Casting Director Bio:

Sean Cossey and JJ Ogilvy have been casting for film and television in Vancouver for over 20 years. Recent credits include The Good Doctor, Riverdale, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Arrow, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, The Crossing, Falling Skies, The Twilight Saga and When We Rise to name just a few. Emmy nominated and winners of several casting awards, these are two of the busiest in the business.

Actors in the top 10 (as determined by our panel of industry professionals below) will be invited individually to come in to Sean and JJ at their casting office to audition for an available role in one of their current or upcoming projects. Each of the top 10 actors will also receive written feedback from them for the work they did on their submission.

The Sean Cossey and JJ Ogilvy showcase will run from July 15th to midnight on August 31st. You may complete your registration at anytime within those dates to be eligible. All feedback will be given to all the actors and the top 10 will be notified after a maximum of 2 weeks after the close of the showcase.

The Panel

Artist2Artist is thrilled to have assembled such a talented and generous group of industry professionals to give feedback to all the participants and to help determine the top 10 actors being sent to the casting Director.

Jennifer Copping


Jennifer Copping is a highly sought-after teacher, coach, mentor as well as an accomplished actor and director based in Vancouver. Select favourites as a director: Good People, City Of Angels, In The Boom Boom Room, Almost, Maine and the recent Zastrozzi: The Master Of Discipline. Recent fav Onstage Include: Indian Arm, Godspell, Detroit, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime and Mitch and Murray’s upcoming production of Body Awareness. Recent fav TV and Film Include: The InBetween, Love, Take Two, Van Helsing, Fargo, Mother Of All Lies, Becoming Redwood (which she won a Leo Award for Best Actress) and Rabbit (nominated for best supporting actress Leo Awards 2109)

Hiro Kanagawa is a Vancouver-based actor and writer. His most recent play Indian Arm received the 2017 Governor-General’s Literary Award for Drama. Other distinctions include Jessie Richardson Awards for both acting and playwriting, an Asians on Film Award, and an MFA from Simon Fraser University. He is perhaps best known for his recurring roles and guest appearances on popular American television series such as Altered Carbon, The X-Files, iZombie and Smallville and comedic turns in Best in Show and the legendary Supernatural episode Changing Channels. A sought-after script doctor and consultant, he was story editor on the critically-acclaimed Canadian series Da Vinci’s Inquest, Da Vinci’s City Hall, Intelligence, and Blackstone.

Hiro Kanagawa


April Telek


Multi-award winning actor April Telek has appeared in over 100 professional film and TV productions. Between those roles, April has worked extensively with casting directors across Canada and the US as a reader and casting associate/assistant. Throughout that time, she has spent over 10,000 hours in casting sessions for hundreds of network and cable shows, including being part of the casting team that was nominated for 4, and won 2 Emmy Awards.

Nancy’s acting career has spanned over 25 years. She started in the theater and has performed in over 20 shows in Edmonton and Vancouver. She has also worked in the local TV and Film industry, and her films have traveled to over 50 film festivals around the world, including Toronto, Berlin and Sundance to name a few. She has won various awards for her acting including a best actress award from the Ourense festival in Spain. Along side her acting career she has spent the last 17 years teaching acting and takes great pride in passing on the craft to the next generation.

Nancy Sivak


Dean Marshall


Dean Marshall is a veteran of stage and screen dating back almost thirty years. Born and raised in Montreal, Dean has performed across the country and has been seen by millions through his work in film and television. Director, producer, writer, artist and father of two rambunctious boys, Dean has continued his passion for acting in Vancouver and feels honoured to be asked to help actors realize their dreams with Artist2Artist.

Kurt has appeared in over 100 film and television roles over the years including reoccurring roles in iZOMBIE, SUPERNATURAL, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, ROGUE, LEVEL UP, SANCTUARY and EXE’S and OH’s and has been nominated for a LEO for Best Male Guest star twice for his work in MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE and TIES THAT BIND. Kurt has also appeared on stage across western Canada and is a voice actor, writer, director and teacher. It is a highlight of his career to bring Artist2Artist to life!

Kurt Evans