SMPIA EXPLAINER: Auditioning for Film & Television

  • February 18, 2024 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Saskatchewan Science Centre

    Regina, Saskatchewan SK
Ticket Price (CAD) Free This event is now over

 Auditioning for Film & Television Explainer
Whether you are new to acting or have some experience, the panel will cover all aspects of On-Camera Acting, from the basics to best practices

This is for you, if your interests are in performing in Film and Television. 

You may feel that it is out of your reach, or are worried about embarrassing yourself because you don't know the process.  • open to anyone, of any age



Alan Bratt has been working in the industry since the seventies and has been a member of ACTRA, which is the union protecting the interests of film, television, radio and digital performers. He is currently ACTRA Saskatchewan’s National Councillor and is past president of the Branch. He is also a member of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. 





Carmen Kotyk is an award winning Casting Director who has garnered a reputation for casting excellence within Canada and abroad. Her recent credits include Grudge Reboot (Sony Pictures, Ghost House Pictures) Run (Lionsgate), Channel Zero (Universal) and A Dog’s Journey (Amblin, Universal).

Carmen opened up The Abby in February of 2018 with the intention of “upping the game in Winnipeg” while providing a familiar space for the acting community to flourish. One of her first jobs in Winnipeg was a television series   which was mandated to cast as many Manitoba actors as possible. She rose   to that challenge, casting in excess of 170 MB actors over the course of the 22                                                       episode series which in turn grew the local talent base to what we see today.

                                                    Carmen Kotyk is the only Professional working in Canada who has cast                                                                   extensively in every market in the country and has been a member of the                                                               Casting Directors Society of Canada since 2000.


Lowell Dean is an award-winning filmmaker with a talent for the twisted.

Lowell wrote and directed the horror-comedy WOLFCOP, an original concept selectedfrom 90 projects nationwide in the Cinecoup Accelerator competition. Following itstheatrical release, WOLFCOP quickly achieved cult status and was named “movie ofthe year” by The National Post.

Showcasing his range as a storyteller, Lowell has also directed children’s TV (Opie’s Home, Hi Opie, Miss Persona), true crime (Blood, Lies & Alibis), documentary(Hollywood: Saskatchewan),                                                                                   reality TV (Dust Up), commercials, and music videos.

                                                                          As a director, Lowell’s feature film credits include: 13 EERIE,                                                                                             WOLFCOP, ANOTHER WOLFCOP, SUPERGRID and the upcoming                                                                                     DARKMATCH and DIE ALONE - both setfor release in 2024.                                                               


Brenda McCormick is a freelance Canadian Casting Director.  After leaving her job in the provincial government, deeming herself “too young for semi-security” and trying her hand at many different positions in pretty much every department, she found her niche and her love of casting in the early 90s.  Among the many talented Saskatchewan filmmakers, she also has had the privilege of working with such name Directors as Jennifer Lynch, Terry Gilliam, Anne Wheeler, Stuart Margolin, Francis Damberger, Peter Scolari, Scott Smith, Karen Lam, Robin Dunne, John N. Smith and Producers such as Charlize Theron, John Engel, Jennifer Podemski, Laura Millikin, Brent Butt, Virginia Thompson, David Storey, Jake Weiner, Rob Merilees, John Landis and Leslie Belzberg, casting numerous projects for Disney, Warner Brothers, VH1, CTV, CBC, Omni and Hallmark to name a few.  In addition to film projects, she has cast too many commercial campaigns to count, for clients such as Tourism Saskatchewan, SaskTel, SGI and SaskPower.          



Danny Balkwill  has been professionally performing for almost 3 decades.  He has worked in Film/TV, as a theatre artist, a voice artist for animation, and also as a musician. Some of his credits include The Chronicles of Riddick, Once upon a Mattress, Jeremiah, My Little Pony, The Littlest Pet Shop,  and many Regional and National Commercials. He most recently was working on Zarqa. seasons 1 and 2, shot in Regina as well as a heritage minute about female baseball player Mary Bonnie Baker.

He has performed in Broadway National tours and North American casts such as, We Will Rock You! produced by Robert Deniro, and Mamma Mia! North American Premiere cast. Danny has directed and music directed many more productions, including Million Dollar Quartet, The Buddy Holly Story, A Christmas Story the Musical, White Christmas etc., and is currently the Artistic Director/C.E.O. of a theatre company in Saskatchewan entitled SaskExpress.

Date & Time

Sun., Feb. 18, 2024 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Venue Details

Saskatchewan Science Centre

Regina, Saskatchewan SK Saskatchewan Science Centre
Saskatchewan Media Production Industry Association • SMPIA
Established in 1985, the Saskatchewan Media Production Industry Association (SMPIA) represents all personnel related to the making and exhibiting of film and media productions in Saskatchewan - from beginners to veteran professionals. []