We are New Zealand’s premier on-screen casting company and actor training business based in Ponsonby, Auckland. We love what we do and we are great at it. No project is too small. Every creation is worthy.


Company History  Biography

We have operated Barefoot Casting since 2005. Casting national & international feature films, TV shows and TV commercials have all been our brief.

As well as casting, we are experienced on-screen acting tutors. Our professional tutoring positions have included Auckland University Media Studies, AUT Media Studies, Unitec Performing Arts School, South Seas School, MEAA NZ /US / AUS Casting Hothouse.

We are currently engaged with MEAA NZ, The Actors Program, Baradene and St Cuthberts Secondary Schools & our own Barefoot On-Screen Acting Clinics.



Mike Dwyer  Casting DirectorMike

I actor trained with The Questors Theatre, Ealing, London in the late 80′s and early 90′s and then acted in theatre, TV and film in the 90′s & 00′s in the UK & NZ.

I was employed as Casting Assistant then Director to Irene Drake from 2001 – 2005 when, with Matt, we bought Action Workshops.

Favourite theatre experience – touring Russian-occupied Lithuania in a theatre exchange programme during their quest for liberation from the USSR in 1991. Powerful theatre against insurmountable odds…

Favourite on-screen experience – Snogging Xena in a barn when she was first introduced to the world as a baddie trying to kill Hercules. I was her assassin. She was my boss….

Most memorable casting experience – Casting nude performers for the infamous naked Elave on-line campaign. 

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On-Screen Casting - We aim to listen, interpret, facilitate and inspire our clients.

On-Screen Actor Training - We aim to provide quality insight, practical information and guidance to all our acting clients.

We believe as casting professionals, we are key in this delivery.


We want to inspire actors with the possibilities, joy and sheer almightiness of taking on the industry on their own terms with their own weapons of creation.