Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre Production’s hit CBS multi-camera sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” is currently in production on it’s fifth season and casting for principal actors and extras is ongoing in Los Angeles. The series is now the number one show on Thursday night primetime, beating out Fox’s “American Idol”, and continues to show steady growth in the ratings. “The Big Bang Theory” has been extended by CBS through the 2013–2014 season.
Much of the show focuses on science, particularly physics. The four main male characters are employed at Caltech and have science-related occupations. The characters frequently banter about scientific theories or news, notably around the start of the show, and make science-related jokes. Awards won by “The Big Bang Theory” include Golden Globe Award for Best Series – Musical or Comedy; Television Critics Association – Outstanding Achievement in Comedy; People’s Choice Award – Favorite TV Comedy; and countless other individual award nominations and wins by the cast and crew.
Mark Cendrowski is the main director used for the vast majority of “The Big Bang Theory” episodes. Cendrowski is a long time veteran director of Disney Channel series and movies, including such shows as Hannah Montana, Cory in the House, Wizards of Waverly Place, The Suite Life on Deck, A.N.T. Farm, and Billion Dollar Freshmen. Cendrowski started out working on the ABC series “Full House” as a stage manager before moving on to assistant/associate director work and eventually director.
Chuck Lorre co-created “The Big Bang Theory” with television writer and producer Bill Prady in 2006, both of whom serve as executive producers on the show, along with Steven Molaro. All three also serve as head writers. Primetime Emmy nominated Faye Oshima Belyeu has served as the show’s producer since the first episode aired in 2007. Belyeu’s producing credits include NBC’s “In-Laws”, ABC’s “I’m with Her”, CBS’ “Courting Alex”, as well as executive producer on “Caroline in the City”.
Minors and foreign talent must be legally eligible to work in the state of California and in the United States.
The Los Angeles Actors Resource Guide eBook includes the following information and documents for minors and foreign talent who would like to audition for “The Big Bang Theory” or work as an extra:
• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• California Child Actor Permit Application
• California Minors Summary Chart
• Child Actor Coogan Trust Deposit Instructions
• California Division of Labor Standards Offices
• Immigration Work Permit Information
• Non-Immigrant Visa Application
In addition to the following Los Angeles Actors Resources:
• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• Casting Directors List
• Talent Agents List
• General Talent Agent Information
• Los Angeles Acting Classes List
• Acting Classes for Young Actors in Los Angeles
• Headshot Photographers List
• Actors Unions
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• Miscellaneous Los Angeles Resources
• Actors Unions
• PDF Users Guides
The 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.
Please submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.
3500 W. Olive Ave.
Burbank, CA 91505
220 S Flower Street
Burbank, CA 91502
Registration Info: (818) 562-2755
(Do not send photos to Central, you must register in person)
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.
Warner Bros. Television
4000 Warner Blvd
Burbank, CA 91522
Chuck Lorre Productions
4000 Warner Blvd
Burbank, CA 91522
Columbia Broadcasting System
7800 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Faye Oshima Belyeu
Mary T. Quigley
Other directors are occasionally used on the show.
Jim Parsons – Sheldon Cooper
Johnny Galecki – Leonard Hofstadter
Kaley Cuoco – Penny
Kunal Nayyar – Rajesh Koothrappali
Simon Helberg – Howard Wolowitz
Mayim Bialik – Amy Farrah Fowler
Melissa Rauch – Bernadette
Sara Gilbert – Leslie Winkle
Melissa Rauch – Bernadette Rostenkowski
Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) are brilliant physicists, the kind of “beautiful minds” that understand how the universe works. But none of that genius helps them interact with people, especially women. All this begins to change when a free-spirited beauty named Penny (Kaley Cuoco) moves in next door. Sheldon, Leonard’s roommate, is quite content spending his nights playing Klingon Boggle with their socially dysfunctional friends, fellow CalTech scientists Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) and Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar). However, Leonard sees in Penny a whole new universe of possibilities – including love. Howard becomes engaged to Bernadette Rostenkowski (Melissa Rauch), a microbiologist and part-time waitress who works with Penny. Leslie Winkle (Sara Gilbert) is a physicist colleague at Caltech and, at different times, a lover of both Leonard and Howard. Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) is a neurobiologist who joins the group after being matched to Sheldon on a dating website.