While Broadway producers are celebrating the highest grossing season in Broadway recorded history,” Alex Moore, a spokesman for the Teamsters, said in a statement from the union (different from IATSE Local One, which represents Broadway stagehands), “the industry’s casting directors are asking why producers are denying them hea...
In an industry that is almost 100% unionized — from the ticket-takers to the wardrobe dressers to the stagehands, makeup artists, singers, dancers and even press agents — casting directors stand alone.
"Inclusion happens when a movie storyline or TV episode doesn't define the race or diversity of the characters. For casting directors, it’s about finding the right actor for the role, not focusing on the race. And then the viewer sees a story that’s just about a couple." - CSA VP Russell Boast
Susan Shopmaker talks about finding movie stars before they're movie stars and the importance of scrutinizing every decision to make the best film.
As the Casting Society of America held its 32nd annual Artios Awards tonight, honors were passed out to such films as La La Land, Hidden Figures, Hell or High Water, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight as well as TV series like Mr. Robot and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
Casting a film is a challenging endeavor in itself, but finding the right child actor for a lead role is especially difficult.
Julia Kim, a casting director and member of the Casting Society of America, told me that she's seeing more Asian-Americans, the fastest growing ethnic group in the country, showing up for casting calls. This, she said, gives casting directors more options to take to filmmakers.
“Lynn found ways of spinning characters that were written on the page into something unexpected and [find] the kinds of actors who provided those kind of surprises,” said Rubin.
“I feel like ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ in many ways, and ‘Scandal’ after that, and ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ after that — we sort of changed something,” Lowy says. “We moved something a little bit in the right direction.”
That’s a long way of saying that “Atlanta” is one of the best cast and most brightly acted shows of any kind on TV.
Lessall commented: “The Casting Society of America is excited to continue our relationship with the BFI London Film Festival and British Council. As the leading worldwide organisation of casting directors and with nearly 30 casting director members in London, CSA is committed to highlighting the valuable role a casting director plays in Fi...
For the young star and her family, it’s a dream come true, although unexpected. “We went up there for a vacation,” says Jennifer, “and we came home on that plane knowing that our lives had just changed—our daughter’s life had just completely changed.”
“I’ve always really flown — or tried to fly — very much under the radar,” says casting director Carmen Cuba.
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present Governors Awards to actor Jackie Chan, film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman.