BIOGRAPHY

Nancy Bishop, C.S.A., is an Emmy-nominated casting director, author, acting coach, and founder and head of the Film Acting Department at the Prague Film School. Among her recent credits are the Scott Free Production Child 44 starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and Gary Oldman, November Man starring Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey and Olga Kurylenko, and also include Mission: Impossible IV, starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, and Paula Patton, NBC/Sony TV/Tandem’s Crossing Lines, and Fernando Mereilles’ 360 with Anthony Hopkins, Rachel Weisz and Eminem.

With more than 60 major feature film and television projects among her credits, Nancy has cast and instructed literally hundreds of actors throughout Europe and the United States and has been retained as casting director by dozens of producers and directors, including George Lucas, Joel Schumacher and Roman Polanski. She also was nominated for an Emmy Award for her casting work on Anne Frank: The Whole Story for ABC/Disney.

Although employed frequently to cast films throughout the world, Nancy’s specialty is practiced from Prague, the film capital of Eastern Europe and the home to hundreds of international productions such as The Bourne Identity, Van Helsing, The Illusionist, Hellboy, Wanted, and Prince Caspian. Nancy is author of “Secrets From The Casting Couch,” the first acting self-help  book written from a casting director’s perspective. The book teaches the craft of film auditioning and offers specific techniques for working in front of the camera and contains valuable exercises that actors can practice to achieve concrete results in an audition.

“Any actor who is serious about his or her career should read this book,” said Matthew Stillman (Casino Royale, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian).

Bishop is a native of New England and trained as an actor and director at the University of Michigan and the National Theatre Institute. She earned a Master of Arts degree in theatre at Northwestern University, beginning her career as an actor, director and drama teacher in Chicago. In the 1990s, she helped to found two cutting-edge theatre companies that are still going strong today: Strawdog Theatre and Theater Oobleck.

In the early 1990s, just after the fall of the Iron Curtain, Black Box Theater lured Nancy to Prague, where she produced and directed a number of plays and launched touring productions throughout Europe. This time period is satirically portrayed in Rex-Patriotes, the mockumentary film she produced and directed.

Now, in addition to a busy casting schedule, Nancy continues to guest lecture worldwide, offering on-camera master classes and seminars to develop an actor’s on-camera skills and career marketing. In 2009 she founded the Acting For Film Program at the Prague Film School, which offers an intensive, conservatory style training (half year or full year) program for actors in English. She is also very active on the International Film Festival Circuit, where she regularly produces seminars and partakes in panel discussions and symposia relating to the casting process. Most recent of these have included sold-out seminars at the Cannes festival in May 2012, a week of workshops in Sarajevo, Bosnia in July, and beginning August 27th, 2013 Nancy will be teaching in Stockholm, Sweden. She is a member of the Casting Society of America and the International Network of Casting Directors. Although based in Prague, Czech Republic, she works throughout Europe and the U.S.

FILM

CHILD 44 (2014)
Scott Free
Stars: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Producer: Adam Merims

THE LAST KNIGHTS (2013)
Luka Productions International, Czech Anglo Productions
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Clive Owen, Aksel Hennie
Director: Kazuaki Kiriya
Producers: Luci Y. Kim, Kevan Van Thompson

RED TAILS (Czech) (2012)
Twentieth Century Fox, Lucasfilm Ltd., Partnership Pictures
Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrance Howard
Director: Anthony Hemingway
Executive Producer: George Lucas

360 (2012)
BBC Films
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Rachel Weisz, Jude Law
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Executive Producers: Graham Bradstreet, Chris Contogouris, David Faigenblum, Steen Gagnon, Jordan Gertner, David Linde, Nikhil Sharma

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL (Europe) (2011)
Paramount Pictures
Stars: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paul Patton
Director: Brad Bird
Executive Producers: Jeffrey Chernov, David Ellison

PSYCH:9 (Prague) (2010)
Green Card Pictures, International Production Company
Stars: Sara Foster, Cary Elwes, Michael Biehn
Director: Lawrence Robinson
Executive Producer: Peter De Bourcier

SNIPER: RELOADED (2010)
Sony Pictures
Stars: Clyde Berning, Chad Michael Collins, Hloma Dandala
Director: Claudio Fäh
Executive Producers: Derek Power, J.S. Cardone

RED TAILS (Location) (2010)
Lucas Film
Stars: Cuba Gooding, Jr., Gerald McRaney, David Oyelowo
Director: Anthony Hemingway
Producers: George Lucas, Chas. Floyd Johnson

G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA (2009)
Paramount Pictures
Stars: Sienna Miller, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Director: Stephen Sommers
Executive Producers: Lorenzo DiBonaventure, Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum,
Erik Howsam, Stephen Sommers, David Womark

SOLOMON KANE (2009)
Davis Films
Stars: James Purefoy, Klaus Von Sydow
Director: Michael Bassett
Executive Producers: Michael Berrow, Victor Hadida

BABYLON A.D. (2008)
20th Century Fox
Star: Vin Diesel
Director: Marc Jenny
Executive Producers: Avram Butch Kaplan, David Valdes

WANTED (Location) (2008)
Universal Films
Stars: Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, James McAvoy
Director: Jim Lemley
Executive Producers: Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Adam Siegel, Marc Silvestri

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN (Location) (2008)
Walt Disney Pictures
Stars: Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley
Director: Andrew Adamson
Executive Producer: Perry Moore

MIRRORS (2008)
New Regency Film
Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Paula Patton, Amy Smart
Director: Alexander Aja
Executive Producers: Mark S. Fischer, Andrew Hing, Arnon Milchan, Kiefer Sutherland

FUGITIVE PIECES (2007)
Cinegram, The Harold Greenberg Fund, Serendipity Point Films
Stars: Robbie Kay, Monika Schurmann, Nina Dobrev
Director: Jeremy Podeswa
Executive Producers: Christina Ford, Andras Hamori, Mark Musselman

HANNIBAL RISING (2007)
Universal Pictures
Stars: Gaspard Ulliel, Rhys Ifans, Li Gong
Director: Peter Webber
Producers: James Clayton, Duncan Reid

PU-239 (2006)
Beacon Pictures, HBO Films
Stars: Paddy Considine, Oscar Isaac, Valeriu Pavel Dan
Director: Scott Z. Burns
Executive Producers: Peter Berg, Armyan Bernstein, George Clooney, Ben Cosgrove,
Zanne Devine, Jennifer Fox, Steven Soderbergh

THE ILLUSIONIST (Prague) (2006)
Yari Film Group, 20th Century Fox
Stars: Edward Norton, Jessica Biel
Director: Neil Burger
Executive Producers: Jane Garnett, Joey Horvitz, Ted Liebowitz, Tom Nunan

THE PINK PANTHER (Czech) (2006)
MGM
Star: Steve Martin
Director: Shawn Levy
Executive Producers: Ira Shuman, Tracey Trench

LAST HOLIDAY (2006)
Paramount Pictures
Star: Queen Latifah
Director: Wayne Wang
Executive Producers: Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman, Steve Starkey, Richard Vane,
Robert Zemeckis

CASINO ROYALE (JAMES BOND) (Featured Extras) (2006)
United Artists
Stars: Daniel Craig, Eva Green
Director: Martin Campbell
Producers: Callum McDougall, Anthony Waye, Andrew Noakes, Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson, Charlie Woebcken, David G. Wilson

TRISTAN + ISOLDE (Prague) (2006)
Scott Free Productions
Stars: James Franco, Sophia Myles, Rufus Sewell
Director: Kevin Reynolds
Executive Producers: Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, John Hardy, Frank Hübner, Jim Lemley,
Matthew Stillman

RUNNING SCARED (Prague) (2006)
New Line Cinema, Media 8 Entertainment, True Grit Productions
Stars: Paul Walker, Cameron Bright, Chazz Palminteri
Director: Wayne Kramer
Executive Producers: Andrew Pfeffer, Andreas Grosch, Stewart Hall, Matt Luber,
Andreas Schmid

DOOM (Prague) (2005)
Universal Pictures
Stars: Karl Urban, Rosamunde Pike, Dwayne Johnson
Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Executive Producer: John D. Schofield

OLIVER TWIST (Czech) (2005)
Sony Pictures
Stars: Sir Ben Kingsley, Barney Clark
Director: Roman Polanski
Executive Producer: Timothy Burrill, Petr Moravec

EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED (Prague) (2005)
Warner Independent Pictures (WIP), Telegraph Films, Big Beach Films
Stars: Elijah Wood, Eugene Hutz, Boris Leskin
Director: Liev Schreiber
Executive Producer: Matthew Stillman

AVP: ALIEN VS. PREDATOR (Prague) (2004)
20th Century Fox
Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Lance Henriksen, Raoul Bova
Director: W.S. Paul Anderson
Executive Producers: Thomas M. Hammel, Wyck Godfrey, Henning Molfenter,
Thierry Potok, Mike Richardson

VAN HELSING (Prague) (2004)
Universal Pictures
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh
Director: Stephen Sommers
Executive Producer: Sam Mercer

HELLBOY (Location) (2004)
Revolution Studios/20th Century Fox
Stars: Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Selma Blair
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Executive Producer: Patrick Palmer

THE PRINCE AND ME (Prague) (2004)
Paramount Pictures
Stars: Julia Stiles, Luke Mably, Miranda Richardson
Director: Martha Coolidge
Executive Producers: Mark Amin, Robin Schorr

EUROTRIP (Prague) (2004)
Dreamworks
Stars: Scott Mechlowicz, Jacob Pitts, Michelle Trachtenberg
Director: Jeff Schaffer
Producers: Ivan Reitman, Joe Medjuck, Tom Pollock

CHASING LIBERTY (Prague) (2004)
Trademark
Stars: Mandy Moore, Matthew Goode, Mark Harmon
Director: Andy Caidiff
Executive Producer: Wayne Allan Rice

LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN (Prague) (2003)
20th Century Fox
Stars: Sean Connery, Stuart Townsend, Peta Wilson
Director: Stephen Norrington
Executive Producers: Trevor Albert, Sean Connery, Mark Gordon

SHANGHAI KNIGHTS (Czech Republic) (2003)
Spyglass/Touchstone
Stars: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Fann Wong
Director: David Dobkin
Executive Producers: Jackie Chan, Stephanie Austin, Willie Chan, Edward McDonnell, Solon So

XXX (Czech Republic) (2002)
Revolution Studios
Stars: Vin Diesel, Asia Argento, Martin Csokas
Director: Rob Cohen
Executive Producers: Arne Schmidt, Vin Diesel, Todd Garner, George Zakk

THE BOURNE IDENTITY (Prague) (2002)
Universal Pictures
Stars: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper
Director: Doug Liman
Executive Producers: Frank Marshall, Robert Ludlum

BAD COMPANY (Prague) (2002)
Paramount Pictures
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Chris Rock, Peter Stormare
Director: Joel Schumacher
Executive Producers: Gary M. Goodman, Chad Oman, Larry Simpson, Clayton Townsend

BLADE II (Prague) (2002)
New Line Cinema
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Executive Producers: Avi Arad, Michael De Luca, Toby Emmerich, David S. Goyer, Lynn Harris, Tomás Krejcí, Stan Lee

LOVE LIES BLEEDING (Prague) (2007)
Etamp Productions, Village Roadshow Pictures
Stars: Paul Rhys, Emily Raymond, Malcolm McDowell
Director: Tony Rush
Executive Producer: Jason Goldberg

TELEVISION

MISSING (Two Episodes) (2012)
Little Engine Productions, Upcountry Productions
Stars: Ashley Judd, Sean Bean, Cliff Curtis
Director: Steve Shill
Executive Producers: Gina Matthews, James D. Parriott, Gregory Poirier, Grant Scharbo, Steve Shill

THE PHILANTHROPIST (Two Episodes) (2009)
NBC/Carnival
Stars: James Purefoy, Neve Campbell, Michael Kenneth Williams
Directors: John Strickland, Duane Clark
Producers: Gareth Neame, Nigel Merchant

REVELATIONS (Mini-Series) (Prague) (2005)
NBC
Stars: Bill Pullman, Natascha McElhone, Michael Massee
Director: Lili Fini Zanuck
Executive Producers: Gavin Polone, David Seltzer

COLDITZ (Prague) (2005)
Granada Television
Stars: Damian Lewis, Sophia Myles, Tom Hardy
Director: Stuart Orme
Executive Producers: Justin Bodle, Andy Harries, Francis Hopkinson

THE LAST KING (CHARLES II: THE POWER & THE PASSION) (Prague) (2003)
BBC
Stars: Rufus Sewell, Rupert Graves, Charlie Creed-Miles
Director: Joe Wright
Executive Producers: Delia Fine, Laura Mackie

HITLER: THE RISE OF EVIL (Czech Republic) (2003)
CBS
Stars: Robert Carlyle, Stockard Channing, Jena Malone
Director: Christian Duguay
Executive Producers: Ed Gernon, Peter Sussman

CHILDREN OF DUNE (Europe) (2003)
Blixa Film Produktion GmbH & Co. KG, Hallmark Entertainment, New Amsterdam Entertainment
Stars: Alec Newman, Julie Cox, Ian McNeice
Director: Greg Yaitane
Executive Producers: Richard Rubenstein, Tomás Krejcí

DR. ZHIVAGO (Czech Republic) (2002)
ITV/Grenada Films
Stars: Keira Knightley, Sam Neill, Hans Matheson
Director: Giacomo Compotti
Executive Producers: Giovanna Arata, Rebecca Eaton, Andy Harries

YOUNG ARTHUR (Prague) (2002)
NBC Studios
Stars: Julian Morris, James Fleet, Paul Wesley
Director: Mikael Salomon
Executive Producers: Remi Aubuchon, Graham Yost

THE MISTS OF AVALON (Mini-Series) (Czech Republic) (2001)
TNT
Stars: Julianna Marguiles, Anjelica Huston, Joan Allen
Director: Uli Edel
Executive Producers: Mark Wolper, David L. Wolper, Lisa Alexander, James Coburn

ANNE FRANK: THE WHOLE STORY (Mini-Series) (Prague) (2001)
Dorothy Pictures, Milk & Honey, Touchstone Television
Stars: Ben Kingsley, Brenda Blethyn, Hannah Taylor-Gordon, Lili Taylor
Director: Robert Dornhelm
Executive Producer: Hans Proppe
Award: Emmy Award Nominee – Outstanding Casting for a Mini-Series, Movie, or Special

UPRISING (2001)
NBC/Warner Brothers
Stars: Leelee Sobieski, Hank Azaria, David Schwimmer
Director: Jon Avnet
Executive Producer: Bill Haber

DUNE (Mini-Series) (Prague) (2000)
ABC/Science Fiction Network
Stars: William Hurt, Alec Newman, Giancarlo Giannini
Director: John Harrison
Executive Producers: Mitchell Galin, Tomás Krejcí

OLIVER TWIST (Mini-Series) (Czech Republic) (1999)
British TV/Diplomat Film
Stars: Sam Smith, David Ross, Julie Walters
Director: Renny Rye
Executive Producers: Alan Bleasdale, Michele Buck, Rebecca Eaton

THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL (Parts 1 & 2) (Mini-Series) (Prague) (1999)
BBC
Stars: Richard E. Grant, Ronan Vibert, Gerard Murphy
Director: Patrick Lau,
Executive Producers: Johan Eliasch, Delia Fine, Tony Virgo, Richard Langridge,
Hannah Rothschild