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With over 25 years in business, we’ve been casting and making our clients happy longer than any other Chicago casting office.


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Whether you’re a Creative or Producer who is familiar with casting or just starting out, give us a call. We’re always happy to walk you through the process, provide advice and do whatever we can to make your job easier.

MEET YOUR TEAM

A little history on each of us.

"Do you know who I used to be?"

- Zero Mostel, 'The Producers'

David O'Connor

David O'Connor

CSA (Owner/Director of Casting)

David O'Connor

CSA (Owner/Director of Casting)

David has cast for thousands of projects for the industry’s most respected directors, production companies and agencies. Helping him build this impressive body of work is his team of dedicated, creative and experienced professionals that are as devoted as he is to finding you the best cast for your project.


“It must be nice to always believe you know better, to always think you’re the smartest person in the room.”

“No. It’s awful.”

– Peter Hackes, Holly Hunter, ‘Broadcast News’

Joan O'Connor

Joan O'Connor

CSA Associate (Casting Director)

Joan O'Connor

CSA Associate (Casting Director)

Joan is inspired by the visions of the creative teams she collaborates with as well as the talent in Chicago’s strong acting and improvisation market. Her favorite parts of casting are “nailing it” with the perfect cast and helping make people’s dreams come true. Joan is also an Emmy Award winning producer and has produced and written over 500 hours of non-scripted television. She loves working with her brother David and is thrilled that everyone at the office tolerates the antics of her very weird dog Dexter. Life is good!


“Yeah. See, we plan ahead. That way, we don’t do anything right now. Earl explained it to me.”

– Kevin Bacon, ‘Tremors’

Virginia Anello

Virginia Anello

CSA Associate (Casting Director)

Virginia Anello

CSA Associate (Casting Director)

Virginia Anello is a CSA Associate member and Casting Director in her 10th year with O’Connor Casting Company. Prior to casting, she graduated from Columbia College Chicago and freelanced in production for many years. As a Casting Director, she strives to represent Chicago’s strong and competitive talent market to production companies and advertising agencies, while also providing talent with as many employment opportunities as possible. She likes nothing better than seeing working actors make a solid living doing what they love. She will also geek out over all the things.


“Never compromise. Not even in the face of Armageddon."

– Rorschach, "The Watchmen - 2009"

David Murphy

David Murphy

Session Director

David Murphy

Session Director

David Murphy goes by the name “Murphy” so as not to be confused with David O’Connor, especially since he has worked with O’Connor Casting, on and off, for close to 20 years. While Murphy has been an actor, he also spent many years teaching Improvisation with “The Player’s Workshop of Second City”. He has directed numerous shows and has helped create and run an on-camera school. All of this is partially because Murphy likes working with talent… and because he is distracted by shiny object. He brings years of experience in casting and teaching improvisation and acting into everything he does here… Plus a wickedly dry sense of humor to the office.


“When you gotta go, you gotta go.”

- Jeff Goldblum, 'Jurassic Park'

Jessica Lyons

Jessica Lyons

Casting Assistant / Session Director

Jessica Lyons

Casting Assistant / Session Director

Jess is the kind of gal who you can ask for an extra Band-Aid and is always down to watch baby animal videos. She’s a BFA graduate of Roosevelt University’s CCPA and has spent most of her good years filling her passport with stamps as a performer, tour manager, and producer. She’s been in the industry her entire life and prides herself in putting people at ease and bringing out great performances. Chicago’s vibrant diversity of talent is killing it on the national level, and she loves being a small cog in perpetuating the machine. ….and YES, that’s probably her singing in the hallway.


“This isn’t flying. This is falling with style.”

– Tim Allen, ‘Toy Story’

Jessica

Jessica "JK" Kirstein

Casting Coordinator

Jessica "JK" Kirstein

Casting Coordinator

Jessie Kirstein (AKA “JK”) spent her childhood karate-chopping through life with her furry dog-sister, Shadow. Now that she’s on her own in the big city (she gave up martial arts classes and is now equipped with Film Production and Psychology degrees from Loyola), she is so excited to add casting to her resume and learn the ropes at O’Connor. If you really want to get on her good side, you can chat her up about really badly made horror films (they make her giggle like a school girl). She hates the cold (even though she’s born and bred in Chicago) so don’t invite her to any of your snow-angel-making or cold-weather activities. But if you can make use of her amazing foreign language skills, please do – she can order 10 different flavors of Gelatto in Italian.


“The revolution has begun! Liberated forever! Domesticated never!”

– Kevin Hart, ‘The Secret Life of Pets’

Dexter O'Connor

Dexter O'Connor

Casting Dog

Dexter O'Connor

Casting Dog

Drama will always be the reigning Queen at O’Connor, but since her passing, Dexter has become the Court Jester. He loves everything about the casting process and hopes one day to have a cameo in a commercial. In his spare time Dexter enjoys dumping his food bowl on the floor, playing fetch, killing babies (stuffed animals), pushing balls under couches to get his hooman to retrieve, and writing. Check out his “Dexter’s Industry Tips and Tails” on our Facebook page.


“SQUIRREL!”

– Bob Peterson, ‘Up’

Drama “Queen” O’Connor

Drama “Queen” O’Connor

Casting Canine, RIP 8/4/16

Drama “Queen” O’Connor

Casting Canine, RIP 8/4/16

She will always be apart of the office and the casting community of Chicago. She lived up to her name and her devotion to all is eternal. She spent ten years bringing joy, and crazy to our lives and will be in our memories forever.


RESUME

We don’t need fancy quotes from our clients touting how awesome we are. Our kudos come when clients keep coming back. And they do!

Bad Alex / Brian Fox, Dir. / 2015

Happy Hour / Martin Rodahl, Dir / 2014

Animals / Collin Schiffli, Dir / 2013 (*SXSW 2014 /Award winning Feature) / 2013

Uncle John / Steven Piet, Dir / 2013 (*SXSW 2015 Premiere)

Unsettled / Joselito Selderam, Dir / 2011

Just Like a Woman / Rachid Bouchareb, Dir / 2011

The Drunk / Paul Fleschner & William Tanoos, Dir. / 2011

Taking Flight / Bethany Lape, Dir / 2009

Carpe Millenium / Eric Bednarowicz, Dir. / 2009

Holiday Baggage / Stephen Polk, Dir / Baggage LLC, 2008

The Booby Trap / Simon Pennekamp, Dir / 2008

The Professional Interview / Annie Price, Dir / A Little Loud, 2007

Sugar / Alex Beh, Dir / Black House Productions, 2007

Witches' Night / Paul Traynor, Dir / Hay Moon Inc., 2006

Bodega / Brian Billow, Dir / Buttermaker Productions, 2006

5/25/77 / Patrick Johnson, Dir / Moonwatcher Films, 2004

Lifelike / John Besmer, Dir / Double Dutch, 2004

The Trouble with Dee Dee / Mike Meiners, Dir / Cinemetro Films in Assoc. w/ Purple Rose Films, 2004

With a Family Like Mine / Keith Estrada, Dir / Brand X Films, 1998

I Do / Joe Scudiero, Dir / Cuz Films, 1999

Oak Street Beach / Vivien Crowe, Dir, 1998

Brady Bunch / Betty Thomas, Dir / Paramount Pictures, 1995 (local casting)

Dinner at Mic & Tori's / Adam Rulh, Dir

The 5:22 / Bernadette Demisay, Dir / Ephemeron Films

Alt for Norge / TV Norge Norway / Monster Entertainment, 2009 - 2019 Seasons 1-10 (Series Casting Director)

Final Witness / ABC, (Chicago Casting) 2011

Forever Young / TV Land, 3 Ball Productions (Chicago Casting) 2010

The Fashion Show / Bravo, Left/Right Productions (Chicago Casting), 2010

Obsessed / A&E, Tijuana Entertainment, (Chicago Casting) 2009

Scream Queen / VH1, JNB Entertainment, (Chicago Casting) 2009

Ultimate Cake Off / TLC, Discovery Studios, 2009 (local search)

Chefs vs. City / Food Network, (Chicago Casting), Pie Town Productions, 2009

Opportunity Knocks / ABC Television, 3 Wall Productions, 2008

The Trek / Zip-Zag Productions, 2007

Top Design / Bravo (Chicago Casting), 2007

Boy's Life (Pilot) / TBS/TNT, 2006

Design On A Dime / HGTV / Pie Town Productions, 2005 & 2006

Designed to Sell / HGTV / Pie Town Productions, 2005 & 2006

Joe Schmo II / Spike TV, 2003

For Love or Money II / NBC, 2003

Cupid / CBS, 2003

Cannonball Run 2001 / USA, 2001

Survivor / CBS, 1999 (local search)

Young Americans (Pilot) / Columbia Tri-Star, 1999

Manchester Prep (Pilot) / Roger Kumble, Dir, 1999 (aka Cruel Intentions)

America's Most Wanted / S.T.M. Productions (multiple episodes)

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Dole

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Klein Tools

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RadioShack

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Sea World

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Sharpie

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Sleepys

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Staples

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Tide

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Wheat Thins

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@Radical Media

02 Pictures

1/33 Productions

100 Street Films

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23 films

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40 Acres & A Mule

59 Films

71 Degrees North

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Chicago Filmworkers

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Company Films

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nnel
DMB&B

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Edelman

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Emmissary Artists

Energy BBDO

Epoch Films

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Escape Pod

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F5/Curious Films

Fallon- Minn.

Fiber Films

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Flip Films

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Food Network

Form

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G2 Herezie

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Half Yard Productions

Hanon McKendry

Hart Associates - OH

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Headquarters

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Hungry Man

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Incubator Films

J.W.T. - NY, IL, GE

Jack Morton

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Johnson Burnett

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Laird & Partners

Left/Right

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MZD

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McCann

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Outsider

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RSA / USA

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Saatchi & Saatchi

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Savant Films

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SBK Pictures

Schafer, Condon & Carter

Screenscape Studios

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Silent Partner Films

Smuggler

Sponge

Station Film

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Storand, Pann & Margolis

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Tate USA

TBWA Chiat Day -LA

Teamworks Media

The Institute

The Joneses

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Tinsley Advertising

Tony D’Orio Photography

Tool of North America

Traktor

Traveling Picture Show

True North

Twist

Uber Content

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VML

Voodoo Films

Walgreen Productions

Waylon Advertising

Weiden Kennedy

William Eisner & Assc.

WONDROS

Wunderman, Cato, Johnson

Yellow Tag

Young & Rubicam

Zimmerman Advertising

Member of AICP

2008 - Present, Advisory Council Member, Midwest Film Festival

2005 Daytime Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Special Class Series - Joan O'Connor, Co-Exec. Producer - Starting Over

SXSW 2015 Premiere - UNCLE JOHN - Steven Piet, Dir / 2013

SXSW 2014 /Award winning Feature - ANIMALS - Collin Schiffli, Dir / 2013

2006 - 2008 Board Member – Collaboraction Theatre Company

2005 IPA (Illinois Production Alliance) Board of Directors

2001 Imaging & Sound Award

1995 & 1997 "Best Casting Director of the Year“: SCREEN MAGAZINE (The only years given to a Casting Director)

Have cast over 10,000 commercials, industrials, voice-overs & print projects. Spots won over 100 Gold Hugos, Addys, Ad Age