"‘Joy’ and ‘hilarity’ are not the usual vocabulary one uses for the process of auditioning! But with Kirsty - it is an absolute hoot! She puts the ‘director’ right back into the ‘casting’… yes, as a ‘casting director’ Kirsty brings out the best we have to offer. Breaking through nervousness and confidence issues, she tactfully steers us through (let’s be honest here) some of our more dubious acting choices and brings out the best performance one can possibly give – given all the givens of an audition scenario."
– Jacqueline McKenzie, Actor
"Like a couple of pedophiles, Kirsty and I hung out at a skate-park looking for kids to cast in my film I Love Sarah Jane. We did not find our cast there, nor did we get arrested, but Kirsty soon after found an amazing cast of unknown actors. And Mia Wasikowska. Kirsty's the best and she is not a pedophile."
– Spencer Susser, Director (I Love Sarah Jane)
"The only way to elicit great tests from Actors is to create an environment where they feel they are able to fly. Kirsty provides the perfect platform, understands Actors and their delicate and varied processes. When it comes to sourcing talent and understanding how to connect the right actor to the character, Kirsty is inventive and extremely passionate. This is evident in her award-winning body of film work thus far."
– Anthony Hayes, Actor, Director (Ten Empty)
"Kirsty McGregor. What can I say – her talent for picking talent, her eye for script, character and the Director’s vision is second to none. Love ya work!!"
– Liz Watts, Producer
"Kirsty McGregor, Stevie Ray and their team are quite simply the best casting outfit in Australia."
– Matt Reeder, Producer (Jo Cinque's Consolation)
“Sydney is my go to place for amazing actors and McGregor Casting know who they all are.”
– Matt Skrobalak, Vice President, Talent & Casting CBS Television Studios
Kirsty (the short one) and Stevie (the bearded one) have become the 3rd or 4th best casting team in Australia. If you are after a team who knows actors intimately (and probably inappropriately), who have a respect and knowledge for the craft (by respect and knowledge I mean they treat the actors within the bounds of the law) and Nikki Barrett or Mullinars are busy... these are your people.
They'll have your project cast faster than you can say "please explain one more time why I can't have Mia Wasikowska?” They will also make you look like the knowledgeable, insightful, tasteful director you wish you were.
— MATTHEW MOORE, DIRECTOR (DIARY OF AN UBER DRIVER)
Kirsty & Gemma scoured the world to find our cast. They went above and beyond for our small film to create an environment where every candidate could shine.They nurtured myself and everyone throughout the process, placing non-actors and veteran actors together and eventually assembled a cast with chemistry, passion, talent, authenticity and a deep love of the script. Bravo.
– Ben Lawrence, Director (Hearts and Bones)
Honestly, I wish I was taught about the importance of casting directors at film school as much as I was taught other craft forms like cinematography - my short films would have been much better and I could have been successful much earlier. My experiences with McGregor's have single-handedly shown me how little I need to speak to actors on set as long as the casting is right. Especially - Gemma Brown's work on Homecoming Queens helped me walk the tightrope horror show that is balancing comedy, tragedy, and casting in Queensland with a budget of $2. I've never had the chance to work with Kirsty and Stevie, they must be racist.
– Corrie Chen, Director (Homecoming Queens)
"Auditioning for Kirsty is what you'd want every audition to be. She's great with actors. There's a lovely sense of play and freedom in the room and the feedback is always helpful, specific and intelligent. I'm always seeing interesting casting choices in the things she works on (even if I didn't get it!)."
– Ewen Leslie, Actor
"Kirsty McGregor brings enthusiasm, creativity, knowledge, respect and good humour to the casting process which makes for a rewarding experience from my perspective as a producer. She has a great talent for discovering new actors on the rise – a wonderful resource for who the next big thing will be – and she’s always happy to go the extra mile on finding the right person for the role. Working with Kirsty and her team is always a treat and I hope to continue to work with them on all my film and TVC work."
– Louise Smith, Producer
"Kirsty and her team at McGregor Casting are fricken life savers. We were days a way from a shoot in NZ when our UK based talent fell over for various reasons. We placed one panicked phone call to Kirsty and she sorted it. She has the ability to pull a rabbit out of the hat when you most need it. She’s awesome. Enough said."
– Mike Oldershaw, Director - Automatic Films, NZ
"Stevie Ray and Kirsty McGregor’s team goal is to employ people who fit with the director’s ambitions, the producer’s budget and the creative’s brief. That’s how they do it and do it very well, usually on very short deadlines. They’re good! Use them."
– George Saada, Producer
"Stevie Ray has always given us a great outcome when it comes to the casting process. He knows how to crack a brief! His no nonsense approach makes the process very time effective, which is great for us producers…plus his sexy phone voice is just another added perk!"
– Kia McEvoy, Producer - Saatchi & Saatchi
"Kirsty McGregor must know something about casting, after all she cast Lucky Gorka in the leading role as Casting Director for The Block and nobody delivers a reality show cast better than Lucky."
– Julian Cress, Co-Creator & Executive Producer - The Block
"Kirsty McGregor basically did nothing to help me on Animal Kingdom. In fact, she slowed the process down, was small and irritating and my clothes are still covered in her fucking dog’s hair."
– David Michôd, Wanker
"Kirsty couldn’t cast a fishing rod."
– Joel Edgerton (...whatever)
"Kirsty cast a child actor that was so good, he allowed me to look like I knew what I was doing. This little whipper snapper got me nominated of a fucking Academy Award! All due to Kirsty's eye for talent. She can also work a video camera."
– Luke Doolan, Director (Miracle Fish)
"Kirsty McGregor recently cast a performance-based commercial campaign for me. She understands and prioritizes performance and was tireless in finding me the most interesting actors, as opposed to the most commercial ones. As a result, the campaign is real, deeply emotional and very successful. I recommend her highly."
– Niki Caro, Director
"Stevie Ray has always delivered a brilliant line up of actors for our commercials. He understands the brief and casts the perfect performers. I never the see the same faces, somehow he finds a fantastic range of different actors for each casting. He’s also amazingly pleasant and helpful – even after the client throws in a multitude of last minute requests and inclusions."
– Ros Payne, Head of TV - McCann Worldgroup