Claire Simon

casting director

VP Communications, CSA Board of Directors

Casts for Film, TV, Theatre

About Claire Simon

  1. A Chicago native, Claire has been a Casting Director since 1996, casting TV, Film & Theatre in Chicago and the Midwest. Currently she is casting the tenth season of Chicago Fire and the ninth season of Chicago PD. She previously cast the pilot Emporia for HBO, the horror feature, “Say My Name”, the series Proven Innocent for Fox and Easy for Netflix as well as 5 seasons of the hit show Empire. In addition to casting for television and film, Claire and her team have also cast for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Writer’s Theatre, Indiana Repertory, Madison Rep, Milwaukee Rep, St. Louis Rep, Kansas City Rep, The Cleveland Playhouse, Asolo Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Million Dollar Quartet in Chicago, and the Clarence Brown Theatre amongst others. She has been nominated four times for Artios awards, winning in 2016 for Excellence in Casting for her work on the pilot, “Empire” and in 2006 for “Prison Break”. A board member of the Casting Society of America and a board member of the Illinois Production Alliance, she also started an annual food drive 13 years ago called Meal for Monologues, to collect food for the homeless which had almost 700 actors in attendance this past year and has become a CSA nationwide event. When not casting, she can be found on her horse Wyatt in the middle of a forest preserve.