ABC series ‘American Crime’ casting calls

The upcoming ABC television series American Crime will begin shooting next week, and casting calls for both extras and actors are now underway.

The production company Stearns Castle has been given an 11-episode season one order by ABC for the crime drama series American Crime, which will begin shooting on July 28 in Austin, Texas. Auditions for guest starring and day player acting roles are taking place in Los Angeles, while all extras and stand-ins are being cast in Austin. Shooting on season one will run through mid-November, 2014.

American Crime begins with the home invasion and murder of a young war veteran and his beauty queen wife in Modesto, California, which is dubbed the “Perfect Couple Murder” by the press. However, as suspects are rounded up and more information about the victims and perpetrators comes to light, preconceived notions about race, crime, and gender are put to the test.

Starring in American Crime is Academy Award winner Timothy Hutton, Academy Award nominee Felicity Huffman, Screen Actors Guild Award nominee W. Earl Brown, ALMA Awards winner Benito Martinez, and Golden Globe Award nominee Penelope Ann Miller. Co-starring is Richard Cabral, Caitlin Gerard, Elvis Nolasco, and Johnny Ortiz. Academy Award winner John Ridley is executive producer, writer and showrunner. He will also direct various episodes. Ridley earned his Oscar win for writing the adapted screenplay for 12 Years a Slave. Michael McDonald will also executive produce.

American Crime Casting Call Details

The local casting director in Austin, TX is seeking submissions from talent to appear in the ABC series American Crime as fully paid general extras and featured background actors. There is no fee whatsoever no be considered or to be cast in the project. The following are the current casting needs:

[ULTRA LOUNGE PARTY GUESTS] Male and Females, any ethnicity, between 21-28 years of age. Hip, stylish, types that you might see in a swanky cool ultra lounge. Must be comfortable in an environment depicting prescription drug use and use of smoke machines. You will be hand-picked by the director from your photos.

This is to work on Tuesday August 5, 2014. Shooting is in Austin, Texas

To be considered, submit your first and last name and contact phone number to:

You MUST put PARTY GUESTS is the subject line of your email.

You also MUST also have a recently updated (within the past 6 months) talent profile in the On Location Casting database. Your photo MUST be good quality, facing forward, NO sunglasses and you must be the only person in your picture.

Upload your photo here: On Location Casting Registration

You MUST be legally eligible to work in Texas. The 2014 Austin Actors Resource Guide eBook includes the following information and documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions in Texas and the United States:

• Child Labor Laws in Texas
• Summary of the Texas Child Labor Law
• Texas Child Labor Law FAQ
• Texas Limitations on Employment of Child Actors
• Texas Application for Child Actor – Performer Authorization
• Texas Application Exceptions for Child Extras
• Texas Workforce Commission Teen Application for Certificate of Age
• Texas Child Labor Complaint Form
• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• USA Immigration Work Permits and Visas
• Non-Immigrant Visa Application

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• Audition Tips
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• Austin Casting Directors List
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• General Talent Agent Information
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The 2014 Actors Resource Guide eBooks are available here.

Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Vanessa Toll
Kim Coleman Casting
5225 Wilshire Blvd.,
Suite 415
Los Angeles, CA 90036


It is highly recommended that your 8×10 color headshot and resume along with the cover letter be sent in a 9 x 12 Clear Full Face Window Envelope with the photo visible in the window.

Click Here to purchase 9 x 12 Clear Full Face Window Envelopes.

Click Here to purchase the best resume and cover letter paper.

The casting directors address should be written in all capital letters on the solid side of the envelope, with the name of the project you are submitting for written directly above the casting directors name. IF the role that you are submitting for is available, it should also be written above the casting directors name.


“Project Name”
“Role of _______”

Extras Casting


Karin Aragon
On Location Casting
6800 West Gate Blvd.
Suite 132
Austin, TX 78745-4883

Crew Members



Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

American Crime Production Office
5010 Burleson Road
Austin, TX 78744

Stearns Castle
500 S. Buena Vista Street
Old Animation Bldg
Room 2B-6
Burbank, CA 91521 818

500 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521 818

Executive Producers:

John Ridley
Michael McDonald


John Ridley


Timothy Hutton – Russ
Felicity Huffman – Barb
Regina King – Carter’s Sister
Penelope Ann Miller
Elvis Nolasco
Caitlin Gerard
Richard Cabral
Benito Martinez


A racially charged murder and subsequent trial is followed through the personal lives of of those involved.

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