JAMES CALLERI along with his partners Paul Davis and Erica Jensen run Calleri Casting. They have been awarded 14 Artios Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Casting. James proudly serves on the Board of the Casting Society of America. He is an Associate Professor of Theater at Columbia University School of the Arts where he heads the Graduate MFA Acting Program. He is the co-author with Robert Cohen of ACTING PROFESSIONALLY: RAW FACTS ABOUT CAREERS IN ACTING published by Palgrave MacMillan, in it’s eighth edition it is one of the leading books in the country for young actors. James resides in New York City and Saugerties, New York.
PAUL DAVIS is one of three Casting Directors at Calleri Casting, Paul holds a BA in Drama from UC Irvine where James Calleri was his first acting teacher. Paul started in casting as the Assistant on the Broadway revival of “Annie Get Your Gun.” He subsequently worked with Mark Simon Casting as well as USA Films and Focus Features. On his own, Paul cast “The Crumple Zone” for Jason Moore, the Obie-winning “A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant” for Alex Timbers and Kyle Jarrow as well as “God’s Ear” for New Georges and The Vineyard (director Anne Kauffman). Prior to joining Calleri Casting full time, Paul also cast commercials and short films with Stacy Gallo. Paul teaches for Brooklyn College and The New School.
ERICA JENSEN started as an intern at Playwrights Horizons where she met James Calleri. Fifteen years later she is one of three casting directors at Calleri Casting, a multiple Artios award winning office where she’s worked on projects in film, television, and theater. Erica spent the 2004 – 2005 television season as the Talent Coordinator on Chappelle’s Show where she also did extras casting. She teaches on camera audition technique at various places throughout New York City and is a regular guest at Brown / Trinity Rep where she works with the third year MFA candidates in their last semester and also teaches for The New School. She has taught playwriting and screenwriting at RISD. Erica directed the musical, Mother Eve’s Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood, which she also co-wrote and co-produced for the NYC Fringe Festival. She also won Best Director at the New York City 15 Minute Play Festival for her direction of the short play For Better or Worse. Erica holds an MFA in Acting from Illinois State University.
James Calleri, Paul Davis, Erica Jensen
Theater: Most recent Broadway credits include Burn This starring Adam Driver and Keri Russell. Fool for Love starring Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell, and Hughie starring Forest Whitaker. Lewiston/Clarkston for Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Ever After at the Alliance Theater. Other: The Visit starring Chita Rivera and Roget Rees, Renee Fleming in Living on Love, the Tony winning revival Hedwig & The Angry Inch starring Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall, the revival of The Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola which travels to London's West End in the Summer of 2015 and last season hit Of Mice and Men with James Franco, Chris O'Dowd and Leighton Meester.
Past Broadway credits include: Venus in Fur with Tony-winner Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy, 33 Variations starring Jane Fonda, A Raisin in the Sun with Sean Combs, Audra MacDonald, Phylicia Rashad, Chicago with Usher, and James Joyce’s The Dead starring Christopher Walken.
Recent Off-Broadway hits: Ives Lives of Saints and his revival of All in the Timing, Buyer & Cellar, Murder for Two, The Hilltown Plays, Satchmo at the Waldorf, My Name is Asher Lev, the Ives’, the long-running Fuerza Bruta and The Revisionist with Vanessa Redgrave and Jesse Eisenberg.
Other past credits include: Playwrights Horizons (10 seasons) including such premieres as Betty’s Summer Vacation, Lobby Hero, Small Tragedy, Goodnight Children Everywhere, Violet to name a few.
Over 10 years with Classic Stage Company... including A Month in the Country with Peter Dinklage & Taylor Schilling, Peter Sarsgaard as Hamlet, Passion, New Jerusalem, Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard, Uncle Vanya with Maggie Gyllenhaal & Peter Sarsgaard and The Seagull with Dianne Wiest & Alan Cumming.
Resident Casting Director Credits... for CSC, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Long Wharf Theater, The Flea, Keen Company, Williamstown Theater Festival, and Playwrights Realm. Other: City Theater, Berkeley Rep, Oregon Shakes, Naked Angels, New Georges, stageFARM, Epic Theater Ensemble and many seasons of SPF (Summer Play Festival) and NY Stage & Film Company.
Some long running past productions... include Fuerza Bruta, Lobby Hero, The Guys, Fully Committed, Dinah Was, and The Vagina Monologues Nat’l Tour.
TV: Dickinson for Apple, When They See Us for Netflix, The Path for Hulu, Army Wives, Lipstick Jungle, Z Rock on IFC, the critically acclaimed A Raisin in the Sun on ABC, also the hit series Ed, Hope & Faith, and Monk.
Film: Beautiful Darkness, I Origins, Emoticon ;), Saint Janet, Another Earth, Refuge, Merchant Ivory’s The City of Your Final Destination, Heights, and The White Countess, Yearbook, Lisa Picard is Famous, The Jimmy Show, Ready? OK!, Trouble Every Day, Peter & Vandy and Armless.
Calleri Casting has been awarded 14 Artios Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Casting. James, Paul, and Erica are proud members of the Casting Society of America.