Casting Directors

"Every year I come to West End Stage I am constantly amazed at the dedication, passion and energy of its teachers and students alike."

"To see young people with smiles on their faces, looking eager to learn and working together towards a common goal is a real pleasure. Each student is given an excellent grounding in what is required to succeed in the business, while being supported and encouraged by West End professionals.

It is for these reasons that I am always delighted to return year on year to see what WES are up to and what new talent has joined them for the summer. I am already looking forward to seeing what they will come up with in 2014."

Jo Hawes – Casting Director

Jo Hawes

Jo Hawes is the foremost young persons’ casting director in the UK. She has worked on some of the most famous and successful productions in West End History including Les Miserables, The Lion King, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Oliver! and Miss Saigon

Her book Children in Theatre has become the seminal work on the subject in the industry. It is filled with practical advise for children and parents on how to negotiate an industry that can be confusing and unsupportive. If you would like to buy a copy please click here.

Jo is not our only friend in the world of casting…