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If the definition of success is doing what you love everyday and calling it your work, then we hit the jackpot.

We Do What We Love

For the past twenty-four years, we’ve had the privilege to work with the most talented, hard working, and down-to-earth actors in Chicago, not to mention some of the top writers, directors and producers in TV/Film and Theatre today.

And You’ll Love What We Do

With a passion for the business, a creative eye, an attention to each little detail, and the energy to leave no stone unturned, our casting team is dedicated to making sure our clients’ expectations have not only been exceeded, but that they also walk out the door knowing how important they are to us.

Wait! Why Call Yourself The Casting Mafia?

During a casting session for a feature film, our director remarked that we were so organized we were like the Casting Mafia. Aside from the fact the name had a criminal connotation, we took it as a compliment and the name stuck!

Meet the Casting Mafia

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    Claire Simon, CSA

    President / Director of Casting

    Although Claire has been casting professionally since 1996, her first casting gig was actually at the age of 10…

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    Tanisha Tyler

    Casting Associate

    Tanisha began her career in entertainment at the Geddes Agency Chicago as an intern, working her way up to an agent…

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    Cassidy Price

    Casting Associate

    Cassidy is excited to join the lovely team at Simon Casting! She is originally from Michigan and graduated from Saginaw Valley State University in 2015…

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    Joe Agase

    Casting Assistant

    ​Joe Agase grew up in the north suburbs of Chicago. At the age of eight, his father took him downtown to see a production of The Music Man, and he has been a theatre savant ever since.

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    Lauren Abbott

    Casting Assistant

    ​Lauren started working with Simon Casting this week as a Casting Assistant. She will be assisting Cassidy on Chicago Fire as well as some other exciting upcoming projects.

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    Gretchen Raedle


    Gretchen Raedle grew up in Kansas City. Since the age of four, she has always loved working in show business (aka putting on her own piano concerts in the living room) and making people laugh.

What People Are Saying About Us

  • Claire and her staff are, quite simply, superb at what they do. They are an invaluable resource, providing the intuitive, creative casting ideas, with an unfailing collaborative sensibility that makes working with them both productive and fun.”

    Adam Arkin


  • What’s great about working with Claire and her team is the amazing, start-to-finish and beyond customer service: not only do they work tirelessly to find great people to see, track down anybody we want, and always deliver to quality, but they treat us so exquisitely in the process! They know that everything contributes to the casting experience—actor preparedness, timing, comfort, clarity of communication, space, facilitation—they are absolutely the best.”

    Janet Allen

    Artistic Director at Indiana Repertory Theatre