After over a decade working as an actor in film, tv and theatre, Jesse made a pivot and began his career in casting. He opened Jesse Griffiths Casting (JGC) with the goal of combining his passion for the arts with his knowledge of local talent. His focus is, and will always be, to push for more inclusion and diversity in the casting process. He devotes part of his time to the development of the next generation of artists and has taught at Ryerson University, Sheridan College, Actra Toronto and leads a monthly workshop for Toronto's BIPOC community. He is a mentor at the Canadian Film Centre’s Actors Conservatory, a member of the Casting Society of America (CSA) and serves on the Executive of the Casting Director's Society of Canada (CDC). Jesse is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School with a BFA in Theatre Performance.
Izad Etemadi Casting Assistant
Izad Etemadi is an Iranian-Canadian actor, writer, and plant enthusiast originally from Victoria, BC. He is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts and the proud recipient of the 2017 Emerging Queer Artist Award from Buddies In Bad Times Theatre. He has created several solo shows that have toured across North America and is currently developing his comedy special "Ethnically Ambiguous" in residency with Green Light Arts. Izad has spent the last several years working in commercial casting and is thrilled to be part of the JGC team. @izadetemadi
Tanu Ravi Casting Assistant
Hailing from rainy London England, Tanu Ravi is an actor and writer based in Toronto. She is a graduate of the Acting for Film and TV program at Humber College and her goal is to be a working actor between the UK and North America. As a passionate advocate for destigmatizing mental health, Tanu is currently working on writing a potential TV series involving the stereotypes and discrimination surrounding these issues. Tanu also aims to create her own content to showcase more diversity and inclusion within the industry. Knowing that Jesse is equally passionate about this, Tanu cannot wait to hop on board the team and get involved in doing work that truly matters.
Leah Galloway Casting Assistant
Leah Galloway is a graduate of Humber College’s Film & Television Production program! Coming from an acting background, she has had the privilege of understanding both sides of the casting table. She made her directorial debut in 2020 with the documentary short “Friendly Faces & Safe Spaces” and is currently developing a new web comedy. As someone who strives for inclusive casting, Leah is over the moon to be part of the JGC team!