Casting Workshop with Kimberly Graham

Postponed - T.B.A.

Helsinki, Finland

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We are very happy to welcome Kimberly Graham, the L.A. casting director of Homeland and Avatar among many other successful TV & Film productions, over to Helsinki to host an inspiring casting workshop at the Actors Academy. This three section series explores the prepared scene, cold read and improv audition scenarios. You will get a 'real' Hollywood casting experience and lots of tips and tools on how to improve your casting work and what is really important.

Sample Schedule

Friday 16:00 - 21:00

Saturday & Sunday 10:00 - 17:30

About The Event

This three section series explores the prepared scene, cold read and improv audition scenarios. The first class is a prepared scene the actors are assigned a few days before class. The second class is a cold read, which the actor has minutes to prepare. The third class is improvised solo and paired interviews in both dramatic and comedic form. Students also act as a reader for another fellow actor. All scenes are taped and a copy of the student's work is emailed to them for further personal study. This service is included in the class fee.


For actors, directors, casting directors, agents, writers, producers etc.



  • What casting directors are looking for

  • Get a 'real' Hollywood casting experience

  • Tips, DO's and DONT's of Hollywood

  • Differences between the US market and the European market, including pictures, resume, showreels, agents, managers etc.

  • What makes a good reel/showbook?

  • How to find 'clues' in writing to understand the character and their objectives.

  • Understand what questions to ask when breaking down a script

  • If props are helpful or not?

  • Understanding the rhythm/pace of a scene

  • Incorporating 'Life Moments' in your audition

  • Understanding the role of the casting director

  • The experience of really trusting your instincts in your work



• Price: Early bird price: 545 until March 15th / Normal price: 590€
• Location: Actors Academy Finland, Pursimiehenkatu 26H, Helsinki

• Place is limited and will be filled on a 'first-come-first-serve' basis.

• The booking for all events and workshops is binding. You can cancel 30 days prior to the event and receive a 50% return of your payment or you can pass on your spot to another person without an extra fee.

• Teaching language is English (Please keep in mind that you do not need to have perfect English skills, and you do not need to worry about accent and pronunciation).

• All rights to changes reserved.

• You can find the event on Facebook here.


Kimberly Graham has been the Associate Casting Director with Judy Henderson Casting since 2003. She casts for film, television, commercials and theater. Her office was the pioneers for voice over casting for video games, primarily the Grand Theft Auto series. Her office casts for Off-Broadway theaters such as The New Group, The Play Company, The Director’s Company and Pig Iron Theater Company in Philadelphia. Judy and Kimberly have cast such films as AVATAR, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2, and Rick Linklater’s BEFORE MIDNIGHT among others. Kimberly's work on HOMELAND for SHOWTIME has garnered numerous awards, including ARTIOS and EMMY AWARDS for outstanding casting in a drama. Kimberly frequently teaches workshops in NYC, Boston, DC, Savannah, Jacksonville, Philadelphia, Miami, Paris, Berlin and London among others.


"Kimberly Graham is an extraordinary coach! Her knowledge of the industry, as well as the craft, is so valuable to the students she works with. You walk away from one of her workshops being inspired as well as equipped to grow as an actor. I brought her in to work with my students and the experience for me as well as they will never be forgotten. On a personal note, Kimberly is such a beautiful human being and that commitment and passion for what she does spills over into all areas of her life..”

- Cindy Hogan, The A.C.T.I.N.G. Coach


“Kimberly Graham is a phenomenal teacher, and truly cares about her students. She is a caring and passionate advocate for actors, and an incredible casting director, a kind person, and very honest in her teaching approach. Her insight into the business is tremendous and invaluable. My students are lucky to learn from her. She is one of the best teachers around."

- Matt Newton, owner of MN Acting Studios and Backstage contributor


“I had hired Kimberly to teach numerous classes for me during my tenure as Director of Education and Events at Backstage and continue to do so with Actors Launchpad. Kimberly has a well-earned reputation as being a favorite on-camera coach among actors in New York City. Her insightful input is invaluable to actors that are trying to fine-tune both their on-camera performance and audition techniques. There is always a waitlist to work with her because the word is out the Kimberly helps you be better at what you do as an actor."

- Tom Lapke, Actor's Launchpad


“Most of my actors are international professionals with agents and managers from vastly different cultures; France, Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Kimberly Graham immediately gained their trust and respect. Her experience along with her ability to listen and give precise advice won their hearts. She is blunt and to the point-giving actors' exact adjustments to consider. Its no easy task coaching the United Nations of actors, but Kimberly Graham has the unique ability to reach the soul of an actor.”

- Charles Weinstein, FilmActingParis


“Kimberly is an amazing instructor. She taught both a youth class and an adult class at Scene-1 in DC. She was great with the kids and they learned a lot from her. She spoke to them in a way they could really understand, making both the kids and the parents very pleased.

The adult class was amazing. Every review we received about the workshop praised her and her knowledge of the industry and casting. She was able to help people understand how to break down scripts and how to deliver to the camera. Being in the casting profession is one thing, but being able to help actors understand it, and instruct them on how to really hone their craft and bring their best performance at an audition is another. We even had 2 actors drive 4 hours to attend the class as her reputation as a great instructor preceded her. She spent extra time with people at the end of the class who had questions and she was incredibly helpful. We can't wait to have Kimberly return to DC for another amazing workshop."
- Barbara Scheeler, 
Owner of Scene 1


"Kimberly is the real deal. She gives our students tangible and actionable insights to push them to the next level in their castings.”
- Ralph Kinnard, Director and Owner of Miami Acting Studio

"Kimberly has been a guest instructor at the Industry workshops I host. It is clear how much she respects and cares for actors. She has a great eye and her critiques are spot on. Each actor came away with a better knowledge of how to apply their craft after working with her."

- John Howard Swain, Director, Instructor and Author of The Science & Art of Commercial Acting and The Science & Art of Film Acting

"I have taken several classes with Kimberly Graham and have found her to be very intuitive with regard to what needs fixing in your performance and also incredibly supportive. She gets right to the point and expects you to rise to the challenge and I have noticed that this approach seems to work at their own pace and you always see a vast improvement. I highly recommend Kim's class. She is terrific.”
- Nancy Steward, actor


"The biggest lesson I learned from Kim's class is how to go the "extra mile" when analyzing my script and then incorporating that understanding into my performance. As a result, the number of my job bookings and callbacks has increased enormously."

- Randy Schein, actor

“I only have positive things to say about my experience in Kimberly Graham's on camera acting class. She is incredibly down to earth and immediately put our group at ease with her great sense of humor. She makes actors feel comfortable, which takes away a lot of the self-imposed pressure. It is the perfect environment to shake off any nervous energy and just "go for it." Kimberly wants actors to do well and gives constructive, honest feedback in a way that is encouraging. I was impressed to see how invested she was in each individual and it helped to hear the different notes that she gave each person. I will definitely be taking her class again”

- Jenna Caswell, actor