46 – Christine McKenna-Tirella, Casting Director

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To get from the page to the stage, the show needs to go through casting. And Christine McKenna-Tirella, Casting Specialist at Backstage, is here to explain cast some light on the subject (you’re welcome for the pun by the way!).

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About Christine McKenna-Tirella:

Christine is an experienced Casting Director and Talent Specialist based in New York.

Projects include: Spongebob The Musical (First National Tour), Waitress (Non-Union National tour), Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief (Broadway/National Tour), Elf the Musical (National Tours), Sound of Music (National Tours). Christine also aided in the casting for the Broadway production of Chicago The Musical (Broadway/National Tour), Hadestown (Broadway), Goodspeed Opera House, AIDA Cruise Lines. Off-Broadway projects include A Clockwork Orange (New World Stages), As You Like it (Classic Stage Company), Curvy Widow (Westside Theatre), Stuffed (Westside Theatre), Dirty Dancing (National Tour). TV Credits with Stewart/Whitley include Freaky Friday (Disney Channel); Stewart/Whitley commercial, voiceover and industrial resume available upon request.

Before joining the Stewart/Whitley Team, Christine spent three years at Harriet Bass Casting, as a Casting Associate, working primarily on regional Equity theatre and Off-Broadway theatre/projects. Clients included: Portland Center Stage, Alliance Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Syracuse Stage and Dallas Theater Center. During this time, she also worked as a Freelance Casting Director at Telsey + Co. where she assisted in casting a number of pilots and commercials.

Christine started her career freelancing with Paladino Casting where she worked on various international and national commercials, live and promotional events such as the opening of Lexus Fashion show 2013, as well as television projects ranging from reality television to scripted material such as Team Umizoomi (Nickelodeon) and Taxi Brooklyn (TF1/CBS).

Christine holds a Bachelor of Law (Hons), from Queens University, Belfast; a Diploma in Acting from LAMDA, London, and an Associate Acting Degree from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York.

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