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NYC–Based Equity Actors Wanted for Salt Lake City Run of ‘Mamma Mia’

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If you want to be the dancing queen, here’s your chance. A Salt Lake City, Utah production of “Mamma Mia” is currently casting equity actors from the New York City area for all roles—lead, supporting, and ensemble. Male and female actors, aged 18-45, are wanted for a wide variety of parts, including the lead, Sophie, and her mom, Donna. Other roles available include, Lisa, Sam, Henry, Bill, and Sophie’s fiancé, Sky. All actors should be able to sing and dance well. Rehearsals begin on April 16, 2018, and the run will be May 11–26, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Pay is $887 per week. The show is run on the Equity Non-Rep Lort B Agreement. If you want to take a trip to Greece (on stage, of course), you can apply right here on Backstage! Check out Backstage’s theater audition listings!   »

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Earn $1,250 on This Commercial Shoot + More Paid Acting Gigs

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You can earn $1,250 for a single day of work in this week’s casting notices! We also have gigs on Fox’s hit series “Gotham,” a new web series, and more paying projects you don’t want to miss. Untitled Pharmaceutical SPOTTwo female actors are needed for a commercial spot for a feminine hygiene product. The shoot is slated for Dec. 21 in New York City, and will pay $1,250 as a buyout for two years of usage for both web and broadcast. Fox’S GOTHAMBackground actors are needed for the fourth season of Fox’s hit series, “Gotham.” Male and female talent ages 18–50 are sought for the shoot, slated for Jan. 8 in NYC. Pay will be $166/eight hours for union talent and $88/eight hours for nonunion talent. “First Date Stories”“First Date Stories,” an anthology film about first dates that go horribly wrong, is casting a female actor aged 18–30 to play one of the daters. »

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Now Casting: Background Actors Needed for Uniformed Military Roles On Showtime’s ‘Homeland’ + 3 More Gigs

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It’s not just in your dreams—you can be on Showtime’s “Homeland” this Christmas, as the long-running series is currently casting male and female talent to portray military members in background roles for a shoot next week. There are also roles available for voiceover actors in a sci-fi audio drama, a recurring gig as a streaming game show host, and a print campaign for models of all sizes and ethnicities. “Homeland” Join season seven of the hit Showtime drama series “Homeland,” starring Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin in a story about Washington D.C.–based CIA operatives and alumni engaged in counterterrorism and national security operations. Male and female talent, aged 18–45, are sought to play uniformed military roles. Men must be clean-shaven and okay with getting a haircut, and women must have natural nails without polish. The production will shoot on Dec. 19 in Richmond, Virginia. Some pay will be provided. »

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SAG Awards to Have All Female Presenters + More Industry News

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Outfits at the Golden Globes will stand for something.At 2018’s Golden Globes, many women will be wearing black “as a sign of protest against sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry.” (Us Weekly)  And Oprah will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award.She will be the first black woman to receive the Golden Globes’ top honor. (HFPA) “Saturday Night Live” hired its first-ever black head writer.Michael Che, already the co-anchor of the show’s Weekend Update segment, has been with “SNL” since 2013. (Entertainment Tonight) The SAG Awards are taking bold steps toward female empowerment. Not only will Kristen Bell be the award’s first host, but each of the 13 awards will be presented by females. In the past, awards were presented by a co-ed pair. (THR) ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ leads 24th SAG Award nominations.Leading the pack of film nominees was Fox Searchlight Pictures’ “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, »

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Csa Will Hold an Open Call for Performers With Disabilities

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The Csa, in an initiative led by Vice President Russell Boast, is making its next big move in Hollywood’s inclusion efforts and kicking 2018 off with a second diversity open call, this time for actors with disabilities. On Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, Csa members in cities across the U.S. will hold open auditions for both union and nonunion performers to get face time with actors who might not be on their radar. Casting directors in Los Angeles, New York City, Atlanta, Georgia, Chicago, Illinois and more cities are seeking professionally trained talent looking to have a career in the performing arts. Auditions will consist of reading a prepared two-page scene of the actor’s choice and the opportunity to work with the CDs who would like to expand their network of underrepresented and undiscovered actors while understanding the community. This call comes after a successful international open call for trans actors »

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ + ‘Doctor Who’ Filming Now in the U.K.

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Actors of United Kingdom, salutations! Here’s the freshest scoop on an exciting array of projects filming near and across the home nations. This info is piping hot, so roll up your sleeves and prepare for a helping of juicy industry details.  Freddie Mercury fans, listen up! “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a new biopic about the late Queen frontman, seems to have resumed filming in and around London after replacing director Bryan Singer with Dexter Fletcher. Our sources tell us that Susie Figgis is in charge of casting. With producers like Robert De Niro and Brian May, don’t delay in seeking out any extra opportunities that might pop up. Can you do the fandango? Whovians, don’t miss your chance: “Doctor Who 11” is now filming once again Wales. The newest season is cast by Andy Pryor and is directed by Jamie Childs. Helmed by William McGregor, “The Dark Outside” is shooting »

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Megan Hilty Returns to Carnegie Hall for Holiday Concerts + More NYC Events Dec. 15–21

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New York is the city that never sleeps, and with so many events and activities each week across all five boroughs, it can be hard to know what’s actually worthwhile. Here are the events New York City actors should have on their radars this week. Megan Hilty will spread holiday cheer.Tony nominee and screen star Megan Hilty will return to Carnegie Hall on Dec. 15 and 16, joining forces again with conductor Steven Reineke for a holiday-inspired evening, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Best-known for her stint as Marilyn Monroe-wannabe Ivy Lynn on NBC’s “Smash,” Hilty will bring her signature vocal prowess to numbers from her 2016 holiday album “A Merry Little Christmas,” as well as a Hanukkah medley featuring Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA. (Tickets start at $21) Lol for the Aclu.The Aclu has never been more important than it is currently and it needs »

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U.K. Now Casting: Play the Energetic Lead in 'Ur Mines' Music Video + More

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Your week is not complete without taking a parting shot at one or more of the great opportunities in today’s roundup. Today, in the U.K., “Ur Mines,” a creative music video and short film for a small production company is looking for an energetic, confident lead. There are also lead and background roles available for talent in a suite of promotional travel films. “Ur Mines” Play the lead in “Ur Mines,” a creative music video and short film for a small production company based overseas in Los Angeles. A female actor of African descent, aged 18–35, is sought to play an energetic and confident lead. The production shoots Jan. 11–12 in London. Pay is $200 flat, with travel and meals covered. Apply here! “See More In One Trip” Casting is underway for “See More In One Trip,” a suite of promotional films for a well-known travel company. A male actor, aged 25–30, and a female actor, »

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London Casting: Appear as a Character in a New Medical App

15 December 2017 5:00 AM, PST

Hello and welcome to one of our shoutouts for projects casting around the U.K. As always there’s a mix of opportunities for all ages, abilities, and locations but do remember to check if you fit the bill before applying. Although we make every attempt to verify castings before we hit publish, please ensure that you do your own research before firing off those headshots and Backstage links.   New App Casting Production company xFilm, based in East London, is casting a range of actors to become part of a new pharmaceutical app. It’s a closed app, not available for the general public, and will be developed over the next few years. If you land a role or make a great impression, there’s potential for future work. Each actor will shoot an in-character piece talking to a healthcare professional about experiences with a medical issue. Roles include characters »

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Now Casting: Play the Clumsy Lead in Short Film ‘The Dark Side’ + 3 More Gigs

14 December 2017 11:30 AM, PST

Get your bearings and make sure to apply for one of the great opportunities in today’s roundup. Join the cast of “The Dark Side,” a short film about the fashion choices of one very clumsy girl, in the lead role. There are also roles available in a one-minute scene about curiosity, a short horror film, and a stunt double opportunity for someone who knows parkour. “The Dark Side” Join the cast of “The Dark Side,” a short film about the fashion choices of one very clumsy girl. A female actor, aged 25–35, is sought to play the lead role, a city girl with an office job and many friends, who goes about her daily life in a very clumsy fashion. The film will shoot this January over two to three days in Los Angeles. Pay is $100 per day, with meals, copy, and credit provided. Apply here! Parkour Stunt Doublea new »

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Texas Now Casting: Lead + Supporting Roles Available In ‘Angry Men,’ a Film About the Challenger Explosion

14 December 2017 10:30 AM, PST

A major historical event of the 20th century is getting made into a movie, and you could grab a lead or supporting role. Casting is now underway for “Angry Men,” a film based on the true story of the night in 1986 before the Challenger explosion, where “a hot-headed engineer leads a desperate race against the clock to stop the launch, and then the subsequent cover-up and whistleblowing.” The film will largely take place in the engineering facility, while its third act will revolve around the presidential hearing investigating the disaster.   A male actor, aged 35–67, is sought to play the lead role of Adam, the o-ring engineer who blows the whistle and challenges organizations intending to launch.  There are also several supporting roles in the film for male and female talent, aged 34–69, including Dr. Sally Ride.  “Angry Men” will shoot for 16 days beginning Jan. 3 in San Antonio, Texas. The film pays $75–$100 per day, »

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Kids Now Casting: Portray the Younger Version of an Adult Character on ‘Hollywood Weapons: Fact Or Fiction’

14 December 2017 10:00 AM, PST

Show what you know as the younger version of an adult character on “Hollywood Weapons: Fact or Fiction.”  “Hollywood Weapons: Fact or Fiction,” a TV program that puts scenes from TV shows and movies to the test in the real world, is currently casting a child actor to represent an adult character in a flashback sequence.  Male talent, aged 8–12, is sought to portray the younger version of Larry, a smart and socially awkward guy who knows a lot about how things work.  The production will shoot Jan. 20 in North Hollywood, California, and will pay $500 for the one day of filming.  Fit the bill? Then apply directly for this role at Backstage here!  Check out Backstage’s kids auditions! »

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Channel Your Inner Princess Leia + More Actor Events in L.A. This Week

14 December 2017 8:30 AM, PST

Before you completely check out for the year, make sure you take note of this week’s events. We’ve got you covered on industry connection-makers, special panels, even an up-close-and-personal visit with the “Stranger Things” set. A couple are a little further in advance to make sure you get access, so consider that a special holiday gift from us to you.  Honor women in media.Join cinematographer Nancy Schreiber (“Better Things,” “Your Friends and Neighbors”), composer Germaine Franco (“Coco,” “Fargo [T.V.]”), cinematographer Kira Kelly (“Queen Sugar,” “East Los High”), and writer/director Amy Holden Jones (“Indecent Proposal,” “Mystic Pizza”) in conversation at Women in Media’s Holiday Lunch Celebration on Dec. 17. Open to all genders, events include a mixer, panel, and, of course, food, so this inspiring afternoon is well worth admission price. (Tickets: $30-115)  Go behind the scenes of “The Path” with its stars.Though it’s technically more »

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London Casting: Heritage Short Film Is Seeking a Young Male Actor to Play its Lead

14 December 2017 5:30 AM, PST

Hello and welcome to one of our shoutouts for projects casting around the U.K. As always there’s a mix of opportunities for all ages, abilities, and locations but do remember to check if you fit the bill before applying. Although we make every attempt to verify castings before we hit publish, please ensure that you do your own research before firing off those headshots and Backstage links.   “The First Day” Make a Difference Entertainment is creating a short film about ‘bussing’ as part of a Heritage Lottery Project for Southall, West London. They’re looking for a young actor to play an Indian Sikh boy on his first day at a new school. ‘Bussing’ was a type of social engineering, where mostly Asian students from the London borough of Ealing were bussed to mostly white suburban schools. It has been a common practice around the world but caused »

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L.A.-Based Aspiring Actors Wanted for Online Docuseries

13 December 2017 1:00 PM, PST

An upcoming docuseries is seeking aspiring actors to be the subjects to follow as they navigate the entertainment industry in Los Angeles. The production is looking for male, female, and transgender talent, aged 18-70, for the series. The project is currently untitled, and there are not many additional details about the focus of the series, but it is set to shoot in January 2018, dates Tbd depending on the subject, and air the following month. Pay is $100 per day, plus food. If you’re ready to have your story told, you can apply right here on Backstage! Check out Backstage’s Los Angeles audition listings!   »

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NYC Now Casting: Play a Saul Goodman-Type Lawyer in an iPhone App Commercial + 2 More Gigs

13 December 2017 12:30 PM, PST

In today’s NYC roundup, the company behind an iPhone app is seeking a male actor to play a Saul Goodman type in an upcoming commercial. You can also find roles in a short skit comedy seeking trans actors, and the lead role in the next episode of a true crime reenactment series. iPhone App Commercial The company behind an iPhone app is currently casting actors for “Will Sam Win It?” a commercial featuring a shady lawyer a la Saul Goodman in “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul.” A male actor, aged 45–65, is sought to play the lead role of Sam Sherman. There is also a one-liner role for a female actor, aged 45–75, as Janice, Sam’s assistant. The shoot will take place on Dec. 15 or 16. Pay is $500 for the lead and $100 for the extra, including a buyout and meals provided. Apply here! “Birthday Roast” “Birthday Roast,” a one-day skit comedy with lunch theater style, »

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Now Casting: Blue Collar Workers With a Creative Side Wanted for Tech Company Commercial + 3 More Gigs

13 December 2017 11:30 AM, PST

Take a break from the week’s grind with one of the great opportunities in today’s roundup. A major tech company is currently seeking blue-collar workers with a creative side or actors to play them for a TV commercial. There are also lead roles in a psychedelic fuzz music video and a reenactment production, as well as a variety of roles in a film shooting over 20 years. Major Tech Company, TV Commercial A major tech company is currently seeking actors or real people to portray blue collar people who have a creative passion or an artistic side that is completely opposite their day job. Talent must be 18 years old or older. The commercial will shoot in January 2018, location Tbd. Pay is $500 with a 20 percent buyout for $2,500 if used. Apply here! “Demons Are Closer” Music Video  The psychedelic fuzz band Go!Zilla is currently looking for a male actor, aged 21–33, to play Fred, »

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Kids Now Casting: Play the Younger Versions of the Protagonists in ‘Noteworthy’

13 December 2017 10:30 AM, PST

Join the cast of the upcoming short film “Noteworthy” in a supporting role. The film, which is based on a multi-award winning script, is currently seeking a young male actor and a young female actor, both aged 7–11, to play the younger versions of Calvin, the story’s protagonist, and his girlfriend, Josie, respectively. Some dialogue will be required but it won’t be extensive. Actors should ideally have brown or black hair. “Noteworthy” will shoot Jan. 13 in San Diego, California. Actors will be paid $100 to cover gas and expenses and for a parent or guardian to attend the shoot. Meals will be provided. Apply directly at Backstage here! Check out Backstage’s kids auditions! »

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Gets a Pretty Perfect Spinoff

13 December 2017 10:00 AM, PST

Stay in the loop on industry and casting news with our write-up on who’s been slated for recent film and television roles! “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists”They’ve got a secret and, once again, they’d like to keep it. “Pretty Little Liars” might be gone, but its fandom has sparked a spinoff. Based on the novel “The Perfectionists” by Sara Shepard, who also penned the books that were the source material for the original series, the pilot will focus on the students at a top-tier college in Beacon Heights, Washington. The stress of being the best leads one student to commit the ultimate sin: murder. Casting is underway with Zane/Pillsbury on the pilot, but a couple of familiar faces have already been tapped to headline the project. Janel Parrish and Sasha Pieterse have signed on to reprise their roles. Production on the deadly project is »

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‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Leads 24th SAG Award Nominations

13 December 2017 8:00 AM, PST

The nominees for the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced Dec. 13 by Olivia Munn and Niecy Nash at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, kicking off a new, exciting phase of Hollywood’s awards races. Honoring the most award-worthy efforts of the big and small screens in the calendar year of 2017, the 15 SAG Award categories are the industry’s only accolades given to and voted upon by actors. Leading the pack of film nominees was Fox Searchlight Pictures’ “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” earning, in addition to the coveted Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture honor, individual recognition for leading actress Frances McDormand and supporting actors Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson. A24’s “Lady Bird” received nominations for Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf, as well as the ensemble honor; that category was rounded out by “The Big Sick” (Amazon Studios), “Mudbound” (Netflix), and “Get Out »

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