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L.A. Now Casting: 2 Roles in ‘The Choice’ and More

“The Choice,” a short student film shooting Jan. 21–23 in Los Angeles, is casting talent for two supporting roles. The project seeks a female actor aged 12–17 to portray a “naïve, shy, scared” victim of a kidnapping, and a male actor...Show More Summary

Now Casting: Thriller Web Series ‘The Prequel’ and 3 More Jobs

Today’s casting roundup includes four on-camera gigs, each of which is fantastic and each of which is paid. We’ve got a web series, a commercial, a short film and more—see if there’s a job for you below! “THE PREQUEL”Web series “The Prequel,” a new legal thriller, is casting talent for supporting roles. Show More Summary

SAG Award Nominee Michelle Williams’ New Film and a New Pilot Begin Casting

Stay in the loop on industry and casting news with our weekly write-up on who’s been slated for recent film and television roles! “Janis”Michelle Williams wants to take another little piece of your heart now, baby. The actor, who’s up...Show More Summary

Now Casting: Lupita Nyong'o-Starring ‘Black Panther’ and More Jobs

It is officially a new year with tons of new and wonderful opportunities—some of which can be found in today’s casting roundup! Marvel’s “Black Panther,” starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, and Lupita Nyong'o is casting talent for several background roles. Show More Summary

Atlanta Now Casting: Lee Daniels Series ‘Star’ and Other Gigs

Listen up, Atlanta-area actors! Fox’s new scripted series “Star,” from executive producer Lee Daniels, is casting talent for several background spots, for which you might be perfect. The drama, starring Queen Latifah and Benjamin Bratt,...Show More Summary

Review: Die Fledermaus (Light Opera Works)

Stage Director Rudy Hogenmiller and Music Director Roger L. Bingaman have assembled a dream cast for the 10 principal roles in Die Fledermaus, and the outcome is near perfection. Operettas may be the popular musical theatre genre of a previous century, but Hogenmiller and company prove they still have the capacity to entertain. Show More Summary

Now Casting: Star-Studded ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and More Gigs

In today’s casting roundup, you have the chance to appear in “Avengers: Infinity War,” the forthcoming “Avengers” film featuring a cast with star power so bright it may actually blind you. Check out that and other great gigs below! “AVENGERS:...Show More Summary

Our Roundup of the Best Advice Actors Offered in 2016, Pt. II

“I don’t know that I ever came into this business wanting to feel 100 percent secure, so it’s a contradiction in that way. As many things are. For instance, you have to be a very sensitive person in order to feel things and do your job. Show More Summary

Best of 2016: 10 Leading Female Actors

As another year comes to an end, Academy voters will be looking back on the best performances the silver screen had to offer. Backstage chose a handful of leading female actors who are especially deserving of nominations. Now it’s time to round up the remaining contenders: the actors who surprised us, who delighted us, who made us cry. Show More Summary

Our top 10 drink suggestions for Steppenwolf

One of the big moments in Chicago theater in 2016 wasn’t a play, it was the opening of the Front Bar at the Steppenwolf in June. For the occasion of New Year’s Eve Saturday, when the bar will be open 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. (closed New Year's Day) for audiences  of the current mainstage show “The Christians”...

London Now Casting: Nonunion Monologue Series and Other Jobs

Today in opportunities across the pond, we have a fantastic—and nonunion—theater opportunity. Theatre 76 is casting male and female talent ages 30–70 for an upcoming stage production, which “will consist of a series of monologues that...Show More Summary

All 46 of Backstage’s 2016 Covers in 1 Place!

We started with Carol Burnett, ended with Annette Bening, and had Forest Whitaker, Leslie Odom Jr., and Emma Stone in between (just to name a few). See these and all the other stellar talents who graced our 46 Backstage covers this year. Carol...Show More Summary

WATCH: Tina Fey's Sersiously Awkward '95 Bank Commercial

Before Tina Fey was cracking us up on “SNL,” writing and starring in her own television shows (“30 Rock”) and movies (“Mean Girls”), and topping the best-seller list (“Bossypants”), the Pennsylvania-born actress was a member of Chicago-based improv comedy troupe, The Second City. Show More Summary

Now Casting: Background Roles in CBS Series ‘MacGyver’ and More

Today’s roundup of casting notices includes two network gigs, as well as lead and supporting roles in a serendipitous short film—and did we mention these jobs are paid? See 'em all below! “MACGYVER”Male and female talent ages 18 andShow More Summary

Best of 2016: 9 Leading Male Actors

As another year comes to an end, Academy voters will be looking back on the best performances the silver screen had to offer. Backstage chose a handful of leading male actors who are especially deserving of nominations. Now it’s time to round up the remaining contenders: the actors who surprised us, who delighted us, who made us cry. Show More Summary

Kids Now Casting: ‘The Greatest Showman,’ Starring Hugh Jackman

Young dancers are needed for two days of shooting in 20th Century Fox’s upcoming musical feature “The Greatest Showman” from writers Michael Arndt, Jenny Bicks, and Bill Condon and director Michael Gracey. The film is casting femaleShow More Summary

Texas Now Casting: Nonunion Farce ‘Funny Money’ and More

If you’re a nonunion actor in Texas, looking to add some theater to your résumé, this one is for you. A regional production of the Ray Cooney farce “Funny Money” is casting non-Equity actors for several roles. The production will hold auditions by appointment Jan. Show More Summary

'Circus 1903' and a new Stoppard play: Our top 10 for early 2017

With 2016 now toast, hooray, it's time to look forward to the cold weather harvest of theatrical bounty in Chicago in 2017. While I never know for sure about a show until I see it, and I usually miss some magnificence with this list of 10, here is a sample of productions opening in the early weeks...

Deplorable entertainment

Buried Child is a typical Sam Shepard play. The main character, Dodge, is a brain-damaged alcoholic cripple stuck in a… See the full story of Deplorable entertainment on The Spectator.

Now Casting: Roles in Stock Photo Shoot and More Jobs

Today’s casting opportunities include three fantastic and unique on-camera gigs. Whether you’re looking for a scripted project, a print gig, or a video shoot you can add to your reel, we have something for everyone. Now, get to booking! CORPORATE...Show More Summary

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