Lori’s Story

Lori S. Wyman, C.S.A., one of the most prominent Casting Directors in the southeast, has been casting films, television shows, and commercials in South Florida since 1979.

Background

Lori attended the University of Miami and she graduated with her Bachelors Degree in Speech and Communications and her minor in Education. Upon graduating from college, she aggressively pursued a casting career and immediately started working for ACT I Talent Agency. At the time, ACT I was the biggest talent agency in the State of Florida.

Quickly building a reputation as one of the most outstanding talent agents in the business, she was asked by the company that was handling the Miami Vice casting if she would be one of their staff casting directors. While there, she worked on the Principal casting for “Miami Vice” during the 2nd and 3rd seasons. At the end of the 3rd season, she was approached by the producer of “Miami Vice” and asked to come work for them directly and head up their entire casting division. She did that for the duration of the series. When “Miami Vice” wrapped, she was immediately asked to head up the casting offices of the Burt Reynolds series, “BL Stryker” and to cast the Florida episodes of Stephen J. Cannell’s “21 Jumpstreet” and “Wiseguy.”

Lori S. Wyman

Casting Director

Lori S. Wyman, C.S.A., one of the most prominent Casting Directors in the southeast, has been casting films, television shows, and commercials in South Florida since 1979. Lori attended the University of Miami and she graduated with her Bachelors Degree in Speech and Communications and her minor in Education. She recently received her Master’s Degree from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) with a concentration in Drama Therapy. She pursued this degree in order to help actors with Audition Anxiety.

Upon graduating with her undergraduate degree, she aggressively pursued a casting career and immediately started working for ACT I Talent Agency. At the time, ACT I was the biggest talent agency in the State of Florida. Quickly building a reputation as one of the most outstanding talent agents in the business, she was asked by the company that was handling the Miami Vice casting if she would be one
of their staff casting directors. While there, she worked on the Principal casting for “Miami Vice” during the 2nd and 3rd seasons. At the end of the 3rd season, she was approached by one of the producers of “Miami Vice” and asked to come work for them directly and head up their entire casting division. She did that for the duration of the series.

When “Miami Vice” wrapped, she was immediately asked to head up the casting offices of the Burt Reynolds series, “BL Stryker” and to cast the Florida episodes of Stephen J. Cannell’s “21 Jumpstreet” and “Wiseguy.” After these 3 series, Lori decided to make the lucrative move to commercials and feature film casting. In 1989 Lori was invited to become a member of the Casting Society of America, the professional organization of casting directors in the U.S.

She opened her own offices in North Miami Beach in the spring of 1990. With her own studio space, offices and equipment,
she was able to expand her business opportunities and provide a wider variety of services. Lori has also served on the Miami-Dade County Film, Print and Broadcast Advisory Board, helping to make decisions regarding the Film industry in Miami-Dade County. Lori is also a past vice-president of WOMPI, Women of the Motion Picture Industry, to whom she has contributed her casting services for many of their not-for-profit films that the organization produces for the good of the community.

Some of Lori’s more recent casting credits are HBO’s Ballers, Bloodline for Netflix, USA’s Burn Notice, The Glades and Graceland,
and Starz’s Magic City. Lori has also contributed her casting expertise to such films as Dolphin Tale, Dolphin Tale 2, Iron Man 3, War Dogs, FF2, and Fast 8. Lori is an EMMY nominee for HBO’S RECOUNT and she won the prestigious ARTIOS casting award for this same project.

Erin Fragetta, CSA

Casting Associate

Erin Fragetta is a graduate of Florida State University with a B.A. in Advertising. She has been with Lori Wyman Casting since 2010 when she started as an intern in her senior year of college. She loves being a part of bringing Florida and its wonderful actors to a screen near you. When you call the office, Erin will be happy to help you sign up for classes, schedule your self tapings and answer any questions you may have.

Marie-Thérèse Verbruggen, CSA

Casting Associate

Therese Verbruggen started working at Lori Wyman Casting in 2013. She was born and raised in The Netherlands and moved to the US 8 years ago, the last 4 she’s spent in beautiful Florida.

Therese studied theatre at the Fontys University of the Arts in Tilburg, the Netherlands (Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten) and graduated in 2006 as a first degree Teacher Training in Drama. Before starting her job as a Casting Associate with Lori Wyman Casting, she worked as a freelance Drama Teacher and assistant Theatre Director in both Boston and Miami, working on a variety of projects ranging from teaching after school kids’ drama programs to working with formerly incarcerated men and women staging theatrical performances based on their life journeys.

The transition from teaching and directing into casting came natural to Therese, and working for Lori has been (and still is) an amazing learning experience and a great privilege. When you call the office and speak to Therese, she will bring her vast knowledge of the business to every phone conversation.

All head shots credited to photographer Bob Lasky of Bob Lasky Photography