, 9 February 2019 from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM (EST)

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The Kingston Film Office

The Kingston Film Office is a division of Tourism Kingston, designed to attract and support film and television production within the Kingston area.  Visit:  Contact:

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