What if you could spend an hour with some of the top casting directors in New York? The American Theatre Wing's "Working in the Theatre" brings together some of the greatest artists in the theater for its ongoing video series, and the latest entry focuses on the important and often overlooked role of the casting director.
In an hour-long conversation, moderator Patrick Pacheco speaks with New York casting directors David Caparelliotis, Tara Rubin, and Daniel Swee about the casting director's job, their collaboration with directors, recasting shows, and whether stars and "names" are necessary for success on Broadway.
"An axiom in show business maintains that directing is 90 percent casting," Pacheco says.
Watch the entire video below for expert advice and insight from the casting directors themselves:
Daniel Swee has cast more than 50 productions in nearly two decades for Lincoln Center Theater, including "Other Desert Cities," "War Horse," and "A Free Man of Color." His other Broadway credits include "God of Carnage," "Frost/Nixon," and the recent revivals of "Exit the King" and "Mary Stuart."
David Caparelliotis casts primarily for Manhattan Theater Club, and also operates his own casting office with Mele Nagler, MelCap Casting, to cast for theater, film, and television. Recent Broadway credits include "Stick Fly," "Seminar," "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," "Good People," and "Fences."
Tara Rubin is the casting director for dozens of Broadway plays and musicals, such as "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," "A Little Night Music," "Shrek the Musical," and "Mary Poppins."