Founder and PresidenT
With strong roots in theater and in directing, a flair for the unexpected, and tireless perseverance, Pat McCorkle, founder and president of McCorkle Casting Ltd., is well known as one of the top casting directors in New York.
Raised in central New Jersey, McCorkle began working in theater during high school. After graduating from Douglass College with a B.A. in theater, she went on to New York University to earn a graduate degree in theater education, with a focus on directing.
In 1974, after a brief stint teaching high school English and working as a stage manager in summer stock theater, she was invited by Alan Wasser to join New York's legendary Broadway theater, The Circle in the Square. Working first as subscription manager, and then as an assistant to the artistic director, McCorkle found herself drawn to casting and began work as a casting assistant.
In 1976, she moved to TCG (Theater Communication Group), a non-profit casting clearing house for theaters around the country. During her tenure there, she ran the National Student Auditions, discovering such future stars as Kelsey Grammer, Harriot Harrison, and Jamey Sheridan. Also during this time, she began working with every major regional theater in the United States and Canada. This allowed her to forge associations and pipelines to new talent which continue to this day, and established her as a new force on the national theater scene
In 1979, she formed McCorkle-Sturtevant Casting Ltd. with partner Roger Sturtevant. In 1982, when Sturtevant left to work in the advertising business, the company name was changed to McCorkle Casting Ltd.
With McCorkle's influence in the theater firmly established, she soon branched into film and television, where she again brought the company to the top of the profession. McCorkle Casting has worked with some of the best directors and biggest stars in the entertainment business, and has cast a long list of unknown young actors who have gone on to become household names.
McCorkle Casting Ltd
Feature Film: Mental State, Bernard and Huey, Senior Moment, Year by the Sea, Child of Grace, My Man is a Loser, Ghost Town, Secret Window, Tony and Tina's Wedding, The Thomas Crown Affair, The 13th Warrior, Madeline, Die Hard with a Vengeance, School Ties, etc., Broadway: Over 50 productions; Amazing Grace, On The Town, End of the Rainbow, The Lieutenant Of Inishmore, The Glass Menagerie, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, She Loves Me, Blood Brothers, A Few Good Men. Off Broadway: Over 60 original productions; Clever Little Lies, Becoming Dr. Ruth, Tribes, Our Town, Falling, Toxic Avenger, Freud's Last Session, Almost Maine, Killer Joe, Driving Miss Daisy . Television: Twisted (ABC Family) humans for Sesame Street, Californication (Emmy nomination), Hack (CBS), The Education of Max Bickford (CBS), Chappelle's Show, Strangers with Candy, Barbershop (Comedy Central) and series' for Showtime, HBO, TMC.
Patricia McCorkle, CSA, Casting Director
Pat holds a Bachelor’s degree from Douglas College and a Masters in Theatre Education with an emphasis in Directing from New York University. She began her casting career with Circle In the Square Theatre in New York. She then joined the prestigious TCG (Theatre Communications Group) and worked in the Casting Division for Non-profit Theatres throughout the United States. Within the span of a few years, Pat went into partnership with Casting Director Roger Sturtevant. McCorkle-Sturtevant maintained their strong Theatre ties and branched out into Television and Film projects. Pat continued to cast for all major networks and feature film companies. She continues to cast for Broadway (over 50 productions), Off Broadway (0ver 60 productions), Film (55 Features and independent) and Television (53 episodic and TV film) productions.
Patricia’s industry accomplishments are noteworthy; National board member of CSA (Casting Society of America), Recognized as Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award with Douglas College, Associate Artist for Barrington Stage Company, Lifetime Achievement award for George Street Playhouse, Emmy Nomination for Californication, 18 Artios nominations (industry award for excellence in casting), On the Executive Board of Directors for Laurents/Hatcher Foundation. Faculty member at; Rutgers University, University of Connecticut, Storrs, University of Missouri, Kansas City - (for MFA students), Harrt School, University of Delaware. Pat is also heavily involved in promoting actors of color, LGBT, and special needs communities with seminars, classes and workshops throughout the country.
Katja Zarolinski, CSA, Casting Director
Originally from Pittsfield, Maine, Katja is a graduate of Syracuse University. During Katja’s time as a musical theatre student, she developed an interest in casting and began to intern for Calleri Casting her final semester. After graduating, she worked for two years as the assistant Program Director for the Tepper Semester (originally founded by Arielle Tepper Madover), a unique and rigorous program from Syracuse University’s Department of Drama. Katja continued to pursue casting and interned for Stephanie Klapper Casting.
Katja joined the McCorkle Casting team in 2012 and has since worked on over 20 TV/Film productions and over 200 theatrical productions in New York, including Broadway and Off-Broadway, and at some of the most prestigious theatres throughout the country. Katja came to McCorkle Casting with a background in acting, music, and dance having studied with the prestigious Bossov Ballet Theatre in Maine. Currently, she volunteers with the Casting Society of America’s Diversity Committee and is committed to visibility and inclusion to under-represented groups through the art of Casting.
Jeffrey Dreisbach, Casting Partner
Jeffrey received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Wayne State University with additional performance study from Roger Williams College (London) and California Institute of the Arts (Disney University). Upon graduation, Jeffrey worked as an actor in New York for over 20 years accruing theatre, film and television credits. On Broadway, he performed over 500 performances as Lt. Kenrick in Aaron Sorkin’s, A Few Good Men (Original Cast). Jeffrey soon transitioned into performing arts administration and became Executive Director of the nation’s oldest and largest broadcast training Schools, served as faculty in a performing arts High School, Interim Director of an actors training institute and guest faculty at several universities. He began his role as Casting Partner with McCorkle Casting in 2010. His is the author of, “Conversation Pieces out of the Studio (Voice-over workbook) and his podcast, “Casting Actors Cast” is heard weekly worldwide with thousands of downloads. Jeffrey enjoys teaching actors at colleges, universities and conservatories throughout New York and the country.
Nathan Francis, Casting Assistant
Nathan is a graduate of University of Connecticut with a BA in Theatre Studies. After working as a company management intern for The Westport Country Playhouse, he interned with Tara Rubin Casting in May 2018. Shortly thereafter, he moved into an internship with McCorkle Casting Ltd which subsequently became a full time position as a casting assistant.