Brian Levy, CSA, C.D.C.
Who is this guy?
Brian Levy has been a casting director based out of Toronto since 1985, casting hundreds of commercials & campaigns, television films, series and feature film. He came to casting indirectly starting in the industry as an actor, training at the prestigious Vancouver Playhouse Acting School. While with the Playhouse Brian had the honour of being cast in two shows that directly involved Tennessee Williams who was present throughout the rehearsal period for both shows. Red Devil Battery Sign (North American Premier) and The Notebook of Trigorin (World Premier), Mr. William’s adaptation of Chekov’s Seagull.
Brian moved to Toronto in the early 1980’s where he worked as publicist, PA, driver, manager of the Mime Company Unlimited and ended up as a casting assistant to a well known Toronto casting director. Brian was a natural fit into casting community. He understood acting, auditioning and seemed to have a decent head for business, not to mention a sparkling personality according to certain family members. Brian developed his casting style over the years and worked both sides of the ‘tracks’ casting commercially as well as for long form in television and film. Today his resume is impressive, diverse and reflective of his unique style as a casting director.
Brian has tremendous passion for acting, actors and the process. This is reflected in his casting and in his professional relationships and how he takes up space in the world. Those who work with Brian understand his dedication and doggedness in finding the right actors for any given role, whether commercial or long form. If you hire Brian you get Brian and not an assistant. He is present and ‘in-the-room’.
As well as being a casting director Brian is also an accomplished producer theatrically. He is partner and co-producer with Dan Fraleigh at Radium Productions, creators of The Radium Radio Hour, a theatrical nightclub experience c1949 complete with live music, costumed staff, novelty acts and a live-to-air performance of dramatic old time radio shows featuring characters like Sam Spade and The Thin Man.
Brian is proud to be on the faculty of Seneca College’s Acting for Film and Television program as well as offering his own workshop ‘Breaking Away From the Pack’. A workshop that teaches actors the art of audition and how to be a smarter and more successful actor in audition. Brian is a member of The Casting Society of Canada (CDC) and sits on its executive. He is also a member in good standing of The Casting Society of America (CSA).
Brian continues to cast and produce based out of Toronto, he also watches more television than his mother would approve of, is an avid movie goer and an enthusiastic attendee and supporter of live theatre.