Casting director | co-founder woas

For over 25 years, Gabrielle has been one of L.A.'s pre-eminent commercial casting directors. Many of today's other leading casting directors started their casting careers as her office assistants and associates.

She loves actors and providing them with safe and fun environments in which to do their best.

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Session director | co-founder woas

For more than 8 years, Shaan has been one of L.A.'s top session directors, working with over 45 casting directors, casting 400+ projects. Shaan's also a Backstage Expert contributing writer, a member of the SAG-AFTRA Conservatory Committee and a working actor, recurring on the hit shows Scandal, Grey's Anatomy, and Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street.

He's also the author of the highest-rated book on commercial acting, "Commercial Acting in L.A.: A Session Director's Guide" available here on this site, and at Samuel French, Amazon, iBooks, Nook, and Kobo.

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Reels: 2015 | 2014

Shaan teaches Shaan Sharma's Commercial Workshop.

session director

Jolene is not only one of the best session directors in town, working with casting offices like House, Cast Partner, and Dan Bell, among others, she's a consistently working actress, with guest appearances on Rizzoli & Isles, Grey's Anatomy, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Scandal, and more.

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Jolene teaches the commercial Specific Spot Types & The Callback workshop.

Reece rios
session director

Reece has been one of the top session directors in town for over 7 years. You can't audition at 200 South without running into him. He's also a working actor, recurring on shows like Scandal, Ray Donovan, and Days of our Lives, among many others.


Reece teaches the aptly named Reece Rios's Commercial Workshop.

Natalie ballesteros cohen
casting director

Natalie is one of those rare acting teachers that has experience in so many important aspects of the business; as an actress, in production, on the agency side, and a casting professional for theatrical, commercial, real people, and documentary projects. Natalie works with fellow casting directors Nancy Nayor, Masalas/Digman, and Carla Hool, casting projects like Netflix's Narcos and Hulu's East Los High, along with other network shows and independent features.

Natalie is one of the few acting coaches in Los Angeles who also specializes in working with Native-Spanish speaking actors, helping them with technique in their own language, evolving into English language performance, and acclimating them to the the U.S. casting process.  

Natalie teaches our ongoing TV/Film Acting Class.