• Jessy Alfonso

    Jessy Alfonso


    Jessy Alfonso is arvold.’s casting assistant based in Atlanta, GA. Jessy’s background in the industry follows her parents’ trajectory as working actors: her presence (from age 6!) in auditions, agency interviews, and on-set work gives her insight to the casting process, and she knows the ins and outs of running lines, taping auditions, and negotiating callbacks from these formative years. Following her graduation from the University of Montevallo in Alabama in 2012, she turned her internship with People Store Talent Agency into a position as Office Manager, which at times required her skills in the taping room. From there, she was offered the position of a Film & TV Agent where her passion for casting was first catalyzed. Jessy now occasionally casts talent in indie films for friends and others and is very proud to be part of the arvold. team and is excited about applying her experiences and skills to assist in its continued success.

  • Erica Arvold

    Erica Arvold


    Erica Arvold​, founder of arvold., has spent 29 years as a casting director, producer, educator, speaker, writer, and now director, as well. Erica has contributed to, participated in, or helmed the making of over 140 films, 85 television shows, and many multimedia & commercial projects. She developed story for the upcoming feature film ​Shoeless Wonders​, recently cast ​The Daylong Brothers​ and served as location casting director for ​The Good Lord Bird,​ Swagger​, Blumhouse’s ​Untitled Chris Landon​ film, ​Harriet​,​ ​Jeff Nichols’ Loving​, the AMC series ​Turn: Washington’s Spies ​and three seasons of Netflix’s ​House of Cards.​ Erica produced and cast the indie films ​Josephine​, ​House Hunting,​ served as associate producer and casting director on ​Coming Through the Rye​, ​Wish You Well​, ​Texas Rein​, and several short films. Erica has been nominated for CSA’s prestigious Artios Award four times (​Loving ​and Elemental ​in 2017, ​Big Stone Gap ​in 2016 and Steven Spielberg’s ​Lincoln ​in 2013). 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 and laymen alike. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America, 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. Her company ​arvold.​ is headquartered in Charlottesville, VA and has offices in Atlanta, GA.

  • Priya Bajaj

    Priya Bajaj


    Priya Bajaj joined the arvold. team in March, 2019 as the Manager of Education. Having grown up in Los Angeles surrounded by the industry, Priya found a quick passion for theatre, especially behind the scenes in stage management and technical direction. She married her love for production and marketing by focusing her career in video marketing, creating promotional videos for a variety of industries ranging from B2B, B2C, education, government and nonprofits. Priya is thrilled to bring her expertise in production, project management, and marketing to Charlottesville. She found a home in arvold.education and looks forward to expanding the actor training and meta programs.

  • Ted Chapman

    Ted Chapman


    Ted Chapman has served as writer, editor, auditor, designer, technician, engineer, and analyst for many innovative companies over his career. He is excited to help arvold. map out the interdisciplinary convergence of entertainment and education.

  • Janey Gioiosa

    Janey Gioiosa


    Janey is the Education Coordinator at arvold. where she works behind the scenes spreading the arvold.education cheer.  After diving into many pockets of life, she has finally landed where she is meant to be.

  • Madison Landis

    Madison Landis


    Madison Landis is a Richmond casting associate for arvold.’s TV, Film and short form projects. Previous casting credits include House of Cards S6, Harriet, and an innumerable amount of commercials that make her giggle every time she sees them. She can also be found directing, writing, and producing short films across the East Coast.

  • Jasmine Pfingsten

    Jasmine Pfingsten


    Jasmine Pfingsten is an arvold. casting associate for film, television and commercial projects in the Richmond area. Jasmine moved from the midwest to Virginia in 2015 and almost immediately began working on Season 3 of AMC’s Turn: Washington’s Spies. She has worked as a casting assistant and associate on projects like Netflix’s House of Cards and numerous commercial projects. She loves helping to tell important stories through her work, and looks forward to contributing to many more stories to come.

  • Dustin Presley

    Dustin Presley


    Dustin Presley, casting associate, is based in Atlanta and works on various film, television, and commercial projects with arvold. After attending Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of the Performing Arts and graduating from the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York, Dustin completed a casting internship with Barden/Schnee (NY) followed by working for Donna DeSeta Casting. Dustin worked on commercials with Binder Casting in New York before relocating to Atlanta, Georgia in 2018. Casting credits include independent films Stuck, Breaking Brooklyn, and Front Cover.

  • Dana Salerno

    Dana Salerno


    Dana has always loved being a part of the creative process of casting and is thrilled to be a part of the arvold. team when assistance is needed. In 2010, she graduated from the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), with a B.F.A in Film & Television, as well as completed an internship at the Cannes Film Festival in France. Soon after graduating, she was hired by Dreamworks as an Extras Casting Production Assistant for the film, Lincoln (shot in Richmond, VA). Then, in 2012, she was hired by Fincannon & Associates Casting as a full-time CSA Casting Associate. She has worked on numerous films and TV projects and loves to continue building her resume. In 2015, after working in both the Wilmington, NC and Atlanta, GA market, she moved back to coastal Virginia. She loves coaching and directing actors, reviewing scripts, and building relationships with production teams.

  • Shirley Spencer

    Shirley Spencer


    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.

  • Christian Trew

    Christian Trew


    Christian Trew is based in arvold.’s Charlottesville headquarters. She is Erica’s assistant and juggles everything arvold. After being introduced to the company as a summer intern in 2013, she refused to leave. A multi-tasker who is interested in many things, Christian has been an integral part of developing arvold.education’s actor training program as well as meta. 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 Nichols’ feature film Loving. Other film credits include Josephine, Coming Through the Rye, Texas Rein, Ithaca and Big Stone Gap. She has 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. She handles office management duties and company events…her specialty is making crowns.

  • Richard Warner

    Richard Warner


    Richard taught acting at the University of Virginia for 30 years where he had the honor of coaching, among many others: Tina Fey, Ben McKenzie (Gotham, The O.C.), Sean Patrick Thomas (Cruel Intentions, Barbershop), Jason George (Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19), Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy, Everwood) and Emily Swallow (Supernatural, The Mentalist). He was awarded the UVa’s Outstanding Teacher Award, the Mayo Distinguished Teaching Professorship and was selected as an inaugural member of the University Academy of Teaching. As an active member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA, Richard studied In New York City 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 channel’s Killing Kennedy; Vic LeClue in Patriot Son, winner of the 1998 LA Film Fest’s independent short category and selected to show at the Telluride Festival. In 2014 Richard played the lead opposite Grey’s Anatomy’s Sarah Drew in the short film, Waking Marshall Walker. This film was selected for viewing at over 40 film festivals. He created the role of L.P. Everett in the episode, “The 20% Solution” for the television program, Homicide, Life on the Street. As a director, he 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.