Bio

Nan Dutton’s career has spanned more than 35 years as an actor and as one of Los Angeles’ most prominent casting directors.  Nan Dutton Casting was launched in 1985 after her successful tenure with legendary casting director Lynn Stalmaster, where she worked on many projects including Jagged Edge, 9½ Weeks, and The Thorn Birds.

Nan received three nominations for the prestigious Casting Society of America’s Artios Award and was honored twice for EZ Streets and L.A. Law.  Her casting resume lists over 60 projects inclusive of series, pilots, movies of the week, and films from the episodic series, In the Heat of The Night, to Star Trek Voyager and, more recently, ten seasons on CSI Miami.

She has worked with some of the most creative and talented producers and directors in the industry, including Paul Haggis, Howard Gordon, Chris Carter, Steven Bochco, Jerry Bruckheimer, Charles Gordon, Adrian Lyne, John Woo, Thomas Carter, Greg Hoblit, and Arthur Hiller, to name a few.  In addition, Nan is credited for hiring many actors in their debut roles, notably Jared Leto and Channing Tatum, as well as recognizing and hiring a myriad of actors in the early stages of their careers.

While acting, she trained at Hedgerow Theatre in Pennsylvania and later Boston University.  During her senior year at B.U. she was granted a scholarship to the Arena Stage in Washington D.C., where she met the Tony Award-winning Broadway director Alan Schneider.  After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and relocating to New York, Nan studied with the talented Kim Stanley and was hired twice by Mr. Schneider as an actor and assistant director in the Broadway plays Loose Ends and Zalmen or The Madness of God before pursuing her career in casting.

In addition to her casting work, Nan has taught acting in Los Angeles and Austin, as well as conducted various workshops at Los Angeles studios, SAG, and lectured about the entertainment business at the American Film Institute.  Furthermore, she has been putting actors on tape for auditions for more than fourteen years.  Nan’s passion for teaching and coaching is now her primary focus in Atlanta.  Having been both an actor and casting director, she recognizes the lack of information provided to actors about the entertainment business, which often prevents them from getting work and realizing a fully satisfying career.  She hopes to fill that void by sharing her knowledge.  Through Nan Dutton Studio, she will teach the craft of acting, television/film camera technique, and more importantly, the essentials actors need to know about working in the business of entertainment.