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About Stuart Stone

With over 25 years of experience as a casting director, Stuart realized that many actors were not booking jobs simply because they didn’t know how to audition. That’s why he decided to develop the Stone Acting Studio to help actors of all levels learn the current techniques to have memorable audition and book the job.

Stuart has cast projects for companies such as: Burger King, Walgreens, Kidz Bop, Nike, Subway, Honda, Microsoft and many more. He has an industry insider’s understanding of what you need to know to be a working actor. With offices in LA and Denver, Stuart Stone Casting continues to be one of the most highly respected coaches and casting companies around.

To assist students Stuart include introductions to agents, managers, and casting directors. The Studio also provides personal counseling in resume writing, interviewing, and presentation skills.

Stuart and the coaches at the Stone Acting Studio are committed to providing you with the most current and relevant information and guidance.

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About Kate Simmons

Kate Simmons is a born-and-bred LA actor, director, and casting director who most recently directed “Comedy Happens,” a docu-series featuring talent such as Billy Bob Thornton and Dot Marie Jones. After starting her film career at the age of eight, Kate went on to study acting at Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler before receiving her Bachelors in theatre from the New School in New York City.

During her time in NYC, Kate directed and acted in Off-Broadway plays such as “Dirty Hands” and Tolstoy’s “The Power of Darkness.” In 2017, Kate returned to LA where she appeared in shows such as “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Goliath” before joining forces with Stuart Stone to cast over 50 commercials. Kate has extensive experience working with both kids and adults.


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About Matthew Sweetenham

A expatriated Brit, Matthew has studied acting in both the UK and US and is familiar with a wide variety of techniques and methods. With a degree in Cinema Studies and Creative Writing from The Metropolitan State University of Denver, Matthew brings a filmmakers' perspective to workshops to help members think critically about their scripts and their performance and what it means in the bigger picture of a production. He brings a down-to-earth perspective about the workings of the industry and astute guidance on how to bring your best to the audition.

Matthew has worked extensively with adults and kids and coached them on everything from acting to stop-motion animation and works hard to help them develop their self-confidence and master their craft.

He has been casting and teaching with Stuart for over 5 years and regularly runs audition sessions both in-person and virtually for commercials across the country.