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This book provides a unique perspective on the musical theatre audition process from the viewpoint of one of the most influential casting directors in the West End who has also worked for many years as a professional actor.
Originally an actor playing roles in London's West End, Neil Rutherford worked in production at the English National Opera before becoming Head of Casting for the Ambassador Theatre Group. In addition to his professional casting work worldwide, Neil regularly lectures in audition technique at major UK drama schools and events, holds masterclasses throughout the world, and has been an audition panelist, contributor and adviser to Channel 4, the BBC, ITV, BBC Performing Arts Fund, The Actors Centre, Spotlight Actors Publications, and numerous drama schools in the UK. www.neilrutherford.com
Neil's encyclopedic knowledge of the profession, combined with his sense of fun, is invaluable, and his experience on both sides of the casting desk make him uniquely qualified in his field. -- Christopher Luscombe, director Neil is a wonderfully knowledgeable, dynamic and very well respected casting director. His personal approach and understanding of the industry from both sides having also been an actor helps put actors at ease and enables them to deliver their best audition. -- Wendy Scozzaro, London agent Neil's expertise is not only in casting but a comprehensive understanding of today's current musical theatre vocational training make him an outstanding voice in his field. -- Chris Hocking, Choreographer and Deputy Principal, Arts Educational School Neil has several gifts and considerable wisdom when it comes to all things theatrical. A creative man blessed with wit and intelligence, and the power to communicate, he is deeply respected in the world of entertainment excellence. -- Richard O'Brien, legendary writer and performer If you are lucky, you will be walking into an audition room with Neil Rutherford, a person who knows this complex art better than anybody. And a person who loves actors with all his heart and who understands what it takes to make of an audition something like painting a beautiful miniature. And certainly Neil knows more, for he knows the profound art that is to be found in an audition. -- Bartlett Sher, Director