Introductions to hand-picked industry professionals, made simple
Actor Dash is a networking event where you're connected to 10 industry professionals who cast work perfect for actors looking to advance their careers. You'll first connect through 1 on 1 speed networking sessions and then further build relationships with a pressure-free mixer, all in a single evening.
Applications are currently open for new talent
Networking has never been so easy
Complete our short form below to make sure you're notified of all upcoming Dash events. Signing up takes less than a minute and is the start to building relationships with a range of new industry professionals.
It's like speed dating, but for your career. We introduce you to 10 hand picked industry professionals through 1 on 1 sessions. All sessions are consecutive and last 3 minutes each, so you can quickly pinpoint your best matches.
After meeting with all of our industry professionals, we help you build those relationships with a pressure-free mixer later in the evening. Feel free to grab a drink, relax, and debate over Westworld theories.
A vast range of curated industry professionals
Casting Director for Theatre / Film / Television / Commercials / Events @ Jason Styres, CSA
Casting Associate @ Theatreworks USA
Film Director @ Independent Film Association & St Augustin Films LLC
Off-Broadway Playwright / Director / Producer, Artistic Director @ The Queensborough Theatre Project
Executive Director @ Dacian Wolf Productions, LLC
Director/Producer @ Neymarc Visuals
Broadway & Off-Broadway Producer @ Injoy Entertainment
Casting Assistant @ Wojcik Seay Casting
Executive Producer @ Halleloo Productions
Writer / Director / Producer @ Kaleidosight Films
Director / Screenwriter
Producer / Director @ Visitor One Entertainment
Director / Producer @ New York Theatre Workshop, SPACE on Ryder Farm, RADD Theatre Co.
Independent Producer / Founder @ Film Interchange
Casting Director @ Empire Casting
Casting Director, CSA @ Franck Casting
Creator @ Video Influencer
Filmmaker @ Red Mill Films
Rikke Louise Schjødt
Co-Director / Writer / Filmmaker @ BullMoose Pictures
Casting Director / Director / Producer @ Fifth Oak Productions / R&D Film & Design / Filmshop
Director / Writer @ Filmshop
Filmmaker / Video Producer @ Invisible Spectrums
Artistic Director @ Match: Lit Theater Company
Virtual Reality Producer @ Circle Optics
Filmmaker @ Rolo Films
Producer / Director / Writer @ Exit 74 Productions
Filmmaker @ Exit 74 Productions
dash does it better
Meeting 10 industry professionals at an Actor Dash event will cost you less than meeting one agent at an industry workshop, $35. We want you to be able to make new connections at our events all year round, not just when you have extra birthday money.
Meet industry that
want to meet you
None of our industry professionals are paid to attend Actor Dash events, which ensures they are genuinely seeking new talent. This fosters an environment where you'll be treated as a collaborator, not a commodity.
All introductions are made during our speed networking sessions, so the mixer that follows doesn't feel like a competition. We want you to focus on having meaningful conversations rather than figuring out how to cut into them.
A team on a mission to shake up an industry
Phil was thrust into the entertainment industry when he booked a commercial for Continental Airlines at 3 weeks old. His passion for acting was further fueled by acting camp, conservatory classes, and a BA in Theater from Muhlenberg College. As he worked on various stage and film projects in NYC, he discovered a love for connecting people. This led him to develop an interest in learning how technology can be utilized in better connecting offline communities. Philip and Ian started their first company, Your NYC Concierge, to help tech startups recruit new users with offline street teams. This company was then acquired by one of their clients: Gett. His dream is to one day make finding talent as easy as ordering a black car.
CEO & Founder
Philip LakinCEO & Co-Founder
Ian has always had a love for being creative, which stems from his drive for playing and writing music. After picking up the guitar at age 13, he played with many bands, recorded albums, and even opened for the once famous "Hanson Brothers". Looking for another avenue to hone his skills, Ian discovered a passion for marketing and advertising while at Ithaca College. Ian and Phil started a company together called “Your NYC Concierge”. They helped New Yorkers discover new things to experience in NYC through the use of new apps. At the same time, they aided these tech companies in process of recruiting thousands of new users. After several months of doing business with a specific client, Gett, Your NYC Concierge was acquired by them.
COO & Co-Founder
Ian KaczerCOO & Co-Founder
Ron Kagan headed customer care and community for Backstage Magazine. He is a marketer and product manager born and raised in Manhattan, a graduate of LaGuardia HS for the Performing Arts, Hunter College and the Florida State University/Asolo MFA conservatory. He was called the "next Dustin Hoffman" by award-winning Shakespearean actor Roger Rees and was one of "Twelve Superior Actors" hailed by Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal for work in the Asolo Rep's production of 12 Angry Men. Ron lives in Harlem with his wife and their pet rabbits.
CPO & Co-Founder
Ron KaganCPO & Co-Founder
Kristoffer Tonning is an experienced and accomplished software engineer with over 15 years of experience envisioning and building great and intuitive applications and websites. A team player with passion to keep things simple and easy to use. When not typing away at the keys, engulfed in "The Matrix" he's out playing football, the real kind - not the 'hand-egg' version but what you Yankees call soccer.
CTO & Co-Founder
Kristoffer TonningCTO & Co-Founder
Elyssa is an entertainer and entrepreneur who was watching a little too much “Shark Tank” when she got the self-submit callback that hatched an idea finally bringing her odd combination of Musical Theatre Major and Computer Applications Minor to use. Elyssa founded Booktress LLC on this idea last year, and was acquired several months later as a Co-Founder of Castmate, Inc. She now manages AUDITION HERO – Castmate’s first product offering. In addition to “entrepreneuing,” Elyssa is an actress/singer who performs on both the stage and screen, and regularly as a concert/cabaret vocalist. She holds a BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (CAP21, Playwrights Horizons, The Viewpoints, NYU in Athens) and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
VP Managed Services & Co-Founder
Elyssa MactasVP Managed Services & Co-Founder
Jason is a Creative Director with over 17 years of experience in digital creative for marketing and advertising. He started his career in animation working on programming for Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. Today he is a Creative Director focused on building products and social media creative for Universal Pictures, ABC, The Weinstein Company and other clients. He has won awards for digital creative with HBO on Flight of the Conchords, AMC's Mad Men Yourself and most recently for Universal Picture's The Purge and the Fast & Furious franchise.
VP Brand & Product Design
Jason SawtelleVP Brand & Product Design
Raymond is a web developer and network administrator born in the Dominican Republic. After graduating high school, Raymond studied Web Development at Bergen Community College. He also studied Computer Technology and Information Security at NJIT. After coding (from scratch) Nasdaq's Stock Ideas Delivery System and CRM as a Stock Analyst and IT Specialist, Ray worked for a large NJ car dealership providing a Ticketing System and HR Management System. Since then, Ray has worked for numerous businesses as a web developer.
Join the networking revolution
As a vetted community of entertainment industry professionals, we ask that those whom are interested in joining complete a simple application form. If accepted, you will have full access to our live events and private Facebook group of actors and industry professionals.