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SUTTON
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RHYTHM
FROM TVS
YOUNGER TO
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SWEET CHARITY
REVIVAL, THE
TONY WINNER IS
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MEL GIBSON
TALKS DIRECTING
HACKSAW RIDGE
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vol. 57, no. 44 | 11.03.16

NEWS
6 5 dance schools to check out in L.A. 
and NYC

8 T his weeks roundup of whos casting


what starring whom

9 The 2016 Gotham Awards nominations

ADVICE
11 THE WORKING ACTOR 
Stage your dreams

11 #IGOTCAST 
Michael Joseph Pierce

12 SECRET AGENT MAN 


Your guide to lunch

13 #IGOTCAST 
Jake Hunter

FEATURES
4 BACKSTAGE 5 WITH... 
Cheyenne Jackson

10 MEET THE MAKER 


Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge

12 SPOTLIGHT ON... 
Genevieve Angelson

13 INSIDE JOB 
Deke Sharon, Broadways In Transit
vocal arranger

18 THE DARK HORSES 


Shining the spotlight on 9 of this
award seasons underappreciated
performances

20 NEVER SEE THEM SWEAT 


This year saw a bevy of great
performances, but some actors delivered
more than others. Here are 6 actors who
didnt seem to stop in 2016!

40 LEAGUE OF RESIDENT THEATRES 


George Street Playhouse

CASTING
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30 California

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34 National/Regional
Sutton Foster photographed by Stephanie Diani in NYC
on Sept. 6. Hair by DJ Quintero. Makeup by Jennifer
Wobito. Dress by Michael Kors. Shoes by Stuart
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Cheyenne Jackson
By Mark Peikert

How did you get your Equity and SAG-AFTRA cards?


Equity was Babes in Arms at the Village Theatre in
Issaquah, Washington. They had an apprentice program
where you could earn points or you could just be offered an
Equity contract. I think I was 25. It felt very legitimate, and it
was helpful to have that before coming to New York. And then
SAG was for United 93.
What advice would you give your younger self? Relax. Just
fucking relax. Take a breath. Its all going to be OK. I think of
all the consternation and all the worry and what does this
mean and will they like me and is this what they want? Always
trying to fit into what they want of youI really got caught up
in that after having a little modicum of success in New York.
And you start to veer further away from what you are. When
kids come up and say, What should I do? I say, Be yourself.
Dont try to do it like a CW show youre watching. Just literally
be yourself.
What was your most memorable survival job? The first to
pop in my mind: I worked at a paper mill. An actual mill, a pulp
mill that made paper in Iowa. I worked at a really gross place
called Grizzly Pizza Drive-in and Ribs. I was a bank teller. I ran
childcare at a health club, and people thought I was just one
of the dads. And tons of food service.

The busy stage and screen actor Cheyenne Jackson


is giving fans plenty to look forward to lately. In
addition to his new album, Renaissance (based on
his acclaimed solo show Music of the Mad Men Era),
fans can enjoy Jackson in the new season of American
Horror Story and the much-anticipated, star-studded
film adaptation of Michael John LaChiusas Hello
Again, in which he sings opposite Audra McDonald.
We checked in with Jackson about his career,
advice, and forgetting the lyrics to Being Alive.

ITS EASY TO DO THE BASIC THING OR YOU GET SCARED AND YOU GO BEIGE AND
GIVE THE MOST BLAH CHOICES, BUT THEN YOU BLEND IN WITH EVERYONE ELSE.
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JOEL KIMMEL

What is your worst audition story? I was auditioning to


be Hugh Jackmans standby in Boy From Oz. Id done
the Elvis musical [All Shook Up] and I had a little bit of
buzz around me, so they thought, Oh, thisll be a good fit.
Id worked on the material and I had some confidence, [but
then] they wanted me to sing from my book and, as you
know, theres a lot of shit in your book you dont look at for
months. And they said, Why dont you sing Being Alive?
And I had forgotten it was in there! My heart was racing
and my face was flushed, and I started. Somebody And
I started it again. Somebody I went and looked at the
lyrics and theyre all exchanging looks and whispering shit to
one another, and for the third time, I go, Somebody And
everybody behind the desk went, Hold me too close! They
all sang it for me. And that was it.

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The worlds largest dance instruction franchise, Arthur Murray Dance Centers has had a
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THESE DANCE SCHOOLS WILL HAVE YOU TWIRLING


AND PIROUETTING IN NO TIME

BY JAMES LONGLEY
f youre a dancer, or a performer of any
kind, really, your body is your instrument. It must be finely tuned and
conditioned. Whether youre a novice or a
seasoned professional, expert training can help
you grow in your craft by leaps and bounds (forgive the pun). New York and Los Angeles stand
out for the wealth of fine schools they offer, so
weve put together a list of studios in each city
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Los Angeles
California Dance Academy
Originally known as the Rozann-Zimmerman
Ballet Center, California Dance Academy
teaches pre-ballet, classical ballet, pointe,
lyrical, contemporary, jazz, tap, and hip-hop.
Its instructors are award-winning performers,
many of whom have had soloist and principal
careers with national ballet companies. Many
of its students have gone on to pursue dance at
the collegiate and professional levels, but the
academys focus is always on the mastery and
joy of dance at each level of achievement.

New York City


Broadway Dance Center
If youve been giving your regards to Broadway
for a while now, working at the Broadway
Dance Center is a great way to get there before
long. With over 80 faculty members at its Upper
West Side location teaching an array of styles,
its a haven for dance talents of all ages.
Mark Morris Dance Group
If youre more of a Brooklynite, the Mark Morris
Dance Group has made community engagement a pillar of its identity. The company offers
classes for beginner to advanced dancers, many
of them part of educational and community
outreach initiatives. Its renowned facility offers
all the space and equipment a dancer could
need, a broad curriculum of dance styles, and
even an attached wellness center, where you
can work with independent physical therapists,
yoga instructors, nutritionists, and more.
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The Arte Flamenco Dance Theatre is on a mission to inspire passion for traditional Spanish
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Latin, hip-hop, and Polynesian dance. Its workshops are taught by international performing
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INDUSTRY NEWS

DISNEY GETS DOWN


TO BUSINESS
THE JUGGERNAUT GIVES A LIVE-ACTION
MULAN THE GREENLIGHT

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productions and casting news,
visit backstage.com/resources.

If you didnt get your superhero franchise fill with the latest
Captain America: Civil War,
youre in luck: Marvel is about to
pop another blockbuster off the
product line. Black Panther,
the masked Avenger and king
of Wakanda, is heading into
production next year after a successful co-starring role in Civil
War. The film will center on
Black Panther, or TChalla as hes
sometimes known out of latex,
as he fights to protect the people
of his nation from treacherous
forces. Chadwick Boseman will
return as the stealthy hero and will
bring with him Forest Whitaker,
Lupita Nyongo, Danai Gurira,

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Michael B. Jordan, and Winston


Duke. Production on the Kathleen
Chopin and Sarah Finncast project will begin in January 2017 in a
currently unnamed location. Ryan
Coogler is slated to direct the film.
The Tony- and Emmy-winning
Bryan Cranston is about to transform once again for his next role
in The Untouchables. The story
follows a paraplegic who hires
an ex-con to be his caretaker,
leading to an unlikely friendship
between the two men. The film

that will also star Kevin Hart is


a remake of a French film called
The Intouchables, which came
out in 2011. Barden/Schnee will
handle all additional casting
on the project thats slated to
begin filming in January 2017.
Production will take place in the
chilly Philadelphia winter.
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anytime between now and when


filming starts in April 2017. Staying
true to the story, production is
expected to take place in the warriors home country of China.

SPENCER ALEXANDER

BY REBECCA WELCH
isney is going to make
a man out of you. The
much-beloved 90s classic
Mulan is about to undergo
a face-lift for a new live-action
remake. Having found success
rebooting other popular animated
films such as Cinderella and
The Jungle Book, Disney is taking on a whole slew of its classics
and lining them up for live-action
adaptations. Next up to receive
the human touch is the story of a
young Chinese girl who disguises
herself as a man in order to enlist
in the army in lieu of her father.
The film comes hot on the
heels of a similar reboot over at
competing studio Sony. Disneys
version, however, will pull from
its animated fare while Sonys
is inspired by the original, and
somewhat less fleshed-out source
material, The Ballad of Mulan.
No actors are currently attached
to the Disney project but casting is
said to be underway for the newest
incarnation. Debra Zane Casting
is finding the new face of Mulan
and announcements are expected

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AWARDS SEASON

WHEN IN GOTHAM

THE IFP RECOGNIZES THIS YEARS TOP INDIES WITH


GOTHAM AWARD NOMINATIONS
BY JACK SMART
enneth Lonergans
Manchester by the Sea
set sail on what looks to be
a promising awards season
when the 2016 Gotham Award
nominations were announced
Oct. 20. Presented annually by the
Independent Filmmaker Project,
the largest independent film
membership organization in the
country, the Gotham Awards have
been honoring the best indie artists since 1991.
Stars Casey Affleck and Lucas
Hedges were recognized for best
actor and best breakthrough,
respectively, while the touching
New England drama also earned
nominations for best feature and
best screenplay.
Moonlight, Barry Jenkins
adaptation of a play by Tarell
Alvin McCraney, scored nominations for both best feature and
best screenplay, in addition to a
special recognition for its cast.
The Gotham Award Jury voted to
award the entire ensemble, including Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris,
Alex Hibbert, Andr Holland,
Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Mone,
Jaden Piner, Trevante Rhodes, and
Ashton Sanders.
Adam Driver and writer-director

Jim Jarmusch earned nods for


Paterson, about a bus driver
poet, in the actor, screenplay, and
feature categories. Other best
feature contenders include Kelly
Reichardts Certain Women and
Richard Linklaters Everybody
Wants Some!!
Both Joel Edgerton and Ruth
Negga were recognized for their
performances in Loving, along
with awards season heavyweights
Natalie Portman for Jackie,
Annette Bening for 20th Century
Women, and Jeff Bridges for
Hell or High Water. All are
expected to also score at the
upcoming SAG Awards, Golden
Globes, and Oscars.
Among the nominees for television were promising artists in
both long-form and short-form
breakthrough series. The former
category included Rachel Blooms
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Lodge
Kerrigan and Amy Seimetzs The
Girlfriend Experience, Louis
C.K.s Horace and Pete, Melissa
Rosenbergs Marvels Jessica
Jones, and Aziz Ansaris Master
of None. More experimental
short-form series, including Dylan
Marrons Sitting in Bathrooms
With Trans People and YouTubes
Surviving from Reagan Gomez,

JOJO WHILDEN

SPENCER ALEXANDER

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Lily Gladstone in Certain Women


were also recognized.
This years Gotham Awards
will be presented at a Nov. 28
ceremony in downtown New York
City. See below for a partial list of
nominations; for the full roundup,
visit backstage.com.
BEST FEATURE
Certain Women (IFC Films)
Everybody Wants Some!!
(Paramount Pictures)
Manchester by the Sea
(Amazon Studios)
Moonlight (A24)
Paterson (Amazon Studios)
BEST ACTRESS
Kate Beckinsale, Love &
Friendship (Amazon Studios)
Annette Bening,
20th Century Women (A24)
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
(Sony Pictures Classics)
Ruth Negga, Loving
(Focus Features)

Natalie Portman, Jackie


(Fox Searchlight Pictures)
BEST ACTOR
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the
Sea (Amazon Studios)
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
(CBS Films)
Adam Driver, Paterson
(Amazon Studios)
Joel Edgerton, Loving
(Focus Features)
Craig Robinson,
Morris From America (A24)
BREAKTHROUGH ACTOR
Lily Gladstone, Certain Women
(IFC Films)
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the
Sea (Amazon Studios)
Royalty Hightower, The Fits
(Oscilloscope Laboratories)
Sasha Lane, American Honey
(A24)
Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch
(A24)

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ACTOR 101

For more Actor 101 stories, visit backstage.com/actor101

Doss justice by visiting his hometown, handling his personal items,


and getting to the essence of who
this man was. The performance
has already gotten thumbs-up
approval from family and friends of
the late Doss, who died in 2006.
Thats who the guy is: Hes a
guy who reaches for a profound
level, and he has a huge amount of
intelligence and a lot of heart, too,
Gibson says of Garfield. That guy is
made to be a great actor.

[Meet the Maker]

Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge


BY BENJAMIN LINDSAY

THIS STORY OF HEROISM IS


just utterly undeniable, says Academy Awardwinning director and
actor Mel Gibson. Hes speaking of
the astonishing true story of World
War II army medic Desmond T.
Doss, who refused to bear arms and
kill the enemy during his time on the
battlefield at Okinawa, Japan, all
while saving 75 of his injured comrades. He is in history books today
as the first conscientious objector
presented with the Medal of Honor.
On Nov. 4, Doss gets his longoverdue Hollywood treatment with
Hacksaw Ridge, star Andrew
Garfields ticket to major awards
consideration and Gibsons first
directorial effort since 2006s
Apocalypto.
Generally speaking, I generate

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my own stuff, and this was not that


this came to me from [producers]
Bill Mechanic and David Permut....
A very good script. It ticked all my
boxes, Gibson says. It went through
to my heart and then to my head. I
found it a very compelling and moving story about something very
basic, which is a guy who actually
rises above everything and maintains
his equilibrium and his higher self
during an experience that reduces
most men to the level of animals.
The Passion of the Christ
director even admits to crying
upon first read. I figured if its
doing it to a cold-hearted guy like
me, maybe an audience would like
to experience this.
With the power of a true story,
enthralling depictions of wartime,

and an impressive ensemble at its


back, the ambitious and inspiring
Hacksaw Ridge marks a return
to form for Gibson. But with time
comes change, and he says he had
to adapt to todays industry after
being permitted less time and fewer
resources than he was for Braveheart 20 years ago.
The nature of the film game has
changed now, Gibson notes. Unless
the guys wearing spandex tights
youre not going to be given a huge
budget or a lot of time to execute if
youre not doing comic-book stuff.
Luckily, Gibson cast Garfield
as his real-life superhero, and he
rose to the challenges of portraying Doss in the grisly elements of a
re-created war zone. Garfield has
previously spoken on efforts to do

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Teresa Palmer and Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge

While its Garfields show, Hacksaw Ridge also offers a slew of fine
supporters, including Sam Worthington, Rachel Griffiths, Hugo Weaving,
and Vince Vaughn in a dramatic turn
as Sgt. Howell. Gibson says that he
rarely holds auditions for his films,
but he didnt hire any duds on
Hacksaw thanks to one-on-one
meetings with prospective parties,
sometimes grabbing coffee with 10
actors vying for the same role.
Generally speaking, Ill just sit
and talk about the weather. You get
an idea of who the person is and
what theyre capable of within 10 or
15 minutes of chitchat, Gibson says.
This come-as-you-are approach
continued while shooting, making
for what Gibson calls a congenial
set, despite the films tight schedule
and grueling subject matter.
I know what its like to be an actor
in films, so I empathize with all their
concerns. I listen to them. I certainly
give them room to do whatever it is
they think needs to be done because
theyve thought about it and theyre
coming from their truth, he says.
All the guys I chose, I hired them
for a reason. I was just glad to be in
a conference of experts and to be
able to bounce my ideas off of theirs
and see what they gave me.... I know
what it is to be in their shoes.

MARK ROGERS

I know what its like


to be an actor in films,
so I empathize with
all their concerns.
I listen to them.

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Stage Your Dreams

I L L U S T R AT I O N : H A N N A B A R C Z Y K ; P I E R C E : T O N Y E I S E N H O W E R

MARK ROGERS

BY SPENCER LIFF
IVE ALWAYS KNOWN I WANTED
to choreograph, from my earliest
memories of being in show biz. I
got my start as a child actor in the
national tour of The Will Rogers Follies, directed and choreographed
by the legendary Tommy Tune. Id
watch him run the rehearsal room
with flair and knew that was meant
for me, a bossy 7-year-old at the
time. Years later, at 23 and with five
Broadway shows under my belt, I
felt the sooner that I started taking
steps to become part of the creative
team, the better.
Heres my advice on how to navigate that process if youve decided
that choreography is your passion
(and let me tell you, it is 100 times
more competitive than being a
dancer).
The first step is to become an
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assistant or associate. Find a choreographer that you have access to


who inspires you. Do you like their
work or the way they collaborate
with dancers in a rehearsal room?
Do they treat their current assistant
with respect? Ask to be part of the
preproduction process, or be a second assistant; offer your time and
make yourself valuable but not in a
needy, outside the window holding
a boom box sort of way.
Next, try to work with as many top
choreographers as possible. There
is so much knowledge to gain from
each persons process. I absorbed
what I liked and noted what I didnt
like, and it began to shape who Id
be as a choreographer.
Dont get stuck assisting for too
long. Start choreographing things
on your own: anything! Your choreo

brain is like a machineyou just


have to start the engine and get
it going. I took any job I could get
in the beginning, working for little
money in regional theaters, on
cruise ships, and on low-budget
music videos just to get experience,
all while still dancing on the side
to supplement my income. Once I
gained some confidence, I began
to formulate a trajectory of where I
wanted my new career to go.
One of the toughest challenges
will be getting people to see you in
a new light. Producers took time to
take me seriously as a young choreographer. The industry wants to
brand you, put you in a category; I
needed the industry to stop seeing
me as an ensemble dancer. That
led to an extremely clear fork in the
road. Everyone thought I was crazy,
but at 24 years old, after winning
the Astaire Award for best male
dancer on Broadway, I walked away
from my dance career.
It was scary and left me with no
safety net. But I remember very
clearly sitting in the audience as I
watched a piece Id choreographed
onstage one night. My heart was
racing. It reminded me of the adrenaline rush I had when I first started
performing, and that was the only
affirmation I needed to know I was
ready to go all in.

Your choreo brain is


like a machineyou
just have to start the
engine and get it going.
Whether or not you choose to
head down the path of choreography is your own discovery to
make. It will be very challenging and
extremely difficult. But hey, if youre
a bossy 7-year-old, youre on the
right track already.

A two-time Emmy-nominated choreographer for So You Think You


Can Dance, Liff choreographed
the current Broadway revival of
Falsettos and the national tour of
Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

#IGOTCAST.
Michael Joseph
Pierce
By Casey Mink

Actor MICHAEL JOSEPH PIERCE


has booked several gigs through
Backstage, including leading and
principal roles in feature filmsbut
it was his commercial shoot for Glucose Health that was his favorite.
It was held at Savi Ranch Studio
in Orange County and the people at
the audition were extremely personable, says Pierce. I felt very much
at ease.
Pierce began using Backstage
this spring and he now checks it
multiple times each week. As a
result of that diligence, the work has
continued to come in. I keep getting called in to audition and getting
cast with great projects that will
really shine on my reel, he says.
Because Backstage can be
personalized for each actor, Pierce
has been able to easily seek out the
kinds of roles for which he is best
suited. I generally look for father
types, mid-40s to 60-year-old
roles, he says. Being a bald character actor, those suit me very well.
Knowing what he brings to the
table as a performer and playing to
his strengths? Thats what we call
a professional!

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actor 101
Find representation at backstage.com/callsheet

Lunch can be an
important tool
for actors.

[Secret Agent Man]

Your
Guide to
Lunch

unch is for
wimps.
Thats a line
from Wall
Street. Gordon Gekko says it
as a way of demonstrating his
strength, but every agent who
has seen that film recognizes the
line for what it really is: ignorant.
You see, lunch is an important
part of my day. It serves many
purposes. On the most basic
level, its a 90-minute break that
allows me to fuel my body and
energize my mind. Thats a biological need. Starving yourself
doesnt serve you.
Lunch is also time I can use
to catch up on my reading. And
no, Im not talking about some

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dopey novel about a boring


businessman who likes to tie
up his girlfriend. Im talking
about scripts. Its hard to make
time, but real agents try to read
every script they cover. (Thats
an absolute must during pilot
season.) Reading those scripts
allows us to spot opportunities
that arent always obvious in the
breakdown. And, quite frankly, I
like loading scripts on my iPad so
I can read them during lunch. It
sure beats taking them home. My
DVR would get jealous.
The third reason lunch is so
valuable is that agents use that
time to create and nurture professional relationships. In the
world of agenting, lunch is an
art form. Knowing who to break
bread with is a big part of the job.
Did an important client book
a series? Its time for some
sushi. Is there buzz around
town that one of my big earners
is thinking about jumping ship?
Sharing a meal is the perfect
way to mend the relationship. And what if Im trying to
sign an actor who already has

Now, here are the three rules


that govern all lunches:
1. Of the two people meeting
for lunch, the more important
person will keep the other waiting for at least 10 minutes.
2. The person who made the
invitation pays. There are no
exceptions. Any manager who
invites me to lunch and doesnt
pick up the bill will never share a
client with me.
3. Geographic distance determines locationunless youre the
weaker link. Then its on you to
drive halfway across town so we
can have lunch near my office.
And if were equals, our assistants will go back and forth for
an hour trying to find a spot that
is exactly halfway between us.
Lunch can also be an important tool for actors. Inviting your
agent to lunch after signing with
a new company is just about the
smartest thing you can do. Its an
hour of private time. Just dont
squander the opportunity by
talking about yourself. Instead,
try getting to know your agent on
a personal level and give him a
chance to do the same.
Lunch is for wimps? I think
not.

SPOTLIGHT ON
GENEVIEVE ANGELSON
By Eric Eidelstein
GENEVIEVE
ANGELSON chats
with Backstage about
landing the lead role
of Patti Robinson in
Amazons feminist
period comedy-drama
Good Girls Revolt,
dealing with rejection,
and playing against type.
On her leading turn as Patti.
Its a role I never get to play. I get to play
the one who is wild, messy, and says what
she wants. I was always going in for the
girlfriend or sidekick or the type A. This
time I get to have fun. I was really dying
to do that because thats really who I
amthats Genevieve.
On dealing with rejection.
This is really a profession of recovery.
Thats the secret. For me, I walk into
every situation thinking that its going to
be a rejection. Thats the reality of most
jobs. Its not about the job that you get,
its about how fast you can recover from
the ones you dont. My job is to audition.
Its not to get the part. If I go in, if I do
everything that I can do and my side of the
street is clean, I won.
On leveling artistic egos.
Everyone who is an actor has the same
fear: that there isnt going to be enough
for me. [That] theres not enough room,
theres not enough work. There is no
reason for ego because at the end of the
day, any one of us can be unemployed
tomorrow. Its the great leveler of all of our
artistic egos.

FOR THE FULL Q&A,


visit backstage.com.

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representation? Getting them


to grab a bite is the first step
toward cracking that vault.
I also like to have lunch
with my professional contacts,
especially the ones who work
in casting. If I can convince a
casting director to sit down with
me for an hour, I will talk about
anything and everything except
my clients. The trick is to connect
on a personal level. Then, when I
call to pitch, it will be harder for
her to say no because Im not just
another voice on the phone.

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Find answers to your industry questions at backstage.com/resources

theres also this element of the


stage. The show is in the round
and these actors are really moving
around. The singers are the music.
Experienced Broadwaygoers will
be particularly compelled when
they see how we approach this.

By Casey Mink

What advice do you have for people


who want to take their a capella to
the next level? If theyre already
singing in an a capella group,
theyre probably already a great
singer. But if you want to go to
Broadway, you have to act and you
have to dance. Youre probably
already a single threat, but you
have to get double and triple lined
up as well. Its not necessary to try
to become generic. Be yourself.
Let your own light shine, and then
when the right role comes along,
youll be ready for it.

Theres no great vocal harmony without interpersonal harmony.

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[Inside Job]

Deke Sharon

BROADWAYS IN TRANSIT VOCAL ARRANGER


BY MOLLY EICHEL
VOCAL ARRANGER DEKE SHARON IS PROBABLY THE MOST
prominent a capellist in the country. Hes worked on NBCs The Sing-Off,
the blockbuster Pitch Perfect movies, and Lifetimes Pitch Slapped.
But now Sharon is stepping into new terrain: vocal arranging on the first
entirely a cappella Broadway musical, In Transit, about the lives of four
college friends living in New York. Previews are set for Nov. 10 at the Circle
in the Square Theatre.
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Jake Hunter

Actor JAKE HUNTER has an agent,


but he still insists that checking
Backstage several times a week is
vital for all actors. I think [whether
or not] an actor has representation,
they should still self-submit, Hunter
says. Backstage is one of the best
if not the bestself-submission
websites, so I stay active.
Hunter practices what he
preaches. Through Backstage,
he booked a role in The Diary, a
project in which he portrays the
college-age boyfriend of a girl experiencing a breakdown. It was one of
the performers first auditions and
he was understandably nervous.
At the time [of the audition],
the bulk of my experience was on a
baseball field and not in a casting
room, says Hunter. After my
performance, I felt like I booked it.
A few days later, I got the call that
I did!
Sometimes it takes landing that
first job to open the floodgates for
more jobs, a lesson Hunter is now
learning firsthand. I generated
tremendous momentum after my
booking, thanks to Backstage,
he explains. I want to keep my
momentum going and since there
are always great projects posted on
the site, I keep using it!

Deke Sharon

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Do your actors have an a capella


background? There are some
people who do, but there are a lot
of people who dont. Obviously,
people have to have a strong
voice and great pitch. The Ethel
Mermans of the world wouldnt
hack it. You cant just have a strong
lead vocal, you also have to be the
horns in the background, or the
keyboard. But theres something
else thats so important: No divas.
In other productions, you can have
some actors who have attitude, but
in a cappella, theres so much give
and take. The team is essential.
The way everyone interacts has to
be open and has to exist without
ego. A capella is a bunch of dominos. Any one person out of tune
throws the chord off. Imagine the
Rockettes kicklineone person
out of sync sticks out like a sore
thumb. Thats what were doing,
not just with movements, but with
chords and harmonies.

#IGOTCAST.

Why do you think a capella has


come back into the public consciousness? Its the way were
using our voices that has come
back into vogue. But the bigger
thing is that music has become
detached from humanity. Voices
are overtuned. Artists are overpolished. A lot of what you hear is
programmed robotic synthesizers.
The heart has been stripped away.
We want music that makes us feel

something, and nothing is more


compelling than the human voice.
Whats different about this project?
Many things about a cappella
remain constant [for In Transit],
but certain things are amplified for
the Broadway stage. In The SingOff, you want to create drama,
but thats 90 seconds and this is
90 minutes. Each of the characters
has many different levels, but

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BETWEEN
SWEET
CHARITY
AND YOUNGER,
THERES NO
STOPPING
SUTTON FOSTERS
TALENT
BY JACK SMART

FOSTERING A C
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EVERY CHARACTER IVE PLAYED IS GOOFY,


BUT IT HAS TO HAVE SOME TYPE OF REALITY.
THE ABSURDITY CAN FLY FROM THAT, BUT IT HAS TO
BE GROUNDED IN SOMETHING REAL.
says Silverman, Fosters collaborator on
Violet and now Sweet Charity. The way
she abandons herself to a projectyou cant
quite believe what youre seeing, which is why
you cant take your eyes off of her. Theres so
much integrity and direct honesty in her performances. It feels fresh and new every time.
Thats why shes, in a way, irresistible.
And she could frankly coast at this point,
Silverman adds. She has plenty of things she
could be doing, and instead shes looking at the
next challenge.
Foster also boasts the kind of backstory
working actorsand especially understudies
consider legend. Born in Georgia and raised in
Michigan, she and her older brother, Hunter
Foster, sang in contests and danced in open
calls with their mothers encouragement.
Sometime after booking the role of Sandy in the
national tour of Grease and transferring to
Broadway, Foster appeared in a workshop for a
new musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, that
changed the course of her life forever.
At that point in my career I was desperate
to just get in rooms and work on new things,
she remembers. Jeanine Tesori, Richard Morris,
and Dick Scanlans endearing adaptation of the
classic Julie Andrews film fit the bill; although
she did not book the leading role, Foster

eventually dropped out of the Les Misrables


tour to join the ensemble and understudy Millie
in 2001. They had offered me ponine on
Broadway and I turned it down to do Millie.
My agents were like, What are you doing?! I
made a lot of head-scratching decisions when I
was starting out.
Then Erin Dilly, the La Jolla Playhouse productions Millie, got sick a week before tech
rehearsals. It was a really weird time and a
lot was a blur, says Foster. I lost 15 pounds
because I was freaking out. It was, as she
points out, the biggest roller coaster any actor
could possibly face. At the end of it, though, she
was headlining on Broadway and accepting her
first of two Tony Awards for leading actress in
a musical.
I just really loved the show and really
believed in the people involved, she says of
her decision to join Millie. Fosters sunny
dispositionand youthful naivet, shes quick
to addguided her in the right direction. I was
[wearing] rose-colored glasses. Theres a reason
Im on a show called Younger, because I still
think...in every aspect of my life, Im five or 10
years behind in my mind.
Although Foster starred in ABC Familys
ballet dramedy Bunheads in 2012 (and will
be appearing in the Nov. 25 Netflix miniseries
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C O U R T E SY T V L A N D

utton Foster and Charity Hope


Valentine do not at first seem a
match made in casting heaven.
The Sweet Charity character
seems too manic, too desperate for
attention to be played by such an
effortlessly charming, Tony-winning actor. But
then again, plenty of roles dont seem to suit
Fosteruntil shes on the New York stage nailing them.
Its interesting to play Charity now, when
Im 41, says the actor, on break from a daylong dance rehearsal where shes just jumped,
twirled, and high-kicked on repeat while barely
breaking a sweat. Shes still holding onto
this optimistic outlook and hasnt learned.
Charity keeps making the same mistakes, and
shes been this way for 40 years.... Shes the
tragic clown.
An Off-Broadway revival of Cy Coleman,
Dorothy Fields, and Neil Simons musical ode to
hapless lovers began performances Nov. 2 at the
New Group. Starring Foster and led by director
Leigh Silverman and choreographer Joshua
Bergasse, the production includes homages
to original 1966 helmer Bob Fosse alongside a
substantialeven starkly dramaticrethinking
of the shows themes. Charity the romantic
taxi dancer is a character made iconic by Gwen
Verdon on the Great White Way and Shirley
MacLaine on the big screen, a character that
has delighted countless audiences in the last
half century. But as Foster so brilliantly puts it,
This shits dark.
Charity, she explains, uses her sense of
humor to deflect, to hide. Its her way of dealing. Charity goes, Wakka wakka wakka here
Foster splays her hands and wiggles her arms
aboutto say, Let me distract with a joke or
sex or something, anything, so that you dont
have to look at me. But you can see all this:
Arent I charming and arent I cute and hilarious and amazing?
I know what that is...I can relate to that,
confesses Foster. She pauses for a moment and
grins. So! What other deep, dark secrets can I
tell you?
Her reading of Charity as a tragic figure is
the latest example of Fosters greatest asset:
the ability to portray characters in ways that
feel both radical and right. Few other actors
can claim such a varied rsum; in addition
to starring in TV Lands Younger, her
Broadway outings in the last decade include a
cheeky stage diva (The Drowsy Chaperone),
a yodeling frulein (Young Frankenstein),
an ogre princess (Shrek The Musical), the
brazen Reno Sweeney (Anything Goes), and
an introvert both physically and emotionally
scarred (Violet).
She works on such a deep, cellular level,

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AGE IS JUST
A NUMBER
How did an actor out in Troy, Michigan, know
to audition for a national tour of Grease? My
mom saw the audition in Backstage, says Foster
with a smile. It was my go-to when I was starting
out, when I was growing up pre-internet.
Foster was able to keep up with industry news by
reading Backstage when it arrived in the mail. That
was our connection to what was going on in New York,
especially with auditions and stuff. She continued to
check Backstage after getting representationgoing
behind her agents backs to audition for the open
call of Les Mis on Broadway. Now its different,
because the internet has brought so much access
to people. I mean, if I had grown up with the
internet and YouTube, oh my God. Who knows?
Being on three seasons of a show called
Younger (and doing relentless press for it)
means Foster has no problem admitting how long
ago this was. Im not a spring chicken, she says
bluntly. But Ive still got spring in my step!

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life), its Darren


Stars intergenerational comedy that has
turned her into a true crossover artist. As
Liza, a divorce in her 40s masquerading as a
publishing assistant in her 20s, Foster uses her
considerable comic timing to steer the wackiest
of storylines.
Every character Ive played is goofy, but
it has to have some type of reality, she says.
The absurdity can fly from that, but it has to
be grounded in something real. With Liza, I was
like, Why is she doing this? I needed something
I could constantly go back to: Oh, shes doing
it for her daughter. All of her characters, in
fact, are given that same scrutiny. Who is
this woman and what do I have in common
with her? What can I use? I dont want it to
be too far-fetched from what I knowthat
makes it harder.
The puzzle of who a character is and what
her behavior means ultimately unlocks every
aspect of performance, adds Foster. My No. 1
piece of advice, especially for someone whos
an actor-singer-dancera triple threat, theyre
called!people say, Whats the most important? I always say acting. Without knowing
why youre singing or what youre singing
about, its just noise. And without knowing
why youre moving your body, its just flailing of arms.
Fosters other top advice: Ask and ye shall
receive. A key moment in her meteoric journey
with Millie was her response to learning
she hadnt booked the titular role. My agent
said, You didnt get it. And I said, Well, do
they need an understudy? And he checked.
Had Foster not taken her destiny into her own
hands, not fought for a part she adored, where
would she be now?
I dont know! she exclaims. I asked. Isnt
that crazy? I asked. I always trusted my gut and
moved toward the new thing.
And she continues to operate that way.
Especially now, when shes conquered such a
smorgasbord of characters, Foster is still asking
the questions that will push her craft to the
next level: Whats the left turn? Whats the
scary thing? Everything Ive done onstage in
the last five years, Ive looked at it and gone,
eek!she grimaces in mock fearIve come
close to quitting because Im terrified.
Thats when I know, OK, this is the thing Im
supposed to do. Because there will be growth
and there will be challenges and yes, it will be
hard. But in the end it will make me better and
stronger, and thats the goal.
How is it possible for Foster to be better and
stronger than she already is? Just waitno
doubt shell surprise us yet again.
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O S C A R W AT C H

The Dark Horses


Shining the spotlight on 9 of this awards seasons underappreciated performances
By Backstage Staff

COLIN FARRELL
THE LOBSTER

Its been over 30 years since her iconic You


like me, you really like me! Oscar speech,
and, well, we still do! Field gives a startling
turn in director Michael Showalters Hello,
My Name Is Doris, a lovable indie full of
quirk and heart. Starring as the titular Doris,
she plays into the roles central eccentricities
and faultshoarding and catfishing among
themwhile imbuing her with an endearing
likability that we (and her co-stars) cant help
but warm to. Scenes with Doris co-worker
and the man of her fantasies, John (played
by the devilishly charming Max Greenfield),
resonate in particular with poignancy and

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Tim Meadows
humor. We learn her backstory and ultimately
see how lost and lonely this woman is as she
retains bright eyes and an optimists charm.
Benjamin Lindsay

RALPH FIENNES
A BIGGER SPLASH
Characters like Harry Hawkes take delight in
how easy it is to lose control. But for the actors
who play them, its often more of a challenge.
As an unhinged rock n roll producer caught
in a love triangle with his former flame and
her current partner, Fiennes carries himself
brilliantly in this psychologically arduous
film. Never veering into absurdity, the twotime Oscar nominee plays to the subtext
beneath Harrys carefree veneer, serving
up dark humor while revealing dashes of
manipulation. Fiennes has built his career
around brooding characters, only recently
showcasing his comedic chops in The Grand
Budapest Hotel. It was his levity as hotel

Foster knows how to play unhinged. Since early


career highlights like Six Feet Under and
The Messenger, hes masterfully played a
man on the verge. In Hell or High Water, hes
all but taken the plunge into madness as Tanner
Howard, felon brother to Chris Pines Toby.
While the siblings string of robberies begins in
desperation to keep their familys ranch, cash
and innocent lives start piling up at Tanners
hands and he seems to truly relish it, even with
Jeff Bridges Sheriff Marcus Hamilton right on
their tail. But beneath the crazed veneer, its
his love for his little brother that motivates his
every move and, for better or worse, leads him
to the ultimate sacrifice. Foster plays Tanner as
a criminal with a heart. BL

JOHN GOODMAN
10 CLOVERFIELD LANE
Theres no denying Goodman has the makings
of a great actor, but its rare that he gets the
kind of work to truly show us what hes got.
Thankfully, 10 Cloverfield Lane, from
director Dan Trachtenberg, is such a film.
Playing the modern-day male equivalent
of Annie Wilkes, he stars alongside Mary
Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher Jr.
as a sociopathic survivalist who sequesters
himself and his company in his apocalypseproof bunker. But the lines between savior and
captor begin to blur as the mystery of what
dangersif anyhave overtaken the outside
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SALLY FIELD
HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS

BEN FOSTER
HELL OR HIGH WATER

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Few films in 2016 were as delightfully odd as


Yorgos Lanthimos bleak ensemble comedy
The Lobster, starring Farrell, Rachel
Weisz, Olivia Colman, John C. Reilly, and
Ben Whishaw. As a single drifter in a world
where uncoupled individuals must check
into a strange hotel to find a mate (and are
threatened with being turned into an animal
of their choosing should they fail) Farrell is
as riotous in his deadpan deliveries as his
character, David, is morose. The logic behind
Davids choice to become a lobster is revealed
in the script, but steered by Lanthimos on set,
its the actor who finds the meaning behind
the words and dives into the psyche of both
his character and the surroundings dictating
his behavior. Farrell wanders between an
uncomfortable semblance of placidity in the
first leg of the film to suppressed anger after a
horrible act of violence and again to a sense of
quiet arousal after meeting the Short Sighted
Woman (Weisz); after escaping the hotel to
be with the other loners in the woods, he
reveals an aching tenderness. The multifaceted
David is a testament not only to his writer but
to Farrells perfectly crafted performance.
Briana Rodriguez

concierge Gustave H. that convinced director


Luca Guadagnino hed be right for this part.
In one scene, Harry recalls his days working
with some of the biggest names in the music
business and puts on a record, setting the
scene for an epic dance sequence. Fiennes
appears freewatching him, one would never
know he prepared for three months with a
choreographer to film the scene. A Bigger
Splash proves both he and the filmmaking are
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John Goodman, Sally Field, Kate McKinnon, Colin Farrell, and Julianne Moore
world begins to wear away. Goodman is in one
beat heartbreaking and the next horrifying as
a father who has lost his daughter and wants to
keep Winsteads character safe, no matter the
costs. BL

GUGU MBATHA-RAW
MISS SLOANE
If you dont know Mbatha-Raws work, its only
a matter of time. As Esme Manucharian, the
whip-smart lobbyist and face of gun control
legislation in John Madden and Jonathan
Pereras political thriller, the Belle and
Beyond the Lights actor proves again shes
a rising star to keep an eye on. When ruthless
Washington, D.C., lobbyist Elizabeth Sloane
(Jessica Chastain, who shares magnetic
chemistry with her co-star) uses Esmes painful
past as leverage, Mbatha-Raw condenses
indescribable outrage and grief into one gut
punch of a moment. But running under her
later iciness theres an undercurrent of warm
humanity, the actors greatest and most
effortless quality. After a sensational turn
in Black Mirror, and with Beauty and the
Beast and A Wrinkle in Time on the horizon,
Mbatha-Raw is poised to use that quality to
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KATE MCKINNON
GHOSTBUSTERS
Voters for major acting awards may never
hold comedy as near to their hearts as they do
drama, but if anyone could charm a nomination
out of them, it would be McKinnons
Jillian Holtzmann. The engineering expert
tasked with inventing weapons to fight the
paranormal has more than a few screws
loose, but her unpredictability somehow
turns her into the most endearing member
of the ghostbusting team. As portrayed by
SNL Emmy winner McKinnon and her
wiggly eyebrows, this mad scientist views
almost everyone and everything around
her as an intellectual (and possibly sexual)
challenge. JS

TIM MEADOWS
POPSTAR: NEVER STOP
NEVER STOPPING
Popstar doesnt exactly rank as typical
Oscar bait. The deeply silly send-up of modern
music celebrities features a cacophony of A-list

cameos, absurdist tangents, and dick jokes.


But throughout all the comedic insanity theres
Harry Duggins, Meadows retired musician (a
former member of Tony! Toni! Ton! Tonee?)
and manager to Andy Sambergs spoiled hiphop star. The performance, which showcases
a legitimate emotional arc and plenty of
Meadows hilarious reaction shots, isnt just
cheap electronic music. Its a symphony. JS

JULIANNE MOORE
MAGGIES PLAN
Moores performance in Rebecca Millers
quirky dramedy Maggies Plan would be
staggering even if we didnt know her as one of
Americas greatest actors. In playing Georgette,
a Danish academic, she alternates between a
kind of intellectual eccentricity and deadpan
intimidation so chilling it makes you shiver.
Her impeccable accent work is here used as
a comedic weapon and belongs in the hall
of fame of acting dialects. She deserves yet
another Oscar nod for Georgettes confession
of love to her ex-husband (Ethan Hawke) in
the woodsfollowed by her hilariously tearful
delivery of Are we going to die out here?
JS
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O S C A R W AT C H

Rachel Weisz in The Light Between Oceans, Denial, The Lobster, and Complete Unknown

This year saw a bevy of great performances, but some actors delivered more than others.
Here are 6 actors who didnt seem to stop in 2016!
By Backstage Staff

MAHERSHALA ALI

FELICITY JONES

As his Cornell Cottonmouth Stokes would say


in Netflixs Luke Cage, Everybody wants to
be the king. After Alis incredible year, were
convinced he owns the throne. You cant help
but sit a little straighter when Alis onscreen
in his Emmy-nominated House of Cards
role or features like Free State of Jones and
the upcoming Hidden Figures. But its in
Moonlight that he took our breath away.
He stars in Part 1 as Juan, a high-ranking drug
dealer in inner-city Miami. In this case, he takes
the expectations of his hardened exterior and
flips them, revealing a sensitive, loving man and
eventual father figure to the central protagonist,
Chiron. His final scene at his kitchen table is
simply jaw-dropping. Benjamin Lindsay

Jones took her Oscar nomination for The


Theory of Everything and began booking
much-deserved work in a variety of projects
on the big screen. Slowly but surely shes
proving herself a master of genre versatility,
whether its bold and gritty space-opera franchises (Jones takes the lead in the upcoming
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) or touching
fantasy-dramas (her performance as a dying
mother in A Monster Calls will do a number
on your heartstrings). Throw in her work in two
thrillersCollide, with Nicholas Hoult, and
Inferno opposite Tom Hanksand youve got
yourself a contender for performer of the year.
Jack Smart

BILLY CRUDUP

Shannon has been featured in or starred


in a grand total of 10 films this yearand
thats not even mentioning the five films
he has in post- and preproduction, the one
hes currently filming with Guillermo del
Toro, and the Broadway performance in the
lengthy Long Days Journey Into Night
that earned him a Tony nomination. The
actor is a bona fide dynamo if weve ever seen
one, and when examining the commitment
he brings to each rolefrom a jaded
Southern sheriff in Nocturnal Animals to a
romantically possessive chef in the late-year
release Frank & Lola and a taciturn reporter
in Lovingthe man is a machine we love
to watch. BR

Crudup can ground even the most erratic of


characters. After his turns in last years The
Stanford Prison Experiment as a morally
questionable scientist and the Oscar-winning
Spotlight, Crudup was poised for success
in 2016. His role as an inquisitive reporter in
the Oscar-contending Jackie imbued what
couldve been a boilerplate role with believable
acumen. But its his achingly aimless William
in 20th Century Women that best showcases
Crudups skill at remaining funny, vulnerable,
and wise all at the same time. If his scenes
opposite Century co-stars Greta Gerwig
and Annette Bening are to serve as our litmus
test, we cant wait to see more from this actor.
Briana Rodriguez

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MICHAEL SHANNON

RACHEL WEISZ

Weve always known Weisz was one hell of an


actorshe has an Oscar, after all!but this year
we were particularly spoiled with a handful of
award-worthy performances from the British
talent. After slowing her output between
20122015, we didnt quite know how much
we missed Weisz until last years Youth;
the months since have seen The Lobster,
Complete Unknown, Denial, and The
Light Between Oceans. Its particularly in that
final supporting turn alongside contemporary
greats Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender
that shes truly astounding as Hannah, whose
husband and infant daughter were lost at sea.
Her precise emotional navigation as first a
woman mourning, then a mother set on bringing her daughter home, ranks among the most
riveting acts this year.BL

MICHELLE WILLIAMS

Some actors faces are designed for the closeup. Williams, with her petite features and
unassuming air, can take you by surprise
within a cameras frame (and on a stageshe
earned a Tony nomination for Blackbird this
year). Look at the way she grimaces in Kelly
Reichardts Certain Women, a cloud of the
quietest rage suddenly visible in her eyes, or
the bravery with which she tackles raw grief
in her powerhouse of a final scene in Kenneth
Lonergans Manchester By the Sea. If shes
shortlisted at this years Oscars, it would mean
a whopping four nominations. Isnt it about
time for a win? JS
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Amazing New Product!

Casting Amazing New Product!


Company: Creative Arts Lab. Staff:
Peter Husovsky and Chad Taylor, writers; Peter Husovsky, dir.
Rehearsals begin Nov. 22, 2016; runs
Dec. 20 (7 p.m.) and Dec. 21-22 (8 p.m.)
at at Studio Theatre at Theatre Row,
NYC.
SeekingEquity Comedic Performers:
males & females, 25-50, all ethnicities.
Equity Principal Auditions will be held
Nov. 16 from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (lunch,
1-2 p.m.) and Nov. 17 from 9:30 a.m.5:30 p.m. (lunch, 1-2 p.m.) at Actors
Equity Association NYC Audition
Center, 165 W. 46th St., 16th Fl., NYC,
10036. EPA Procedures are in effect for
this audition. An Equity Monitor will be
provided.
Prepare a very brief contemporary
(or classical) comedic monologue and
a very brief dramatic monologue totaling no more than two minutes.
Bring picture/resume stapled
together.
Equitys contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity encourages performers
of all ethnicities, gender identities, and
ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition.
Equity Seasonal NY Showcase Code;
stipend approval pending.

Blair

Casting Blair, an Equity Showcase


for the Venus/Adonis festival.
Company: Blair Company. Staff:
Gayther Myers, prod.
Rehearsals begin mid-November; runs
for three performances in NYC.
SeekingCora: female, 60+, African
American, an elderly woman, optimistic, daring, having had limited opportunities; the play takes place in 30s.
Seeking submissions from NY.
Send submissions to lefordie@gmail.
com.

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SUBMIT YOUR CALLS FOR CAST AND CREW: Visit backstage.com/findtalent and click on Post a Notice.
Include all relevant project requirements, including any pay, fees, dues, costs, required ticket sales or nudity.
Pays basic expenses ($500 for rehearsals, $500 for (three) performances.)
Equity Showcase.

Blood Knot

Casting Blood Knot by Athol Fugard.


Company: Mosaic Theater Company of
DC. Staff: Joy Zinoman, dir.; Alan
Filderman, casting dir.
Rehearsals Feb. 27, 2017; runs Mar.
29-Apr. 30 in Washington, D.C.
SeekingZachariah: male, 30-49,
African American, African Descent.
Auditions will be held by appt. Nov. 7
in New York City, NY.
For consideration, email picture and
resume to Ortfil4159@aol.com with
Blood Knot/NYC Appointment
Submission in the subject line.
Submissions deadline is Nov. 4.
Equitys contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity encourages performers
of all ethnicities, gender identities, and
ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to submit.
Pays $700/wk. plus housing and transportation. Equity SPT Level 7 Contract.

Cloud 9

Casting Cloud 9.
Company: Hartford Stage Company
Inc. Staff: Darko Tresnjak, artistic dir.;
Elizabeth Williamson, dir.-assoc. artistic dir.; Jack Bowdan (Binder Casting),
casting.
Rehearsals begin Jan. 24, 2017; runs
Mar. 3-19 in Hartford, CT.
SeekingClive/Martin: male, 30-49,
Caucasian. Betty/Edward: male, 20-39,
Caucasian. Joshua/Cathy: male, 20-39,
Caucasian. Harry Bagley/Gerry: male,
30-49, all ethnicities. Edward/Betty:
female, 50-59, Caucasian. Maud/
Victoria: female, 20-39, Caucasian.
Ellen/Mrs. Saunders/Lin: female,
20-39, all ethnicities.
Seeking submissions from CT.
NYC auditions will be held early-mid
November by appointment only.
For consideration, email picture and
resume to cloud9submissions@gmail.
com with your union affiliation and
role you are submitting for in the subject line. Note: AEA members must
submit themselves directly in order to
be considered via this posting (no
agent or third-party submissions).
Equitys contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity encourages performers
of all ethnicities, gender identities,
and ages, as well as performers with
disabilities, to submit. Casting Note:
Act 1 is set in British Colonial Africa.

CASTING PICKS
OF THE WEEK
BY M I C H A E L C O U G H L I N
musicals
Sunset Boulevard, Bway
Get ready for your close-up
with one look in the ensemble
where everythings as if you
never said goodbye
film
Shock and Awe
Tommy Lee Jones, Woody
Harrelson, Jessica Biel, and Milla
Jovovich star in the Rob Reiner
feature shooting in New Orleans
tv
The Exorcist
What an excellent day for an
exorcism in Chicago for the Fox
TV series starring Geena Davis
stage
Macbeth
Shakespeare Theatre Company
will be casting that Scottish
play to run in spring 2017
chorus
Musical Theatre West, Dancers
The SoCal season includes Evita,
Carousel, and Mary Poppins

Act 2 is set in London in the late


1970s. Although Act 2 is set 100 years
later, only 25 years have passed for the
characters. All roles require humor,
depth, and a great sense of playfulness. Singing a plus. All roles are
British, except for Joshua. In certain
cases, men will be playing female
characters and women will be playing
male characters.
Pays $861/wk. plus housing and transportation. Equity LORT Non-Rep B
Contract.

Evening at the Talk House

Seeking Equity actors for eight available roles in Evening at the Talk
House. Synopsis: To celebrate the 10th
anniversary of the opening of a flop
play, the playwright joins the old gang
to reminisce at their former haunt, The
Talk House. Most havent been there, or
even seen each other, in years, and the
gossip and nostalgia are mixed with
questions and accusations. Why does a
washed-up old actor keep getting
beaten up by his friends? Where does a
failed actress-turned-waitress disappear to for months at a time? Wallace
Shawns Evening at the Talk House is
a biting, yet affectionate skewering of
artists grasping to find their place in a
world in which art has no currency and
terror has become an accepted part of
life.
Company: The New Group. Staff:
Wallace Shawn, writer; Scott Elliott,
dir.
Rehearsals begin Jan. 2, 2017; previews
begin Jan. 31; opens Feb. 16; closes Mar.
19 in NYC.
SeekingRobert: 50-77, all ethnicities.
Nellie: 60-89, all ethnicities. Jane:
30-39, all ethnicities. Ted: 50-69, all
ethnicities. Bill: 50-69, all ethnicities.
Bill: 50-69, all ethnicities. Tom: 50-69,
all ethnicities. Dick: 60-69, all
ethnicities.
Equity Principal Auditions will be held
Nov. 14 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (lunch, 2:303:30 p.m.) at Theatre Row Studios, 411
W. 41st St., Studio 2 & Studio 3, NYC,
10036. EPA Procedures are in effect for
this audition. An Equity Monitor will be
provided.
Prepare a contemporary monologue.
Bring pix & resumes, stapled together.
Contract and salary pending. Equity
ANTC Contract.

Macbeth

Casting the roles of Macbeth, Lady


Macbeth, Lady Macduff, and Macduff
in Macbeth. Note: With the exception
of the Witches, all roles in this production will be cast as people of color. They
represent the people of a formerly colonized state. It could be an African
nation, an island in the West Indies, a
state in the Middle East, or a country in
South America. The inhabitants are not
necessarily just the indigenous people
of the land but also citizens who may
have originally been brought into the
country as slaves or bondsmen.
Company: Shakespeare Theatre
Company. Staff: Michael Kahn, artistic
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NEW YORK TRISTATE casting

Mother of Invention

Casting Mother of Invention, a


play.
Company: Abingdon Theatre
Company. Staff: James Lecesne,
playwright; Tony Speciale, artistic
dir.-dir; Karie Koppel, casting dir.
Rehearsals begin Jan. 3, 2017; previews begin Jan. 28; runs Feb. 9-26
in NYC.
SeekingDottie: female, 65-75, all
ethnicities. Leanne: female, 47-53,
all ethnicities. David: male, 50-59,
all ethnicities. Frankie Rey: male,
35-45, all ethnicities. Jane/Judy:
female, 65-75, all ethnicities.
Ryder: female, 12-14, all ethnicities.
Equity Principal Auditions will be
held Nov. 11 from 9:30 a.m.-5:30
p.m. (lunch 1-2 p.m.) at Dorothy
Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th St., 1st
fl., NYC, 10018. EPA procedures are
in effect for this audition. An
Equity monitor will be provided.
Actors will read from sides, provided at the auditions. Bring pix &
resume, stapled together.
Salary pending. Equity LOA NYC
Contract (pending).

The Tongue That Tells Me


So

Seeking one actor for the role of


Simone in this new full-length twoperson play The Tongue That Tells
Me So. Synopsis: At a young age,
ambitious Anne is willing to pay
any price to get ahead. Her mysterious mentor Simone is there to help.
Once Anne becomes a mother and a
successful physician, Anne must go
to greater lengths to hold onto what
she has. The Tongue That Tells Me
So examines the ethics of protective parenting, modern medicine,
and virtue tested.
Staff: Maureen Payne-Hahner,
dir.; Mariah Sage & Bruce Seymour,
playwrights; Dawn Landino, prod.
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Rehearses Mar. 27-Apr. 8 in New


Haven, CT. Test Flight productions Apr. 10-15 at Cleveland Public
Theatre in Cleveland, OH.
SeekingSimone: female, 50-60,
all ethnicities, the mentor and
sometimes mother figure to Anne;
wise, confident, powerful, high status, persuasive; at times she is
warm and at others she is demanding in her dealings with Anne.
Seeking submissions from NY.
For consideration, email submissions to thetonguethattellsmeso@
gmail.com with The Tongue That
Tells Me So [Simone]/NYC
Appointment Submission in the
subject line. Deadline for receipt of
submissions is Nov. 9.
Pays: $240/wk. Equity Special
Appearance contract and salary
pending.

PLAYS

dir.; William Shakespeare, writer;


Liesl Tommy, dir.; Laura Stanczyk
Casting, casting.
Rehearsals begin Mar. 14, 2017;
previews begin Apr. 25; runs May
1-28; possible extension in
Washington, D.C.
SeekingMacbeth: 40-64, all ethnicities. Lady Macbeth: 30-49, all
ethnicities. Lady Macduff: 30-44,
all ethnicities. Macduff: 40-49, all
ethnicities.
Seeking submissions from NY.
For consideration, email or mail
picture and resume to interns@
lscasting.org or Laura Stanczyk
Casting, 1674 Broadway, Suite 703,
Attn: Macbeth, New York, NY
10019. Mark submission: Macbeth/
NYC Appts/AEA Submissions.
Include which role you are submitting for from this posting. NYC
auditions week of Nov. 14 by
appointment only. Seeking submissions from Equity members. Equity
members must submit themselves
directly in order to be considered
via this posting (no agent or thirdparty submissions).
Pays: $936 Equity LORT B+ NonRep Contract.

MFA PROGRAM IN
THEATRE

Tranquil

ACTING

Seeking Equity actors for various


roles in Tranquil, a world premiere. Synopsis: Paralyzed in the
car accident that claimed her mothers life, 17-year-old Ellen is determined to experience all her teenage
years have to offer. But when the
past comes knocking on the door-in the form of Ellens brother--her
small familys delicate balance is
upended. In a home awash with
anger, guilt, and Ellens raging hormones, Tranquil is a raw exploration of one shattered family
striving to be whole again.
Company: Luna Stage Company.
Staff: Andrew Rosendorf, writer;
Cheryl Katz, dir.
Rehearsals begin Mar. 21, 2017 (26
hour/wk. rehearsal process); runs
Apr. 13-May 13 (Thurs.-Sun.) in West
Orange, NJ.
SeekingEllen: 17, all ethnicities.
Aaron: 21, all ethnicities. Rick:
50-59, all ethnicities. Paul: 19, all
ethnicities.
Equity Principal Auditions will be
held Nov. 17 from 9:30 a.m.-5:30
p.m. (lunch 1-2 p.m.) at Actors
Equity New York Audition Center,
165 W. 46th St., 16th Fl., NYC,
10036. EPA Procedures are in effect
for this audition. An Equity Monitor
will be provided.
Prepare a short contemporary
monologue. Bring pix & resumes,
stapled together. For more info,
visit www.lunastage.org.
Pays: $277/wk. Equity SPT Tier 2
Contract.

DIRECTING
DRAMATURGY
PLAYWRITING
STAGE MANAGEMENT
THEATRE MANAGEMENT
& PRODUCING
Offering joint JD/MFA with Columbia Law
School.
Actors Equity membership eligibility for all
third-year Acting students and two Stage Management students per year.

Twelfth Night

Financial aid is available.

Casting Shakespeares Twelfth


Night.
Company: New York Shakespeare
Festival. Staff: Saheem Ali, dir.;
Jordan Thaler/Heidi Griffiths, casting; Kate Murray and Toula
Scordilis, NYSF Casting Office.
Rehearsals begin Mar. 3, 2017;
tours Mar. 30-Apr. 22; runs Apr.
24-May 14 at the Public Theater in
New York, NY.
SeekingViola/As Cast: female,
20-29, all ethnicities. Sebastian/
Curio/Officer/As Cast: male, 20-29,
all ethnicities. Orsino/Sir Andrew/
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The online application for fall


2017 admission is now live.
Visit arts.columbia.edu/backstage for
more information.

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casting NEW YORK TRISTATE

PLAYS
MUSICALS

As Cast: male, 20-39, all ethnicities.


Olivia/As Cast: female, 20-39, all ethnicities. Malvolio/As Cast: male, 30-39,
all ethnicities. Sir Toby/As Cast: male,
30-49, all ethnicities. Feste/As Cast:
18-29, all ethnicities. Maria/Priest/As
Cast: female, 30-39, all ethnicities.
Equity Principal Auditions will be held
Nov. 14 from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (lunch,
1-2 p.m.) at Actors Equity New York
Audition Center, 165 W 46th St., 16th fl.,
New York City, NY, 10036. EPA
Procedures are in effect for this audition.
An Equity Monitor will be provided.
Prepare one short (no more than two
minutes in length) Shakespeare monologue. Bring picture and resume.
Seeking a diverse group of collaborative, language-oriented actors, who
enjoy working in a physical style. All
actors will play multiple characters.
Especially interested in actors who are
comfortable singing a cappella and/or
harmonizing in a group. In this classic
tale, given a South Beach spin, Viola, a
Cuban refugee, washes up, not on the
shores of Illyria, but rather the sunsoaked beaches of Miami in the 1990s.
She disguises herself as a man, and
finds employment under Duke Orsino.
A complicated love triangle ensues, as
identities are confused, acceptance is
sought, and lost siblings are reunited.
Equity Off Broadway Special
Agreement (Equivalent to OffBroadway A), contract/salary pending.

Were Gonna Be Okay

Casting Were Gonna Be Okay a new


play by Basil Kreimendahl. Synopsis:
Two average American families build a
slapdash bomb shelter during the
Cuban Missile Crisis. But making room
for everythinglike baseball, table
manners, and macram is harder than
it seems. A slyly hilarious, compassionate look at anxiety in America.
Company: Actors Theatre of
Louisville. Staff: Lisa Peterson, dir.; Les
Waters, artistic dir.; Calleri Casting,
casting.
Rehearsals begin Feb. 8, 2017; tech
runs Mar. 3-9; runs Mar. 9-Apr. 9 in
Louisville, KY.
SeekingMag: male, 30-49, all ethnicities. Sul: male, 30-49, all ethnicities.
Deanna: female, 18+, all ethnicities.
Leena: female, 30-49, all ethnicities.
Efran: male, 30-49, all ethnicities. Jake:
male, 18+, all ethnicities.
Auditions will be held by appt. Nov. 15,
Nov. 16 and Nov. 18 in NYC.
For consideration, mail picture and
resume to Calleri Casting/ATTN: WGBO,
39 West 14th St., Ste. 504, New York, NY
10011. Submissions deadline is Nov. 10.
Note: AEA members must submit themselves directly in order to be considered
via this posting (no agent or third-party
submissions).
Actors would be asked to attend a paid
workshop of the production in NYC
planned for a four-day span in January
2017.
Pays: $865/wk. Equity LORT B NonRep Contract.

VISIT BACKSTAGE.COM/CASTING
for full character breakdowns, script
sides, and more casting notices

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AUDITION
HIGHLIGHT S

N E W YO R K T R IS TAT E
Fri. Nov. 4
Six Degrees... Bway (also 11/8)
Bandstand
[Blank] My Life
The Babies
Sister Act
Sunset Boulevard, Bway, Dancers
Roman Holiday (also 11/5)
12 fl oz to Freedom

Sat. Nov. 5
School of Rock the Musical, Bway
Touch & Go Horror (also 9/16)

Sun. Nov. 6
Pawns in This Game

Mon. Nov. 7
Sleep No More, NYC (also 11/8)
Viking Ocean Cruises (also 11/8)
Bristol Riverside Theatre Season
Summer and Smoke (also 11/8)

Weds. Nov. 9
The Boy Who Danced On Air
War Paint, Bway, Singers
For the full auditions calendar,
visit backstage.com/auditions

MUSICALS
Bandstand

Casting Equity Equity singers and


singer/musicians for Bandstand.
Synopsis: Set in 1945, it tells the story of
a mismatched swing band of military
veterans who join together to compete
in a national radio contest in New York
City with a prize that will guarantee
instant stardom to the winners. But
with complicated relationships, the
demands of the competition and the
challenging after-effects of the War
that each vet band member carries,
going all the way for a win in the contest seems like a dream that may break
them more than give them their big
break. The score is strongly influenced
by authentic 1940s swing music, much
of which is played onstage by the characters who make up the band. The show
races towards a live on air finale that
has an emotionally charged and surprise twist ending that requires every
ounce of talent, stamina and raw nerve
that these musicians possess.
Company: Bandstand NYC LLC. Staff:
Andy Blankenbuehler, dir.-choreo.;
Richard Oberacker, music; Robert
Taylor and Richard Oberacker, booklyrics; Greg Anthony Rassen and Mary-

Mitchell Campbell, music supervisors;


Tara Rubin Casting/Lindsay Levine,
casting; Tom Smedes, Gabrielle Palitz,
Terry Schnuck, Tom Kirdahy, and
Roger Horchow, prods.
Rehearses February 2017; runs
through April 26, 2017 in NYC.
SeekingDonny Novitski Understudy:
male, 20-29, all ethnicities, Polish/
Italian American; he is handsome but
in an unusual, melting pot way; he is a
gifted musician, both as a pianist and
vocalist; he has a confidence in his talent that can sometimes appear arrogant
but he always has the goods to back it
up; he also carries an energy of unrest,
of frustration in knowing how much he
has to offer musically without the recognition and rewards afforded others;
this can sometimes result in speaking
impulsively; however, there must be in
him an inherent likeability that compensates for these flaws; and when he
is at his piano in front of an audience,
he is a true star; also carries the enormous emotional burden of his war
experiences; must also play piano;
strong high baritone with crooner
colors in moments, low Bb (lightly) to
strong high G (with optional high Bb).
Julia Troy Understudy: female, 20-29,
all ethnicities, very intelligent, probably bookish, with a nurturing sensibility; can seem as if she isnt particularly
concerned with being pretty but when
she is in front of an audience, she does
in fact care a great deal; she has put her
life on hold to grieve and to be a companion to her mother; the Julia that has
star quality, that can make herself look
quite attractive, has been in hiding for a
long time; she has incredible vulnerability that she hides very well; but in
those moments she can retain her sly
sense of humor; she can give herself
over to her music in such an organic,
unstudied and we should be reminded
of Judy Garland in Julias mix of vulnerability and strength; she has an
extraordinary singing voice (Warm
alto, low F# to belt D, Legit to G.). Mrs.
June Adams: female, 50-59, all ethnicities, Julias mother; a woman who
likely has let age and disillusionment
get the best of her figure; she has a natural and easy comedic sense about her
but it is tied very closely to the disappointments in her life; a realist by
nature, with an atheistic bent; but she
does try very hard to appear upbeat and
winning when around others who
arent her close family; she is extremely
proud of her daughter and thankful for
her daughters loyalty, but she is also
very intuitive about Julias needs and
can be very pointed and wise when
necessary; low character alto, low Ab to
middle G. Jimmy Campbell: male,
20-29, all ethnicities, very handsome
and can be cautious and very quick to
suspect people of dealing unfairly with
him and those he cares about; but he is
extremely loyal once he comes to trust
someone and feel they trust him; he is
someone that appears to be an underdog in terms of his physicality but can
be the strongest person in the room
emotionally; harbors a secret attraction
to Donny; he has a lawyers mind, analytical and calculating; must also play
the saxaphone; this role is on offer;

seeking Understudy. Davy Zlatic: male,


25-35, all ethnicities, is an archetypical
Falstaff; he is big in body and spirit; he
can be boisterous and at times vulgar in
his humor; he drinks almost constantly
and while his drinking lends a cheerful
veneer to his personality, it covers a
very dark center; he knows that he can
use his humor and good-time bonhomie to keep him from falling into
despair; and given his size and physical
power, it should be apparent that if he
were to become angered, he could do a
lot of harm; must also play bass; this
role is on offer; seeking Understudy.
Nick Radel: male, 25-35, all ethnicities,
is a man who seems constantly irritated
with the world and those that inhabit it;
whether this comes from his physical
attributes or his experiences as a prisoner of war in Germany isnt entirely
clear; fortunately this constant irritation manifests itself in humorous if
blistering verbal outbursts; Nick must
have the sharpest, most cynical sense
of humor and be able to get a laugh by
the slightest impatient roll of the eyes;
and because his talent on the trumpet
is so extraordinary, he can channel that
fierceness and sharpness into his playing; must also play trumpet; this role is
on offer; seeking Understudy. Wayne
Wright: 25-35, all ethnicities, is a
Marine with a capital M; he is disciplined and precise, often impatient and
completely convinced that this is the
result of his training and service. The
opportunities for any number of odd
habits that deal with cleanliness, discipline and order to appear are endless;
he is a man that has an enormous
capacity to bond, to be loyal and to love
but he tries his best to disguise that;
and because those expressions of bonding, care and brotherhood go unspoken, they are not evident in his text and
must be something that we see and
sense in his being; must also play trombone; this role is on offer; seeking
Understudy. Johnny Simpson: male,
25-35, all ethnicities, is a very simple
man; hes not stupid or a comic idiot
foil, but there might have been some
knocks to the head in his accident
which has left him with a rather bad
back; hes an observer, and when
needed a straightforward speaker of
truth; he is very loyal and trustworthy,
if sometimes slower on the uptake than
the others; when playing with the
band, however, this simplicity serves
him and he can be single minded in his
groove and the unshakable foundation
to the swing; must also play drums;
this role is on offer; seeking
Understudy.
Equity Principal Auditions will be held
Nov. 10 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (lunch,
1:30-2:30 p.m.) at Pearl Studios NYC
(519), 519 8th Ave, 12th Fl., New York,
New York, 10018. EPA Procedures are in
effect for this audition. An Equity
Monitor will be provided.
Prepare a brief uptempo traditional
musical theater song (or something
similar) with a jazz or swing feel. For
example- Cole Porter, Gershwin, etc. No
pop/rock. For anyone who is playing an
instrument, play a selection of your
choice that is period appropriate. Any
instrumentalist will have to sing as
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well, so also prepare a song to sing
without your instrument. We will
not have a drum kit at the audition
so be prepared to discuss your
experience. Bring a picture and
resume, stapled together.
Pays $1917/wk. Equity Production
(League) Agreement.

Cabaret

Goodspeed Musicals Season


Casting Equity actor-singers for the
Goodspeed Musicals 2017 Season.
Season includes Thoroughly
Modern Millie (Jeanine Tesori,
music; Dick Scanlon, lyrics; Richard
Morris and Dick Scanlon, book.
Based on the 1967 film. Rehearsals
begin Mar. 21, 2017; runs closes July
6, 2017), Oklahoma! (Oscar
Hammerstein II, book-lyrics;
Richard Rodgers, music. Rehearsals
begin June 13, 2017; run closes Sept.
29, 2017), Rags (Joseph Stein,
book; Charles Strouse, music;
Stephen Schwartz, lyrics; David
Thompson, new adaptation.
Rehearsals begin Sept. 5, 2017; run
closes Dec. 10, 2017), Deathless
(Zack Zadek, book-music-lyrics.
Rehearsals begin May 9, 2017; run
closes July 2, 2017), Darling
Grenadine (Daniel Zaitchik, bookmusic-lyrics. Rehearsals begin July
25, 2017; run closes Sept. 17, 2017),
and A Conneticut Christmas Carol
(LJ Fecho, book; Michael OFlaherty,
music. Rehearsals begin Oct 24,
2017; run closes Dec. 30, 2017).
Company: Goodspeed Opera
House. Staff: Michael Gennaro,
exec dir.; Donna Lynn Hilton, Line
prod.; Bob Alwine, assoc. prod.;
Michael OFlaherty musical dir.;
Paul Hardt, casting dir.
Season runs in East Haddam, CT.
SeekingEquity Actors-Singers:
males & females, 18+, all
ethnicities.
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Casting actor-singer-dancers for


two available roles in Cabaret, a
musical.
Company: Roundabout Theatre
Company. Staff: Joe Masteroff,
book; John Kander, music; Fred
Ebb, lyrics; Sam Mendes & Rob
Marshall, dirs.; Rob Marshall,
choreo.; Patrick Vaccariello, musical supervisor; Jim Carnahan &
Jillian Cimini, casting.
Rehearsals begin on or around Jan.
4, 2017; runs Jan. 10-Aug. 6 in NYC.
SeekingEmcee: 25-39, all ethnicities. Sally Bowles: female, 25-35, all
ethnicities.
Equity Principal Auditions will be
held Nov. 15 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
(lunch, 1:30-2:30 p.m.) at RipleyGrier Studios (520), 520 8th Ave.,
16th fl., NYC, 10018. EPA procedures are in effect for this audition.
An Equity monitor will be
provided.
Prepare a brief standard musical
theater song. Bring sheet music for
the accompanist. Bring pix &
resume, stapled together.
Pays: $976/wk. Equity Short
Engagement Touring Category 2
Contract.

Equity Principal Auditions will be


held Nov. 14 from 9:30 a.m.-5:30
p.m. (lunch, 1-2 p.m.) at Actors
Equity New York Audition Center,
165 W 46th St ., 16th Fl., New York,
New York, 10036. EPA Procedures
are in effect for this audition. An
Equity Monitor will be provided.
Prepare a traditional musical theatre piece for the appropriate role/
show you would like to be considered for. Accompanist provided.
Bring picture and resume. Casting
Director Paul Hardt is expected to
be in attendance at the EPA.
Pays $861 (East Haddem) and $637
(Chester)/wk. Equity Non-Rep
LORT B and D Agreements.

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Gypsy

Casting Gypsy with book by


Arthur Laurents with music by July
Styne and lyrics by Stephen
Sondheim.
Company: Maltz Jupiter Theatre,
Inc. Staff: Andrew Kato, artistic
dir.; Marcia Milgrom Dodge, dir.;
Bob Cline, casting dir.
Rehearsals begin Feb. 28, 2017;
runs Mar. 23-Apr. 9 in Jupiter, FL.
SeekingDainty June: female,
18-25, all ethnicities. Louise:
female, 18-25, all ethnicities. Tessie
Tura: female, 30-49, all ethnicities.
Mazeppa: female, 30-49, all ethnicities. Tulsa: female, 18-25, all ethnicities. Ensemble Women: female,
18-30, all ethnicities. Ensemble
Men: male, 18-25, all ethnicities.
Auditions will be held by appt.
Nov. 15, Nov. 16, Nov. 17 and Nov. 18
in New York City, NY, 10018.
For consideration, mail picture
and resume to Bob Cline Casting,
2214 Frederick Douglass, Ste. 327,
New York, NY 10026. Mark submissions: Gypsy [role___]/NYC
Appointment AEA Submission.
Submissions deadline is Nov. 14.
Pays $836/wk. Equity LORT B NonRep Contract.

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Sister Act

Seeking a multi-ethnic cast of men


and women with fantastic singing
voices and dynamic personalities
to play principal and ensemble
roles in Sister Act. Note: Nontraditional casting is strongly
encouraged. All ethnic types
welcome.
Company: White Plains
Performing Arts Center. Staff: Alan
Menken, music; Glenn Slater, lyrics;
Cheri Steinkellner and Bill
Steinkellner, book; Douglas Carter
Beane, additional book material; S.
Ferri, music dir.; L. Frare, choreo.
Rehearsals begin the week of Nov.
21 (with break for Thanksgiving);
tech runs Dec. 10-15; runs Dec.
16-18, Dec. 22-23, Dec. 27-30, and
Jan. 6-8, 2017 (3-5 performances/
wk. for 14 total performances) at
White Plains Performing Arts
Center 11 City Place, 3rd fl. (City
Center) in White Plains, NY (35
min. from NYC via train/car).
Rehearsals will begin in NYC then
transfer to the venue for tech week.
Rehearsals are within the 10 a.m.-5
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ARIJA BAREIKIS - KATHY BATES - CHRISTINE LAHTI - DAVID MORSE
AARON ECKHART - TIMOTHY OLYPHANT - GRETCHEN MOL
MARY MCCORMACK - PETER GALLAGHER - RICHARD SCHIFF
JENNIFER BEALS - PATRICIA WETTIG - PAUL SORVINO - DUL HILL
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p.m. range until tech week where it will


switch to evenings 5-10 p.m. Bring any
and all conflicts to the auditions.
SeekingDeloris Van Cartier: female,
25-35, African American, Ethnically
Ambiguous / Mixed Race, African
Descent. Mother Superior: female,
45-70, all ethnicities. Sister Mary
Robert: female, 18-30, all ethnicities.
Sister Mary Patrick: female, 25-50, all
ethnicities. Sister Mary Lazarus:
female, 50-70, all ethnicities.
Monsignor OHara: male, 45-60, all ethnicities. Curtis: male, 30-40, all ethnicities. Eddie Souther: male, 25-35, all
ethnicities. TJ: male, 18-30, all ethnicities. Joey: male, 30-40, all ethnicities.
Pablo: male, 25-40, all ethnicities.
Sister Mary Martin of Tours: female,
40-60, all ethnicities. Sister Mary
Theresa: female, 50-70, all ethnicities.
Michelle: 20-30, all ethnicities. Tina:
female, 20-30, all ethnicities. Ernie:
male, 25-35, all ethnicities. Ensemble:
males & females, 20-50, all ethnicities.
Auditions will be held Nov. 4 from 10
a.m.-6 p.m. (by appointment) (Equity
Principal Auditions) at CAP 21 STUDIOS,
18 W 18th St., Penthouse 5, NYC, 10019.
An Equity Monitor will not be provided.
The producer will run all aspects of this
audition.
For a 5-minute appointment, call (914)
328-1600, ext. 18, Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m. to 5
p.m. or email auditions@wppac.com.
Do not leave a message. Include name,
phone number, approximate time youd
like to audition and union status.
Equity Members without appointments
will be seen throughout the audition
day, as time permits. Once you have
been given an appointment time, it will
be confirmed by email along with very
detailed driving and mass transit directions using Metro-North from Grand
Central.
Video Submissions will be accepted
from actors who cannot attend the
audition dates below. You must be
available by the first week of rehearsal
to be considered for the show. Those
who attend in person will be given priority for all roles. Videos must have you
singing from the show with
accompaniment.
Prepare 16-32 bars from a role in which
you are interested in from the show
(preferred). Make sure the song shows
vocal range. Contemporary Broadway
songs in the style of the show/composer
that can be fully interpreted with
strong acting choices are also acceptable. Must bring sheet music in the correct key. A piano accompanist will be
provided but will not transpose. Charts
are not acceptable. No CDs and no unaccompanied singing. For more info, visit
wppac.com.
Pays $342/wk. for AEA actors (Equity
LOA contract, pending approval);
$1,080- $1,500 flat fee for nonunion
performers (based on role) plus EMC
points.

Skippyjon Jones Snow What

Casting Equity and non-Equity actorsingers for Skippyjon Jones Snow


What, a musical based on the popular
childrens book Skippyjon Jones by
Judy Schachner. Synopsis: Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the bravest

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Chihuahua of them all? Skippyjon


Jones the Siamese cat who thinks hes a
Mexican Chihuahua of course! While
his sisters listen to Snow White and the
Seven Dwarves, Skippy heads off for
the real adventure awaiting him in his
closet.
Company: Theatreworks USA. Staff:
Barbara Pasternack, artistic dir.; Kevin
Del Aguila, dir.-book/lyrics; Eli Bolin,
music; Greg Uliasz, casting assoc.;
Jason Blitman, casting dir.
Rehearses Dec. 22-Jan. 4, 2017; tour
runs Jan. 5-June 18.
SeekingSkippyjon: male, 18+, African
American, Hispanic, Asian, South
Asian, Native American, Middle
Eastern, Southeast Asian / Pacific
Islander, Ethnically Ambiguous / Mixed
Race, African Descent. Nieve Que:
female, 18+, all ethnicities. Poquito
Tito: female, 18+, all ethnicities. Don
Diego: male, 18+, all ethnicities. Mama
Junebug/The Wicked Bruja: male, 18+,
all ethnicities.
Auditions will be held by appt. Nov. 4
in NYC.
NYC auditions to be held Nov. 4 by
appointment only. Callback date: Nov.
10. Email pix & resume ASAP for consideration to casting@twusa.org. Mark
submissions in subject line: SJJSW
[Insert Height and Role Here]/NYC
Appointment Submission.
Company states: All actors will be
signed as assistant stage managers and
will be required, as such, to lift scenery
and sound equipment during daily
load-in and load-outs. This tour may
include artist activity. All actors will
need to sign an extraordinary risk rider
if hired. All actors must be available to
audition, rehearse, and travel from
NYC. All characters must sing. All must
be versatile with comedic flair. Also,
must be able to carry tight harmonies.
Seeking a diverse company. All ethnicities encouraged to submit.
Pays: $458/wk. Equity TYA TWUSA
National Tour Contract.

The Boy Who Danced On Air

Casting Equity actors-singers for The


Boy Who Danced On Air. Synopsis: A
modern-day love story set in rural
Afghanistan. Paiman and Feda have
spent their young lives as dancers in
the world of bacha bazi, where wealthy
men take in boys from poor families,
train them to dance at parties, and
often abuse them. The two boys
chance meeting changes the course of
their lives and sets them on a journey to
find their independence in this musical
fable about love, tradition, morality and
the strength of the human spirit.
Company: Abingdon Theatre
Company. Staff: Charlie Sohne, booklyrics; Tim Rosser, composer; Tony
Speciale, artistic dir.; Tony Speciale,
dir.; Karie Koppel, casting dir.
Rehearsals begin Mar. 21, 2017; runs
Apr.25-May 21, 2017 in NYC.
SeekingPaiman: male, 18-25, all ethnicities, Middle Eastern; 18+ to play 15;
quiet and innocent but with a sense of
resolve, self, and integrity; a technically accomplished and graceful
dancer, but restrained by an inner longing; high pop tenor; should be completely at home and comfortable in the

high F-A range; score calls for a high B


occasionally; the part generally sits
high; voice should sound very youthful
and vibrant; should be a strong dancer.
Feda: male, 18-25, all ethnicities,
Middle Eastern; 18+ to play 17; brash,
confident exterior; however, harbors a
deep well of insecurities; brave soul
desperately looking for a gentle,
authentic love; powerful dancer capable of captivating an entire audience
with ease; high pop tenor; should be
comfortable singing high Fs and Gs, but
capable of handling mid-range; midrange should be warm and appealing;
does a lot of harmonizing; should be a
strong dancer. Jahandar: male, 30-49,
all ethnicities, Paimans Master; affluent and a leader in his small rural community; intense and dedicated; deeply
traditional; genuinely loves Paiman
and is capable of paternal kindness and
warmth, but equally capable of cruelty
in the name of what he believes; BariTenor; low B to high F sharp; pop/musical theatre style; strong falsetto up to
Bb. Zemar: male, 30-49, all ethnicities,
Middle Eastern; Fedas Master; affluent
and influential in his small rural community; light-hearted, playful, and
mischievous; deeply traditional, but his
world-weariness has dulled his concern
for the well-being of others; Bari-Tenor;
up to F# or so (negotiable); good with
harmonies a plus. The Unknown Man:
male, 30-49, all ethnicities, had we met
him years earlier, he would have been a
nave dreamer; now he is weathered
and aged beyond his years as he seems
to carry the weight of tragedy on his
shoulders; tenor; up to A; the high
notes can be a mix; part generally sits
in the mid-range; pop/musical theater
style. Ensemble Actor One: 20-40, all
ethnicities, Middle Eastern; must be
able to sing and act well. Ensemble
Actor Two: male, 20-40, all ethnicities,
Middle Eastern; must be able to sing
and act well.
Equity Principal Auditions will be held
Nov. 9 from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (lunch,
1-2 p.m.) at Dorothy Strelsin Theatre,
312 W. 36th St., 1st fl., New York, New
York, 10018. EPA Procedures are in
effect for this audition. An Equity
Monitor will be provided.
Prepare a brief a contemporary musical theatre or pop song that tells a story.
Bring sheet music in the proper key. An
accompanist will be provided.
Equity LOA-NYC Contract (salary
pending.)

CHORUS CALLS
Bandstand

Casting Equity ensemble dancers for


Bandstand.
Company: Bandstand NYC LLC. Staff:
Andy Blankenbuehler, dir.-choreo.;
Richard Oberacker, music; Robert
Taylor and Richard Oberacker, booklyrics; Greg Anthony Rassen and MaryMitchell Campbell, music supervisors;
Tara Rubin Casting/Lindsay Levine,
casting; Tom Smedes, Gabrielle Palitz,
Terry Schnuck, Tom Kirdahy, and
Roger Horchow, prods.

Rehearses February 2017; runs


through April 26, 2017 in NYC.
SeekingMale Ensemble: male, 18+, all
ethnicities, characters are 20s-50s;
seeking men of all ages and sizes to
play Bartenders, Radio Announcers,
Servicemen, etc.; should be strong
dancer/singers; especially looking for
dancers with strong partner dance and
swing dancing skills; we are also looking for men who are strong singers who
move well toplay featured character
roles; should be comfortable with part
singing and jazz voicing. Female
Ensemble: female, 18+, all ethnicities,
characters are 20s-50s; seeking
Women of all ages and sizes to play
Waitresses, Actresses, Clerks, etc.;
should be strong dancer/singers; especially looking for dancers with strong
partner and swing dancing skills; we
are also looking for women who are
strong singers who move well to play
featured character roles; should be
comfortable with part singing and jazz
voicing.
Equity Chorus Calls will be held Nov. 4
at 10 a.m. (female Equity dancers) and
at 2 p.m. (male Equity dancers) at
Ripley-Grier Studios (520), 520 8th Ave.,
17th Floor, New York, New York, 10018.
ECC Procedures are in effect for this
audition. An Equity Monitor will be
provided.
Be ready to dance and bring jazz shoes
and character shoes. Also prepare 16
bars of a traditional up-tempo song in
case you are asked to stay and sing.
Bring a picture and resume, stapled
together.
Pays $1917/wk. Equity Production
(League) Agreement.

Cabaret

Casting Equity singers who play


instruments for Cabaret.
Company: Roundabout Theatre
Company. Staff: Joe Masteroff, book;
John Kander, music; Fred Ebb, lyrics;
Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall, dirs.;
Rob Marshall,choreo.; Patrick
Vaccariello, musical supervisor; Jim
Carnahan and Jillian Cimini, casting.
Rehearsals begin Jan, 4, 2017; runs
Jan. 10-Aug. 6, 2017 in NYC.
SeekingSinger Who Play
Instruments: males & females, 20-40,
all ethnicities, must play one (or preferably two) of the following instruments
with great proficiency: trumpet, trombone, alto sax, tenor sax, clarinet, violin, accordion, cello; must be good
singers and able to move well.
Equity Chorus Calls will be held Nov.
14 at 10 a.m. at Ripley-Grier Studios
(520), 520 8th Ave., 16th Fl., New York,
New York, 10018. ECC Procedures are in
effect for this audition. An Equity
Monitor will be provided.
Note: Do not attend this call if you are
not proficient in one of the aforementioned instruments or cannot play on
the day of the call. Seeking women and
men singers who play one (or preferably
two) of the following instruments with
great proficiency: trumpet, trombone,
alto sax, tenor sax, clarinet, violin,
accordion, cello. Must be good singers
and able to move well. Actors will be
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ment) and asked to sing 32 bars of a
standard show tune. Bring sheet music
for the accompanist. Bring picture and
resume stapled together.
Pays $834/wk. Equity Short
Engagement Touring Category 2
Agreement.

Cats, Bway, Dancers

Cats, Bway, Singers

Seeking singers for the currently running Broadway musical Cats, based
on T. S. Eliots Old Possums Book of
Practical Cats.
Company: New Cats Broadway LLC.
Staff: Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer;
Trevor Nunn, dir.; Andy
Blankenbuehler, choreo.; Gillian Lynne,
original choreo. & assoc. dir.; Kristen
Blodgette, musical supervisor; The
Shubert Organization & The
Nederlander Organization, prods.; Nina
Lannan, exec. prod.; Bespoke
Theatricals, general mgr.; Tara Rubin
Casting/Lindsay Levine, casting.
Currently running on Broadway in
NYC.
SeekingSingers: males & females,
18+, all ethnicities.

Equity Chorus Calls will be held Dec. 8


at 10 a.m. (male singers) and at 2 p.m.
(female singers) at Pearl Studios NYC
(500), 500 8th Ave., 4th fl., NYC, 10018.
ECC procedures are in effect for this
audition. An Equity monitor will be
provided.
Seeking strong singers who dance
very well. Looking for all vocal types.
May understudy principal roles and
featured ensemble roles. Be prepared
to sing a brief song from musical theater repertoire. Looking for all voice
types. Bring your book of music with
you, in case you are asked for a second
selection. An accompanist will be provided. Bring pix & resume, stapled
together.
Pays: $1917/wk. Equity Production
(League) Contract.

Sunset Boulevard, Bway,


Dancers

Seeking Equity dancers who sing for


the ensemble and featured ensemble
parts in Sunset Boulevard.
Company: Foot in the Door Limited
Liability Company. Staff: Andrew Lloyd
Webber, music; Don Black and
Christopher Hampton, book-lyrics;
Lonny Price, dir.; Stephen Mear,
choreo.; Kristen Blodgette, musical dir.;
Paul Blake and Mike Bosner, prods.;
Charlotte Wilcox Company, general
mgr.; Tara Rubin Casting, casting.
Rehearsals begin Jan. 9, 2017; previews begin Feb. 2; opens Feb. 9; runs
20 weeks with a possible four-week
extension on Broadway.

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SeekingEnsemble/Artie Green:
20-39, all ethnicities. Ensemble/Cecil
B. DeMille: male, 50-69, all ethnicities. Ensemble/Sheldrake: male,
35-39, all ethnicities. Ensemble/
Manfred: male, 40-59, all ethnicities.
Ensemble/Max Understudy: male,
50-69, all ethnicities. Ensemble/Joe
Gillis Understudy: male, 25-34, all
ethnicities. Ensemble/Bass Baritone:
25-39, all ethnicities. Male Dancers/
Singers: male, 20-39, all ethnicities.
Male Swings: 20-59, all ethnicities.
Ensemble/Harem Girls: 20-39, all ethnicities. Ensemble/Norma
Understudy: female, 40-59, all ethnicities. Ensemble/Betty Understudy:
female, 24-34, all ethnicities. Female
Ensemble: female, 20-39, all ethnicities. Female Dancers/Singers: female,
20-39, all ethnicities. Female Swings:
female, 20-29, all ethnicities.
Equity Chorus Calls will be held Nov. 4
at 10 a.m. (male dancers) and at 2 p.m.
(female dancers) at Pearl Studios NYC
(500), 500 8th Ave., 12th fl., NYC, 10018.
ECC Procedures are in effect for this
audition. An Equity Monitor will be
provided.
Men: Bring jazz shoes. Women: Bring
character heels. Both: You may be
asked to stay and sing. Bring sheet
music for a traditional musical theater
song that shows your best vocal quality
as well as personality. An accompanist
will be provided. Bring pix & resumes,
stapled together.
Pays: $1917/wk. Equity Production
(League) Contract.

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Seeking dancers for the currently running Broadway musical Cats, based
on T. S. Eliots Old Possums Book of
Practical Cats. Synopsis: On just one
special night of the year, all Jellicle cats
meet at the Jellicle Ball, where Old
Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, makes the Jellicle choice
and announces which of them will go
up to The Heaviside Layer and be
reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.
Company: New Cats Broadway LLC.
Staff: Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer;
Trevor Nunn, dir.; Andy
Blankenbuehler, choreo.; Gillian Lynne,
original choreo. & assoc. dir.; Kristen
Blodgette, musical supervisor; The
Shubert Organization & The
Nederlander Organization, prods.; Nina
Lannan, exec. prod.; Bespoke
Theatricals, general mgr.; Tara Rubin
Casting/Lindsay Levine, casting.
Currently running on Broadway in
NYC.
SeekingDancers: males & females,
18+, all ethnicities.
Equity Chorus Calls will be held Nov.
28 at 10 a.m. (male dancers) and at 2
p.m. (female dancers) at Ripley-Grier
Studios (520), 520 8th Ave., 16th fl.,

NYC, 10018. ECC procedures are in


effect for this audition. An Equity monitor will be provided.
Seeking very strong dancers with an
athletic build. Must excel in all styles
of dance and be able to sing well.
Strong tumbling skills a plus. May
understudy principal roles and featured ensemble roles. Men should
bring f lat dance shoes and gym shoes.
Women should bring f lat dance shoes.
Dancers may be asked to stay and
sing. Bring your book of music and
prepare a brief traditional musical
theater song. Bring pix & resume, stapled together.
Pays: $1917/wk. Equity Production
(League) Contract.

casting NEW YORK TRISTATE


Sunset Boulevard, Bway,
Singers

MUSICALS
FILM
TV & VIDEO
VARIETY

Seeking Equity singers and singers


who move for the ensemble and featured ensemble parts in Sunset
Boulevard.
Company: Foot in the Door Limited
Liability Company. Staff: Andrew Lloyd
Webber, music; Don Black and
Christopher Hampton, book-lyrics;
Lonny Price, dir.; Stephen Mear,
choreo.; Kristen Blodgette, musical dir.;
Paul Blake and Mike Bosner, prods.;
Charlotte Wilcox Company, general
mgr.; Tara Rubin Casting, casting.
Rehearsals begin Jan. 9, 2017; previews begin Feb. 2; opens Feb. 9; runs
20 weeks with a possible four-week
extension on Broadway.
SeekingEnsemble/Artie Green: 20-39,
all ethnicities. Ensemble/Cecil B.
DeMille: male, 50-69, all ethnicities.
Ensemble/Sheldrake: male, 35-39, all
ethnicities. Ensemble/Manfred: male,
40-59, all ethnicities. Ensemble/Max
Understudy: male, 50-69, all ethnicities. Ensemble/Joe Gillis Understudy:
male, 25-34, all ethnicities. Ensemble/
Bass Baritone: 25-39, all ethnicities.
Male Dancers/Singers: male, 20-39, all
ethnicities. Male Swings: 20-59, all ethnicities. Ensemble/Harem Girls: 20-39,
all ethnicities. Ensemble/Norma
Understudy: female, 40-59, all ethnicities. Ensemble/Betty Understudy:
female, 24-34, all ethnicities. Female
Ensemble: female, 20-39, all ethnicities. Female Dancers/Singers: female,
20-39, all ethnicities. Female Swings:
female, 20-29, all ethnicities. Female
Swings: female, 20-29, all ethnicities.
Equity Chorus Calls will be held Nov. 3
at 10 a.m. (male singers) and at 2 p.m.
(female singers) at Pearl Studios NYC
(500), 500 8th Ave., 12th fl., NYC, 10018.
ECC Procedures are in effect for this
audition. An Equity Monitor will be
provided.
Bring sheet music for a traditional
musical theater song that shows your
best vocal quality as well as personality. An accompanist will be provided.
Bring pix & resumes, stapled together.
Pays: $1917/wk. Equity Production
(League) Contract.

Thoroughly Modern Millie

EVENTS

Casting Equity singers and dancers for


Thoroughly Modern Millie, based on
the 1968 film of the same name.
Company: Goodspeed Opera House.
Staff: Jeanine Tesori, music; Dick
Scanlan, lyrics; Richard Morris and
Dick Scanlan, book; Denis Jones, dir.choreo.; Michael OFlaherty, music dir.;
Paul Hardt, casting dir.
Rehearsals begin Mar. 21, 2017; runs
through July 6, 2017 at the Goodspeed
Opera House in East Haddam, CT.
SeekingEquity Singers: males &
females, 18+, all ethnicities, first rate
musical theatre singers who dance.
Equity Dancers: males & females, 18+,
all ethnicities, first rate musical theatre
dancers who sing.
Equity Chorus Calls will be held Nov.
29 at 10 a.m. (Equity female dancers
who sing) and at 2:30 p.m. (Equity male
dancers who sing) at Pearl Studios NYC
(500), 500 8th Ave., 12th Fl., New York,
New York, 10018. And Nov. 30 at 10

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a.m. (Equity male singers who dance)


and at 2 p.m. (Equity female singers
who dance) at Pearl Studios NYC (500),
500 8th Ave., 4th Fl., New York, New
York, 10018. ECC Procedures are in
effect for this audition. An Equity
Monitor will be provided.
Seeking first rate musical theatre
dancers who sing and Singers who
dance of all types. This show will
require an ensemble that is well versed
in all traditional musical theatre dance
styles. Singers: prepare traditional
musical comedy material to sing (no
contemporary material). Bring sheet
music; accompanist provided. Singers
may be asked to stay and dance, so
bring jazz shoes. Bring picture and
resume. Dancers: should bring tap
shoes and character shoes with a heel,
Men bring tap shoes and character
shoes. Bring picture and resume.
Callbacks will be held the week of Dec 5.
Pays $861/wk. Equity Non-Rep LORT B
Agreement.

STUDENT FILMS
Top Secret

Casting Top Secret, a crime-thriller


based in Brooklyn.
Felipe, a college student in a dystopian
New York City, is on the hit-list of an
underground criminal organization.
His house gets broken into and his and
his attempt to seek justice fails horribly
when discovers that police are also part
of this criminal organization. Instead of
investigating his case the police refer
him to a mental institution because
they accuse him of being delusional
and argue that he shows signs of paranoid schizophrenia. With the odds
stacked so unfavorably against Felipe,
will he find justice?
Company: NYFA. Staff: Mofana
Morojele, dir.
Rehearses in mid-October; shoots Nov.
16-23 in NYC.
SeekingDamian: male, 18-30,
Caucasian, the male version of a femme
fatale; irresistibly handsome and also
seductive.
Seeking submissions from NY.
Send submissions to mofana.
morojele@nyfa.edu.
Meal, copy, and credit provided. SAGAFTRA Student Film Agreement.

MULTIMEDIA
From Scratch

Casting a baking video for a web docuseries From Scratch, which is published on LittleThings.com. Company
states: LittleThings has 8 million
Facebook fans and 50 million unique
visitors each month. We are a top
Facebook publisher.
Company: LittleThings. Staff: Kathie
Pomposo, assoc. prod.
Shoot dates are TBD in the Tri State
area.
SeekingGrandmother/Grandfather:
50-76, all ethnicities, a real life grand-

mother/father type, over 50, has an


iconic cake or cookie recipe that they
would like to bake on camera for a
branded content video. Recipe must
involve shortening and use the branded
product. Must be in TriState area.
Seeking submissions from NY.
Send submissions to kathie.pomposo@gmail.com.
Submit photo, video, and some details
about the item youd like to make.
Stipend provided, plus cost of
materials.

CRUISE LINES
Viking Ocean Cruises, NYC
Auditions

Casting singers and dancers for main


stage shows, cabarets and other entertainment offerings by Mertz
Productions with casting services provided by RWS & Associates.
Company: Mertz Productions. Staff:
Franklyn Warfield, senior casting dir.
Rehearsals in Orlando, FL. Itineraries
include Mediterranean, Baltic and
other European routes.
SeekingFemale Singers Who Act:
female, 18-45, all ethnicities, Female
1: Versatile soprano with strong classical and pop voice up to high C6;
Female 2: Mezzo with strong belt/mix
as well as a classic musical theater
sound; Female 3: Alto/mezzo with
strong belt/mix up to E5 in pop and
musical theater styles. Male Singers
Who Act: male, 18-45, all ethnicities,
Male 1: versatile tenor with strong
legit/classical voice as well as musical
theater/pop up to A4; Male 2: Bari/
Tenor with strong pop/rock voice up
to A4; Male 3: Baritone with strong
musical theater, pop voice up to G4.
Dancers: males & females, 18-40, all
ethnicities, strong dancers in a variety of styles including ballroom and
partnering; vocal skills a plus.
Auditions will be held Nov. 7 at 10 a.m.
(Female Singers who Act) and at 2 p.m.
(Male Singers who Act) and Nov. 8 at 10
a.m. (Male and Female Dancers) at Pearl
Studios 500, 500 8th Ave., 12th Fl.,
NYC, 10036.
Singers Who Act: Prepare two contrasting 16 bars showing range and personality. If you have a legit sound, be
prepared to show it. Bring sheet music
in correct key; accompanist will be provided. Bring headshot and resume stapled together. You may be called back
to move later the same day; bring dance
clothes/shoes.
Dancers: A brief dance combination
will be taught. Bring form-fitting dance
attire (women bring heels and flats),
headshot and resume stapled together.
Singing and acting experience is a plus.
Casting will be ongoing throughout
2016/2017. For more info., visit http://
vikingcruisesauditions.com.
Pays $3,000-3,500/month. Travel and
lodging provided.

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AGENTS & MANAGERS


Blue Box Entertainment

Seeking raw talented individuals (3)


interested in grooming and representation for talent management sponsorship and placement in the areas of, but
not limited to, film, fashion, and music.
Company: www.blueboxentertainment.com. Staff: Terra Thurmond,
Bryan Harris, Anna May, & Martin Han,
coords.
Productions and projects go on all year
long. Castings, screen tests, and video
interviews are daily except some
Sundays. Various production facilities
located in NYC and Atlanta, with
California facilities coming soon.
SeekingArtist: 18-55, all ethnicities,
singer, model, actor/actress, designer,
dancer, videographer, etc.
Seeking submissions from NY.
Send submissions to info@blueboxentertainment.com.
Company states: Each year BBE NYC/
ATL sponsors (3) people to help groom,
promote and place in a pleather of
active productions. We are looking for
the raw talent and uniquely talented.
We are looking for the dedicated and
dependable artist(s) who wish to make a
career within the industry. Review our
site for additional information and info
on past present and future projects, artists, placements and productions at
www.blueboxentertainment.com.
Contract details vary according to each
project.

WORKSHOPS
Casting Director Brette
Goldstein Workshop

Seeking actors for an educational


workshop with casting director Brette
Goldstein (Sharknado 2 and
Donny!). Owner states: The night
will begin with a special introduction
from Brette. Then well dive into scene
work. Each actor will have the rare
opportunity to perform a prepared oneminute monologue for Brette and the
class. She will provide valuable feedback and work with each participant.
While not performing, the rest of the
class will get to observe and listen.The
night will conclude with an extremely
valuable question and answer session.
At this time, the class will have the
opportunity to ask Brette any questions
about the business, her career, acting
etc. She is currently casting for the new
USA TV series Donny!, an untitled TV
series, a pilot, and the feature films
The Lost Prince and Extra Innings.
Company: Robert Peterpaul
Productions LLC. Staff: Robert
Peterpaul, owner.
Workshop runs Dec. 8 (7-9:30 p.m.) in
NYC.
SeekingActors/Actresses: males &
females, 14+, all ethnicities, performers
looking to potentially expand their
knowledge of the industry and make a
valuable connection.
Seeking submissions from NY, NJ and
CT.
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NEW YORK TRISTATE casting


For consideration, email your
headshot and resume to robertpeterpaulproductions@gmail.com,
with subject Brette Goldstein. For
more info, visit www.robertpeterpaulproductions.com/
brette-goldstein-casting-director.
No pay. $109 participation fee
required (includes workshop notes
emailed to you).

(Not Your Average) Agent


Seminar With Traci Turton
of 90210 Talent

Seeking participants for an agent


seminar with Traci Turton of 90210
Talent Agency. Producer states:
Agent seminars. Nobody likes
doing them. Not the actors, and not
the agents, because you just dont
get enough time to make it worthwhile for anyone. That is why we
are changing things up: In this
agent seminar, there will only be 12
actors and each actor will get ten
minutes in the room with agent.
This means you have more time to
perform another piece if she asks to
see it, or redo the piece with adjustments. you will have more time to
talk with the agent and get to know
one another without feeling like
you are being pushed out the door
before you barely have had a
chance to chat. We are really
excited to add this new and
improved opportunity to our roster
of classes and events. With so few
spots, this will sell out fast, so sign
up now.
Company: Actors Launchpad.
Staff: Tom Lapke, prod.; Traci
Turton, instructor.
Event is Nov. 4 (6:30 p.m.) at 115 W.
30th St., Ste 303, NYC.
SeekingActors: males & females,
18+, all ethnicities.
Seeking submissions from NY.
To sign up for this event, visit
http://www.actorslaunchpad.com/
event.php?t=2&e=177. Traci will be
seeing contemporary monologues.
No pay. Seminar is $50.

Stage to Screen On-Camera


Class with CD Matthew
Maisto

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Scenario!

Casting Scenario! for The


Actors Project NYCs 37th season of
full-length theatrical showcases of
music, scenes, monologues, and
sketch comedy, all original works
by company writers. Producer
states: TAPNYC is a company that
assists its members in landing
agents and getting work through
industry showcases. All shows are
attended by industry in film, TV,
and theater. Past productions have
been attended by producers
(Broadway), agents (commercial/
legit), managers, and casting
directors.
Company: The Actors Project
NYC. Staff: Joe Naples, Duvall
OSteen, Bobby Holder, and
Maureen Toomey, co-dirs.; Sam
Carner & Derek Gregor, music.
Rehearses in fall 2016; performs in
winter 2017 in NYC.
SeekingActors & Singers Seeking
Representation Through
Showcases: 18+, all ethnicities.
Auditions will be held by appt.
Nov. 15 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. (group
audition) (open call) at TAPNYC @
Studios 353, 353 W. 48th St., NYC,
10036.
Send submissions to audition@
theactorsprojectnyc.com.
In your submission, include an
audition date selected from the
options; casting personnel will
email you an audition request. Add
audition@theactorsprojectnyc.com
to your contacts to ensure the confirmation lands in your inbox. If
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EVENTS

Seeking participants for, Stage


to Screen, a three-week on-camera class for stage actors that want
to learn more about acting on
camera. Producer states: Many
very talented stage actors have a
hard time turning in an honest
performance on film. This is not
due to a lack of talent, but to a
lack of training in how to transfer
their larger performance style to
the intimacy of the camera. In
this class, actors will learn how to
pare down their broad stage performance to an understated and
honest screen performance.
Actors will also learn on-set terminology, so they know whats
being asked of them if they find
themselves on set. The class is
being taught by a former musical
theatre actor who is now a professional filmmaker and a professional CD. They are uniquely

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qualified to help tone down your


performance for a delivery that
suits the camera.
Company: Actors Launchpad.
Staff: Tom Lapke, prod.; Steven
Schmidt, instructor; Matthew
Maisto, instructor.
Classes run Nov. 3, 10, and 17, noon
at 115 W 30th St., Ste. 303, NYC.
SeekingActors: 18+, all ethnicities, sides will be assigned to each
actor before the class. Week 1: We
shoot the master. This shot is the
most similar to stage acting
because it often shows the whole
room. Gestures can be larger. Week
2: We shoot the medium. As we
punch in on the actor, their performance should become smaller.
Week 3: We shoot the close-up. This
week, we really drive home the idea
that even a small movement will
look very big on the screen.
Seeking submissions from NY.
To sign up for this class, visit
www.actorslaunchpad.com/event.
php?t=1&e=156.
$225 tuition fee for the entire
3-week course.

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PLAYS

firmation, direct-email headshot and


resume to audition@theactorsprojectnyc.com. Prepare a one-minute contemporary comedic monologue.
Auditions will be done in groups.
Producer states: We suggest (though
do not require) monologues from Bobby
Holders book Out of the Blue (available on TheActorsProjectNYC.com,
BobbyHolder.com, Amazon, iBooks,
etc.) or TAPNYC approved monologues
at monologuestogo.com.
Membership dues are $495/season and
include agent/manager coaching,
resume workshops, branding-yourself
workshops, and entry into The ActingCareer Seminar, where company members meet with a commercial agent, a
legit agent, and a talent manager.

The Tuba Thieves


The Great Auguste Deschamps
The Scratch
Emotion (also 11/7)
DNR (also 11/6)
Salem
The Audition
Hong Kong Disneyland (also 11/7)

The Actors Project NYC,


Industry Showcases

Sat. Nov. 5

EVENTS

Casting Beyond Fiction!, Our


Stories!, Archetypes!, Scenario!,
and Imaginary Tales! for The Actors
Project NYCs 37th season of full-length
theatrical showcases of music, scenes,
monologues, and sketch comedy, all
original works by company writers.
Producer states: TAPNYC is a company
that assists its members in landing
agents and getting work through industry showcases. All shows are attended
by industry in film, TV, and theater.
Past productions have been attended
by producers (Broadway), agents (commercial/legit), managers, and casting
directors.
Company: The Actors Project NYC.
Staff: Joe Naples, Duvall OSteen,
Bobby Holder, and Ann Bonner, codirs.; Sam Carner & Derek Gregor,
music.
Rehearses in fall 2016; performs in
winter 2017 in NYC.
SeekingActors & Singers Seeking
Representation Through Showcases:
18+, all ethnicities.
Auditions will be held by appt. Nov. 15
from 2:30-3:30 p.m. (group audition) at
TAPNYC @ Studios 353, 353 W. 48th St.,
NYC, 10036.
Send submissions to audition@theactorsprojectnyc.com.
In your submission, include an audition date selected from the options;
casting personnel will email you an
audition request. Add audition@theactorsprojectnyc.com to your contacts
to ensure the confirmation lands in
your inbox. If you do not receive
same-day confirmation, direct-email
headshot and resume to audition@
theactorsprojectnyc.com. Prepare a
one-minute contemporary comedic
monologue. Auditions will be done in
groups. Producer states: We suggest
(though do not require) monologues
from Bobby Holders book Out of the
Blue (available on
TheActorsProjectNYC.com,
BobbyHolder.com, Amazon, iBooks,
etc.) or TAPNYC approved monologues
at monologuestogo.com.
Membership dues are $495/season and
include agent/manager coaching,
resume workshops, branding-yourself
workshops, and entry into The ActingCareer Seminar, where company members meet with a commercial agent, a
legit agent, and a talent manager.

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AUDITION
HIGHLIGHT S
Fri. Nov. 4

CA L I F O R N I A

The Boardwalk, Host


Vanya and Sonia...and Spike
Annabelle Crane
Forgotten

Sun. Nov. 6
The Diary of Anne Frank (also 11/7)

Mon. Nov. 7
Utah Shakespeare (also 11/8)
Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Boops
42nd St.
Black Comedy

Tues. Nov. 8
Marvel Universe Live! Tour

Weds. Nov. 9
The Imagination Machine
For the full auditions calendar,
visit backstage.com/auditions

SOUTHERN
CALIFORNIA
PLAYS
Betrayal by Poetry

Casting Betrayal by Poetry, a onehour stage play consisting of poetry


excerpts intertwined with a storyline of
betrayal and opposition.
Company: Story Byrd Productions.
Staff: Eric Byrd, CEO-founder.
Rehearsals will commence after the
new year in Feb. 2017 and will be twice
a week in Hollywood, CA.
SeekingKyle Kingston: male, 21-30,
Caucasian, homosexual, currently
working on his MBA in psychology at

USC, but his sarcastic approach to life is


not helping his knack of tapping into
the insight of peoples behavioral traits;
his wittiness, and innate logic to
assume the worse out of everyone and
every situation, causes him much conflict between his partner and strangers
alike. William Paterson: male, 21-30,
African American, homosexual, charismatic, mild-mannered, his recent graduation from USC with a degree in
Computer Science has him at a crossroad in life; hes come to realize hes just
fulfilled his fathers dream of going to
college and not his own of being an
aspiring musician and vocalist; he
spends day cultivating his craft while
waiting tables at a local restaurant by
night; his hint of insecurity not knowing exactly what he wants to do with
himself has placed a strain on not just
himself but his relationship. Flute AKA
SAM: transgender, 25-35, African
American, a feisty drag queen whose
known for her no-holds-barred personality and quick lashing tongue--a confident queen whose second-place ranking
on a highly rated drag show earned her
that right; shes young at heart but wise
beyond her years, having found her
calling from her short stint living on the
streets; with the he transformation to
she, she comes into her own as
Flute, with her curvaceous body and
larger-than-life personality. Starr
Davenport: female, 21-30, Caucasian, a
well-off, her parents funded her entire
college tuition at USC only for her to
drop out during her sophomore year;
she continues to receive a monthly
allowance to sustain the lifestyle shes
grown accustomed to as she tries to figure out what to do with her life; shes
very book-smart and tech-savvy, with
an eye for fashion and anything chic;
she can come off very self-centered and
nave at times because of her sheltered
life, which disconnects her from the
real realities of peoples struggles.
Marcus AKA Po-Po: male, 25-35,
African American, a heterosexual man
whos worked his way up the ranks in
the citys local police force, who prides
himself on dedicating his free time giving back to his old community of
Compton, California; hea straightforward, aggressive, and assertive individual who has no time for shenanigans
and games. Dr. Curtis Mitchell AKA
BOB: male, 25-35, all ethnicities, a
homosexual male whose seasoned
experience, education, and contribution as a counseling psychologist took
him beyond the campus grounds as a
veteran professor to his own private
practice in the neighboring LGBT community; hes a compassionate, openminded individual who takes great
satisfaction in helping others find their
true selves in the healing process.
Auditions will be held by appt. Nov. 19
from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Hollywood
Casting and Film, Hollywood, CA.
Send submissions to storybyrdpro@
gmail.com..
Seeking nonunion members who are
willing to take a pay offering of $100
each actor per show, with a two-show
run max. Drinks and snacks will be provided, with an occasional lunch, during
rehearsals.

Not This Year, I Have A


Headache

Casting Not This Year, I Have A


Headache, a play at The Zephyr
Theater in Los Angeles. Storyline: Two
middle aged married couples, who have
been friends forever attempt to help
each other solve some very complicated
problems.
Company: Schiff & Shaffer
Productions. Staff: Mark Schiff, Shaffer,
prods.; Rick Shaw, dir.; Mark Schiff &
Steve Shaffer, writers; Paul DinhMcCrillis, CSA, casting dir.
Rehearses for 4-5 weeks beginning
Jan. 2017; runs Feb. 14-Apr. 2, 2017 in
L.A. Note: Rehearsal location is TBA.
SeekingHenry Smith: male, 40-55,
Caucasian. Cookie Smith: female,
40-55, Caucasian. Jake Shapiro: male,
40-55, Caucasian. Aviva Shapiro:
female, 40-55, Caucasian.
Seeking submissions from CA.
Apply on Backstage.com.
Submit headshot and resume asap.
Sides posted here. Script sent along
with audition time. Note: Submissions
without headshot and resume will not
be considered.
Pays: $20 per performance + $100
rehearsal stipend.

Picnic

Casting William Inges American classic Picnic. Synopsis: A handsome


drifter comes to a small American town
and forever changes the lives of four
lonely women.
Company: Theatre Palisades. Staff:
Sherman Wayne, dir.; Martha Hunter,
prod.
Rehearsals begin in late Nov.; show
opens Jan. 11 and runs weekends
through Feb. 19, 2017 in L.A.
SeekingHelen Potts: female, 40-60,
Caucasian, widow lady, pleasant, eventempered, nurturing, sweet spirit. Hal
Carter: male, 20-29, Caucasian, vagabond, good-looking, sexy, drifter, lonely,
wants desperately to fit in somewhere.
Millie Owens: female, 16, Caucasian, student, 16, smart, boisterous, assertive,
smart-mouthed, insecure. Bomber:
male, 15-19, Caucasian, teens, smartmouthed, bully, picks on Millie, worships Madge. Madge Owens: female, 18,
Caucasian, works at dime store, beauty
queen, charming, sexy, searching for
escape from the small-town life. Flo
Owens: female, 40-49, Caucasian,
mother to Madge & Millie, hard exterior,
protective of daughters, untrusting of
strangers, left jaded by unhappy marriage. Rosemary Sydney: female, 30-40,
Caucasian, school teacher, bawdy, braggadocio, very lonely, desperate. Alan
Seymour: 20-25, Caucasian, college student, smart, polished, wealthy appearance and upbringing, in awe of Madge.
Irma Kronkite: female, 30-55, Caucasian,
school teacher, loud, enjoys her single
life, funny, jokester when around
Rosemary. Christine Schoenwalder:
female, 25-40, Caucasian, school teacher,
somewhat shy, quiet, looks up to Irma
and Rosemary. Howard Bevans: male,
40-55, Caucasian, business owner, kind,
good neighbor, friendly, content, loves
Rosemary.
Auditions will be held Nov. 12 from 11
a.m.-3 p.m. and Nov. 15 from 7-9:30
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Casting Claudio Quest, for The


Chance Theater in Anaheim, CA.
Synopsis: Claudio Quest is a new
musical comedy that follows a very
super hero, his less super little
brother, and one butt-kicking princess, as the three embark on a mission to overcome killer eggplants, a
love-starved platypus, and their
own 8-bit existential crisis.
Company: The Chance Theater.
Staff: Marshall Pailet, dir.; Ryan
OConnell, musical dir.
Rehearsals begin Dec. 5; runs Jan.
27-Feb. 26 (Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 8
p.m.; Sat., 3 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.,
with special performance: Wed.,
Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m.) at Chance Theater
in Anaheim, CA.
SeekingClaudio: male, 18-35, all
ethnicities, handsome, charming,
likable, perfect; the games perpetual hero; slowly crumbles into an
existentially distraught mess; athletic build, strong actor, great
mover; will spend a lot of time
jumping and running in place;
tenor. Luis: male, 18-30, all ethnicities, the accidental leading man;
Claudios younger brother and the
games perpetual second player;
overlooked, overshadowed, and
hungry to be on top; comic actor,
good mover; will spend a lot of time
jumping and running in place; baritenor. Princess Poinsettia: female,

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Casting 42nd St. with music by


Harry Warren, lyrics by Al Dubin,
and book by Michael Stewart and
Mark Bramble.
Company: Candlelight Pavilion.
Staff: Ben D. Bollinger, prod.; DJ
Gray, dir.-choreo.; Douglas Austin,
music dir.
Rehearsals begin on or around Jan.
9, 2017; runs Feb. 10-Mar. 25 at the
Candlelight Pavilion located at 455
W. Foothill Blvd. Claremont, CA
91711.
SeekingAll Roles: males &
females, 18-55, all ethnicities.
Julian Marsh has been Pre-Cast:
18+, all ethnicities.
Auditions will be held by appt.
Nov. 7 from 2-6 p.m. and from 7-10
p.m. (open call) at 455 W. Foothill
Blvd., Claremont, CA, 91711.
For an audition appointment
between 2-6 p.m. email Jackie
Guerrero at Jackie@candlelightpavilion.com. Call backs will be held
on Nov. 9.
Bring a headshot and resume
along with 16 bars of a Broadway
standard song. If asked, be prepared to dance. Bring tap shoes.
For the open call actors will dance
first. Bring tap shoes. All other nondancing characters arrive by 9 p.m.
For a character breakdown visit our
website at www.thecpdt.com. The
Role of Julian Marsh has been
Pre-Cast.
There is a rehearsal stipend and a
per performance rate.

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Casting the Utah Shakespeare


Festival 2017 Season. Season
includes: Shakespeare in Love
(runs June 30-Sept 2, 2017); Romeo
& Juliet (runs July 1-Aug. 31, 2017);
As You Like It (June 29-Sept. 1,
2017); Guys & Dolls (July 3-Sept. 1,
2017); A Midsummer Nights
Dream (runs July 4-Oct. 21, 2017);
Treasure Island (runs July 5-Sep.
2, 2017); The Tavern (runs Sept.
19-Oct. 21, 2017); Long Lost First
Play (runs July 28-Oct. 21, 2017);
and How to Fight Loneliness
(runs Aug. 25-Oct. 14, 2017).
Company: Utah Shakespeare
Festival. Staff: David Ivers & Brian
Vaughn, artistic dirs.
Contract #1 runs May 4 (first
Rehearsal) to Sept. 2, 2017 (closing).
Contract #2 runs May 4-Oct. 21, 2017
(closing of MSND). Contract #3
runs July 31-Oct. 14, 2017. Contract
#4 runs July 3-Oct. 21, 2017.
Productions run in Cedar City, UT.
SeekingActors & Actors Who
Sing: males & females, 18+, all ethnicities. Dancers: males & females,
18+, all ethnicities.
Equity Principal Auditions will be
held Nov. 7 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
(Equity actors & actor-singers;
lunch, 1-2 p.m.) at Madilyn Clark
Studios, 10852 Burbank Blvd.,
North Hollywood, CA, 91601. And
Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. (Equity singers;
sign-up, 9:30 a.m.) (Equity Chorus
Calls), at 2 p.m. (Equity male dancers; sign-up, 1:30 p.m.) and at 4
p.m. (Equity female dancers; signup, 3:30 p.m.) at Actors Equity
Association L.A. Audition Center,
5636 Tujunga Ave., North
Hollywood, CA, 91601.
EPA or Chorus Rules are in effect
for these auditions. An Equity
Monitor will be provided. Bring pix
& resumes, stapled together. Not
seeking understudies. Actors
unable to attend call may submit
headshot/resume to pulley@bard.
org.
Actors & Actor-Singers: Prepare
three minutes total: a Shakespeare
verse monologue, a contemporary
contrasting monologue, and a song
(16 bars) if you sing. Accompanist
provided.
Dancers: Bring dance appropriate
attire.
Pays: $896/wk. Equity LORT B+
Contract.

C A S T I N G

MUSICALS

Utah Shakespeare Festival


2017

MUSICALS

Marci Liroff

PLAYS

p.m. at Pierson Playhouse: Home of


Theatre Palisades, 941 Temescal
Canyon Rd., Los Angeles, CA,
90272.
Send submissions to sherrycoon7@verizon.net.
Auditions will consist of cold readings; sides will be provided. Be
familiar with the play by William
Inge.
No pay.

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casting CALIFORNIA

MUSICALS
FILM

18-35, all ethnicities, a pretty, pretty


princess in distress; your prototypical
ingnue with a cavalier attitude that
disguises her secret insecurities; strong
comic actor; also to participate in
ensemble; legit soprano. Princess Fish:
female, 18-30, all ethnicities, the accidental leading lady; Princess
Poinsettias younger sister; spunky,
tireless, and hungry for adventure; acts
before she thinks, and never runs out of
energy; great mover, comic actor; will
spend a lot of time jumping, kicking
and running in place. Belt with strong
mix. Bruiser: male, 25-55, all ethnicities, a giant purple platypus; lovesick,
depressed, homicidal; the games perpetual villain; very strong comic actor;
also to participate in ensemble; baritone. Ensemble: males & females,
18-45, all ethnicities, a diverse group of
complementary performers who will be
extremely active in every scene and
song, each person playing a number of
featured roles; all voice parts, strong
part singers, great movers. Little
Brother: male, 8-11, all ethnicities, a
boy in the real world who wants to play
the video game; hopeful, supportive of
his older brother, but eager to make a
difference; strong actor, does not have
to sing or dance.
Auditions will be held Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.
and Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at Chance Theater,
5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, CA,
92807.
Send submissions to casting02@
chancetheater.com.
Prepare 16 bars of contemporary musical theater/pop-rock and a side as indicated on the theaters website. Submit a
headshot and resume electronically.
For more info, visit http://chancetheater.com/auditions-2/.
Pays: $300-$700 total for the production run of 20 performances.

Musical Theatre West

Casting Musical Theatre Wests 201617 season. Season includes: Evita


(rehearsals begin Jan. 23, 2017; runs
Feb. 10-26); Carousel (rehearsals
begin Mar. 6; runs Mar. 24-Apr. 9); and
Mary Poppins (rehearsals begin June
19; runs July 7-23).
Company: Musical Theatre West. Staff:
Paul Garman, exec. dir.-prod.; David
Lamoureux & Dennis Castellano, musical dirs.; Hector Guerrero, & Daniel
Smith, choreos.
Season rehearses and runs in Long
Beach, CA.
SeekingEquity Actor/Singers: 18+, all
ethnicities.
Equity Principal Auditions will be held
Nov. 14 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (EPA/ECC
singers; lunch 12:20-1:20 p.m.) at
Musical Theatre West Rehearsal Hall,
4350 E. 7th St., Long Beach, CA, 90804.
EPA Procedures are in effect for this
audition. An Equity Monitor will be
provided.
Bring a song in the style of the show for
which you are auditioning.
Pays: $746/wk. Equity COST Tier 2+
Contract.

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CHORUS CALLS
Musical Theatre West, Dancers

Casting Musical Theatre Wests 201617 season. Season includes: Evita


(rehearsals begin Jan. 23, 2017; runs
Feb. 10-26); Carousel (rehearsals
begin Mar. 6; runs Mar. 24-Apr. 9); and
Mary Poppins (rehearsals begin June
19; runs July 7-23).
Company: Musical Theatre West. Staff:
Paul Garman, exec. dir.-prod.; David
Lamoureux & Dennis Castellano, musical dirs.; Hector Guerrero, & Daniel
Smith, choreos.
Season rehearses and runs in Long
Beach, CA.
SeekingEquity Dancers: 18+, all
ethnicities.
Equity Chorus Calls will be held Nov. 14
at 5:30 p.m. (female dancers; sign-up, 5
p.m.) and at 8:30 p.m. (male dancers;
sign-up, 8 p.m.) at Musical Theatre West
Rehearsal Hall, 4350 E. 7th St., Long
Beach, CA, 90804. ECC rules in effect.
Female dancers, bring tap shoes, ballet shoes, character shoes, and dance
sneakers. Male dancers, bring tap
shoes, ballet shoes, and dance
sneakers.
Pays: $746/wk. Equity COST Tier 2+
Contract.

SHORT FILMS
La Gata

Casting La Gata, a silent fashion film


with video art influence, loosely
based on a tale by ancient Greek fabulist Aesop, The Cat and Venus.
Company: Cosmo Entertainmnet.
Staff: Pietro Coppolecchia, coord.
Shoots Dec. 3 in L.A.
SeekingLa Gata: female, 18-34,
Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian, South
Asian, Native American, Southeast
Asian / Pacific Islander, Ethnically
Ambiguous / Mixed Race, the film
explores the transformation of a cat
into a beautiful woman who now has to
deal with her new body; tempted by her
old habits and vices, she battles with
herself to accept her new condition
which she so vigorously asked for. As
her inner conflict sinks, her struggle
escalates into a dramatic outcome. The
model protagonist will be the human
incarnation of a Siberian cat named
Yoko, which will be starring in the film
alongside the actress, whose eyes
become quite mesmerizing on camera.
Seeking submissions from CA.
Send submissions to pietrocoppo2@
gmail.com.
Pays: $150 flat rate..

Run

Casting an M.O.S commercial spec,


Run, which follows the journey of JP,
an athlete who navigates the tough terrain of earning a scholarship on the
field as well as being the care taker for
his number one fan and main source of
inspiration, his mother. This piece
intends to explore the fighting spirit of
all people who triumph in the face of
troublesome circumstances.

Company: American Film Institute.


Staff: Sam Robertson and Autumn
Watlington, prods.
Shoots Nov. 19-20 at Palisades High
School, Ramona Gardens Housing
Projects.
SeekingJP: male, 18-27, African
American, African Descent. Clare:
female, 35-55, African American,
Ethnically Ambiguous / Mixed Race,
African Descent. Coach: male, 30-46,
all ethnicities. The Scout: male, 30-40,
all ethnicities.
Seeking submissions from CA.
Send submissions to samr_5010@
yahoo.com.
Actors will be notified of audition
schedule.
No pay. Copy and meals will be
provided.

STUDENT FILMS
Annabelle Crane

Casting Annabelle Crane, a psychological thriller about a female novelist


who searches for inspiration at a writers retreat, only to run into the workings of her own mind.
Company: Chapman University Dodge
College of Film & Media. Staff: Sol Ye,
prod.; Wyatt Lake, dir.
Shoots Feb. 10, 11, 12 & Feb 17, 18, 19 at
a location TBD; school is based in
Orange, CA.
SeekingAnnabelle Crane: female,
30-40, Caucasian, an introverted novelist, prim and proper, fragile, strongwilled; has a general lack of connection
with the social expectations around
her; neurotic, medicated for delusions
and depression, Think Nicole Kidman
from The Others or Natalie Portman
from Black Swan. Riley: male, 25-35,
Caucasian, a novice writer, free-spirited, tender, curious, understanding,
oddball, tries to impress, instinctual,
easily embarrassed, provides motivation, fun and spontaneous, agreeable,
open, extroverted. Martin Weiss: male,
40-50, all ethnicities, the organizer of
the writers retreat, tidy, proper, agreeable, timely, friendly, distant. Mother:
female, 45-55, Caucasian, cynical, stiff,
no ability to be empathetic; her ego and
self-gratification drive her desires.
Auditions will be held Nov. 5 from 10
a.m.-5 p.m. at Dodge College of Film,
283 N. Cypress St., Orange, CA, 92866.
Send submissions to solye425@gmail.
com.
Include a video with your submission.
If you are applying for the role of
Annabelle Crane or Martin Weiss, perform respective side and record it for
your video.
Meal and gas compensation,plus
potential travel/accommodation costs
provided. Producer plans to apply for
the SAG-AFTRA Student Film
Agreement.

Arturo

Casting Arturo, a short film following


a taco truck owner who is robbed by a
desperate young man. Instead of acting
violently out of revenge, Arturo decides
to offer the young man a way out.

Company: University of Southern


California. Staff: Tayo Amos, dir.
Shoots Nov. 12 in L.A.
SeekingArturo: male, 40-75,
Hispanic. Customer 1: male, 25-45,
Hispanic. Officer Jenkins: male, 35-50,
Caucasian, African American. Trump
Supporter: male, 40-70, Caucasian.
Miguel: 25-35, Hispanic.
Seeking submissions from CA.
Send submissions to tamos922@gmail.
com.
Copy, credit, and food provided. SAGAFTRA Student Film Agreement.

Blueberries

Casting Blueberries, a short student


film. Synopsis: The story is about a
young man who encounters a young
woman who seeks refuge at his house
from her stalker. Slowly he becomes
infatuated with her and the secret of
himself unravels.
Company: American Film Institute.
Staff: Shincy Lu, prod.
Shoots Nov. 6 and 8 (featured extras) at
1032 S. Del Mar Ave., San Gabriel, CA.
Make sure you can commit to both days
as the camera has close-ups on both
days.
SeekingThe Stalker: male, 40-55, all
ethnicities.
Seeking submissions from CA.
Send submissions to klu@afi.edu.
This role is the stalker and the main
drive of the film. Bring a black jacket
and a baseball cap as well.
Credit and invitation to the screening
provided.

DNR

Casting DNR, a USC junior thesis


film. Synopsis: Two eccentric octogenarians develop a wild romance over a
shared death wish. Their motto: live
each day like its your last.
Company: LIRF Production. Staff:
Hana Dahl, writer-dir.; Travis Reinders,
prod.
Shoots Nov. 12, 13, 19, and 20 in L.A.
SeekingMoe: male, 60+, all ethnicities. Molly: female, 60+, all ethnicities.
Marty: male, 60+, all ethnicities.
Auditions will be held by appt. Nov. 4
from 12-1 p.m. and from 10-11 p.m. and
Nov. 6 from 12-4 p.m. at USC School of
Cinematic Arts, 900 W. 34th St., Los
Angeles, CA, 90007.
Send submissions to reinders@usc.
edu.
Copy and meals provided. Producer
plans to apply for the SAG-AFTRA
Student Film Agreement.

Established Fact

Casting a short for UCLA, Established


Fact. Synopsis: A business dinner
turns awkward when a news source
attempts to blackmail his employer to
into being his friend, lover, and business partner. This scene is about gaining control of a situation, between two
people who have very different ideas of
social norms and who both have poor
skills in reading other people.
Company: UCLA student. Staff: Ginnie
Palm, dir.
Shoots Nov. 21 in Manhattan Beach.
SeekingLisa: female, 28-40, all ethnicities, college educated, loner, who
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Hadiat Alttifl

Casting Hadiat Alttifl a USC


graduate film. Logline: When a U.S
Soldier befriends a cheerful Afghan
child his older brother is coerce by
the Taliban in luring the American
platoon into a deadly complex
attack.
Company: Kara Sullivan Casting.
Staff: Obiageli Odimegwu, prod.;
Hadiat Alttifl, dir.; Jordan
Martinez, writer-dir.; Kara
Sullivan, casting dir.
Shoots Nov. 5-6 & 12-13 in Los
Angeles, CA.
SeekingMohammad: male, 18-24,
Middle Eastern, a selfless, loving
older brother who is greatly
respected in his community is
faced with sacrificing everything
he loves in order to accomplish
what he believes is the greater
good. Pashtun or Arabic speaking
preferred. Rahmad: male, 6-12,
Middle Eastern, an adorable, playful Afghan boy whom looks up to
his older brother and becomes
intrigued by the friendly American
soldier. Pashtun or Arabic speaking
preferred; open to women whom
can play a young boy. Mullah Asad:
male, 50-70, Middle Eastern, a wise
village elder that seeks to unite the
village in order to topple what he
believes is their common enemy.
Pashtun or Arabic speaking and
beard preferred.
Seeking submissions from CA.
Send submissions to hadiatalttifl@gmail.com.
SAG-AFTRA USC Student
Agreement. Copy, credit, and meals
provided.

Takeout

Casting Takeout, a story about a


homeless man and his con partner,
who con employees at a companys
parking facility.
Company: SDSU. Staff: Collin
Leslie, writer-dir.
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Shoots Nov. 19 & 20 in San Diego,


CA.
SeekingGerry Wright: female,
25-60, Caucasian, a neurotic,
uptight businesswoman. Homeless
Man: male, 35+, all ethnicities, a
stubborn homeless man of very few
words. Parking Garage Attendant
(Bob): male, 25+, all ethnicities, a
parking garage attendant who is
also involved in conning employees
inside a parking structure.
Seeking submissions from CA.
Send submissions to lcollin90@
gmail.com.
No auditions will be held in person, so submit a video reel of some
of your work, at least 1 minute.
Longer strongly advised. No blurry
or inaudible reels. Also, include
your availability. Shoot dates may
be rearranged if the right actor is
chosen and needs flexibility.
Food and water provided while on
set. Possible compensation depending on budget. SAG-AFTRA Student
Film Agreement.

FILM

ing news broadcast manager and


naturally authoritative, but doesnt
sell herself, so hasnt progressed as
far as she should with her skills and
the amount of time shes vested
into her career. She grew up in a
conservative family, and couldnt
wait to get out, but life hasnt been
as successful as she imagined. Shes
frustrated with the way that news
has gone to the lowest denominatorshe wanted to communicate
powerful stories, exposs, and
deep interviews. Drew: male, 25-35,
all ethnicities, working class background, L.A. native, who aspires to
be a wealthy businessman. He
meets with failure frequently, yet
still believes that fate is on his side.
He has done some shady dealings
and has flexible morals. He believes
that he is charming, so much that
he misses basic social cues.
Auditions will be held by appt.
Nov. 4 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at CAZT,
916 N Formosa Ave, Los Angeles,
CA, 90046.
Apply on Backstage.com.
Copy & credit provided.

Untitled USC Student Film

Casting a USC film, in which a dedicated Asian American dancer set


on becoming the next big thing is
hindered by family and societal
expectations toward pursuing her
life long dream.
Company: USC. Staff: Mimi Lee,
student.
Rehearses Nov. 9-10; shoots Nov.
11-13 in L.A.
SeekingValerie: female, 18-30,
Asian, Southeast Asian / Pacific
Islander, Asian, dancer, early 20s,
an extremely passionate dancer,
who aspires to be the next big
thing. As she rehearses by herself
in a practice room, she recalls
memories when she felt like an outsider because of her own race. This
causes her to be very paranoid and
frustrated, and plants doubt into
her mind about whether or not she
should continue down this path.
Mrs. Cha: female, 28-60, Asian,
Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander,
to play 40s-50s, wants Valerie to
consider going to medical school
because she is well aware of how
hard it is for an Asian-American
entertainer to get on top. She is
worried for Valeries future.
Alanna: female, 18-27, Caucasian,
Ethnically Ambiguous / Mixed
Race, Valeries dancer friend, and
dances on the same team as her.
She also aspires to be a professional
dancer. Giselle: female, 18-27,
Caucasian, Ethnically Ambiguous /
Mixed Race, Valeries dancer
friend, and dances on the same
team as her. She also aspires to be a
professional dancer. Three Passing
Girls: female, 18-40, Asian,
Chinese, must speak fluent
Chinese. Passing Boy: male, 18-40,
Asian, from China. Need two who
can speak Chinese fluently. Asian
Dancer (Mirror): female, 18-30,
Asian, Southeast Asian / Pacific
Islander, Ethnically Ambiguous /
Mixed Race, Beverlys subconscious
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Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

One Year MA
Professional
Acting Program
for International

Our intensive 4-term (40 week: September-August) conservatory MA has a


strong emphasis on developing the actors voice and body and a commitment
to building performance through close
text work.
Working with the Schools full time
staff and visiting practitioners, as well as
building on the core actor skills, you will
focus on the classical British and European

repertoire, with close attention given to a


practical exploration of Shakespearean
text in performance.
The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School is
recognized as one of the three leading UK
Drama Schools with past graduates including Sir Patrick Stewart, Daniel Day-Lewis,
Jeremy Irons, Pete Postlethwaite, Greta
Scacchi, Miranda Richardson, Alex Jennings, Mark Strong, and Naomie Harris.

Auditions for 2017/18 in N.Y., Toronto,


San Francisco and Bristol.
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For further details and on line application visit: www.oldvic.ac.uk

casting NATIONAL/REGIONAL

PLAYS

ing Asian cultural clothing and also


dancing a similar routine as Valerie.
Valerie will push her to the ground.
Auditions will be held by appt. Nov. 3
from 2-5 p.m. in Los Angeles, CA.
Send submissions to lee803@usc.edu.
Bring a headshot.
Credit, copy, and meals provided.

NORTHERN
CALIFORNIA
FILM

SHORT FILMS
Ellen and I

Casting Ellen and I, a short film that


tells the story of Kasey, who writes letters to an imaginary girl named Ellen in
order to cope with a bad breakup. When
Ellen shows up in the flesh, she and
Kasey fall into an intimate friendship.
But soon Kasey realizes the similarities
between Ellen and her ex, and everything changes.
Company: BookNerd Productions.
Staff: Shawna Khorasani, prod.;
Kendall Chan, writer-dir.
Shooting times set tentatively for midNovember in San Francisco Bay Area, CA.
SeekingEllen: female, 18-25, Asian,
South Asian, Southeast Asian / Pacific
Islander, bright, warm, friendly, and a
bit on the eccentric side; straightforward and to the point.
Seeking submissions from CA.
Send submissions to booknerdproductions@gmail.com.
Record an audition video using one of
the two sides provided and email it as a
link or attachment to booknerdproductions@gmail.com.
Meals will be provided.

STUDENT FILMS
The Prank

Casting The Prank a thriller/horror


student short film for San Francisco
State University. Synopsis: The protagonist, Amanda is spending a relaxing
evening alone. However, everything
turns into a nightmare after the
Stranger wearing a creepy mask sneaks
into her house. One of her friends is the
one who is wearing a mask as a prank to
surprise Amanda. In fact, there is a
scary reason behind the prank.
Company: San Francisco State
University. Staff: Naoto Horikawa,
casting.
Tentatively shoots Oct. 29-30 in Ocean
View in San Francisco.
SeekingAmanda: female, 18-28, all
ethnicities, the protagonist. Megan:
female, 18-28, all ethnicities, Amandas
best friend. Almost the entire film,
Megan is wearing a creepy mask and
trying to scare Amanda as a prank.

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Seeking submissions from CA.


Send submissions to nhorikawa226@
gmail.com.
No pay.

The Sisyphus Complex

Casting The Sisyphus Complex, a


dark comedy about a woman who cant
seem to bring a pet fish home alive.
Company: San Francisco State
University. Staff: Michelle Munyer,
writer-dir.
Shoots Jan. 13-15 in San Francisco, CA
or Albany/Berkeley, CA.
SeekingRyan: female, 28-40, all ethnicities, an unkempt, disheveled sort of
woman; she does not pay any attention
to her appearance; her only focus is to
get a pet fish home alive. Mean Boy #1:
male, 11-14, all ethnicities, a boy messing around on a city street after school;
school clothes and a backpack are his
wardrobe; has one line. Mean Boy #1 is
with two other friends who cross paths
with a strange looking woman carrying
a pet fish in a plastic bag. They tease her
and try to take her fish. Interest in
improv/physical comedy a plus. Mean
Boy #2: 11-14, all ethnicities, a boy messing around on a city street after school;
school clothes and a backpack are his
wardrobe; has one line. Mean Boy #2 is
with two other friends who cross paths
with a strange looking woman carrying
a pet fish in a plastic bag. They tease her
and try to take her fish. Interest in
improv/physical comedy a plus. Mean
Boy #3: male, 11-14, all ethnicities, a boy
messing around on a city street after
school; school clothes and a backpack
are his wardrobe; has one line. Mean
Boy #3 is with two other friends who
cross paths with a strange looking
woman carrying a pet fish in a plastic
bag. They tease her and try to take her
fish. Interest in improv/physical comedy a plus. Elderly Asian Woman:
female, 65+, Asian, South Asian,
Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander, no
dialogue; is carrying shopping bags on a
city street when she has a collision with
the lead character, causing her to drop
her bags. Interest in improv/physical
comedy a plus. Nudist: male, 18-40, all
ethnicities, an extra; role requires walking down a city street in the nude; shoes
are recommended; all body types are
welcome. Clown: males & females, 18+,
all ethnicities, for background.
Auditions will be held by appt. Nov. 18
from 2:30-5 p.m. and Nov. 19 from
12:30-3:30 p.m. at San Francisco State
University, 1600 Holloway at 19th Ave.,
San Francisco, CA.
Send submissions to michellemunyer@gmail.com.
This project has very minimal dialogue. Auditions will consist of improv
exercises. You may bring a monologue
if you wish, but not required. Auditions
are in 15 minute increments. There are
no sides for Ryan. Ryan does not speak.
Seeking a naturalistic performance
style with strong improv skills and
some physical comedy abilities a plus.
Meals will be provided.

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PLAYS
Assisted Loving (Dating With
My Dad)

Seeking submissions for four roles in


Assisted Loving (Dating With My
Dad). Synopsis: This delightfully
funny and touching comedy is based on
the authors acclaimed memoir of his
life with his widowed father, when his
dad (Sol) asked for help to maneuver
through the computer dating scene
after the death of his wife. In the play,
Sols search inspires his son, David, to
do the same, resulting in a series of
failed and funny relationships for both
men, bumping along on the road to ultimate happiness with the right partner.
Sols dates are all played by the same
actress and Davids dates are all played
by the same actor--great parts all
around in a play that embraces new
definitions of family and friendship.
Company: Capital Repertory Theatre.
Staff: Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, artistic
dir.; Philip Morris, CEO; Capital
Repertory Theatre, prod.; Gordon
Greenberg, dir.; Bob Morris, playwright; Stephanie Klapper Casting,
casting.
Rehearsals begin Jan. 3, 2017; runs Jan.
27-Feb. 19 in Albany, NY.
SeekingDavid: male, 30-49, all ethnicities. Sol: male, 60-69, all ethnicities. Max: male, 30-39, all ethnicities.
Edie: female, 60-69, all ethnicities.
Seeking submissions from NY.
For consideration, email picture and
resume to klappercasting@gmail.com
with Assisted Loving [Role____]/NYC
Appointment Equity Submission in
the subject line. Seeking submissions
from Equity members. Equity members
must submit themselves directly in
order to be considered via this posting
(no agent or third-party submissions).
Pays: $637/wk. min. (theater paying
above min.). Equity LORT D Non-Rep
Contract.

Firepower

Casting Firepower.
Company: Detroit Repertory Theatre.
Staff: Lynch R. Travis, dir.
Runs Jan. 5, 2017-Mar. 12 in Detroit,
MI.
SeekingGeorge Montgomery: male,
18-65, African American. Tyrone (T.C.)
Montgomery: male, 18-40, African
American. Edward (Eddie)
Montgomery: male, 18-45, African
American. Elizabeth (Liz) Hall: female,
18-40, African American. Neil Russell:
male, 18-30, African American. Joanne
Wells: female, 30-45, African
American.
Equity Principal Auditions will be held
Nov. 15 from 6:30-9 p.m. and Nov. 16

from 6:30-9 p.m. at Detroit Repertory


Theatre, 13103 Woodrow Wilson St.,
Detroit, MI, 48238. EPA Rules are in
effect. A monitor will not be provided.
The producer will run all aspects of this
audition.
For an audition appointment, email
LSdetrepth@comcast.net or call (313)
868-1347.
The audition will consist of reading
sides from the script. Prepare to do a
one minute monologue if asked.
Pays $236/wk. Equity SPT 1
Agreement.

Jeeves in Bloom

Casting Jeeves in Bloom.


Company: North Carolina Stage
Company. Staff: Charlie Flynn-McIver,
artistic dir.; Angie Flynn-McIver, prod.
dir.
Rehearsals begin Jan. 3, 2017; runs Jan.
25-Feb. 19 with a possible extension
through Feb. 26 in Asheville, NC.
SeekingBertie Wilberforce Wooster:
male, 30-49, all ethnicities. Jeeves:
40-49, all ethnicities. Agustus Gussie
Fink-Nottle: male, 30-49, all ethnicities. Dahlia Travers: female, 50-69, all
ethnicities. Thomas Portarlington
Travers: male, 50-79, all ethnicities.
Madeline Basset: female, 20-39, all ethnicities. Anatole: male, 50-69, all
ethnicities.
Equity Principal Auditions will be held
Nov. 14 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (lunch, 1-2
p.m.) at North Carolina Stage Company,
15 Stage Lane, Asheville, NC, 28801. An
Equity Monitor will not be provided.
The producer will run all aspects of this
audition.
For an audition appointment email
casting@ncstage.org (preferred) or call
(828) 239-0263, Mon.-Fri., noon- 5 p.m.
AEA members without appointments
seen as time permits. Video submissions welcome only if you are unable to
attend the audition.
Sides from the show to prepare for
auditions will be provided upon confirmation of appointment. Sides will also
be available at the audition. Bring picture and resume. Note: Equitys contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity
encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well
as performers with disabilities, to
attend every audition.
Pays $352/wk. Equity SPT Category 4
Contract.

Macbeth

Casting Equity actors for Macbeth.


Company: Shakespeare Theatre
Company. Staff: Michael Kahn, artistic
dir.; Liesl Tommy, dir.; William
Shakespeare, playwright; Carter C.
Wooddell, casting dir.
Rehearsals begin Mar. 14, 2017; runs
Apr. 25, 2017-May. 28, 2017 in
Washington, DC.
SeekingMalcolm: males & females,
20-35, all ethnicities, late 20s; in this
production this character will be ethnically diverse; elder son or daughter of
the murdered king Duncan; smart and
complicated; believable as both a villain and a hero; possesses a mysterious
and ambiguous drive; must have an
excellent facility with language.
Banquo: males & females, 40-49, all
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South America. The inhabitants are


not necessarily just the indigenous
people of the land but also citizens
who may have originally been
brought into the country as slaves
or bondsmen.
Pays $936/wk. Equity LORT NonRep LORT B+ Agreement.

PLAYS

ethnicities, in this production this


character will be ethnically
diverse; General in the kings army,
like Macbeth, is a capable warrior;
dependable, honorable, with enormous integrity; the moral compass;
must have an excellent facility
with language; may Understudy.
Lennox: males & females, 30-49,
all ethnicities, in this production
this character will be ethnically
diverse; a nobleman/woman
wavering in his/her loyalties;
strong, capable, charming and an
individual; must have an excellent
facility with language; may
Understudy. Ross: males &
females, 30-49, all ethnicities, in
this production this character will
be ethnically diverse; a nobleman/
woman; strong, capable, intuitive;
strategic in his decisions, she/he
has a propensity for being on the
winning side and putting him/herself first; passionate and fiery; she/
he joins Macbeths adversaries;
must have an excellent facility
with language; may Understudy.
Angus: males & females, 30-49, all
ethnicities, in this production this
character will be ethnically
diverse; a nobleman/woman. In the
end she/he deserts Macbeth; not as
outspoken as some of the other
Thanes, she/he calculates and
strategizes quietly; strong, capable,
keen intellect and great strategist;
must have an excellent facility
with language; may Understudy.
Duncan: males & females, 60+, all
ethnicities, in this production this
character will be ethnically
diverse. King or Queen of Scotland;
beloved of the people; strong in
her/his convictions; she/he is
warm, pious, gentle and regal; possible double as Siward; must have
an excellent facility with language.
Porter/Doctor: males & females,
30-49, all ethnicities, in this production this character will be ethnically diverse; Porter is drunken,
wry, and irreverent; comic genius;
must have an excellent facility
with language; this track doubles
with the Doctor, which is a more
serious role; he/she is concerned
with Lady Macbeths declining
health, and has thoughtfulness.
Seeking submissions from New
York.
NYC auditions will be held the
week of Nov. 14, by appointment
only. Seeking submissions from
AEA members. AEA members must
submit themselves directly in order
to be considered via this posting
(no agent or third-party submissions). Email picture and resume
ASAP for consideration. Mark submissions: Macbeth [Role____] / NYC
Appointments AEA Submission to
castingshakespeare@shakespearetheatre.org. Note: With the
exception of the Witches, all roles
in this production will be cast as
people of color. They represent the
people of a formerly colonized
state. It could be an African nation,
an island in the West Indies, a state
in the Middle East or a country in

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AUDITIONS

Pillsbury House Theatre

Casting actors for Pillsbury House


Theatres 2017 season productions,
which will be announced at a later
date.
Company: Pillsbury House
Theatre. Staff: Faye Price and Noel
Raymond, co-artistic dirs.; Kurt
Kwan, artistic assoc.; Emily
Zimmer, dir. of Chicago Avenue
Project.
Rehearsals begin Feb. 28, 2017;
runs Mar. 31-Oct. 22, 2017 in
Minneapolis, MN.
SeekingActors: males & females,
18+, all ethnicities.
Equity Principal Auditions will be
held Nov. 4 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
(lunch, 12:30-1:30 p.m.) at Pillsbury
House Theatre, 3501 Chicago Ave.,
Minneapolis, MN, 55407. EPA
Procedures are in effect for this
audition. An Equity Monitor will
not be provided. The producer will
run all aspects of this audition.
For an audition appointment, submit pix & resumes to phtauditions@gmail.com or call (612)
787-3634, Tuesdays-Thursdays.
Prepare two, two minute contrasting contemporary monologues and
bring two sets of pictures and
resumes. Equitys contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity
encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and
ages, as well as performers with
disabilities, to attend every
audition.
Pays $342/wk. Equity SPT 4
Contract.

OPEN CALLS

Chelsea Studios, 151 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001

Start 10:00 AM / Sign-in 9:30 AM

SINGERS WHO DANCE


NOVEMBER 17, Male & Female

DANCERS WHO SING


NOVEMBER 18, Male & Female

For song selection and requirements visit:


carnivalentertainment.com/auditions

Sex With Strangers

Casting Equity actors for Sex


With Strangers.
Company: CATCO. Staff: Joe
Bishara, assoc. prod. dir.; Laura
Eason, writer.
Rehearsals begin Jan. 20, 2017;
runs Feb. 15-Mar. 5, 2017 in
Columbus, OH.
SeekingEthan: male, 22-32, all
ethnicities, attractive, brash
twenty-something writer who
found overnight success by blogging about his exploits having sex
with strangers, but harbors deeper,
smarter ambitions and values than
first meets the eye; completely confident, comfortable in any setting,
sexy, sexual, and able to be selfeffacing and even vulnerable.
Olivia: female, 32-42, all ethnicities, smart, sexy and strong;
nobodys fool, yet not a woman you
would call outgoing; fiercely committed to her writing yet still nursing wounds from her last time in
the spotlight; doesnt need accolades (or so she says); there may be
more ambition in her than she
might want to admit.
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PLAYS
MUSICALS

Equity Principal Auditions will be held


Nov. 13 from 6-9 p.m. and Nov. 14 from
6-9 p.m. at Columbus Performing Arts
Center (CPAC), 549 Franklin Ave.,
Columbus, Ohio, 43215. EPA Procedures
are in effect for this audition. An Equity
Monitor will not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of this
audition.
Actors will have three minutes to audition and may choose to present two
contrasting contemporary monologues
or one monologue with considerable
range. Actors may be asked to read from
the script. To schedule an appointment,
contact Associate Producing Director
Joe Bishara at jbishara@catco.org or
(614) 453-4601.
Pays $345/wk. Equity SPT 3
Agreement.

FILM

Souvenir: A Fantasia on the


Life of Florence Foster Jenkins

Casting Souvenir: A Fantasia on the


Life of Florence Foster Jenkins.
Company: North Carolina Stage
Company. Staff: Charlie Flynn-McIver,
artistic dir.; Angie Flynn-McIver, prod.
dir.
Rehearsals begin Jan. 3, 2017; runs Jan.
25-Feb. 19 with a possible extension
through Feb. 26 in Asheville, NC.
SeekingFlorence Foster Jenkins:
female, 40-69, all ethnicities. Cosme
McMoon: male, 40-69, all ethnicities.
Equity Principal Auditions will be held
Nov. 15 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (lunch, 1-2
p.m.) at North Carolina Stage Company,
15 Stage Lane, Asheville, NC, 28801. An
Equity Monitor will not be provided.
The producer will run all aspects of this
audition.
For an audition appointment email
casting@ncstage.org (preferred) or call
(828) 239-0263, Mon.-Fri., noon- 5 p.m.
AEA members without appointments
seen as time permits. Video submissions welcome only if you are unable to
attend the audition.
Sides from the show to prepare for
auditions will be provided upon confirmation of appointment. Those auditioning for Jenkins must prepare a song
to sing from classical repertoire. Those
auditioning for Cosme must prepare a
classical piano piece. Bring picture and
resume. Note: Equitys contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities,
gender identities, and ages, as well as
performers with disabilities, to attend
every audition.
Pays $352/wk. Equity SPT Category 4
Contract.

Texas Shakespeare Festival

Casting the Texas Shakespeare


Festival, a non-Equity summer repertory theatre. The 32nd season includes:
Much Ado About Nothing, Cyrano
De Bergerac, Richard III, The
Marvelous Wonderettes, A Childrens
Show, and one other small cast show
to be announced.
Company: Texas Shakespeare Festival.
Staff: John Dodd, managing dir.
Contract runs May 19-Aug. 3, 2017;
Rehearses(for all shows) May 20-June
28; runs June 29-July 30 in Kilgore, TX.
Seeking12 Male Actors: male, 21-70,
all ethnicities, classical trained actors

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to be cast in three shows: Much Ado


About Nothing, Cyrano de Bergerac,
Richard III, and the UpStairs Theatre
production (a small cast show to be
announced). Four Female Actors:
female, 21-60, all ethnicities, classical
trained actors, who can sing and harmonize, to be cast in The Marvelous
Wonderettes, Much Ado About
Nothing, Cyrano de Bergerac,
Richard III. Acting Interns: males &
females, 19-35, all ethnicities, classical
trained actors to be cast in a childrens
show (tba) and three other shows:
Much Ado About Nothing, Cyrano
de Bergerac, Richard III, and the
UpStairs Theatre production (a small
cast show to be announced). Six Actors:
males & females, 21-40, all ethnicities,
classical trained actors to tour regional
in the East Texas area with reduced
productions (50-55 mins.) of Romeo
and Juliet and Shakespeares Greatest
Hits. Four male/three female actors.
Contract Jan. 8-Mar. 6; $300 a week;
$400 travel reimbursement; dorm
housing; and some meals.
Seeking submissions nationwide.
For consideration, visit www.
TexasShakespeare.com and read audition submission requirements, fill out
the 2017 Audition Submission Form,
attach a headshot (prefer JPEG) and
resume (prefer PDF) and two audition
pieces. Female Actors, and Male Actors
who wish to be considered for both the
roadshow and summer season, must
also submit a song selection.
Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Actors receive a $3,500 stipend (first
payment on arrival and then every two
weeks); dorm housing; $350 travel
reimbursement; fourteen meals a week.
Acting Interns received a $1,250 stipend
(first payment on arrival and then
every two weeks); double occupancy
dorm housing; and fourteen meals a
week.

MUSICALS
Bridges of Madison County

Casting Bridges of Madison County.


Company: Marriott Theatre in
Lincolnshire. Staff: Andy Hite, artistic
dir.; Nick Bowling, dir.; Peter Marston
Sullivan, assoc. artistic dir.
Rehearsals begin June 1, 2017; runs
June 21-Aug. 20 in Buffalo Grove, IL.
SeekingFrancesca: female, 35-45, all
ethnicities. Richard Bud Johnson:
male, 40-50, all ethnicities. Robert
Kincaid: male, 40-50, all ethnicities.
Marian: female, 35-45, all ethnicities.
Chiara: female, 35-45, all ethnicities.
Michael: male, 18+, all ethnicities.
Carolyn: female, 18+, all ethnicities.
Marge: female, 45-60, all ethnicities.
Charlie: male, 60-70, all ethnicities.
Ensemble: males & females, 18+, all
ethnicities.
Equity Principal Auditions will be held
Nov. 14 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (lunch, 1-2
p.m.) at Stage 773, 1225 W Belmont Ave.,
Chicago, IL, 60657. EPA Procedures are
in effect for this audition. An Equity
Monitor will be provided.

For an audition appointment, Equity


members call (312) 641-0406, 9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. beginning
Nov. 7. Note: All Equity offices will be
closed Nov. 11.
Prepare one 16 to 32 bar cut, and bring
a second in case the Artistic Team
needs to hear more. An accompanist
will be provided. Bring music in your
key.
Equitys contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity encourages performers
of all ethnicities, gender identities, and
ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition.
Pays $751/wk. Equity Marriott Special
Agreement.

Hockey - The Musical!

Casting an original production created


and written by Mitch Albom
(Tuesdays With Morrie, Duck
Hunter Shoots Angel, Ernie), which
was previously performed for a successful eight-week inaugural run at the
City Theatre in Detroit May 19 through
July 10, 2016. Producer states: This is a
return engagement with audience
expectations high, as well as a new
three-week tour through the state of
Michigan.
Company: ASOP Productions. Staff:
Kerri Alexander, prod.
Rehearsals will begin mid-June 2017
(up to six days a week, days and/or evenings); shows begin mid-July 2017 in
Detroit for four weeks, followed by
three tour weeks in three Michigan cities through the end of August 2017.
SeekingStanley/Terry: male, 40-65,
Caucasian, must have comedic abilities and timing; strong, versatile singing; paunchy appearance; Canadian
accent required. Guy/Jagger: male,
20-40, Caucasian, must have comedic
abilities and timing; versatile singing;
knowledge of harmony and background; somewhat athletic; strong
British and Russian accents a must.
Song Policeman/Coach/Swede/
Gameshow Host: male, 30-50,
Caucasian, must have comedic abilities and timing; versatile singing;
knowledge of harmony and background; strong British accent a must;
will also be asked to provide a Swedish
accent. Dawn: female, 20-35,
Caucasian, attractive, athletic appearance; must have comedic abilities and
timing; versatile singing; knowledge
of harmony and background; strong
dancing skills. Dawn Understudy/
Chorus: female, 20-35, Caucasian, versatile singing; knowledge of harmony
and background; strong dancer; attractive, athletic appearance.
Seeking submissions nationwide.
Send submissions to hockeymusicalauditions@gmail.com.
All submissions from outside
Michigan must include salary/housing
requirement. Applications that dont
include proper singing/acting/dancing
demos will not be viewed. This is a
musical comedy. Need to hear stage
singing and see dancing and comedic
acting. If these arent available, please
dont apply. Also need to hear accents if
applying for roles that require them.
Cover letters are requested. Kindly
note your ability to temporarily relo-

cate to Detroit and also be present at


auditions either November 15 or 17, 2016
in Detroit.
Compensation to be determined.

CHORUS CALLS
Gypsy

Casting local Equity and non-Equity


actors who sing and move well for
Gypsy.
Company: Arden Theatre Company.
Staff: Terrence J. Nolen, dir.; Ryan
Touhey, music dir.; Jenn Rose, choreo.;
Sarah Scafidi, artistic assist.
Rehearsals begin Apr. 25, 2017; runs
May 18-June 25, 2017 in Philadelphia,
PA.
SeekingEquity Singers Who Move
Well: males & females, 20-30, all
ethnicities.
Equity Chorus Calls will be held Nov. 11
from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Equity singers who
move well) and Nov. 15 from 10 a.m.-3
p.m. (Equity singers who move well) at
Hamilton Family Arts Center, 62 N. 2nd
St., Philadelphia, PA, 19106. An Equity
Monitor will not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of this
audition.
Invited dance call from 3-5 p.m.
Prepare 32 bars of a song in style of the
show. Bring picture and resume. For an
audition appointment, email casting@
ardentheatre.org. No phone calls.
Pays $799/wk. Equity Non-Rep LORT C
Agreement.

FEATURE FILMS
An Actor Prepares

Casting for the feature film, An Actor


Prepares, starring Jeremy Irons and
Jack Huston. Project description: After
suffering a heart attack, a world
famous, hard-drinking actor is forced
to drive across country with his
estranged son on one last madcap
adventure.
Company: Casting Taylormade. Staff:
Steve Clark, dir;.
Shooting though November, in
Atlanta, GA.
SeekingPeople With Formalwear:
males & females, 25-65, all ethnicities,
attractive, for a Hollywood awards red
carpet scene, shooting November 15.
Baseball Players: male, 18-35, all ethnicities, featured, with real baseball
experience, sizes 38-44 only, if you own
black cleats please also state in submission, shooting November 10 & 28.
Japanese Orderly: male, 18-40, Asian,
larger built or heavier set (not slender),
shooting November 18. Japanese Award
Presenter: female, 25-40, Asian, shooting November 14. Studio Executive:
male, 40-65, Caucasian, full, round figure (not obese), corporate business man
look, no nonsense business man, shooting November 15. Wedding Guests:
males & females, 25-65, all ethnicities,
must own black tie attire, gowns, formal dresses, suits, tuxes, etc., shooting
November 29.
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Seeking submissions from GA.
Send submissions to extrascastingtm@gmail.com.
include three photos, name, phone
number, e-mail, age, height, weight,
measurements, and location.
Some pay.

Half to Death

Casting the feature film Shock and


Awe, starring Tommy Lee Jones,
Woody Harrelson, Jessica Biel & Milla
Jovovich. Project description: A group
of journalists covering George Bushs
planned invasion of Iraq in 2003 are
skeptical of the presidents claim that
Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass
destruction.
Company: Castle Rock Entertainment,
Central Casting LA. Staff: Rob Reiner,
dir.; Central Casting LA, background
casting dir.
Shoots Nov. 7, in New Orleans, LA.
SeekingCafe Patrons: males &
females, 18-59, all ethnicities, upscale,
must not have worked this show before,
should have business and business
casual wardrobe options.
Seeking submissions from LA.
Send submissions to Shock@centralcasting.com.
To apply, submit current photo(s) of
yourself & your vehicle.
Some pay.
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Casting background for the FOX TV


series, 24: Legacy, starring Corey
Hawkins.
Company: FOX, Central Casting Georgia.
Staff: Kiefer Sutherland, exec. prod.
Shoots Nov. 4 & 7, in Atlanta, GA.
SeekingCrossfit Types: male, 18-45,
all ethnicities, must be under six feet.
Seeking submissions from GA.
Send submissions to 24@
Centralcasting.com.
To apply, submit three pictures, contact info, height, weight, measurements, and availability.
Some pay.

i-News Reporter Journalist

Seeking an i-reporter/journalist.
Company states: We are seeking a
skilled journalist reporter comfortable
on camera. The i-report scene setting is
in a television studio for a 2-3 minute
segment. We are seeking a skilled seasoned reporter/journalist, who can convey the story with the 5 oclock news
touch. Or a very good actor or actress
who can portray a news anchor.
Company: www.blueboxentertainment.com. Staff: Bryan Michael and
Terra Thurmond, coords.
Shoot dates & locations are TBA.
SeekingI-Reporter: 18+, all ethnicities,
a skilled seasoned reporter/journalist,
who can convey the story with the 5
oclock news touch. Or a very good actor
or actress who can portray a news
anchor. Please come shoot ready if
chosen.
Seeking submissions nationwide.
Send submissions to responsenycads@gmail.com.
Audition will require 10-15 minutes
exploring the facts, another 10-15 minutes writing a news story script,
another 10-15 minutes of shooting the
segment. For the skilled camera ready
journalist reporter this will be a snap.
An hour or two tops.
Pays $200.

The Exorcist

Casting The Exorcist, a Fox TV series


starring Geena Davis. Project descrip-

Untitled One Hour TV Drama

Casting an international ad campaign,


non-union TV commercial, and still
photo shoot for a tobacco related
product.
Company: Kathryn Brink Casting.
Staff: Kathryn Brink, NM casting dir.
Shoot is scheduled for Summer 2017 in
multiple locations and days in
Albuquerque, NM.
SeekingReal Cowboys & Rodeo
Cowboys: male, 25-40, all ethnicities.
Auditions will be held by appt. Nov. 5
from 12:30-3 p.m. at Sol Acting, 5500
San Mateo NE Ste. 114, Albuquerque,
NM, 87109.
Send submissions to casting505@
gmail.com.
To apply, submit pix, rsums & all
contact information and skills relevant
to the role you are seeking. Bring pix &
rsums to audition.
Pays $1,000/day, plus $500/travel days
plus all expenses paid

Casting various speaking roles for a


one hour TV drama series.
Staff: Erica Arvold, casting dir.
Shoots Nov. 15-Dec. 15, in Baltimore,
MD.
SeekingNurse: female, 30-45, all ethnicities, Baltimore local hire, professional. Eileen Salt: female, 40-45, all
ethnicities, Baltimore local hire, intelligent, a lawyer. Female Detective:
female, 38-45, all ethnicities, can be
modified local hire (from outside of
Baltimore, MD), professional.
Seeking submissions from MD.
Send submissions to localbaltimoreactors@gmail.com.
To apply, send pix & rsum & fill out
the online submission form at tinyurl.
com/HOC-season5.
Professional pay. SAG-AFTRA
contract.

DEMO &
INSTRUCTIONAL
VIDEOS
Educational Training Video
Series, Host

Casting a host for an educational training video series for a startup in the educational market. The ideal candidate
has background as an educator and a
passion for education. Web/TV series
hosting experience not necessary, but a
plus. Some acting or on-camera and
voiceover recording experience necessary. There are no requirements regarding gender, age, and ethnicity. This
casting is for ten episodes with on-camera and voiceover work, with potential
for more episodes in the future.
Company: Cyprian Films, New York.
Staff: Minos Papas, prod.-dir.
Shoots in the fall in NYC.

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COMMERCIALS
International Ad Campaign

THEME PARKS
Hong Kong Disneyland &
Shanghai Disney Resort,
Vocalists & Character LookAlikes

Seeking vocalists and character lookalikes for Hong Kong Disneyland and
Shanghai Disney Resort.
Company: Hong Kong Disneyland/
Shanghai Disney Resort.
Six-month contracts begin spring 2017
in Hong Kong or Shanghai, China.
SeekingVocalists: males & females,
18+, all ethnicities. Character LookAlikes (Who Can Act): males & females,
18+, all ethnicities.
Auditions will be held Nov. 4 at 3 p.m.
(character look-alikes; sign-in: 2:30
p.m.) and Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. (vocalists;
sign-in: 10:30 a.m.) at Screenland
Studios, 10501 Burbank Blvd., North
Hollywood, CA, 91601. And Nov. 15 at
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VARIETY

Shock and Awe

24: Legacy

SeekingHost: 25+, all ethnicities, the


ideal candidate has background as an
educator and a passion for education;
web/TV series hosting experience not
necessary, but a plus; some acting or
on-camera and voice over recording
experience necessary; there are no
requirements regarding gender, age,
and ethnicity. This casting is for ten
episodes with on-camera and voice
over work, with potential for more episodes in the future.
Seeking submissions from NY and PA.
Apply on Backstage.com.
Submit a note with your history in education and what you feel makes you the
perfect candidate. Only submit via
Backstage; do not submit via other
company emails.
Pays: $900/day. Three days minimum
for rehearsal and shoot combined. SAGAFTRA New Media Agreement.

COMMERCIAL

Casting for the soccer related feature


film One United.
Company: New Life Casting.
Shoots November, in Atlanta, GA.
SeekingExcellent Soccer Players:
males & females, 14-21, all ethnicities,
regular league experience just wont cut
it for this one, we are only seeking
highly skilled players. Carlos: male,
40-70, Hispanic, can appear sickly, pay
is $72/8hrs.
Seeking submissions from GA.
Send submissions to Unitedextras@
gmail.com.
Include two photos, age, height and all
clothing sizes, and a detailed description of soccer experience.
Some pay.

SCRIPTED TV & VIDEO

tion: A television show based on


William Blattys 1971 novel, about a
priest who performs exorcisms on
demonic spirits.
Company: 20th Century Fox
Television, Morgan Creek Productions,
4 Star Casting. Staff: Jess Gisin, casting
dir.
Tentatively shoots Nov. 8, in Chicago,
IL.
SeekingSwiss Guard: male, 19-30,
Caucasian, Hispanic, Ethnically
Ambiguous / Mixed Race, 58+.
Seeking submissions from IL.
Send submissions to extras4theexorcist@gmail.com.
To apply, submit recent, candid photos
(one close-up & one full-length) in JPG
format. Photos should be taken in
decent lighting; no selfies, sunglasses
or hats. Show your style, but make sure
your face is visible. If possible, include
a photo that best represents the role
you are submitting for. Rename the
attached files with your full name.
Include a rsum, name, age, height,
weight, all clothing measurements,
phone, zip, and email. Register at www.
tiny.cc/4star.
Pays $84/8 hours.

TV & VIDEO

One United

Casting the feature film Soldado, starring Benicio Del Toro & Josh Brolin.
Project description: A follow-up to the
2015 film, Sicario, which centers around
the escalating war against drugs along
the border of the United States and
Mexico.
Company: Lionsgate. Staff: Stefano
Sollima, dir.; Taylor Sheridan, writer;
Elizabeth Gabel, casting dir.
Shoots Nov. 5, in Albuquerque, NM.
SeekingKids: males & females, 4-10,
all ethnicities.
Seeking submissions from NM.
Send submissions to castingabq@
gmail.com.
Include childs age, height, weight,
recent photo, and parents name & contact info.
Some pay.

FILM

Casting the feature film, Half to


Death. Project description: A horror
film about a woman whos trapped in a
vicious cycle of death and must solve
the mystery of her own murder before
her chances run out.
Company: Caballero Casting,
Blumhouse Productions. Staff:
Christopher Landon, writer/dir.; Scott
Lobdell, writer; Angela Mancuso &
John Baldecchi , exec-prods.; Jason
Blum, prod.
Shoots Nov. 10-11, in New Orleans, LA.
SeekingFrat Pledges: male, 18-25, all
ethnicities. Art Student: males &
females, 18-25, all ethnicities. Sprinkler
Students: males & females, 18-25, all
ethnicities, must be willing to get wet.
Seeking submissions from LA.
Send submissions to halftodeathcasting@gmail.com.
To apply, submit clear, recent photos,
your name, age, height/weight & city of
residency.
Some pay.

Soldado

casting NATIONAL/REGIONAL
11:30 a.m. (vocalists; sign-in: 11 a.m.) at
Pearl Studios, 519 8th Ave., 12th fl.,
NYC, 10018. And Nov. 18 at 12:30 p.m.
(vocalists; sign-in: 12 p.m.) and Nov. 19
at 2:30 p.m. (character look-alikes; signin: 2 p.m.) at Hubbard Street Dance,
1147 W. Jackson Blvd., Chciago, IL,
60607.
Vocalists: Prepare two 16-bar selections of a song that best showcases your
vocal range, and provide clearly
marked sheet music in the correct key
for the accompanist. Prerecorded
accompaniment tracks or a cappella
auditions are not allowed. NYC and L.A.
vocal callbacks will be held the following day. Chicago vocal callbacks will be
held later the same day.
Character Look-Alikes: Wear comfortable attire; you will be asked to learn a
movement combination. Candidates
may be asked to read from sides at the
audition.
All should bring pix & resumes. For
more info and a breakdown, visit
https://disneyauditions.com/
audition-calendar/.
Competitive salary provided.

CRUISE LINES
Royal Caribbean International,
Aerialists

VARIETY

Seeking a dancer/aerialist to perform


on original apparatus in featured aerial
and production shows on Royal
Caribbean International cruise lines.
Company: Royal Caribbean
International.
Rehearsal times, production dates,
and locations vary.
SeekingDancer/Aerialist: males &
females, 18-40, all ethnicities, must
have a strong dance background; prior
experience is a plus however, not
required to audition. Must possess well
developed, strong bodies to sustain rigorous demands. Our aerial trainers will
guide you through a series of strength
training, apparatus/harness work and a
dance combination; tumbling a plus.
Auditions will be held Nov. 13 at 10
a.m. and Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. at Fern Adair
Conservatory of the Arts, 3265 E.
Patrick Ave., Las Vegas, NV, 89120. And
Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. (dancer/aerialist) and
Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. (dancer/aerialist) at
S.L.A.M. (Streb Laboratory for Action
Mechanics), 51 North 1st St., New York
City, New York, 11211.
For more info, visit http://royalcaribbeanproductions.com/featured-shows/
Centrum-WOW. Note: Must possess a
strong dance background. No prior aerial experience required. Will train.
Competitive salaries, paid rehearsal
period, family cruise privileges, and a
professional working environment.

Viking Ocean Cruises, Salt Lake


City Auditions

EVENTS

Viking Ocean Cruises is seeking singers and dancers for main stage shows,
cabarets, and other entertainment
offerings by Mertz Productions with
casting services provided by RWS &
Associates. For more information, visit
http://vikingcruisesauditions.com.

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AUDITION
HIGHLIGHT S
M I DW E S T

Sat. Nov. 5
Born Ready
Commedia Senza Arte
Sweeney Todd
Black Nativity

Sun. Nov. 6
Landscape Escapism
John & Jen
Much Ado About Nothing (also 11/7)
Be My Baby (also 11/7)

Mon. Nov. 7
Blue Nativity (also 11/9)
More Irrational Tales (also 11/8)
Salubrity
Nunsense (also 11/8)

Tue. Nov. 8
The Other Black Guy

Wed. Nov. 9
Novel Research
In the Dog House
For the full auditions calendar,
visit backstage.com/auditions

Company: Mertz Productions. Staff:


RWS & Associates, casting company;
Franklyn Warfield, senior casting dir.
Rehearsals in Orlando, FL. Itineraries
include Mediterranean, Baltic, and
other European routes. Casting will be
ongoing throughout 2016/2017.
SeekingFemale Singers who Act:
female, 18+, all ethnicities, Female 1:
versatile soprano with strong classical
and pop voice up to high C6. Female 2:
mezzo with strong belt/mix as well as
a classic musical theater sound.
Female 3: alto/mezzo with strong belt/
mix up to E5 in pop and musical theater styles. Male Singers who Act:
male, 18+, all ethnicities, Male 1: versatile tenor with strong legit/classical
voice as well as musical theater/pop
up to A4. Male 2: Bari/Tenor with
strong pop/rock voice up to A4. Male
3: Baritone with strong musical theater, pop voice up to G4. Male and
Female Dancers: males & females, 18+,
all ethnicities, strong dancers in a
variety of styles including ballroom
and partnering; vocal skills a plus.
Auditions will be held Nov. 14 at
10:30 a.m. (Male and Female Dancers
(sign-in begins at 10am)) and at 2:30
p.m. (Male and Female Singers (signin begins at 2pm)) at Millennium
Dance Complex, 918 E 900 S., Salt
Lake City, UT, 84105.

Dancers: A brief dance combination


will be taught. Bring form-fitting dance
attire (women bring heels and flats),
headshot and resume stapled together.
Singing and acting experience is a plus.
Singers Who Act: Prepare two songs
from the Viking repertoire. Log onto
http://vikingcruisesauditions.com, and
scroll down to the Performer Tracks
heading. Click on Song Examples
beside each track listed. Choose a song
and download the musical track (with
and without vocals) as well as the sheet
music. Will have the tracks available
for use at the audition.
You may be called back to move/dance
later the same day. Bring dance clothes/
shoes. Bring headshot and resume stapled together.
Callbacks will be held Nov. 15.
Availability for the callback will be
required to be considered.
Pays: $3,000-$3,500/month. Travel
and lodging provided.

Viking Ocean Cruises, Toronto

Seeking singers and dancers for main


stage shows, cabarets and other entertainment offerings by Mertz
Productions with casting services provided by RWS & Associates om Viking
Ocean Cruises.
Company: Mertz Productions. Staff:
RWS & Associates, casting company;
Franklyn Warfield, senior casting dir.
Rehearsals in Orlando, FL. Itineraries
include Mediterranean, Baltic and
other European routes. Casting will be
ongoing throughout 2016-2017.
SeekingFemale Singers: female, 18+,
all ethnicities, Female 1: Versatile
soprano with strong classical and pop
voice up to high C6. Female 2: Mezzo
with strong belt/mix as well as a classic
musical theater sound. Female 3: Alto/
mezzo with strong belt/mix up to E5 in
pop and musical theater styles. Male
Singers: male, 18+, all ethnicities, Male
1: Versatile tenor with strong legit/classical voice as well as musical theater/
pop up to A4. Male 2: Bari/Tenor with
strong pop/rock voice up to A4. Male 3:
Baritone with strong musical theater,
pop voice up to G4. Male and Female
Dancers: males & females, 18+, all ethnicities, strong dancers in a variety of
styles including ballroom and partnering. Vocal skills a plus.
Auditions will be held Nov. 17 at 9 a.m.
(Male and Female Dancers sign-in
begins) and at 12:30 p.m. (Male and
Female Singers sign-in begins) at
Toronto Dance Industry, 1530
Birchmount Road, Unit 1, Scarborough,
Ontario, MIP 2G9, Toronto, ON, M1P
2H2.
Dancers: A brief dance combination
will be taught. Bring form-fitting dance
attire (women bring heels and flats),
headshot and resume stapled together.
Singing and acting experience is a plus.
Singers who act: Please prepare two
songs from the Viking repertoire. Log
onto http://vikingcruisesauditions.
com, and scroll down to the
Performer Tracks heading. Click on
Song Examples beside each track
listed. Choose a song and download
the musical track (with and without
vocals) as well as the sheet music. We
will have the tracks available for use

at the audition. Accompanist will not


be provided. You may be called back
to move/dance later the same day.
Please bring dance clothes/shoes.
Bring headshot and resume stapled
together.
Callbacks will be held Friday,
November 18, 2016. Availability for the
callback will be required to be
considered.
Pays $3,000-$3,500/month. Travel and
lodging provided.

WORKSHOPS
Showcase.Live Event, Models
And Actors

Seeking commercial models and actors


for an acting and modeling showcase/
workshop event. Coordinator states:
Showcase Live is an exclusive event
that gives a small group of aspiring/
professional actors and models access
to the information and the connections
they need to further their talent career.
During the two-day event, you will get
to hear from top agents, casting directors, as well as professional models and
actors. There will be intimate coaching
and guidance with industry professionals, live auditions, and direct feedback
from the decision-makers in the
industry.
Company: Showcase Live. Staff:
Cristina DeHart, casting dir.
Workshop runs Dec. 3 & 4 in NYC.
SeekingActors & Models: males &
females, 1+, all ethnicities.
Seeking submissions nationwide.
Send submissions to cdhart999@cs.
com.
For details and to register, visit http://
showcase.live.
No pay. Fee is $597 (for two full days of
events, workshops, and agency showcase). Coordinator states: Panel of top
agencies, including CESD, Abrams
Artists, Innovative Artists, Bella
Agency, Romonas Talent, MSA Models,
etc. (15 industry professionals in total).

FESTIVALS & EVENTS


2017 United Solo Theatre
Festival

Seeking one-person shows for the 8th


annual United Solo Theatre Festival,
the worlds largest solo theatre festival,
featuring original and adapted solo
shows from all over the world. Have
your show shown in the center mecca
of solo shows in the world Fiona
Shaw.
Company: United Solo.
Runs Sept. 14-Nov. 19 (up to eight
dates) at Theatre Row on 42nd Street in
NYC.
SeekingSolo Performers: males &
females, 18+, all ethnicities.
Seeking submissions nationwide.
For more info and to apply, visit www.
unitedsolo.org/submit to process an
online application form. Deadline for
early submissions is Nov. 22, 2016.
Pay provided.
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George Street Playhouse

Broadway.) She then headlined Joe DiPietros


Clever Little Lies before bringing the show
BY RYAN MCPHEE
Off-Broadway. The late Arthur Laurents, a
ew Brunswick, New Jersey, may not be
George Street mainstay, also lured Thomas
just off the subway, but George Street
Playhouse still manages to celebrate
to the venue for his play New Years Eve.
new works with a bevy of New York
While Saint can recruit New Yorkfocused artnames. The LORT company operates like many
ists who may prefer to stay local, he insists the
other nonprofit regional houses while using
search is still about finding whoever is right for
its proximity to the city to its full advantage.
the role. George Street Playhouse also features
We have the benefit of being out of town so
local actors and those based elsewhere. I dont
we can develop something,
consciously set out to balance
artistic director David Saint
it, Saint says, but New York
GEORGE STREET
explains to Backstage. But
is still a mecca of theater. We
PLAYHOUSE
at the same time, were not
have such a pool of talent.
georgestreetplayhouse.org
so far out of town that the
The theater uses McCorkle
actors have to leave home.
Casting in New York for its
Saint, who celebrates his
search each season. The pro20th season with George Street this fall, saw
cess begins with Saint compiling a list of viable
this benefit early on when it attracted his
names from his files and crosschecking it with
former instructor Uta Hagen to the venue.
Pat McCorkles suggestions. Regular open calls,
The quick commute was also a draw
run by resident artistic director Michael Mastro
for Marlo Thomas, who debuted two roles
and producing associate Scott Goldman, are
at George Street Playhouse before bringalso held in accordance with Equity standards.
ing them to New York. First, she appeared
In addition to its access to performers,
in 2008s Roger Is Dead in a role Elaine
George Street Playhouses location has helped
May wrote for her. (She later reprised her
foster its relationships with playwrights, leadperformance in a new iteration, George Is
ing to more new work coming to the theater.
Dead, as part of Relatively Speaking on
Saint directs the season opener, Mamas

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Boy, this fall; the play, by Rob Urbinati,


reached his desk by way of Betsy Aidem, the
productions star. Aidem, who had appeared
in Jolson Sings Again and God of Carnage
at George Street, approached him after participating in a workshop of the new play.
Ideally, playwrights become involved in
the development of a new show, and thats
easier to do when the production is less than
an hour from New York. Urbinati has been
present at rehearsals, and the performers are
free to express impulses. Creating a role is
a very different experience, Saint explains.
Actors often have input on the creation of the
play and how it will be published forever.
Saint notes that George Streets role in
presenting new work is important not only
to theater artists, but also to its audiences.
He likens the season selection process to
planning a five-course meal: I like to give
audiences a tasty appetizer, a substantial main
course... I like to vary things. As the theater
continues to keep new plays on the menu,
audiences tend to order them more often.
Over the years, audiences have shifted what
theyve come to like and what they want to see
from us, Saint says. Now, when we do new
plays, they have a much stronger appetite.
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KATHERINE HOOD
Managing Director

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Auditions in NYC, Chicago,
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As Five Years Pass


Photo: Jessica Katz