Dates & Times: 26th-27th Oct, 18:30-21:30 (BST)

Price: £100

Location: Online via Zoom link.


Please note: Payments are made in British Pound Sterling (£) only.)
Open to non-students and students. Places are non-refundable






An Introduction and Outline.
General discussion about what the workshops aim to deliver and an overview of auditioning in life after the pandemic!
Self Tape Reviews.
– A set of short scenes will be sent to the students to choose from early next week.
– Each student will have to self tape their selected scene and submit it to [email protected] by the morning of 26th october.
– Each self tape will be watched by the whole group and I shall give feedback on each student as well as scene dissection on each script.
Distribution of the Longer Scenes to prepare for Day Two
Short Script Session
– Straight into a short script session to build upon and apply what was covered on the previous day.
– I shall bring these scenes with me on the day to prevent any confusion.
– The students will have time to rehearse before running their scenes … they will then be given direction and then feedback by me.
– These scenes can be performed standing.
Longer Scenes
– The students will be given time to rehearse with who they have been paired with.
– We will then run the scenes once – I shall give direction and then feedback.
– These scenes will be performed seated.





Ben Cogan has worked in casting for 21 years. He began as a Casting Director for many shows (including Eastenders, Holby City and Waking the Dead) before becoming the Casting Director for Doctors in 2002. 380 episodes later, Ben moved to Casualty, and, in his time there, 6 episodes that he worked on were recognised with BAFTA nominations. During this period he also worked on the Afternoon Play series and Kiss of Death – one of which (Wish 143) was nominated for an Oscar.

Since going freelance in 2015 Ben has cast numerous films including the award winning, Just Charlie, Trendy, Lady M, Bellmouth and TV shows such as BAFTA nominated Apple Tree House. Ben recently cast two feature films: ‘Evie’ and ‘Love Without Walls’ as well as three short films: ‘Man at the Bottom of the Garden’, ‘Old Windows’ and ‘The Outing’.

“Working with and for actors is my happy place. Whether it is in an audition, workshop, drama school or a one-to-one tutorial: preparing the actor to perform to their best ability is my ultimate responsibility. I am very proud to have a respected reputation for being a casting director who supports, guides, assists and encourages actors to fly! ”
– Ben Cogan