'It really is about the dialogue with the director and finding a way to collaborate about choosing actors who are right for roles in a play.'
Anne McNulty, Casting Director
A Casting Director works closely with the director of a production to suggest actors to play the various characters in a play, creating a list of potential candidates for each of the roles and liaising with the actors’ agents to discuss their actors and organise auditions.
There is little formal training to become a Casting Director. Many people start by working as an assistant/associate to an established Casting Director such as Jessica Ronane http://www.jessicaronane.com/ or David Grindrod http://www.grindrodcasting.co.uk/ or in prominent casting departments like the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company. You can begin preparing for a career by familiarising yourself as much as possible with current actors, especially emerging talent. Skills are largely developed on-the-job while gaining useful industry contacts, which are vital for securing future work. Watching productions and reading plays is also a vital part of the job.