Category Archives: Casting Director

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My name is Jodi Purdy Quinlan, and I began my career in 1980 as a talent recruiter for Herb Mandell of The Casting Company. I became a member of AFTRA in 1982 and SAG in 1986. That same year, I was accepted into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

In 1987, I chose to marry my boyfriend of nine years and settled down in Weymouth, MA, to build a home and start a family. I witnessed the growth in the film and TV industry as I’ve continued to recruit talent for casting directors in New England, NY, and LA, and work on occasion as an actor.

In 2006, the year of the initial film tax incentive, I worked with Boston Casting on set with extras and helping to cast extras for films.

The money I earned on these films allowed me to reinvest into Diane Purdy’s Children’s Theatre Workshop, Inc., which I operated for its final five years, producing and directing 25 productions. Dozens of children received discounted tuition as a result of my subsidizing a not-for-profit program.

In 2009-10, we felt the impact of the mere suggestion by Gov. Patrick to scale back the film tax incentive with the withdrawal of a dozen potential film projects. My work as a casting director on feature films slowed down, so I had to supplement my income by working as a production assistant.

My sons have had the opportunity to work in feature films, commercials, and music videos, and have aspirations to work in the film and TV industry; it would be nice if they could pursue their dreams here in their home state.

My mom was a member of SAG/AFTRA and devoted her life to educating kids in the art of acting for 40 years, from 1970 to 2010. She passed away on Christmas Eve 2014, having just published a children’s book based on one of her original plays. It was her dream to see her characters come to life on television. I hope to make her dream come true here in Massachusetts. She voted for Charlie Baker and she would not be happy with his plan to eliminate the film tax incentive.

My husband’s vehicles have also been working in the industry since the days of Spencer for Hire and are still working today!!

The film tax incentive is working in Massachusetts!

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My name is Kevin Fennessy, and I’ve been a working member of the Massachusetts film community for more than 30 years. I started my career as an actor, segued into and worked for almost a decade as a casting director, and am now back to acting.

I’ve been a Massachusetts resident for almost all my life. I grew up in Cambridge, not far from the neighborhood I live in now. I began my career as an actor in Boston, and by the mid 80s, I was a member of all the acting unions, but I was still unable to support myself solely on acting work. The film work was too sporadic and seasonal: films rarely shot from November through March, and the ones that did shoot in Massachusetts did so because they “had to.” The stories took place here, and the big establishing shots and scenes were filmed here — scenes like “the rowers on the Charles”, “the Swan Boats,” and “Quincy Market,” scenes that needed the reality of the actual location. I moved to New York, where I did most of my on-camera work, while keeping a foot in the Boston theatre community.

In the mid-90s, I made a career change, and moved back permanently to Cambridge to begin working in casting, first as an assistant and then as an associate before opening Kevin Fennessy Casting. I was fortunate to get to work on many films during that period, but, for the most part, they were still only shooting partially on location.

The film tax incentive began just as I was making a choice to return to acting, and the increase in production has made it possible for me to supplement my earnings in local theatre, to make a living. My partner and I live in a Cambridge condo, pay taxes, and have a comfortable life. The year-round opportunities have made Massachusetts a viable choice for artists and technicians who in turn contribute to the artistic and cultural life of the Commonwealth.

The governor thinks that without the film tax incentive, films will continue to shoot here. Without the film tax incentive, there may be some productions coming to shoot locally, but it would be a giant step back to the days of Good Will Hunting — the great Boston story that shot mostly in Toronto.

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My name is Stephen Marchessault, and I am an entertainment producer, casting manager, and accountant clerk for some of the shows coming to and working in Massachusetts. I work on independent films/projects and also on Hollywood sets when I can. Seeing and working in the business in Massachusetts has opened up my eyes on how communities grow and stay connected. Working with local businesses helps projects move forward both financially and creatively. Film is a teamwork industry!

Matt BouldryMy name is Matt Bouldry, and I am a casting director in Massachusetts. In fact, I am specifically hired to cast only actors who live here.

For my work, I have hired hundreds of local people and given them taxable work. The film tax incentive is why I’m employed, and why all the people I have hired are employed in Massachusetts. My family is provided for because of the Massachusetts film tax incentive.  This industry has been building up a base here for more than a decade. It’s not because of the glamour of the movie industry that we need the film tax incentive, it’s because it employs thousands and thousands of families in the Bay State.

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