Co-Founder Sean Bradley brings several different perspectives into the class room. Having worked as a professional actor for years, Sean joined the staff at O'Connor Casting Company in 2000. Learning the ins-and-outs of the business, he soon became a full on Casting Director working on jobs from conception to completion. During his years as a casting director he conducted well over 50,000 individual actor's auditions for commercial, film, television, print, and industrial projects. He has since left casting and returned to his acting career with credits that include Chicago PD, ABC's Cupid, The Playboy Club, The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Remy Bumppo, American Players Theatre, other TV, film, theater credits and many, many national, regional, and local voice-overs, on-camera commercials, and industrials. Sean is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison having completed a double-major in both Theatre & Drama and Molecular Biology.
Co-founder David Murphy also brings multiple areas of expertise to his teaching. Having worked for years as a full time Casting Director as well, he joined the staff at O'Connor Casting Company in early 2001, took a hiatus while starting the school, and has now returned to casting with OCC. He now splits time between casting and teaching. Around the casting office, there are two "David's" (David O'Connor is the owner), so this David is often known as "Murphy". Like Sean, he has also conducted well over 50,000 individual actor's auditions. In another life, Murphy was a teacher for the Players' Workshop of the Second City in a stint that lasted over 16 years. Murphy has directed over a hundred shows ranging from improv reviews to children's shows. He has created several touring groups performing for such clients as GE and Novis. Murphy has worked as an artistic director for Bedlam Productions, has worked in casting for Toast productions and has been a consultant to several fledgling theatre companies.
Steven Ivcich is a writer/director/actor/teacher with 30 years of professional stage, film and commercial experience. Working with actors has been central to the arc of his career. His understanding of the actor’s creative needs led him to develop his cross training process, a process that affords actors the very best possible learning and working environment. For more information on Steven and his approach visit www.theactorsprocess.com
. And of course- yet one more of the teachers at The Green Room that has experience behind the camera in a casting room at O'Connor Casting!
Matthew Amador joined O’Connor Casting in 2010 and continues on there today as a Casting Associate. With over a decade of experience as a stage, on-camera and voice-over actor, he’s appeared in regional and national ad campaigns, best-selling audio books, and has performed live all over the country. Now on the OTHER side of the camera, Matthew uses his first-hand knowledge of the acting business to bring about the best possible performances from the already rich talent pool of Chicago. A graduate of Northwestern University and a surfer at heart, Matthew is naturally adept at getting along with different personality types, feels right at home directing both children and adults, and revels in the dynamic field of casting and the challenges it presents. Matthew regularly teaches in our On Camera Training Program. He also likes to hide behind cardboard boxes. We had a heck of a time getting this photo and we still can't see him clearly...
Brian King spent many a year as a creative at a major national ad agency writing tv commercials. We are thrilled that, with Brian, students get a chance to hear the writer's perspective when it comes to auditions. After agency life, he took all that insight and knowledge, combined it with some fierce acting skills, and is now all over television sets nation-wide in loads of commercials and TV shows alike. He is very, very humble, would never brag about any of this, and did NOT write this bio about himself. Brian owns a boat.
is from Elmhurst in the western suburbs, and recently returned back home. He has filmed over 70 national commercials in Chicago, LA, and NYC. TV credits include: Blue Bloods & the upcoming Daredevil series. He studied/performed at The Second City, iO, & Comedy Sportz in Chicago, and has toured the Midwest as a stand-up comic. He has performed in several scripted & improvised shows, including: Brain Humor, Starship Improvise!, and the long-running hit, Flanagan's Wake. As a teacher, Jimmy has used his acting experience to develop the commercial classes at Beth Melsky Casting (NYC), teach at The PIT (NYC), Elmhurst College (IL), and privately coach actors in LA & NYC. He also had brain surgery...he'll show you the scar. Check him out at jimmycallahan.com
Cristin McAlister is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she received her degree in theatre from LSU. She has been seen onstage in Chicago at several theatres including: New Leaf, WNEP, Caffeine Theatre, The Annoyance and IO. She currently performs regularly with her improv team The Senate,
a member team at The Playground theatre. She can also be seen in the feature films, Schizopolis
and Before We Were Turtles
and recently completed work on several short, independent films. Cristin started teaching the kids and teens classes in the fall of 2010.
In 2006, Courtney's bubbly personality, acting know-how and babysitting skills finally paid off together in one job. After taking classes at The Green Room, Sean and Murphy asked if she was interested in teaching their kids division. Courtney jumped at the opportunity and has had a strong presence at the Green Room since. Now, she teaches kids and adults alike. A proud member of the actor's union SAG-AFTRA, Courtney has done everything from musical theatre to on-camera to voice over. She has worked for great theatres like Madison Rep, Drury Lane, Noble Fool, Apple Tree, Illinois Shakespeare and Theatre at the Center. For voice over, Courtney can be heard on regional, national, and even global commercials. She's been in independent films, pilots and commercials, (the one she did with her husband for AT&T holds a special place in her heart.) Your kids might have played with a Disney V-Tech toy that she voiced for Doc McStuffins or Frozen, or talked you into a McDonald's Happy Meal after hearing her voice. Most recently, Courtney has become a certified life coach and is on a mission to help actors improve their mindsets and create happy, fulfilling lives.
You can check out her sites at courtneyrioux.com
Anne Acker was born and raised in Alabama before coming up north to attend Indiana University where she majored in Musical Theatre and Communication and Culture. She has performed on stages all over the Chicagoland area including Drury Lane, Theatre at the Center, and Chicago Kids Company. Some of her favorite roles include Maria in West Side Story, Sarah in Guys and Dolls, and Abigail in The Crucible. When she's not singing and dancing, Anne is auditioning for commercials. You may have seen her in ads such as Walmart, Long John Silver's, Xolair, and Gordman's.
Leah Raidt proudly hails from Louisville, Kentucky. Chicago credits include American Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Pavement Group, Explore Theatre, and Emerald City Children's Theatre. Before The Green Room, Leah taught young actors at Walden Theatre and The Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts. She holds a B.F.A from The Theatre School at DePaul University, and is a graduate of The School at Steppenwolf. Leah also works as a Weight Watchers leader. Follow her on twitter @Lraidt!
Alexis Jade Links
AJ Links casts at Paskal Rudnicke Casting. She's very, very good at it and super, super cool. You should meet her (if you are comfortable around people with a far better fashion sense than you). She joins us as a guest teacher in our On Camera Training Program as well as our kids classes. She also likes to pose for pictures as a beautiful delicate flower.