This much I know...with Debra Zane

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar


This much I know...with Debra Zane

Award-winning US casting director Debra Zane offers a rare insight into how major films and TV shows are really cast, offering behind-the-scenes stories about how actors actually land the parts. Zane has worked with some of the most successful directors in the business, including Steven Spielberg, Sam Mendes, Ridley Scott, Steven Soderbergh, Bill Condon and Francis Lawrence. Her credits include The Hunger Games, franchise, American Beauty, Galaxy Quest, Traffic, Catch Me if You Can, Dreamgirls, Disney's live-action Mulan and 2023's Cocaine Bear.

Hear about how Debra broke into the business and grew her career, how casting processes have changed in the digital era (and what might come in the AI world), what can impress (or disappoint) her at an audition, and much more. Debra is a governor of the casting director branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and was actively involved in lobbying to establish the newly created Oscar for Best Achievement in Casting.
Period20 Apr 2024
Event titleSands: International Film Festival of St Andrews
Event typeOther
LocationSt Andrews, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • casting
  • film
  • film industry
  • acting
  • performance