President of CP Casting, Matt has been an integral part CP Casting since 1993. He has coordinated hundreds of auditions and cast hundreds of actors in feature films, episodic television, commercial advertisements, corporate films, and whatever else came along that needed some good, local talent.
Matt oversees and manages C.P. Casting's day-to-day business operations and is responsible for making sure everything is on schedule and on point. Matt is also the Registrar of the Acting Studio at CP Casting and coordinates the acting training program.
Partner at CP Casting, Kyle Crand has been the Casting Director at CP since 2006. He has worked on 50+ feature film and television projects in that time. Recent projects include "Castle Rock" for Hulu, "SMILF" for Showtime, and the movies "The Burning Woman", "November Criminals", "Daddy's Home 2", "Detroit", “Thoroughbred”, “Manchester-by-the-Sea”, "Spotlight", "Black Mass", "The Heat", & "The Town", and TV Pilots "The Devil You Know" for HBO, "American Odyssey" for NBC, & "Hatfields & McCoys" for ABC. He was on the Casting team that won Artios Awards from the Casting Society of America for "Gone, Baby, Gone" and "Moonrise Kingdom." Additionally, he was a lead associate for HBO's Olive Kitteridge, which won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Casting in 2015.
Actor in film, television and stage. Bates has been a professional actor for over 30 years now. He’s worked in Boston, New York, and Hollywood as an award winning stage actor (IRNE awards for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in Boston). He also appeared in the critically acclaimed, Waiting for Godot with Austin Pendelton. In film Bates has appeared in many day player roles and has been honored to do scene work with some of the following talented actors, Chris Walken in “Maiden Heist”, Christopher Reeves in “The Last Ferry Home”, Richard Gere in “Hachiko”, Benjamin Barnes in “Valediction” , Amanda Peet, Ethan Hawke and Mark Ruffalo in “What Doesn’t Kill You”, Mark Ruffalo, Leonardo Decaprio in “Shutter Island”, Lawrence Fishburne in “Mystic River”, as well as Pat Morita and Hilary Swank in “The Next Karate Kid”. It is also worth mentioning, that Bates had an integral role in the multiple award-winning and independent film festival winning, “Replacement Child”. In Television, Bates was best known for his recurring role as the hapless, ne’er-do-well brother-in-law for three seasons on Showtime’s “Brotherhood”. Rounding off Bates accomplishments in the acting business, he has appeared in countless local and national commercials playing a wide range of characters from the goofy and obscure, to the poignant and dramatic, and many others in-between.
As a teacher, Bates has been with CP for over 15 years, advised the Scituate Public School Drama departments for some 10 years, Has been an instructor at Emerson College since 2002 and an adjunct at BU since 2008. Bates loves the creative art of acting and does not pull his punches as an instructor. He will let you know how he feels and will nurture your abilities and work to get the best out of his students!
Carolyn is the founder of CP Casting, and consults on all projects as she has the past 30 years. She is a member of Screen Actors Guild & The Casting Society of America. Carolyn has won numerous casting awards for feature films, including The Departed, Gone, Baby, Gone, Shutter Island, Mystic River, Good Will Hunting, The Crucible, and Mystic Pizza.
She has performed professionally in plays, soap operas, TV, and films; and since the late 70’s has taught professional and nonprofessional adults and teens, acting and auditioning skills. Along with the work she does at The Studio, she is currently an Adjunct Professor at Suffolk University working with Media and Theater Department students. This class, On Camera Acting, has been a successful addition to the TA curriculum at Suffolk for 5 years.
She’s often invited to teach workshops throughout the New England area at performing arts schools, centers and universities. A partial list of these workshops and seminars includes: Boston University, Boston College, Trinity Conservatory, R.I Film Collaborative, Bridgewater State, Brandeis University, Boston Arts Academy, Dorchester Youth Collaborative, Emerson College, Woods Hole and Provincetown Film Festivals and the ART Conservatory.
Carolyn’s expertise in teaching comes from years of designing practical, learnable, techniques that enable actors to understand the audition process and make significant choices for cinematic acting. Her “Getting Started in the Business of Acting” workshop was the first in Boston to inform new actors on how the business works. This popular seminar has motivated over a thousand people to take a first step towards an exciting new path.
As a student at Emerson, she began her acting career at the Theatre Company of Boston. Later she started teaching as a founding member of the Theatre Company’s School Touring Company. This bi-racial company was created during the anti-busing years to relieve racial tension and introduce Arts in Education into the then turbulent Boston Public High School system.