Diakeim Lyles, Casting Director
A native New Yorker, Diakeim began his career in the business attending LaGuardia HS of the Performing Arts. He continued studying acting with a focus on filmmaking, and spent a year abroad at Middlesex University in London via SUNY Binghamton’s BFA program.He completed a stage manager/PA apprenticeship at the Powerhouse Theater at Vassar College, working with prominent actors like Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell. His diverse training led him to pursue film/TV casting on commercials and several independent films, including The Hebrew Hammer and Death of Dynasty. He was employed at Liz Lewis Casting Partners for eight years, and now works independently with various Casting Houses in New York, principally Beth Melsky and House Casting. Clients include Toys ‘R Us, PBS, Cheerios™, Fig Newton’s™, Maybelline™, British Airways, and Verizon FiOS.
"Hey Diakeim, I can't thank you enough for teaching an incredible class! I learned so much and was able to immediately apply the techniques you taught and key information you shared in my auditions and callbacks while taking your class. You are extremely passionate about teaching and helping actors become better/smarter performers. If more Casting Directors cared as much as you do more actors would always be empowered regardless of booking the commercial or not. The most helpful exercise for me was the Lottery Ticket Commercial of making subtle acting choices, using your eyes to express feeling. The side coaching you provided during our on-camera performances were phenomenal and spot on!"