ithaca – feature film – casting complete


We are searching for regional actors for speaking roles in the feature film ITHACA, filming in Richmond, Virginia.

Director: Meg Ryan
Writer: Erik Jendresen
Producers: Janet Brenner, Laura Ivey, Erik Jendresen, Vennie Bobis
Executive Producers: Playtone Entertainment
Casting Director: Telsey + Company; Tiffany Little Canfield
VA Casting Director: Erica Arvold
VA Casting Associate: Michelle Kelly
VA Casting Assistant: Allison Switter
Shoot: Begin shooting mid-July 2014
Shoot Location: Richmond, VA
Audition Dates: Monday, June 23rd to Thursday, June 26th in Charlottesville
Callbacks:  Friday, June 27th in Richmond


ULYSSES – Caucasian, Male, 4 years old.  Homer’s little brother.  Curious,  fearless, a real character.  Cute as can be.

BESS – Caucasian, Female, 17 years old.  Homer’s sister is practical, wholesome and has the simple beauty of, for instance, Julie Harris in EAST OF EDEN.

BLACK MAN – African American, Male, 40-60 years old.   The kind man who returns Ulysses’s greeting.  He sings the chorus of the Kentucky State Song, “My Old Kentucky Home” (PD) and shouts to Ulysses.  Strong singing voice.

MRS. SANDOVAL – Any ethnicity, Female, 40 years old.  An Venus of Willendorf – an earth-mother.  Authentic accent of an immigrant, any country except Japan and Germany. 

HUBERT ACKLEY III – Any ethnicity, Male, 14 years old.  An impossibly perfect and well-groomed boy.  Privileged and handsome and an all-around pain-in-the-ass upon first impression.

MRS. BROCKINGTON – Any ethnicity, Female, 50’s.  The charming secretary of the Sunripe Raisin Association.  She has worked for the company for 30 years and knew Spangler when he was a lad.

YOUNG WOMAN – Any ethnicity, Female, 20 years old.  Mrs Beaufrere’s daughter.  A daughter of privilege, possibly, rather charmingly, awkward-looking.  Beauty is not her advantage.  An earnest young woman.

MAN –  Any ethnicity, Male, 30-40’s.  A customer at Dolly Hawthorne’s, the local brothel house.  This John could be an unhappy husband or a traveling salesman.

LIONEL – Any ethnicity, Male, 10 years old.  A naive simpleton.  The youngest of the old gang.

AUGGIE – Any ethnicity, Male, 11-13 years old.  The newspaper boy who likely sneaks a cigarette or two in the course of a day.

ENOCH – Any ethnicity, Male, 11-13 years old.

SHAG – Any ethnicity, Male, 11-13 years old.

NICKIE  – Any ethnicity, Male, 11-13 years old.

ALF – Any ethnicity, Male, 11-13 years old.

SOLDIER 1 & 2 – Any ethnicity, Male, early 20’s.  Returning home from war.

*DOLLY HAWTHORNE – Caucasian, Female, Late 50’s-60’s.  A hard, scary looking woman.  Runs the local cathouse.

*YOUNG MARINE –  Caucasian, Male, 20’s,  A robust young PFC or CORPORAL who has paid Lily to have a drink with him. Volatile, Napolean complex,


TO SUBMIT:  If you are appropriate for this project, please select ONE of the three submission options below.

There are THREE ways to submit!  Please only submit in ONE of the following ways:

Option 1:  If you have an agent, your agent may submit you for this project through Breakdown Express.  Your agent may also submit you by email following the online submission instructions below.

Option 2:  If you have an Actor’s Access account, you may submit for this project through your existing Actor’s Access account (  Please state your audition availability (AVAIL FOR IN-PERSON AUDITION, or TAPE ONLY) in the “Notes” section on Actor’s Access.

Option 3:  If you do NOT have an agent or an Actor’s Access account, or would prefer to submit yourself for whatever reason, this is not a problem, as you may submit yourself directly by email by following the ONLINE SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS below.


Please send your headshot and resume in PDF format to [email protected]  Please include ALL the following information at the top of your email submission IN THIS ORDER:

Age or Age Range:
Union Status (SAG-AFTRA or Non-Union):
City, State:
Cell Phone:
Agent (if any) and agent contact info (email and phone):
If under 18 only, list birthdate:
If under 18 only, list Guardian name:

Do you have your own Agency Pro account with us which is current and updated (answer YES or NO or explain):

If you are FULL AVAIL, that means you are fully available for this project whenever needed.  Confirm FULL AVAIL here, or answer LIMITED AVAIL and provide detailed availability info below (answer FULL AVAIL or LIMITED AVAIL here):

If LIMITED AVAIL only, provide availability to attend an audition in Charlottesville from Monday, June 23rd to Thursday, June 26th (list dates/time of day avail):

If LIMITED AVAIL only, are you available to attend Callback Auditions in Richmond on Friday, June 27th (answer YES or NO):

If LIMITED AVAIL only, what is your availability for the shoot dates in Richmond in July and August? (list dates/timeframe avail):

If you have any physical limitations, describe here (if none, write NONE):

If cast, would you be willing to cut your hair if asked? (answer YES or NO):

If cast, would you be willing to be clean shaven if asked? (answer YES or NO):

Can you ride a bicycle with ease?  (answer YES or NO):

If not cast in a speaking role, are you willing to be a paid extra? (answer YES or NO):

Finally, please put the following SUBJECT HEADING for your submission (personalized to YOU):

For example:
John Smith, ULYSSES


Thanks so much for following our instructions. We will be having auditions by appointment ONLY.  Submitting does not automatically get you an audition, but does get you considered for one. We are only able to respond to those submissions we select for auditions, but we sincerely appreciate your interest!

For anyone who has any difficulty following the submission instructions above, please email us at [email protected] and let us know what assistance you require.

We use Agency Pro’s Casting Director software. This is, quite literally, our electronic filing cabinet of actors’ headshots and resumes. We encourage actors to be in our system and receive our Casting Notices by email.  Please be sure to read our FAQs to fully understand how our system works!

To open a talent application OR update your Agency Pro for Casting Directors account:

As you may already know, you do NOT have to pay to open an account. A non-active account grants two photos and a resume and this is all we need! It will take a little bit of time to submit a new talent application, but please make certain your account with us is as complete and accurate as possible. To update your portfolio, find (at the top of your account) the link to “PORTFOLIO” and then “EDIT” and complete the instructions below. Fill in ALL the information you can, including wardrobe sizes and acting experience.  Thank you!


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