TFA Visiting Artist Series presents Tom Fontana and Rosalie Joseph: On Casting and Finding the Right Actors

Earlier in the week, Buffalo State’s own Golden Globe winning writer/producer, Kyle Bradstreet, paid a visit to the Buffalo State University campus, to screen the pilot of his recently released Marvel show, Secret Invasion.

As a follow up to Bradstreet’s appearance, Buffalo’s one-and-only Tom Fontana (Emmy Award winning writer/producer, and Buffalo State alumnus) will be participating in a community talk at Buff State on Thursday, 9/28.

Fontana will be joined by TV network casting executive, Rosalie Joseph, who served as VP of casting for ABC and Senior Casting Executive at CBS for over four decades. The community talk – moderated by Buffalo State associate professor of Television and Film Arts, Jeffrey Hirschberg – will be held at 3pm in Ciminelli Recital Hall (in Rockwell Hall) on the Buffalo State campus.  

The event, part of the TFA Visiting Artist Series, is free and open to the public!


Tom Fontana has written and produced such groundbreaking television series as St. Elsewhere, Homicide: Life On The Street, Oz, City On A Hill, and Netflix’s Borgia. Fontana wrote the HBO film Strip Search, directed by Sidney Lumet, as well as contributed two pieces to the September 11th special America: A Tribute to Heroes. His new series, Monsieur Spade will premiere on AMC/Canal+ in 2024. He has received, among others, three Emmy Awards, four Peabody Awards, three Writers’ Guild Awards, four Television Critics Association Awards, the Cable Ace Award, the Humanitas Prize, a Special Edgar and the first prize at Geneva’s Cinema Tout Ecran Festival.

Rosalie Joseph spent much of her over 4-decade Casting Career as a TV Network Casting executive.  She served as Vice President of Casting for ABC and Senior Casting Executive at CBS. In between her time at the networks, she was an independent Casting Director and cast pilots and series as well as theater and film.  Rosalie served on the Casting Society of America’s Board for 2 decades and presently serves on the Board of Casting Society Cares. In 2019, the Casting Society of America created the Rosalie Joseph Humanitarian Award to honor her philanthropic work both inside and outside the entertainment industry. The first award, presented to Rosalie at the CSA Artios Awards, will be presented annually to a Casting Director or Associate who actively works in philanthropic and humanitarian causes.

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