Open casting call in New York for 'We The Animals'

The independent feature film "We The Animals" will film in upstate New York this Summer, and there is an open casting call scheduled for May 28, 2016. There are starring and supporting roles for both adults and children. There is no previous acting experience necessary to audition. The film, based on the best-selling novel "We the Animals" by Justin Torres, tells the story of the harsh, yet loving dynamic of a mixed-race, working-class family, seen through the eyes of the youngest son as he discovers his artistic identity.

Emmy Award nominee Jeremiah Zagar will direct "We The Animals" from an adapted screenplay that he wrote with Dan Kitrosser. Jeremy Yaches will produce. This is a passion project for Zagar, who has been developing this film for several years with the support of the Sundance Institute and the Independent Filmmaker Project.

We The Animanls Open Casting Call Details

All talent are required to be legally eligible to work in the entertainment industry in New York and in the United States. The 2016 New York Actors Resource Guide eBook contains the information and documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film productions in New York. All Actors Resource Guide eBooks are available here.

The following roles are available:

DUSTIN: Ages 12-14, Caucasian male, a skinny quirky kid who lives with his grand father on a farm not far from Ma and the kids. He’s an outsider and inwardly lacks confidence, but puts on a bit of bravado to cover it up.

PREGNANT WOMAN: Mid 20’s to mid 30’s, female, 7-8 months pregnant by August.

OLD MAN: Ages 60-80 years old, Caucasian male, interesting character face, a farmer in upstate New York, Dustin’s grandfather, practical and unsentimental, not unkind but quick to run the kids off his land when they make trouble.

GEORGE: Late 40s to early 60s, a large bulky Caucasian male, at least 6'2", preferably taller, he’s the security guard whose shift follows Paps’ night shift at the factory where they both work.

TOWN WOMAN: 20’s to 30’s, female. Resident in town.

CONCERNED CITIZEN: 40’s - 60’s. A nice small lady. Concerned for the boys’ well being after she almost hits them in her minivan when they are playing in the street.

SCHOOL BOYS: 3-4 Caucasian boys. Ages 12-14. Tough kids from school. Group of friends welcome.

HAGGARD MAN: 30’s – 70’s, male. Dirty hair. Quirky. Is collecting change with a cat on his lap when the boys walk by.

KEVIN: Ages 25-55 male. Owner of a drug store in town.

Open Casting Call Time & Location


City Hall
1 Kennedy Plaza
Utica, NY 13502


Saturday, May 28, 2016
10:00am - 5:00pm

If you are unable to attend the open casting call, email your headshot and resume to the following casting director:

Marlena Skrobe