Tuesday, February 28, 2006


Chicago Extra Casting Agencies

This list of casting offices that find/hire background actors may not be accurate or up to date. I know at a minimum that Ambassador Talent Agents and Joan Philo Casting both did at one time do extras casting, though the contact details on the Illinois Film Office web site may not be correct. Caveat actor.

2011 update: Recently ExtraOrdinary Casting and Joan Philo Casting have been doing background casting on a lot of the TV and film shooting in Chicago. Please tell them you heard about them from David August, thanks.



Extras Casting for Prison Break (and other projects)

EXTRAordinary Casting of Chicago does extras casting for Prison Break and other projects. EXTRAordinary's hotline is 312-656-4211. I believe their mailing address is (do NOT drop by uninvited):
EXTRAordinary Casting
3047 N. Lincoln Ave., 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60657-4274
They want actors to mail them a photo with:
  • your name
  • contact info
  • height
  • weight
  • age range
  • hair and eye colors
  • skills and hobbies
  • any related experience
This is all I know about this, caveat actor.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2006


Job: Administrative Coordinator - The Second City

The Second City and Second City Theatricals seeks an Administrative Coordinator, Touring Company and Theatricals.
Candidates qualified for this position have:
  • 2+ years experience in a coordination-focused position
  • Exceptional multitasking and organizational skills
  • Experience in compiling and submitting payroll, reimbursements and invoices
  • Experience booking travel and creating travel itineraries
  • Exceptional skills in all MS Office Suite applications
  • Database experience (creating basic DBs and maintaining them)
  • Results-oriented work ethic
  • Great analytical and problem-solving abilities
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, written and verbal
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
Background in the arts / arts administration is beneficial. Resumes should be submitted to rhammond@secondcity.com. No phone calls accepted.

Sunday, February 19, 2006


Quote About Actions

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion and desire.
- Aristotle

Thursday, February 09, 2006


Restoration of Former Shubert Theatre

...the Shubert, which began life as the Majestic and has now been renamed the LaSalle Bank Theatre with a reopening set for the week of May 20, is getting an extreme makeover. Its much-delayed $14 million renovation, part of a $40 million project that includes the rehabbing of the connected Majestic Building as a hotel, streamlines and expands the lobby to more than twice its original size, triples the number of restrooms and restores the theater's decorative details to their original splendor
(from Chicago Sun-Times).


Monday, February 06, 2006


'Calamities' Are Portrayed on Chicago's Stages

Calamities of every size and shape are being threatened, averted or endured on stages in Chicago this winter. Audiences seeking to exorcise the demons that plague us in the midnight hours can face down their fears a little earlier, in the collective warmth of a theater, and emerge cleansed of anxiety when the lights come up and the world rearranges itself around us, still intact for the time being
(from The New York Times).

Thursday, February 02, 2006


The Second City and Steppenwolf Theatre Company Collaborate

For the first time ever, The Second City and Steppenwolf Theatre Company will be collaborating on a production.
Second City Theatricals will be presenting The Pajama Men at the Steppenwolf Garage Theatre beginning March 2nd, 2006.
The Pajama Men are an amazing comic duo that won the 2005 Dubble Act Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
We have an unusual promotion in mind and are looking for people interested in helping us promote the show.
First, we are looking for four people to pass out fliers during the morning and evening rush hours on the Chicago El system on Wednesday March 1 and Thursday March 2nd. We would pay $100.00 a day to each person. They would need to wear their pajamas while handing out the fliers (pajamas could be worn over some clothes to keep warm).
On Friday March 3rd, we would like to get as many people as possible to also don their pajamas to work the morning and evening rush hours on the El. This group would hand out fliers – and also award Pajama Grams to anyone who promises to come to the show. We have 10 of these to pass out. After the evening rush hour, we would invite everyone to a Pajama party at a bar in the Steppenwolf/Second City neighborhood (bar to be determined) – the first round is on us. Also, anyone agreeing to do this stunt will also get a free private showing of The Pajama Men show.
They are truly and inspiring and incredible comic duo and we want to make sure they get the notice they deserve.
If you are interested in either day's work, please e-mail Maggie Kazmierowski at mkazmierowski@secondcity.com. Thanks.
Kelly Leonard
President, Second City Theatricals


Midwest Independent Film Festival February 7th

The Midwest Independent Film Festival takes place Tuesday, February 7th at 6 p.m. at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema, 2828 North Clark Street [Google Map].