Phyllis Schuringa has been a casting director and teacher for some of the top theater companies in the country since 1986, and currently with the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
Phyllis Schuringa has been a casting director and teacher for some of the top theater companies in the country since 1986, and currently with the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. Phyllis got her start at the prestigious Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago specializing in nurturing young actors, spotting emerging talent and emphasizing ensemble work. Chris Pine (Star Trek), Jane Lynch (Glee), John C. Reilly (Magnolia, Boogie Nights), Tracy Letts (playwright – August: Osage County), Amy Pietz (Caroline in the City) and many other well-known actors found a place in her casts early in their career. She has enjoyed working with many leading directors – Gary Sinise, John Malkovich, David Cromer, Doug Hughes, Jo Bonney, David Esbjornson, Ian Rickson, Simon Curtis and Giles Havergil. THE GRAPES OF WRATH adapted and directed by Frank Galati, PICASSO IN THE LAPIN AGILE by Steve Martin directed by Randall Arney, TIME TO BURN by Chuck Mee directed by Tina Landau and TIME STANDS STILL by Donald Margulies directed by Daniel Sullivan received their world premieres with Phyllis’s casts. The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, is dedicated to new plays and reinvented, revitalized second productions the theater has developed a reputation for quality in all aspects of production. Teaching has always been an important part of Phyllis’s work. Twice a year she conducts a workshop in auditioning for the theater through Steppenwolf West, a class focused on recreating what really goes on in the audition room. For the Geffen Playhouse go to geffenplayhouse.com; for classes go towww.steppclasseswest.com.