17 N.Y.-Based CDs to Follow and Favorite on Twitter

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While it’s unlikely the secret to success is found in a Twitter handle, there’s no doubt that a strong social media presence is essential for any actor on-the-rise to boost visibility and name recognition. It helps, too, that some of today’s best casting directors are also on the web, eager to put bits of advice, casting notices, and industry news (not to mention a dog pic or two) out into the Twitterverse. Below, we’ve rounded up 17 New York-based CDs to follow and favorite.

  1. Barbara Barna
    This Brooklyn-based casting director and self-proclaimed soccer mom specializes in finding hosts and experts for TV shows and branded entertainment, so make her laugh with a punchy tweet, and you’re gold.
  2.  Michael Cassara
    From Twitter: Casting director for musical theatre, plays, and film. Professional genealogist at @DigiRoots. Italophile, native Clevelander, Sunnyside #NYC resident since ‘02. 
  3. Sean De Simone
    From Facebook: De Simone Casting is a bicoastal casting company with an emphasis on hosts, experts, real people, comedy, and improv, as well as promos and fiction. Sean De Simone Casting also offers one-on-one coaching, audition preparation, production for talent reels, and consultations.
  4. Jennifer Euston
    While she requests actors refrain from submitting themselves via Twitter (“I’m only on here recreationally.”), there’s nothing wrong with getting to know your prospective CD! Three-time Emmy winner Euston (whose work includes casting “Glow” and “Orange Is the New Black”) fills her Twitter feed with news from her latest projects as well as personal takes on the latest headlines in the arts.
  5.  Brette Goldstein
    A longtime Backstage contributor herself, Goldstein knows the ins and outs of the casting room and is always good for advice on leaving an impression as an actor.
  6. Donna Grossman
    Casting for photographers and directors, Grossman often tweets out her latest opportunities for modeling and commercial work, which includes campaigns for brands like Audible and Reebok.
  7. Liz Lewis
    Running with the slogan, “If you build it, we will cast it,” Liz Lewis Casting works across all mediums, notably casting national campaigns for T.J. Maxx and Doritos.
  8. Ross Meyerson
    Meyerson knows how to cast a hit TV show—and he’s got the Emmy to prove it! Recent credits include “Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector,” “The Expanse,” “Designated Survivor,” and “Sneaky Pete.”
  9. Erica Palgon
    Palgon—a CD for film, television, and commercial work—also works as an audition technique teacher and a private acting coach. Get to know her!
  10. Jen Rudin
    Author of “Confessions of a Casting Director” (and a regular Backstage contributor), Rudin knows tricks of the trade that will get you cast for voiceover work and more.
  11. Paul Russell
    Russell is the author of Amazon’s five-star rated acting book, “Acting: Make it Your Business.” 
  12. Susan Shopmaker
    Susan “Sweetheart” Shopmaker has an excellent track record in casting noted indies like “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” television series like “Skins” on MTV, and Disney tent poles like “Enchanted.”
  13. Duncan Stewart and Benton Whitley
    Together making up Stewart/Whitley casting agency, these gents are behind some of the Great White Way’s most timeless productions, including “Chicago,” “Pippin,” “On the Town,” and “The Great Comet of 1812.” Follow them for selfies, advice, and retweets from some of their favorite collaborators like Josh Groban and Brandy.
  14. Jonathan Strauss
    As the man behind such network TV hits like “Law and Order: SVU,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.,” and “Chicago Med,” Strauss tweets the latest news for his handful of dramas—and you might catch a few bits of advice to boot. When asked by a follower what makes an actor pop, he told them to be authentic.
  15. Telsey + Company
    Artios Award honoree Bernard Telsey’s casting company tweets out the latest casting calls for some of the theater world’s biggest productions.
  16. Grant Wilfley
    When it comes to background talent, Grant Wilfley has you covered, casting some of television’s biggest hits, including “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Succession” and “Billions.”
  17. Wulf Casting
    From Twitter: Award-Winning full-service casting studio for commercial, fashion, print, & comedy productions. Tailored casting for creative ideas.

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