Barefoot Casting

Barefoot Casting

New Zealand’s premier on-screen casting company and actor training business based in Ponsonby, Auckland.  As well as casting national and international feature films, TV shows and TV commercials, we are experienced on-screen acting tutors.

Matt Dwyer

Matt Dwyer has been a professional actor for 15 years.  He trained at Auckland's Unitec Drama School (1997-1999) and gained a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts.  In theatre, he has performed in theatre productions for Fortune, Centrepoint, Silo and Maidment Theatres (1999-2005).  Musically, he has toured with Crowded House (Together Along UK / Ireland tour 1994).  On-screen credits include Shortland Street as Dr Brett Franklin (Emma and Toby's Dad - 2012 and 2014) Legend of the Seeker (2008) Bride Flight (2008) Xena: Warrior Princess (2000).  His producing credits include the self-funded short film Intake (2009) and a comedy TV pilot The Acid Test for Barefoot Productions.  Professional tutoring positions include Unite Performing Arts School, The Actors Program, MEAA Casting Hothouse and Barefoot On-Screen Acting Clinics (2005-2014).  He has worked in the New Zealand casting industry since 2002.  he and Mike have owned Barefoot Casting since 2005.

Mike Dwyer

Mike Dwyer has worked as a professional actor for over 20 years.  He trained with the Questors Theatre Academy in Ealing, London (1987-1990).  In theate, he has acted in and devised theatre from solo fringe festival work to cross-disciplinary site specific work (1991-2000_.  theatrical tours include Lithuania (Theatre exchange program 1991) and Singapore (Shakespeare in Education 1994-1995).  He acted in and co-produced an adaptation of The Cherry Orchard at The Hearld Theatre (1998).  He directed Jackie Van Beek's The Mayfly at the Silo Theatre (2001) and directed a slot in the Short & Sweet Festival (2011).  He directed his first self-funded short film Intake (2009).  On-screen credits include Legend of the Seeker (2009) Mataku (2002) The Ugly (1997) Xena: Warrior Princess (1997) Shortland Street (1996) Hercules: Legendary Journeys (1995).  He has worked in the New Zealand casting industry since 2001.

Professional tutoring positions include:

Auckland University Media Studies, AUT Media Studies, Unitec Performing Arts School, The Actors Program, South Seas School, MEAA Casting Hothouse & Barefoot On-Screen Acting Clinics (2005-2014).

Film casting credits include:

Feature Film: Mahana (2015) (Lee Tamahori - director / Temuera Morrison) The Dark Horse (2014) (Cliff Curtis) This Giant Papier Boulder is Actually really Heavy, The Most Fun You Can Have Dying, The Devil's Rock, The Devil Dared Me To, A Song of Good.

Television: Filthy Rich - NZ TV Drama (2014 - ongoing) Camp - US TV Pilot, Cancerman - The Milan Brych Affair.

Short Film: Ron, One Giant Leap, Dotty, Ebony Society, Amadi, Aphrodite's Farm (Crystal Bear, Berlin 2009), Dead Letters, Eating Sausage, Clean Linen.

Podcast Short: Some of My Best Friends Are American.

Television commercial territories they have cast for include:

Worldwide: NZ, Australia, USA, Canada, UK, Western and Eastern Europe, Ireland, Singapore, South East ASia, India, Japan.