Nancy Carson

Nancy Carson(Casting Director, owner of the Carson-Adler Agency) has been an expert in her field for over 30 years, and her agency is internationally respected for its high-quality representation of young performers in bringing them to Broadway stages, major theatrical motion pictures, world-premiere operas, and on TV in series, films, and commercials, Carson-Adler Agency has guided the early careers of such unique talents as Lea Michele, Leelee Sobieski, Cynthia Nixon, David Krumholtz, Miscia Barton, Ariana Grande, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Britney Spears, to name just a few. As an advisor to the Actor’s Equity Association’s Children’s Committee, Nancy actively works for the rights of professional children. Beginning in the early 1980s, she negotiated for her young clients and set the standard for requiring tutoring for children on tour and was instrumental in getting mandatory tutoring written into the Equity Production Contract for Touring Companies, and she continues to advocate for better tutoring practices on Broadway. Nancy has also been a leader in the movement toward non-traditional casting of children, representing the first African-American and Latino orphans in Annie and the first Asian and African-American girls to play Cosette as well as the first girl to understudy Gavroche in Les Misérables. She is on the speakers panel of the Screen Actor’s Guild Young Performers Committee and is a member of the National Association of Talent Representatives. Nancy is also the author of Raising a Star: The Parents’ Guide to Helping Kids Break Into Theater, Film, Television or Music and Kid Biz: How to Help Your Child Succeed in Show Business.