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Weeknight Workshop: How to Audition & Direct Actors (Learning from the Actor’s POV)

—Published on 4th Aug, 2021.

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Are you a director interested in learning how to get the best performance out of your actors? Are you an actor interested in shaking off that covid ‘rustiness’ by brushing up on your auditioning technique? Whether you’re a seasoned actor or a filmmaker who’s never taken an acting class in your life, auditioning is a step in the filmmaking process that you will repeatedly have to face. It’s a crucial part of producing any successful narrative production, including commercials. Learning from a veteran with experience on ‘all sides of the fence’ will give both actors and directors insider insight, while also learning from one another.

FILMCO is very pleased to present our August Weeknight Workshop: How to Audition & Direct Actors (Learning from the Actor’s POV) with actress, director, writer, casting director, teacher and producer Penelope Spencer. Spencer’s endless list of credits includes award-winning films such as “Bazodee” (starring Machel Montano) from Todd Kessler, “Play the Devil” from Maria Govan and “Home Again” from Sudz Sutherland

This workshop will be two sessions, 90 minutes each. Participants will be given a short scene to study before the commencement of the first class. In the first session, Penelope will work with attendees on how to prepare for an audition. In the second session, she will guide participants through the actual audition process as they experience the emotions that an actor goes through during an audition and also the expectations of casting directors. This workshop is designed to be interactive and participants will gain a more complete understanding of both the actor and the casting director’s point of view, during the audition process. 


Date: Tuesday 24th & Wednesday 25th August 2021
Time/Duration: 5:00 PM- 6:30 PM AST/ 90 minutes
Location: Online (Zoom)
Book Online Now: Tickets are $450 TTD. Click HERE to register and purchase your ticket.

FILMCO members/students (with a valid student ID card) can receive a 50% discount on the ticket price. To receive a discount code, please email

Participants can also pay for the workshop via online bank transfer. Email us at for banking details.


Participants should have a basic understanding of filmmaking but it is not necessary.

About the Facilitator: Penelope Spencer

Penelope Spencer is an actress, director, writer, casting director, teacher and producer. She has an extensive career on the stage as an actress, performing in plays such as “Jean and Dinah” and “Mary Could Dance”, to name a few. Penelope or ‘auntie Pennie’ as she is fondly known, has written, produced and directed a number of theatrical productions. This multi-hyphenate has cast for numerous local and international movies and advertisements. She has been a storyteller and drama teacher at Newtown Girl’s R.C School for over 20 years and also holds the post of Artistic Director of Necessary Arts Productions, a company that has been running basic acting classes for the past 15 years. A true storyteller at heart, Penelope wrote her first children’s storybook along with Ms Lylah Persad entitled, “Tales From the Forest”. She also produced and presented an acting camp, Camp Tippi Tambo, over the August vacation.


Photograph by Anthony Moore.

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