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.
- Attending performances, including drama school showcases
- Reading the scripts to be cast
- Liaising with directors to create character descriptions/breakdowns
- Drawing up lists of potential actors
- Liaising with actors’ agents
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 or David Grindrod 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.
- The Casting Handbook by Suzy Catliff, 2013
- Confessions of a Casting Director by Jen Rudin, 2014
- The Casting Directors’ Guild’s guide to ‘Becoming a Casting Director’ View