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Pippa Ailion has worked as a Casting Director since 1987. She has cast over 200 productions in the West End, regional UK tours, US tours, Broadway and European productions, as well as seasons at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre and Crucible Theatre Sheffield. She now specializes in the field of Musical Theatre, with a particular prominence in finding Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic performers. She began her theatrical career as a Drama and English teacher, then as a performer for Theatre-In-Education companies in Greenwich and at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter. She went on to assist world-renowned playwright Neil Simon, before becoming a Company Manager and Assistant Director on Mark Medoff’s award-winning play Children of a Lesser God. She was given the opportunity to mount the play in different countries around the world, which helped ignite an interest in casting. She then became Company Manager/Resident Director on a production of West Side Story.