Scenes with John Jackson

Casting Access

Los Angeles

Scenes with John Jackson

Friday, July 19, 2024

Begins at 2:00 PM PDT
Check-in begins at: 1:45 PM PDT

3 Hours

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This class will include a Q&A with LA based Casting Director John Jackson, followed by a prepared work session. 

Participating actors will choose, prepare and perform sides from film or television.  

Additional preparation details will be sent upon RSVP confirmation.


John Jackson began his career in film and television as an actor in Los Angeles.  He received a BA in theatre from Arizona State University with further training at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. In Los Angeles, he studied with Stella Adler, Jose Quintero, Paul Blake, and at The Groundling’s Theatre. Working under the professional name John Durbin, he appeared in a combination of over one hundred films, television movies, series television, and plays. 

Returning to his home in Iowa, John began working with filmmaker Alexander Payne as casting director.  The two collaborated on seven completed films: Sideways, About Schmidt, Election, Citizen Ruth, The Descendants, Nebraska, and Downsizing.

As teacher, mentor, and speaker, John has led workshops and classes for Arizona State University, The Screen Actors Guild Conservatory, Sunscreen Film Festival, Lipscomb University, University of Tampa, and Iowa Western Community College. 

In July of 2021, John graduated from the MFA in Writing program offered by the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is currently at work on his first manuscript - a memoir of his experiences in the television and film industry while continuing to serve as casting consultant for feature films.


You must have completed a Casting Access Application prior to registering for this class.

NO LATE ARRIVALS are admitted. Only those participants who have received a telephoned or e-mailed confirmation message from staff will be admitted to the session. Waitlisted individuals who have not received such confirmation will not be admitted at the door. Please do not show up if you have not been explicitly confirmed as RSVPed.

Cancellations are required by the specified cancellation date for that class. Cancellation can only be made via the website. You cannot cancel your RSVP via email or phone.  Those who have been seated by the start date are expected to comply. You must cancel your reservation before the start date if you cannot comply, or you will face a six month ineligibility period.  DO NOT BE LATE.  Check-in begins 15 minutes to the class start time.  If you arrive after the start time, you will not be admitted and it will be counted as a no-show.

Attendance for the entirety of the class is required or it will be counted as a no-show.

The use of any type of gun or weapon props are prohibited in classes.

This program is for educational purposes only.