Your Casting Academy

Our Team


FOUNDER – CREATIVE DIRECTOR – ACTING INSTRUCTOR

 

Mike Migliara

Mike Migliara was born and raised in Montreal and received his Baccalaureate in Fine Arts from the University of Concordia where he majored in Theatre and Film. Mike Migliara’s teachings are unique as they draw upon his academic background in theatre and film while also incorporating his inside knowledge of the casting process, the audition room, and his over 15 years on-set experience. .

He has now been a Casting Director for over 15 years, is a member of the “Casting Directors Society of Canada”, and has worked in New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, Toronto, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Montreal and Ottawa conducting nationwide and local talent searches. He has worked for many major Hollywood production companies such as Warner Bros, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, and the top production companies in Canada, such as Lions Gate, Ubisoft, Muse Entertainment, and many more.

Mr. Migliara’s extensive resume includes titles such as Get Smart (2008),  Blue Mountain State series (2010-2011)Assassin’s Creed: Lineage (2009)The Jacket (2005)Silent Night (2012)Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) and Polytechnique (2009). Throughout his career, he has worked alongside big industry names such as George Clooney, Denis Villeneuve, Jim Donovan, Peter Segal, Mark Waters, Larry Franco,  and in the process has contributed to developing several award-winning and very successful films.

Mr. Migliara has applied his expertise to direct actors such as Michael Mando in audition sessions, who now stars in the series Better Call Saul (2015-present); and privately coach Tim Rozon, who now plays as Doc Holliday in Wynonna Earp (2016). He has also applied his coaching abilities to develop local talent such as Sam Ashe Arnold. His extensive insight into the casting process gives Mr. Migliara a comprehensive understanding of the skills and practices that are crucial to getting booked. He founded Your Casting Academy to give Ottawa actors the opportunity to learn from his own industry experiences, so that they can truly achieve a career in acting.

HE HAS DIRECTLY WORKED WITH AWARD-WINNING AND TOP OF THE LINE FILMMAKERS SUCH AS:
GEORGE CLOONEY, DENIS VILLENEUVE, MARK WATERS, JIM DONOVAN, PETER SEGAL, KEN SCOTT, FRED SAVAGE, JAY CHANDRASEKHAR, JOHN FEIST, LARRY FRANCO, ANDREW C. ERIN, MAXWELL MCGUIRE, DAVID WINNING, AND MANY MORE!

  

 

 

ACTING INSTRUCTORS, COACHES & TEAM

 

Tomas Chovanec

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Tomas Chovanec has been a professional actor for over twenty years, earning his ACTRA card while still in high school at Etobicoke School of Arts in Toronto.

“Moving to Ottawa from Toronto, I wasn’t sure what the tv/film scene was like here, but I quickly found out there’s loads of work happening here.”

Some recent film/tv credits include: Jade’s Asylum, Murdered at Seventeen, His Perfect Obsession, Eyewitness, Reign, Cracked, Hemlock Grove.

Whether it’s an actor role, principal role, guest lead role, recurring role, lead role, he has the tools to be ready “on the day”.

With techniques learned from years of studying at Pro Actors Lab, Meisner technique with John Riven, audition technique with Ron Leach, voice work wit Rae-Ellen Bodie, he knows how to work moment to moment, and work truthfully under imaginary circumstances.

“I’ll often be asked by curious people wanting to know what it’s like getting to pretend all the time when you’re acting, is it fun to pretend to be a cop/lawyer/doctor/criminal etc…, I will tell them my approach is more in line with; acting isn’t about pretending, it’s about revealing.”

Acting truthfully under imaginary circumstances. Bring your life experience, use your imagination, and learn how to make it read on camera.

 

ALLISON GRAHAM

Allison Graham is a respected member of ACTRA and WGC. After graduating from high school, she auditioned for, and was accepted to, The American Academy Of Dramatic Arts (Los Angeles, California), where she spent two years studying theatre. She finished her formal education at Pasadena City College, majoring in creative writing. This combination of schooling provided her with an Associate Degree in Theatre Arts, and has enabled her to strike a fine balance of working both in front of, and behind a camera. In addition to an extensive list of Feature Film credits, she has appeared in more than 50 production titles, some of which expanded into major recurring roles. Credits include ‘Da Vinci’s Inquest’, ‘The Line’, ‘Being Erica’, ‘The Ron James Show’, ‘Stargate: Atlantis’, ‘Rumours’, ‘The Best Laid Plans’, ‘Doc’, ‘Trailer Park Boys’, ‘Deadfall’, among many others.

 

Daniel Garcia

Daniel Garcia is an American actor with a Bachelor of Art degree in Theatre from the University of North Texas. Daniel spent 6 years abroad in China, being a Series Lead in the animated series “Dream Defenders”, and doing voices for Disney, DreamWorks, and Tokyo TV Studios.

He also starred in commercials for Samsonite, Uhoo, and Diamond Water. Daniel moved to New York City and became a SAG-AFTRA member. He Co-Starred on an episode of “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix), and was featured in “Succession” (HBO), and “Mr.Robot” (USA). As a stage actor, Daniel has performed with The Royal Shakespeare Company in London, Disney World Family in Hong Kong, and the Manhattan Repertory Theatre in NYC.

Daniel is now living in Canada as an ACTRA member, and is working on current TV/Film projects.

 

Christopher Wyllie

Born in Glasgow, Scotland and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Chris has studied Acting, Theatre and Film his whole life and has worked professionally in the Film Industry for 15 years.

Chris attended the prestigious ‘American Academy of Dramatic Arts’ in Hollywood, CA and have since gone on to work as an actor in many professional productions, as well as worked and studied with many greats in the film industry such as Lee Daniels, Lou Diamond Philips, William H. Macy, Garret Hedlund Alfred Molina, Misha Barton, and many more.

Chris brings an inspiring and practical approach to teaching the Craft of Acting, as well as using the Body and the Voice to create memorable and believable Characters, while always seeking the truth in every moment. Chris gives the students the tools to dig deep and bring up Emotions quickly, as is required in the Film Industry, and is passionate about passing on what he has learned to up and coming actors.

 

Jesse Palangio

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Writer, Director, and Producer Jesse Palangio has an Ontario College Advanced Diploma in theatre arts from Canadore College of Arts and Technology. During his time there, Jesse developed a strong passion for film and cinematography and mastered the skills to be a professional director.

Jesse has since been working professionally as assistant camera position at Fireside Pictures – the busiest production house making independent films & TV Movies in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. He also works on professional commercials for well-established businesses, music videos, and of course, Your Casting Academy’s short film projects. He has showcased many of his works in local Film Festivals, establishing a great reputation. A reputation that serves any filmmaker exactly what they want on a silver platter.

He brings the best performances out of all our students. Aspiring actors will never be intimidated of the camera every again after his classes. They will understand and be able to deliver professionally on film sets whatever a director and his/her crew wants to perfection.

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Kelly Hope Taylor

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Kelly Hope Taylor is an actor from Toronto currently based between Ottawa and Montreal. Past work includes recurring and guest roles for several television series on Showcase, UPN (with Taye Diggs and Christina Hendricks), CTV, and the Lifetime Network. Her most recent work in the film Good Sam will be airing on Netflix in Spring 2019. Alongside film and television, Kelly has had several commercial campaigns for brands such as Samsung, Quaker, Tim Hortons, and Winners. Kelly is also a certified educator with the Ontario College of Teachers with her Honours Specialist in Dramatic Arts Education.

 

Norman Mikeal Berketa

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Norm Berketa is our Voice Over Session Director.

You’ve likely seen Norm Berketa in many films and television shows and heard his voice on TV and radio over the last 22 years. Norm secured his first TV role in 1996 and has since performed in over 40 film and TV projects with noted actors such as Morgan Freeman, Ben Affleck, Edward Norton and Neve Campbell. Norm has also written and produced eight short films, and is currently co-hosts a talk show called “Totally Off Script” on the Bell Fibe TV1 network, and most recently Norm is shopping a TV pilot to production companies for a series he has created.

 

Patrick Bugby

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Patrick Bugby has been enthralled by film and theatre from a young age. This passion has driven him to pursue mastery of the English language and performance. He has been extensively trained by the best industry professionals in Ottawa (Third Wall Theatre Company, The Ottawa School of Speech & Drama) in classical Shakespeare, as well as contemporary acting styles making him very versatile. He has been a part of the acting scene in Ottawa for over 8 years, having had roles in many plays and films, such as critically acclaimed Fringe Productions “Moon Fleece”, “Fuji”, & “Eclipse”. Patrick has also worked behind the scenes in many theatre companies, such as the “GCTC’s God of Carnage”. Film credits include speaking roles in  György Pálfi’s “His Master’s Voice”  and “Right to Passage” (Nightshoot Productions). Patrick is the head of our Voice & Movement department, and turns our students into top of the line professionals for voice over work in commercials, video gaming, and animation. He also gives students the capacity to perform for the stage in any sized theater. Lastly, his methodologies in movement get our students in top shape to be eligible for motion capture performance in the video game industry.

 
Cancellation Policy: Student must cancel 10 business days in advance of class start date to receive a 50% refund.There are no refunds for students who withdraw less than 10 business days in advance of class start date.

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