Update July 13, 2013: Cory Monteith has passed away. Hollywood has lost another amazing talent at far to young an age. RIP Cory.
Ryan Murphy Productions is gearing up to begin shooting season five of the smash hit Fox series “Glee”, and the casting directors have sent out the first casting calls. They are auditioning talent for four new recurring roles, one male and three females. Extras for the series will be cast starting late July and will continue to be hired on an ongoing basis for the 22-episode season. The show was picked up for season five and six on April 19, 2013 for a total of 44 additional new episodes. Shooting will begin on Monday July 29th and will continue through early 2014. The show is a single-camera setup that films at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California.
The series regulars returning for season five are Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn), Chris Colfer (Kurt), Naya Rivera (Santana), Kevin McHale (Artie), Jane Lynch (Sue), Matthew Morrison (Mr. Shue), Chord Overstreet (Sam), Darren Criss (Blaine), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), Melissa Benoist (Marley), Jacob Artist (Jake), Becca Tobin (Kitty), Blake Jenner (Ryder) and Alex Newell (Unique). Not returning are Amber Riley (Mercedes), Harry Shum Jr. (Mike), Mark Salling (Puck) and Heather Morris (Brittany).
Alexis Martin Woodall, Michael Novick, Kenneth Silverstein, Robert Del Valle, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa are the series producers. Primetime Emmy Award winner Ryan Murphy, four-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Brad Falchuk, and three-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Ian Brennan are the show’s creators and executive producers with Murphy serving as showrunner. Three-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Bradley Buecker in co-executive producer. Ian Brennan came up with the idea of “Glee” based on his own experience as a member of his high school show choir. He initially intended Glee to be a feature film, instead of a television series.
The pilot episode premiered on May 19, 2009 with 9.62 million viewers. The show’s sophomore season culminated with the highest finale rating for a new show in the 2009–10 television season with 11.07 million viewers. On February 6, 2011, after the Super Bowl, Glee received its highest ever ratings, with over 26.8 million tuning in to see the special episode. In 2012, “Glee” was named the fourth-highest revenue earning show of the year, with $2.83 million ad revenue per half hour. Season five will air in two sections – the first in Spring, 2014 and the second in Fall, 2014. The show airs Thursdays at 9/8c on Fox.
All talent must be legally eligible to work in the state of California and in the United States.
The 2013 Los Angeles Actors Resource Guide eBook comes with free quarterly updates and 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 Los Angeles and the United States:
• 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
• Los Angeles Casting Directors List
• Los Angeles Extras Casting Directors List
• Los Angeles Talent Agents List
• General Talent Agent Information
• Los Angeles Acting Classes List
• Acting Classes for Young Actors in Los Angeles
• Los Angeles Headshot Photographers List
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• Miscellaneous Los Angeles Resources
• Actors Unions
• PDF Users Guides
The 2013 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.
Robert J. Ulrich
4705 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Valley VIllage, CA 91607
(only select special roles are cast out of the New York office)
231 West 39th Street
New York, NY 10018
The Casting Lounge
5736 Wish Avenue
Encino, CA 91316.
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.
Ryan Murphy Productions
5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision
9100 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
20th Century Fox Television
10201 W Pico Blvd.
Bldg 103, Rm 5286
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Dante Di Loreto
Alexis Martin Woodall
Robert Del Valle
Note: Various directors work different episodes during the season. In television shows composed of individual episodes, the television director’s role differs from that of a film director in that he or she may work only on some television episodes as opposed to the director of an entire film production. In episodic television productions, the major creative control resides with a producer of the show. The television producer with creative control is called the showrunner (in this case Ryan Murphy).
Lea Michele – Rachel
Cory Monteith – Finn (RIP Cory. Your legacy will always live on in the hearts of your fans forever)
Chris Colfer – Kurt
Naya Rivera – Santana
Kevin McHale – Artie
Jane Lynch – Sue
Matthew Morrison – Mr. Shue
Chord Overstreet – Sam
Darren Criss – Blaine
Jenna Ushkowitz – Tina
Melissa Benoist – Marley
Jacob Artist – Jake
Becca Tobin – Kitty
Blake Jenner – Ryder
Alex Newell – Unique
When a High School Spanish teacher, Will Schuester, becomes the director of the school’s failing Glee club, New Directions, he hopes to be able to rejuvenate it. The club competes in the choir competition circuit. It’s been called “a High School Musical for adults”, the series follows the club and its mixture of oddball members as they try and restore it to its former glory. It is a musical comedy in which the eager and ambitious students not only compete to win the Nationals, but also have to deal with the tough and cruel realities of their school, McKinley High. At the same time, Will is trying to rejuvenate his failing love life whilst preventing the school’s cheer leading coach Sue Sylvester from sabotaging the choir.