Producer/casting director/educator Erica Arvold most recently developed story for the feature film Shoeless Wonders, cast the indie feature Permanent, served as location casting director for Jeff Nichols’ feature film Loving, the AMC series Turn: Washington’s Spies and two seasons of Netflix’s House of Cards. Erica produced and cast the indie film Josephine, served as associate producer and casting director on Coming Through the Rye, Wish You Well, Texas Rein, helped cast feature films Ithaca and Kicked by Grace, National Geographic’s Killing Kennedy as well as helmed the casting for Ridley & Tony Scott’s Killing Lincoln and Hallmark Movie Channel’s Lake Effects. She began her dual role as producer and casting director with the psychological thriller House Hunting. Erica has been nominated for CSA’s prestigious Artios Award four times – for the films Loving and Elemental in 2017, Big Stone Gap in 2016 and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln in 2013. Over the past 28 years, Erica has contributed to and participated in the making of over 130 films, 80 television projects and numerous short form and commercial projects. In 2012, Arvold was inducted into the First Lady of Virginia’s Opportunity Hall of Fame for contributing to the economic growth in the state. As an educator, Erica travels across the country to speak, co-teach and lead master classes for film artists. She is a member of the Casting Society of America and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Erica is grateful to the many writers, filmmakers and actors who have entrusted her to collaborate over the years.
Christian Trew began as a summer intern at arvold. in 2013 and never left. She served as casting associate for the third season of AMC’s Turn: Washington’s Spies as well as the indie feature Permanent. As Erica’s assistant, she helped with location casting for Jeff Nichol’s feature film Loving. Other film credits include Josephine, Coming Through the Rye, Texas Rein, Ithaca and Big Stone Gap. She has also worked on searches for series regulars on Netflix’s Stranger Things and a leading role in Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time, Christian worked as production coordinator and location manager on the short film Elemental.
Meghan Apostoles is arvold.’s very own Renaissance Woman. She works as a casting associate on film and television projects, acts as production manager on arvold. productions, helms the multimedia casting department and assists with arvold.education events. She is also the unofficial I.T. guru and key grip at arvold. HQ.
Before her time at arvold., Meghan had already made a name for herself as a nationally ranked competitive race walker. By the age of 14, Meghan heaved aside her many medals and retired from the cutthroat world of junior track & field. She developed a passion for film and television, pouring over titles ranging from His Girl Friday to Bicycle Thieves to Bug Juice. Meghan knew that she wanted to work in the film industry and was sure that the confidence, composure and calves of steel honed during her race walking career would serve her well on a movie set.
After a “zenzational” turn as a cashier at Zaxby’s, an intrepid summer teaching flyboard on the James River and a brief stint ordering iced coffees for legendary broadcaster Larry King, Meghan landed an internship at arvold. She quickly earned the title of “rockstar intern” that summer and became an extras casting assistant on Meg Ryan’s Ithaca. Two days after graduating from the University of Virginia, Meghan began working full time at arvold. She’s since worked on the AMC television series TURN: Washington’s Spies, Jeff Nichols’s Loving and many commercial and short form multimedia projects.
Most recently, Meghan served as the location casting associate on the fourth and final season of TURN: Washington’s Spies. She loves working at arvold., where she gets to collaborate everyday with the most brilliant, creative and hilarious people in the biz.
Eileen Siebken hit the ground running at arvold. in May of 2016 and has been having a blast ever since. Since joining the arvold. team she has had the pleasure of working on everything from short form projects and searches to film and television.
Eileen has had a love for all things artistic ever since she was a little girl. Originally from Midland, TX, she has always been inspired by a community of people who love what they do. Her love of theater and entertainment began at a young age at Midland Community Theater and later in high school as a proud member of the Pickwick Players, for whom she served as Marketing Director for two years.
Eileen attended Washington & Lee University where she graduated cum laude with a B.A in Theater and Printmaking and a minor in Dance. During her time at Washington & Lee, she held numerous leadership positions in the arts and established and served as the Executive Director for (540) Productions, a site-specific theater company dedicated to fostering the performing arts in Rockbridge County, VA. She also worked with many talented individuals off-campus at Moscow Art Theater School, The Open Jar Institute and Rhode Island School of Design.
Following her sophomore year of college, Eileen spent a summer in New York City interning at Telsey + Company. She immediately fell in love with casting and has felt as if she’s found her perfect niche ever since.
Most recently, Eileen served as the location casting assistant on the fourth and final season of TURN: Washington’s Spies and is proud to work with a team of such kind, creative, intelligent and extraordinary women every day.
Denise Stewart, who joins us as Director of Education, has been coaching organizations, adults and teens on public speaking skills as well as developing ritual and discipline for health, creativity and productivity for many years. A past speaker for Charlottesville Tedx and a current Tedx speaker coach, her corporate clients and events have included Crutchfield Corp., MicroAire Surgical, Martha Jefferson Hospital, Kluge Children’s Rehabilitation Center, CFA Institute, Martin Horn, Inc., Real Estate III, the UVA Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Conference, the Women’s 4-miler Training Program, Blogville, CASA State Conference, NRV Cares Annual Conference, and the Jefferson-Madison Regional Libraries. Denise is also playwright and actor. She’s toured her one-woman show, Dirty Barbie and other Girlhood Tales, at Assembly Hall at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, the 59E59 East to Edinburgh Festival in New York City as well as The Corner Store in Washington, DC, the Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville, NC, among other venues. Acting credits also include: Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Shear Madness, The Odd Couple, Almost, Maine (Heritage Theatre Festival) The Matchmaker, Eurydice, Chemistry of Change (Live Arts), Swamp-hatched Butterfly (Louisa Arts Center) and recently appeared in a Funny or Die sketch. Her plays have been produced by the Lee Street Theatre, Whole Theatre, Live Arts, Louisa Arts Center, Offstage Theatre, the Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, and the Northwest Actors Studio. She has a BA in Theatre from Catawba College, and an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Virginia where she is currently a lecturer in the Department of Drama teaching courses in acting, improv, and public speaking.
Richard taught acting at the University of Virginia for 30 years where he had the honor of coaching Tina Fey, Ben McKenzie (Gotham, The O.C.), Sean Patrick Thomas (Cruel Intentions, Barbershop), Jason George (Grey’s Anatomy, Mistresses), Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy, Everwood) and Emily Swallow (Supernatural, The Mentalist). He received UVa’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 1991, the Mayo Distinguished Teaching Professorship in 1998 and was selected as an inaugural member of the University Academy of Teaching in 2011. He is a member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.
Working as an actor in New York City, Richard studied with Michael Howard and performed at Manhattan Theatre Club, Chelsea Theatre Center, W.P.A. Theatre and Douglas Fairbanks Theatre. He has acted regionally in over one hundred roles in many prestigious regional theaters.
Film credits include: Homer Benson in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, Dr. Ezra Abbott in Ridley Scott’s Killing Lincoln, Chester Bowles in National Geographic’s Killing Kennedy and Vic LeClue in Patriot Son. Richard played the lead opposite Grey’s Anatomy‘s Sarah Drew in the short film, Waking Marshall Walker which screened at over 40 film festivals. He played the lead role of Davey in Farewell Old Stringy and created the role of L.P. Everett in the episode, “The 20% Solution” for Homicide, Life on the Street.
As director, Richard has staged Hamlet, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, Hedda Gabler, Hay Fever, A Raisin in the Sun, Cloud Nine, Fuddy Meers, The Foreigner, A Man for All Seasons, Misalliance, Suddenly Last Summer, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Laramie Project, Lend Me a Tenor, Lost in Yonkers, Driving Miss Daisy, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and True West.
After working in the accounting field for over 25 years in the Tidewater area, Shirley & her husband retired to the beautiful mountains of VA. Now she is busier than ever as our bookkeeper & with several other clients here in the Charlottesville area.