Jerry Knight-Smith is the Casting Director at the Royal Exchange and oversees the engagement of actors in all aspects of the company’s work. He also works closely with the Company Manager as a point of co-ordination for the various departments throughout the building whose work might involve the acting company.

Either on his own or in collaboration with freelance casting directors, he will help each director make the right choices in putting together the acting companies for each project. Auditions can be held across the country but most often in London and Manchester.

A significant portion of Jerry’s time is also spent out of the building seeing as much of other theatre's work and performance events as possible, covering work at drama schools and other training organisations (this being the ideal way of spotting new talent and keeping abreast of actors already known to us).