Center Theatre Group
Los Angeles, CA
POSITION TITLE: Casting Associate
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Artistic Director
INDIRECT REPORT TO: General Manager, Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre
WORK SCHEDULE: One year, July 1, 2019 - June 26, 2020
STATUS: Part-time, Non-Exempt
BENEFIT STATUS: N/A
ABOUT THE COMPANY
We entertain. We create. We engage. We inspire. As one of the nation’s most influential nonprofit theatre companies, Center Theatre Group provides the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country at the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre. Whether it’s producing new work through our robust artistic development programs or engaging people of all ages across Los Angeles through our community and education programs, we put theatre at the center of it all.
The 180+ full- and part-time staff members who make all this possible are passionate about this place and their work. Whether it’s pre-show gatherings and Staff Nights at our theatres, meet-and-greets with cast and crew, or our annual holiday party, our staff is engaged with the art and one another. Center Theatre Group commits to creating a safe space where the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion permeate all levels and all aspects of our work. We aim to attract, nurture and retain staff in a supportive home where we can be our best selves. We celebrate our commonalities and embrace our differences in order to ensure that everyone has access to our work onstage, behind the scenes, and in the community.
POSITION SUMMARY: The Casting Consultant serves as the main point of contact for talent outreach and casting projects at Center Theatre Group. This position serves as the liaison between CTG and local actors in Los Angeles and covers monthly Actors’ Equity Association open calls and any required seasonal Equity Principal Auditions (EPAs). Collaborate with CTG artistic staff to cast readings and workshops for Center Theatre Group as needed. The ideal candidate is a curious, flexible, creative person, able to work on multiple projects, with an upbeat attitude and collaborative spirit, likes problem solving, and will keep their cool and sense of humor while juggling multiple deadlines or priorities. Previous theatre experience casting necessary.
- Coordinate and attend monthly CTG/Actors’ Equity Association open calls
- Organize and conduct AEA Seasonal Equity Principal Auditions (EPAs) and general meetings/auditions as needed.
Cast specific projects/roles in readings and workshops as assigned including understudies as needed.
- Communicate with CTG Artistic and Management and project creative team regarding casting.
- If auditions are required for projects/roles, draft audition sessions by scheduling and confirming appointments in conjunction with Casting Coordinator.
- Record, upload, and/or edit video auditions and submissions as needed.
- Work with Casting Coordinator and/or Management and Artists to facilitate offers to actors with agents, managers and attorneys, as applicable.
- Attend bi-weekly casting check in meeting at CTG.
- Read scripts for potential and scheduled productions, readings and workshops.
- Attend all CTG productions including readings and workshops
- Communicate as needed with agents, managers, actors and other CTG departments.
- Research actor representation and check actor availabilities; acquire headshots and resumes
- New Talent Outreach: Attend university showcases and productions at other theatres as assigned.
- New duties depending on the casting needs of CTG.
CTG provides a dynamic working environment in which duties and responsibilities may change. Employees are expected to be flexible and responsive to changes in the scope of their duties.
All employees are expected to be familiar with and adhere to Center Theatre Group’s Personnel Policies and Procedures.
- Knowledge and essential skills
- Knowledge of and interest in theatre. An enthusiastic theatergoer, always interested in discovering new talent essential!
- Excellent communication skills (both written and oral).
- Ability to maintain good working relationships with agents, managers.
- Must be able to multitask.
- Must possess excellent organizational skills, research & literary skills, and be detail-oriented and self-motivated. Able to work independently, meet deadlines and prioritize.
- Ability to work well under time constraints or while handling multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
- Patience, initiative and ability to work with actors
- High level of organization, professionalism and discretion.
- Working knowledge of computers and software including but not limited to: Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, email and databases.
- Possess a sense of humor, flexibility, positive attitude and level head a plus.
- Minimum requirements: Essential functions and abilities/ education/ experience
- Previous experience in casting necessary. Theatre casting experience desirable. Experience working under AEA/LORT contracts a plus.
- Accurate typing and database input ability.
- Must be able to effectively and efficiently operate office equipment including telephones, copiers, fax machines, computers, etc.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university preferred (or equivalent work experience). Concentration in theatre a plus.