Smyth Casting

Ottawa’s most sought-after and experienced casting company composed of Casting director Ilona Smyth CSA, Casting Associates Kelsie Winsor and Matthew Goudie, and Casting Assistant Erin Morrison. We cast for feature films, television, commercials, print campaigns, corporate videos and events. For our advanced, intermediate and beginner actors, we offer workshop opportunities and one-on-one virtual coaching sessions to polish your resume, perfect the audition process, and become more bookable. Often mistaken as a talent agency, we do not represent a specific roster of people, rather, we reach out to talent agencies in various cities related to specific projects. Any/all inquiries can be directed to



Ilona Smyth

 Ilona Smyth is a Casting Society of America member and is the founder and CEO of Smyth Casting which has been in business for over 13 years. She provides firsthand knowledge and much needed insight when it comes to casting from a sales perspective, to the right actors for your project. She has her finger on the pulse of Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal actors. She has cast over 80 projects including feature films, TV series, national commercials, reality TV, print campaigns, corporate videos and events in Canada and internationally. Ilona is a guest speaker and has been a keynote speaker worldwide on casting and separately on female entrepreneurship. For guest speaker bookings email

Matthew Goudie
Casting Associate

A graduate of Algonquin College's Advertising and Scriptwriting programs, Matt's keen sense for storytelling artfully breaks down characters and scripts, and he works hard to keep everyone up to date across our social media platforms. In between emails, you can find him walking his dog Zuko or rolling natural 20's at the D&D table.

Kelsie Winsor
Casting Associate

Kelsie developed a passion for film and television by experiencing the excitement of working on film sets through background opportunities provided by Smyth Casting, as well as attending multiple workshops with industry professionals. After studying Theatre at York University Kelsie realized that despite her love of performing, she was equally enthralled by the behind the scenes aspects of the film industry and made it a goal to delve more into it. Kelsie began working at Smyth Casting in 2018 and has been closely mentored by Ilona Smyth, CSA/CDC. Kelsie has assisted in both principal and background casting for dozens of film, television and commercial projects.

Erin Morrison
Casting Assistant

Erin has worked 4 years in the film industry on numerous film productions around Ottawa mainly dressing background actors while working in the wardrobe department. After working closely with actors for years Erin continued to strive to create a comfortable and happy working environment for all actors. Along with having a passion for movies, television and all things pop culture, Erin also runs a vintage clothing business on Instagram where they create high concept photoshoots and focus on providing beautiful clothes for everyone regardless of gender.



Principal Casting

Smyth casting has provided principal casting from lead roles helping to secure financing, to local actor roles and everything in between. Smyth has cast worldwide and is in good standing with all actor unions (ACTRA, SAG, UDA) and has a great working relationship with top agencies worldwide including CAA, WME, UTA, and more. Feature films, network TV shows, national commercials, corporate videos, and live events — we've done it all. If interested in booking and hiring us to cast your next project please contact us and we will be happy to quote you.



We provide workshop opportunities for advanced, intermediate and beginner actors, ranging from ages 6-100. We have offered a variety of workshops all over the world including; Introduction to the business, Audition process for beginners, Dialect workshops, Introduction to acting for film and television for kids and adults, and Intro to the film business for parents.



Ilona Smyth CSA offers one on one coaching sessions via Zoom or in person. Ilona has coached many successful actors and helped them secure booking some of the largest roles in their career to date. Coaching includes character development, re-envisioning and breakdown of the sides, and aiding in making you feel more comfortable with your character choices. Coaching availability dependent on Ilona’s schedule. If interested, please contact our Casting Assistant Erin Morrison at


Background Casting

Interested in working as a background performer in Ottawa and the surrounding areas? Sign up for our database* and you will get emailed information regarding current background opportunities, as well as principal casting opportunities and workshops. We look forward to seeing you on set. *being a part of the database does not guarantee you work but does give you first access to apply.