Musical Theatre Masterclass with Talent Casting Agent (2)

Mon May 27, 2024
12:15 pm EDT
Massachusetts Room
Musical Theatre
High School
Young Artist/Emerging Pro

General Information

Audition Technique

Work with a professional casting agent from Casting by ARC.



Brian Rodriguez and Simone Catalano

Brian Rodriguez, hails from Miami, FL and proudly serves as the Manager of Guest Entertainer Programs at RWS Global. From booking and scheduling to onboarding and liaising with agency partners and ships’ teams, Brian’s role is all encompassing in managing the guest entertainers for various clients, including Azamara and MSC Cruises. Brian is equipped with a Bachelor of Music (Voice) and MBA from Stetson University and brings a decade of industry knowledge and field experience. Prior to joining RWS Global, Brian worked six years with Viking Cruises as a vocalist and Cruise Director and most recently, was humbled to receive the Outstanding Young Alumni Award for 2022 from his alma mater. He takes pride in leading with kindness and empathy, streamlining operations for optimal effectiveness, forward planning and creating memorable experiences for guests, talent and clients alike. Brian seeks to make a difference every day by bringing positivity to the workplace and sharing joy with those around him.

Simone Catalano, born and raised in Long Island, NY, is honored to be the Senior Manager of Performer Casting at RWS Global. After training at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City, she embarked on her first cruise ship as a vocalist and has never looked back. After a decade of performing, she transitioned to a shoreside role with a strong drive to bridge the gap between talent and production teams. Simone has cultivated a unique trajectory in the cruise line industry for over a decade. As Casting Director, she leverages her shipboard experience to focus on growth and create an environment where performers feel confident and comfortable showcasing their talents. Working with RWS Global, casting for multiple cruise lines has been extremely rewarding. She hopes to continue her growth and gain even more knowledge in this industry.