What does a Casting Director do?
A CASTING DIRECTOR coordinates and runs the process by which the director and other key members of the creative team audition actors and assign roles.
Literary and Play Analysis | Research| Networking | Eye for talent | Good memory | Patience | Strong written and verbal communication skills | Comprehensive knowledge of the theatre industry
Acting/Directing Training | Degree in theatre administration and/or business | Internships | Assisting | Apprenticeships
How to become a Casting Director
Many colleges and universities offer degrees and concentrations in theatre administration and business; however very few offer hands on experience in casting outside of student productions. Those just starting out may want to explore available internships or assisting opportunities in casting agencies or on the casting side of a production regionally. Training classes can also be found through Casting Society Cares. It is also helpful to have knowledge of directing, dramaturgy, and literature. Reading and seeing plays in a multitude of spaces will enable those interested to develop necessary skills.
- The New York Times’ “The Fine Art of Casting Hits on Broadway”
- The Producer’s Perspective’s “Podcast Episode 89-Tara Rubin”
- Playbill’s “How Actors With Disabilities Are Educating Casting Directors”