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Thursday, October 6, 2011

For the casting department

I had a theater callback recently where I heard something surprising: "the cast list for this show will be posted on our website by such and such date."  The date was within a week of the callback. 

When so often we are told "thanks for coming in" and nothing further about a casting timeline, getting this level of clarity and specificity was a welcome change. 

I wish that more theaters would adopt a system such as this one - a voice mailbox to call, a list on a website, maybe even on a backchannel URL if you don't want to make the info public to your patrons or the press too soon. 

I know that casting folks are often too busy to contact everyone they're not using to let them know about it, but a system like this, where the company puts the info where actors have access to it, would make a big difference in terms of the watching phone screens and hitting send/receive on email that so many of us do the day or two after a callback. 


  1. It seems like a win all around - an easy way to let actors know what happened, and the start of some publicity for the show. A great, simple solution.

  2. at a smaller company without a marketing department, it's definitely a way to start the show's publicity. But at larger theaters, the press release w/the show's cast needs to be 'spun' a little - that's why a phone recording or a private URL might be a better solution for some.