Hallie Mckeig – Casting Agent has helmed Filmbites for over 10 years and launched the careers of some of Australia’s most up and coming actors. 

With a deep love of story and character Hallie believes her job is two fold. One to provide the best support for the artist as they develop and create a career in this industry and two, to help the production find their character.

When looking for actors to represent Hallie is looking for heart and truthfulness. People who have a genuine love of story and are bold enough to be vulnerable enough to tell that story. When an actor can find a connection with the character and be truthful to their circumstance, magic is created.

Hallie continues to be an active member of the screen industry and is currently on the board of WIFT, Women in Film and Television as well as a senior manager at Creative Soul Management.


Emma Thorpe – Commercial Agent Emma has recently graduated from the university of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Screen Arts Double Majoring in Film, Screen Production and Theatre, this has let her foster her love and appreciation for the arts in all capacities. The opportunity to explore and study her craft in an amazing environment with likeminded individuals made the switch to Casting an extremely rewarding experience.  After working directly underneath Hallie for the past year and a half she has now taken over the commercial arm of Filmbites Talent Agency. As an Actor herself most recently training with Annie Murtagh Monks in her Advanced Studio she knows the value of going above and beyond to help actors receive every opportunity available to them, not only so that they can excel at their craft but so they can have their best foot forward in every audition.

Shanta Surendran – Youth Talent Co-ordinator Shanta has worked with screen actors for over 15 years as an acting coach, course trainer and course creator. Shanta has genuine interest in and enthusiasm for each actor’s journey, growth and experience and her aim is to support actors towards long-term and beneficial outcomes – both personal and professional.


Shanta offers guidance in casting understanding and readiness, audition preparation and ongoing development. Shanta is committed to imparting genuine respect, love for and joy in stories and the craft of acting as the foundation for an enjoyable and positive experience within the industry. She is a strong advocate for including personal awareness in acting development and audition processes to empower the actor through the often difficult and uncertain world of casting.


In addition to working with youth talent in casting Shanta is also an experienced screen acting coach working with youth and adults. She is the head coach at Filmbites Screen Academy as well as senior screen trainer at Nicholson’s Academy of Screen Acting and works as screen acting instructor at WAAPA summer school. Shanta also works often as an acting coach and reader for national and international casting as well as a regular reader for Jane Norris Casting. These opportunities have been an avenue for Shanta to continue building understanding and experience to benefit students.