Friday, November 6, 2020, 7pm ET / 4pm PT

This event is in the past.

Curious about opportunities in the WINDY CITY?  

Chicago has always been known for great theatre, exceptional stand-up comedy, commercial opportunities and notable TV/Film.  If you could be a local hire in this market you owe it to yourself to explore ALL Chicago has to offer your career as an actor.

In the weekend intensive you will work with a Chicago Casting Director and showcase to TWO Chicago agents to build your relationships with Chicago based connections.


The weekend schedule is as follows:

Friday November 6th at 7pm ET- Film/TV Intensive with Sarah Clark from Compass Casting

Saturday November 7th at 7pm ET- Mini Showcase to TWO Chicago Agents.

Agents Included are:

Kacee Hudson, DDO Artists Agency

Dawn Gray, Gray Talent Group



Sarah Clark-  Sarah has worked in the industry for over ten years. Casting is her bread and butter, but she's also an Emmy Nominated producer and professional screenwriter. She's been lucky to work on films like AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY, TO THE WONDER, RUDDERLESS, and many many more. 

Sarah has seen thousands of actors for hundreds of commercials with clients like Nike, Corona, Honda, and hundreds more.

Sarah works hard to make sure actors feel safe and clients feel heard. Passionate about casting, she does her best to make sure everyone is taken care of and the best possible cast comes together.

Dawn Gray- Dawn Gray is president of Gray Talent Group, founded in 2008, with offices in Chicago and Los Angeles.  The mission of Gray Talent Group is to develop actors and take them to the next level of their career.  Consequently, Gray actors can be seen on shows including CBS’s “Magnum PI”, Netflix’s “Politician” Showtime’s “On Becoming a God in Central Florida” Freeform’s “The Bold Type” and many more.  There are currently Gray Talent Actors on Broadway, in movie theaters and in film festivals across America.

Gray was named the SAG agent of the month and was the second agent outside of Los Angeles and first in Chicago to receive the award. 

Before becoming an agent, Gray produced the film Stray Dogs. Her other entrepreneurial venture was MOMents, a resource for working mothers. As part of MOMents, Gray produced a radio segment for WMAQ radio, wrote a column for the Chicago Tribune, created a monthly newsletter, ran support groups and gave talks on balancing work and family.

A graduate of Northwestern University, her first job out of college was working in the media as a writer/producer for WCFL Radio, UPI and CNN. Later she transitioned into public relations and held management positions at major agencies.  Dawn is delighted to pursue her passion of helping actors find success in this wonderful, wacky business.

KaCee Hudson- Opened in November of 2018, DDO Chicago represents top-notch talent in Chicago and beyond, creating a vital bridge between LA & NY and a direct plug into the rich talent of the Midwest for Casting Directors nationally.

Coming from both a Casting and Performance background, DDO Chicago’s KaCee Hudson transitioned to talent representation in 2013 and hasn’t looked back since. She is fiercely passionate about cultivating Chicago’s diverse and industrious talent with an individualized approach for each performer and providing a competitive pool of talent for every client’s need.

DDO Chicago represents a focused and diverse roster of artists for Commercial, Television, Film, Voice Over, Print & Theatre.

Please follow the procedures listed below:

  • Please update your headshot and fill out the MY INFO section of your AC account upon registration.

  • Arrive at least 10 MINUTES before your event is slated to start. Your host will give important information about the event at this time.

  • Instructions and the ZOOM link for access to this online event will be emailed to you in advance. If you have not received the link by 12pm (EST) the day-of the event, please reach out to at least one hour PRIOR to the start of class.

**Actors Connection classes and programming are for ADULTS (18+). With permission, some teens (14+) are allowed to take adult programming. To inquire about getting permission, please send an email to:**

**No recording of any kind is permitted by participants during class.**

**Please keep in mind that all programs at Actors Connection are for educational and professional development purposes. Participating in any class or event is not a promise of employment.**


Friday, November 6, 20207:00 pm
Saturday, November 7, 20207:00 pm

The following disclaimer is provided specifically at the request of and in accordance with SAG/AFTRA: Seminars or classes are for educational purposes only and will not secure or provide opportunity for employment in the field or representation by an agent or casting director.