HBO series ‘Treme’ seeking background performers for Mardi Gras Episode


The Primetime Emmy Award nominated HBO drama series “Treme” is currently in production on season 2, and the show’s casting director is seeking people to appear on a Mardi Gras Episode shooting the first 10 days of March, 2011.

David Simon and Eric Overmyer (who has lived in New Orleans part-time for 21 years) are producers/writers of the series which is set in post-Katrina New Orleans, chronicling the rebuilding of a unique American culture after historic devastation. The show’s name “Treme” refers to one of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhoods, an historically important source of African-American music and culture. The series plot begins three months after Hurricane Katrina.

HBO announced that “Treme” would be renewed for a second season only three days after the show’s premier episode. Reaction to the series by television critics has been very favorable. New York Times critic Alessandra Stanley viewed the series as a sign of the city’s enduring happiness and love of life.

Beginning with season 2, both David Morse, who plays Lieutenant Terry Colson, and India Ennenga, who plays Sofia Bernette, will be promoted to series regulars. Jon Seda will join the main cast as a politically connected developer and venture capitalist from Dallas, who becomes involved in the renewal efforts in post-Katrina New Orleans.

Here is what the casting directors are seeking for the Mardi Gras Episode:

• Males and Females, any ethnicity unless otherwise indicated.

• Must be over the age of 17.

• Tuesday March 1, 2011: Need African American extras, mostly 35 and older.

• Thursday March 3, 2011: Will be the real Krewe of Muses parade.

• Friday March 4, 2011: Will be a re-creation of Muses. Indicate if available both 3/3 and 3/4.

• Wednesday March 9, 2011: Large group of extras in costume. Costume contest with prizes!

• Thursday, March 10, 2011: Concert scene crowd needed.

• Can NOT be in same episode twice UNLESS you were in costume for one of the scenes.

All extras are paid in accordance with Louisiana State law or above. The pay rate for general extras on “Treme” is $80 for 10 hours, then you are paid time-and-a-half overtime.

Only people local to the New Orleans area should submit. Accommodations and transportation is not provided to people outside the greater New Orleans area.

If you fit the above description and are interested in being considered, email a recent color snapshot and all contact information, and availability to the following:

[email protected]
Put “Treme Mardi Gras Extras” in the SUBJECT LINE of your email.

There is no need for any follow up, the casting directors will contact you if they are interested.

Please read the following post before working as an extra on a film or television show:

Background Actor/Extras Working Guidelines

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.

New York:

Alexa L. Fogel
“Treme” Casting
330 W. 38th Street
Suite 1405
New York, NY 10018

Specialty Casting/Musician’s Coordinator

New Orleans:

Karen Kaia Livers
“Treme” New Orleans Musician Casting
535 Valmont St
New Orleans, LA 70115

Karen casts musicians and singers for the series. “Treme: Music From the HBO Original Series, Season 1” was released by Geffen Records on September 28, 2010. The soundtrack includes 19 songs featured in the first season by several jazz artists who appeared on the show, as well as songs performed by cast members. The soundtrack received two Grammy Award nominations.

Extras Casting

New Orleans:

Meagan Lewis
“Treme” Extras Casting
843 Carondelet Street
Suite 3
New Orleans, LA 70130

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.

Blown Deadline Productions
1231 Prytania Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Home Box Office
2500 Broadway
Ste 400
Santa Monica, CA 90404


Eric Overmyer
David Simon
Carolyn Strauss
Nina Kostroff-Noble
Anthony Hemingway


Anthony Hemingway


Steve Zahn
Wendell Pierce
Melissa Leo
India Ennenga
David Morse
Jon Seda
Clarke Peters
Khandi Alexander
Kim Dickens


This musician-themed series is set in one of New Orleans oldest neighborhoods, Treme. It is an area of New Orleans where the African-American and Creole culture come together. “Treme” follows the lives of struggling artists and musicians in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.