Actor/director/producer/casting director Jeffrey Passero has a wealth of experience in his craft, and is looking to spread his knowledge amongst the ever-growing pool of talent in Hollywood East. The talented thespian, while currently west-coast based, has been spending more and more time in the Boston area, offering classes and workshops on time-tested techniques for auditions and acting. As a long-time casting director, Passero knows his stuff.
Passero got into casting at the Roundabout Theatre in NY in the early 1980′s. The theatre was in Chapter 11 while he was an actor/intern there and they asked him to get involved with casting. He was able to segue into film casting in NY by casting Last Exit To Brooklyn, then did the NY casting on The Doctor and Bonfire Of The Vanities.
He then moved to LA in 1991 and cast Poison Ivy with Drew Barrymore and remained in the area casting independent films. He began acting in NYC at the Roundabout Theatre in productions such as “You Never Can Tell” by George Bernard Shaw and “Pins And Needles” by Harold Rome. He studied at HB Studios with Uta Hagen and Ed Moorhouse . He also studied the craft of acting with Terry Schreiber and Larry Moss in NYC. Additionally, he studied musical theatre audition technique with David Craig. Passero also just recently completed a play about his life experiences in casting movies and theatre.
In regards to the workshops he offers, Passero says, “ In my workshops, we work on a memorized scene, on camera audition skills and monologue and songs. The memorized scene is the only way to hone in on the craft of acting. This is where you have to be specific on stage and in the moment. Any weakness in the actor’s technique will show up in a scene. I am all about intentions, actions and the wants of the character–and using your own life and imagination to connect to the character you are playing.”
Passero will be teaching in the Boston area again in June. Keep an eye out on his website for dates to be posted.