Maura Smith, who worked in the casting department on the CBS show Criminal Minds and recently worked for C.P. Casting on the feature films Black Mass and Spotlight. Maura has her B.A. in Theatrical Directing from Fordham University and her M.F.A. in Film Production at Boston University. She has worked as a director and assistant director at The Paper Mill Playhouse, The Juilliard School, and Carnegie Hall. Her film Dear Santa has won numerous awards and screened at over 15 national and international film festivals. Her comprehensive experience with actors in front of and behind the camera makes her the perfect overseer for these one-day workshops.