McGregor Casting was formed in 2001 in Kirsty McGregor's spacious one bedroom flat in Woolloomooloo to the rhythm of a very intimately placed train track. By 2002 the business had expanded so dramatically we moved to our lovely Stanmore office and then again in 2011 to our grandiose warehouse premises in Redfern, where we currently reside.
We have consistently maintained and expanded our reputation for being a dynamic and in-demand agency whose work is highly respected.
What makes McGregor Casting great is our team of passionate, dedicated employees who share a passion for film, television and theatre. We pride ourselves on being reliable and producing quality, diverse work. We’re also quite proud of our ability to "name that tune" and our fancy looking office.
McGregor Casting’s core team consists of Principal Director Kirsty McGregor and Senior Casting Directors Stevie Ray and Lucky Gorka Price, who are joined by Casting Associates Gemma Brown and Gemma Mestroni (we have a Gemma only policy when it comes to Associates).
Here at McGregor's we like coming to work.
Little is known about the first few years of Kirsty’s life though certain assumptions can be made from a photograph taken of her performing in a 1200 seat theatre in roller skates. Born into a large and creative family, Kirsty was forced to learn varied and obscure tricks to be able to get any attention. By the age of 6 people were paying her for it.
Growing up she performed in various theatre and television shows culminating in the Australian cult hit Bride’s of Christ, where her acting talents were stretched to the limit when she took on playing the role of a good catholic girl.
In her late twenties Kirsty got jack of being cast as a teenager and discovered a passion for casting. She worked for various people around Sydney until she discovered that starting your own business and working from home meant you got to sleep in and wear pyjamas to work.
Thus McGregor Casting was born and Kirsty slogged away creating what is now one of Sydney’s most highly respected Casting agencies.
Today Kirsty works with Australia’s top directors.
She still roller skates.
Stevie spent his late teens selling VCRs and TVs and once completing his degree in his early 20s, began collecting other spurious qualifications. He is a qualified blackjack and roulette dealer, he served the good people of York their Fat Rascals for a few months in 2000 and spent late nights rolling biscuit dough in the early noughties. In 2007 Stevie managed to corner Kirsty in a bar and, while plying her with liquor, forced her to give him a job.
He’s been variously described as a drunkard, Jesuitical and bearded. He doesn’t read anything published within the last 20 years and is frustratingly nostalgic. These days when he isn’t calming actors nerves in studio he can be found sweating over his homebrew tools.
If you’re watching something and it’s ace, he might just have cast that one.
Thrust into the world of showbiz from an early age, Lucky’s feet were found on the set of Cyclone Tracey the mini-series at the age of eight, working as a Featured Extra. Despite nightmares caused by exceptional work in the makeup department, a seed was planted and Lucky quickly fell in love with life on set; great meals, over zealous friends and a bit of extra pocket money.
In an attempt to find a true calling, Lucky has worn many hats over the years… stage manager, barista, director, underwater ceramic technician, a brief stint as the Quick® Bunny, agent and receptionist. Now, finally, after years of soul searching and countless diversions/expansions, Lucky Price (née Gorka) has found he is exceptionally skilled in searching Australia to find the most extraordinary ordinary people to grace Australian television. Reality TV is not a dirty word(s) to this human hunter, in fact Lucky loves a yarn and a cuppa and filling a brief. He was made for it!
Lucky occasionally likes to substitute the tea for martinis and can be found cutting sick on the decks at his wife’s bar The Bearded Tit.
Gemma has always been mistaken for being younger than her years. Her kindergarten teacher had to enforce a class rule because of the other children's over enthusiasm at her general smallness, ‘no one is allowed to pick Gemma up without her permission’. Actors should note, this rule still applies today, picking her up will not be tolerated.
Growing up in the Mestroni household meant an automatic love for all things nerdy and cultish, be it Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Japanese video games, Tarantino or Pixar. During her formative years she was always on a stage somewhere, whether acting, dancing or playing music. Alas, dreams of a career as a professional drummer/rockstar were dashed when her younger brother quickly usurped her, and so she fell into the world of film and television.
Now a self-confessed hermit, in her spare time you’ll find Gemma with her nose stuck in a book or escaping into the wilderness.
We will probably never get Gemma to agree to writing anything about herself, so don't hold your breath.
Grrwwwhf. Aarrwwwohhrf. Ahgrf.