Anne Chapman Casting is a boutique Casting Company specializing in independent and small-scale film and television projects. Anne brings over 25 years of casting experience to every project. Working closely with directors, writers and producers she has a wonderful working knowledge of the local actor and crew base. She has a keen eye for talent, excellent taste and is always on the lookout for fine actors. Anne also serves as Casting Director/Adjunct Professor for VCUarts Cinema, casting over 65 films there since 2007. Having worked on commercials, industrials, student films, independent films and major motion pictures Anne has found she has a particular love for historical and independent projects.
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Anne Chapman, CSA, has worked in casting or as a talent agent since 1987. While currently serving as CEO of Anne Chapman Casting, she is also on the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University as Adjunct Faculty/Casting Director in the Cinema Department where she has overseen the casting of 70+ student films since 2008. (Early in her career Anne benefited from amazing mentors, and believes whole heartedly she should strive to further illuminate the path for the next generation of Casting Directors). Recently Anne was hired as Work Force Development Liaison for the Virginia Film Office, creating courses to assist Virginians in their transition to professional work in film and television. Anne has served on the Board of The Virginia Production Alliance for ten years including three terms as President, and in 2015 she was recognized as Film Honoree for the Theresa Pollak Prizes for Excellence in the Arts.
A huge fan of actors from an early age, Anne's parents were called to her nursery school because she had described to the class, in detail, the film she enjoyed at the drive-in the night before while supposedly asleep in the back seat: Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft had made quite an impression! Cicely Tyson's performance, (watched by Anne as a child on a B&W TV in 1974), brought Anne to tears and sealed the deal. Her passion had a mission. Ten years later, while studying for her Theatre and Film degree at the University of Kansas, Anne was finally in a position to be "in the room" for auditions, and has never left. In the process, she completed a year of graduate studies at Beijing Foreign Studies University, while interning at The People's Art Theatre in Beijing under Ying Ruocheng.
During her time as an agent at The Geddes Agency in Chicago in the '80s, Anne worked on behalf of: Jeremy Piven, Hope Davis, Joel Murray, John C. Riley, Dennis Farina, Ron Dean, Lili Taylor, Jason Waver, Ian Gomez, Anna Chlumsky, John Cusack, Harry Lennix, Chelcie Ross, Rondi Reed and many others.
Her experience in casting for film started with Childsplay, the original "CHUCKY" movie. Some other highlights from "back in the day" include, Three Men and A Baby, Uncle Buck, Punch Line and her first film locally, No Retreat From Destiny. In this century, Anne has been involved with countless projects, serving as a Casting Director or Virginia Casting Director on Loving, Shooting the Prodigal, Big Stone Gap, Badge of Faith, Point of Honor, Killing Lincoln, The Abolitionists, Spielberg's Lincoln, Pioneers Turned Millionaires, and For Love Of Liberty: The Story Of America's Black Patriots. Anne has also cast many short films, training films, museum films, documentaries and commercials. Most importantly, Anne never tires of searching for and mentoring emerging actors. She finds it a thrill to watch their careers progress and delights in giving them opportunities to rise to the challenge.
MARY KATHRYN SEVERIN
Mary Kathryn Severin has worked in or around the film and music entertainment industries for 40 years. This includes ten wonderful years with the Virginia Film Office, some quality time at Park Group in Richmond (ancient history but fond memories), a couple of crew positions on feature film and TV projects, and some film festival work. She spent years in the music industry singing with various bands and small jazz ensembles, as well as teaching voice. About a million years ago she performed live shows with marine mammals and exotic birds. She has lived and worked in Virginia, North Carolina, outside Chicago, and in New Jersey dangerously close to Manhattan. For a few errant years she enjoyed the wild life in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Currently Mary Kathryn is thrilled to be working with Anne Chapman Casting, and is fascinated by the entire casting process. She happily resides in Northside, Richmond, with her patient husband and two less-patient cats. In her spare time, Mary Kathryn rides horseback with equestrian friends all around central Virginia. She loves fox hunting and enjoys “trying” to ride dressage. Anyone who knows her will tell you; just now she’d rather be on a horse.
Producer/Casting Director Erica Arvold, CSA most recently produced the pilot Ralph’s World: Time Machine Guitar for Grammy Nominee Ralph Covert and is currently casting WISH YOU WELL, a feature film written by novelist David Baldacci. She served as Virginia Casting Director (w/Anne Chapman) for DreamWorks’ LINCOLN, cast the indie feature LAKE EFFECTS, and produced and cast the psychological thriller HOUSE HUNTING. For over 20 years, Erica has contributed to the casting of over 100 films and 75 television projects. Select films include BACKDRAFT, RUDY, NATURAL BORN KILLERS, MAD CITY, THE HORSE WHISPERER, RUNAWAY BRIDE, SEE THIS MOVIE, GODS AND MONSTERS, MY DINNER WITH JIMI, IN HER SHOES, and CHARLOTTE’S WEB. Select television credits include the series PROVIDENCE, FRASIER, WINGS, THE UNTOUCHABLES, POSTCARDS FROM HEAVEN, television movies AFTERSHOCK: EARTHQUAKE IN NY, MARCH IN WINDY CITY and THE DARKLING. Select theatre credits include the 1st National Tour of Angels in America and Forever Plaid. Erica has been based in Chicago, Los Angeles, and now Charlottesville, Virginia where she jumps back and forth between coasts. In addition to feature films and television, Erica produces commercials (she produced the DNC’s winning national commercial I DESERVE HEALTHCARE), industrials (Procter & Gamble, Corpedia, CFA Institute) and web content for businesses of all sizes. Erica is the founder and Chair of the Charlottesville Chapter of the Virginia Production Alliance, a non-profit organization that unites film, video, audio and new media. Erica is grateful to the many writers and filmmakers who have invited her to collaborate on their projects!
TRACIA EVERTON AUSTIN
Tracia Everton Austin has worked in the entertainment industry for over 30 years as both a performer and director. In October 2014, she took the Virginia Film Office/Work Force Development Production Assistant Training Seminar and wound up being the Extras Casting Coordinator for an independent film, Coming Through the Rye, just one week later. Since that time, Tracia has happily worked as a casting assistant for Anne Chapman or an Extras Coordinator and has continued periodic work in theater. As a people person, she loves working with actors, producers and directors during auditions, production, or on set.
Tracia’s professional career began during her college years as a singer/dancer at theme parks and cruise ships. While working on her Bachelor of Music Education, she was a member of James Madison University’s touring show choir, the Madisonians, and her studies at Virginia Commonwealth University for a Master of Music in Vocal Performance afforded her the chance to experience opera and train as a vocal coach. Tracia currently has a large vocal studio where she preps students for both classical and musical theater auditions. Many former students have been successful as teachers and performers with a few at the top as Carrie Underwood’s back up singer, an American Idol runner up, and Music Teacher of the Year. For a decade, Tracia has served as Music Director at CharacterWorks, an after school theater arts program that puts on full scale musicals several times a year, with some of her favorites being Les Miserables, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Oliver, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Seussical and Mary Poppins. She and her husband, Terry, love to travel, but their biggest adventure yet has been raising twin sons, Joshua and Seth.
Jeremy Brown, a Cinema Major at VCU, has had a passion for film since he was very young. Moving across the board in America, he was born in San Diego, California, only to then move to New York, then Austin, Texas, and finally settled in Virginia. He is half-Australian on his mother's side, and lived down under for a year with his family. Before college, he won second place for his Dorcy Flashlight advert, and wrote and directed his senior IB short film Block'd at George Mason High School. He's worked on several VCU shorts and on the feature film William Shakespeare's Macbeth, directed by Angus Macfadyen. Along with his studies and work in Sound, Production Design, PR, and G&E, working as an intern at Anne Chapman Casting has heightened his interest in the casting department.
Jeremy is a huge movie nut: An active vlogger and web-series content creator under his production company Film Chow Pictures, which consists of movie reviews, short films, and comedy sketches. Other hobbies include cross-country running, catching local bands, writing screenplays, playing the harmonica, and hunting down exotic and gimmicky foods and drinks.