Freelance Casting

With a passion for promoting and championing both emerging and established actors, Annie Rowe is fully committed to finding the right talent for any given casting brief.

Having trained as an actress at the NYT and RADA prior to becoming a freelance Casting Assistant in 2007, Annie became an independent Casting Director in 2009.

Annie Rowe FRSA casts for all media. For a complete CV, please click here: Full Credits

 

 

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Current Short

War

‘War’ by writer-director Nilesh Bell-Gorsia is a non dialogue short film which has been commissioned by Ideastap (National Lottery and Creative Arts) and will be screened at the prestigious London Film festival this year. Andrew Oldbury is producing for Ideastap.

This arresting, original and witty film explores society’s preconceptions concerning teenagers born on inner city council estates. By using humour, warmth and positivity to subvert the audience’s expectations, the film offers an alternate perspective on cultural diversity in modern day Britain.

‘War’ starring Jordan Bolger. With Mitch Leow, Fiona Boylan, Guetan Calvin Elito, Georgie Rodgers and Shola Ogunshakin. Featuring a special guest appearance by Levi Roots.

 

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Current Theatre

Breeders - St James Theatre

3rd Sept - 4th Oct 2014

 

Annie has cast over 40 productions and specialises in casting new writing.

Venues include: The National Theatre, Soho Theatre, Trafalgar Studios, Salisbury Playhouse, St James Theatre, The Orange Tree, Theatre503, Southwark Playhouse, The Finborough, Jermyn Street, The Park Theatre, New Diorama, Old Vic Tunnels and Riverside Studios amongst others.

Current show, Breeders, plays at St James Theatre throughout September.

About the play:

THE PATH TO PARENTHOOD ISN’T ALWAYS STRAIGHT

Andrea and her wife Caroline have it all: great jobs, a loving relationship and a new home. There’s just one thing missing: a baby.

Amidst the drink-sodden traditions of a family Christmas, they have an idea: if nature can’t give them a child that shares both their genes, perhaps Andrea’s under-achieving brother Jimmy can? When he and his girlfriend Sharon agree, the four are forced closer than any family expects to be. Will this be the perfect solution? Or a recipe for disaster?

This hilarious new comedy offers a fresh take on family, tradition and procreation, questioning not only why we have children, but how.

Casting Director for Breeders by Ben Ockrent, directed by Tamara Harvey. Produced by Vicky Graham Productions.

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Angela Griffin, best known to television audiences for her roles in Coronation Street and Waterloo Road, plays Caroline.
Tamzin Outhwaite who plays Andrea, returns to the stage after recent roles in Hampstead Theatre’s Raving and Di, Viv and Rose.
Nicholas Burns, best known as Channel 4′s Nathan Barley, takes the role of Jimmy.
Jemima Rooper will play Jimmy’s girlfriend, Sharon. Jemima was last seen onstage in Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre opposite Angela Lansbury.

 

“Boasts one of the strongest comedy ensembles you’ll see this year”  
Theo Bosanquet, What’s On Stage

“Stellar cast who are nothing short of fabulous”   
JM, So So Gay Magazine

“The laughs at certain points in the play were deafening. This is recognition of the fantastic chemistry between the four actors”
Laura Jones, Broadway World

Packed with recognisable dynamics and bustling with chemistry, the company are utterly believable as a real family. Just funnier. And better looking.
Official London Theatre 

Lotty's War - No 1 Tour

1st Sept - 15th Nov 2014

 

A mesmerising story of passion, courage and sacrifice, Lotty’s War is a thriller set in WWII enemy occupied Channel Islands. Based on unpublished diaries found in Guernsey, this critically acclaimed play comes to the stage in it’s first major UK tour.

With the last boat to England gone, Lotty is housed in close quarters with the enemy. As loyalties waver amidst the temptations of forbidden love and the politics of war, does Lotty dare to tread a passionate and dangerous path to save a friend?

Casting Director for ‘Lotty’s War, a new play by Giuliano Crispini, directed by Bruce Guthrie, presented by Guilford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and Lotty’s War Ltd.

Lotty’s War will tour to The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guilford, Malvern Theatres, Devonshire Park Theatre Eastbourne, Manchester Opera House, Cheltenham Everyman Theatre, Richmond Theatre, Forum Theatre Billingham, Orchard Theatre Kent and Exeter Northcott Theatre from 1st Sept – 15th Nov 2014.

 

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Starring
Olivia Hallinan (Lark Rise to Candleford, Sugar Rush, Girls in Love)
Mark Letheren (The Bill, Casualty, Wire in the Blood)
Adam Gillen (BenidormFresh Meat, Prisoner’s Wives)

 

 

Yellow Face - National Theatre Shed

5th - 24th May 2014

 

Yellow Face  played at the National Theatre Shed throughout May.

Time Out says:

“This transfer of Alex Sims’s production of David Henry Hwang’s play ‘Yellow Face’ has been timed beautifully to open just before the big West End revival production of ‘Miss Saigon’. In 1990, Cameron Mackintosh caused huge media controversy and provoked Broadway protests about ‘yellowface’ acting by casting Jonathan Pryce, a Caucasian Welsh actor, in the role of the Eurasian engineer in the musical. ‘Yellow Face’ is Tony-winning Hwang’s comic, metatheatrical consideration of the moral and theatrical issues that incident continues to raise, as a playwriting protagonist called ‘DHH’ mistakenly chooses a Caucasian actor for the lead Asian role of his new play. The production opened at the Park Theatre last year and moves to the National Theatre’s pop up Shed as part of the new season’s programme. The original cast – including Gemma Chan, Christy Meyer, Davina Perera and John Schwab – return.”

Casting Director for Yellow Face by David Henry Hwang, directed by Alex Sims. Produced by Special Relationship Productions. With David Yip, Kevin Shen, Davina Perera, John Schwab, Ben Starr, Christy Meyer and Gemma Chan.

 

“Great fun and a terrific cast” 

Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out – Critic’s Choice

 

“A theatrical coup”    ”A fine ensemble” 

Kate Bassett, Independent – Critic’s Choice

 

“Superbly acted” 

Lyn Gardner, Guardian

 

“A triumph”

Alicia Luba, Telegraph

 

“A delightful gem” 

Michael Coveney, What’s On Stage

 

“The cast of seven play dozens of characters with energy and ease” 

Dominic Maxwell, Times

 

“Lovely performances” 

Sarah Hemming, Financial Times

 

“Stellar cast”   “Dripping in class”

Honour Bayes, The Stage

 

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Father's Day

Father's Day

 

Father’s Day the all-star drama Annie cast last year about a support group for men with prostate cancer, has just received a Bronze in the Cannes Lion awards!

It is further recognition for Prostate Cancer UK’s film, which has this year been trailed to audiences in Everyman cinemas.

The aim of Father’s Day, commissioned in 2013 from Coasthouse Productions, was to increase prostate cancer awareness, reaching as large an audience as possible in an unexpected and entertaining way.

It teased the public with the mock release of a new British ‘heist’ thriller featuring a top cast, including Ray Winstone, Charles Dance, John Simm, Tamzin Outhwaite and Neil Stuke.

The message of Father’s Day is that men should start thinking about prostate cancer and, most importantly, start talking about it.

ITV4 screened the film on Father’s Day 2013, reaching 450,000 people – and overall more than 5 million people engaged with the film online or through TV and media coverage.

The Cannes Lions Awards 2014 honours excellence and creativity in global communications. It attracted over 35,000 entries from around the world, pitting Father’s Day against an international field of big hitters in the brand and entertainment category.

Current Feature

Creditors

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“A love triangle is unraveled when a young painter is approached by an admirer who eases him into making sense of his relationship with his wife.”

Creditors has recently wrapped shooting in Spain. This witty and sophisticated comedy-drama, written and directed by Ben Cura, based on the original play by August Strindberg, is produced by Tough Dance and Cuibar Productions.

Starring Ben Cura, Christian McKay and Andrea Deck, with Samuel West, Simon Callow, Ania Sowinski and Tom Bateman.

BAFTA-nominated Christian McKay ("Me and Orson Welles", "Rush"), Simon Callow CBE, Headline Kickstarter for New UK Feature Film "Creditors"

What is a Casting Director?

What is your role?

The casting director is employed by the production company to source and select appropriate artists to present to the director in order for those performers to be cast in TV shows, theatre, music videos, commercials, film productions etc.

Casting directors are often amongst the first members of the creative team to be attached to a project. They get the ball rolling and investors, funding and publicity often follow based on the performers the casting director has attached or secured for the production at the behest of the director.

Importantly, the casting director doesn’t choose or have final say over who gets cast in a role – this responsibility lies with the director and producer or alternatively the writer may have final say.

A major part of casting involves talent scouting and personal taste and casting directors constantly watch plays, films, showcases, TV shows, musicals, online content, comedy and drama school showings in order to source new talent and keep up to date with established artists’ work.

 

The casting director begins by composing lists of ideas for each role they need to cast. They then discuss these thoughts with the director.

Next, the casting director will possibly issue a breakdown (job post) with dates, character briefs, venue and fee information. The breakdown is emailed to agents and actors, often via Spotlight.

Based on the candidates submitted via the breakdown and the director’s feedback, the casting director will then either send a straight offer for a part to an actor via their agent with no audition required, or they’ll schedule and facilitate meetings for the director who then chooses who they want to cast based on those auditions and recalls.

Finally, once a part has been offered, the casting director acts as a liaison between the producer, director, the actor and their agent to help negotiate fees, contracts and billing.

 

Media Volt interview with Annie Rowe

 

Useful Links

Useful Links

 

Spotlight Professional acting jobs, auditions and casting services

Equity  The actors’ trade union

Casting Call Pro  Job listings and performing arts opportunities

The Actors Centre  Member/non-member professional development classes and courses

Drama UK  Drama school information and options

Casting Workshops    Actors Guild Workshops    Actors Platform Workshops

The Reel Deal Showreels    Actors One Stop Shop Showreels    Round Island Showreels

The Casting Directors Guild of Great Britain

Casting Assistant job vacancies

Ideas Tap  The Creative Network

The Stage  News, opinions, listings, reviews, jobs and auditions for the performing arts industry

So and So Arts Club  Networking and membership events

Shooting People  The Network of Independent Film Creatives

Off West End discount tickets  More discount theatre tickets

Donmar Warehouse £10 front row tickets

Royal Court Theatre £10 Mondays

Royal National Theatre £12 Travelex tickets

Shakespeare’s Globe £5 standing tickets

Student cinema offers

 

Workshops

Since 2009, Annie has facilitated workshops that offer an insight into the casting process.
Organisations include: GSA, RADA, ALRA, CSSD, Mick Sing Productions, The Actors Studio, The Actors Centre, Fuse London and The Actors Platform.
From idents to agents, audition technique, photographs, showreels, sight reading and presentation skills – all have have been explored and discussed in detail.

Contact

Email options below

Agents  -  annie(at)annierowe-casting.com   Please replace (at) with @, this is to prevent spam

New Business – Annie is represented by Paul Martin at Sainou

Actors – If you are an actor performing in a show that you would like Annie to attend, please drop her an invite with plenty of notice and details of the production to – actors.hellos.to.arc@gmail.com
Please note, invites from actors to the work address above will not be read