On Tuesday, February 22, casting director Robert Lambert visited his alma mater. Lambert, who received his BFA in Theatre from Wayne State University in 1983, has had a successful career as a professional actor and casting director. Since leaving Wayne State, he has worked in Chicago as an actor in roles such as George M. Cohan in Give My Regards to Broadway, Constantine in A Day in Hollywood, and Bobby in A Chorus Line.
Lambert has also played the role of Huck Finn in the national tour of Big River and Jean Michel in La Cage Aux Folles. He has worked on Broadway in Gypsy with Tyne Daly (for which he was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Debut by an Actor, and for which he won the 1990 Theatre World Award and the 1990 Astaire Award for Outstanding Male Dancer). Lambert’s other roles include Off-Broadway productions of Forever Plaid and An Unfinished Song. He has also performed in industrial shows for McDonald’s, Toyota, Sears, and Hardees with performers such as Billy Crystal, Liberace, Tony Randall and Audrey Landers. His television credits include appearances on All My Children, Another World and Ryan’s Hope. As a casting director, he has worked on All My Children for the last 10 years and assisted on the casting of the revival Broadway production of Annie and the East Coast casting of Sunset Beach. He has been teaching on camera “Soap” classes for almost eight years in New York City.
In 1997 Lambert was awarded the Arts Achievement Award from Wayne State University’s College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts. The purpose of his return earlier this month was to host a talkback with theatre students and share his experiences as a casting director for All My Children.
Lambert ensured his visit was an unforgettable experience for Wayne State students wanting to work in daytime television by sharing must-know technical information combined with on-camera auditions in his master classes. Students learned about everything from initial “one on one” auditions to the screen test, including how to breakdown of role, how roles are cast, audition techniques, image and knowing your “type,” pictures and resumes, general interviews and much more. At the end of this intensive, Mr. Lambert gave students a private and honest evaluation of how they did in the class and their headshot and resume.
All photos by Nikki Allen