Don't **** with our Actors.

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 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

    President / Director of Casting

    Although Claire has been casting professionally since 1996, her first casting gig was actually at the age of 10. While producing her second revival of The King and I in her garage, the neighborhood kids staged a revolt, and demanded a fair audition process after they discovered she was planning on giving herself the lead role for the second year in a row…

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    Catlyne Lasser

    Casting Associate

    Catlyne is currently the casting associate on NBC’s Chicago P.D. It’s also been her pleasure to work on Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (Amazon), Empire (FOX), The Girlfriend Experience (Starz), In An Instant (ABC), Chicago Fire (NBC), the film Sinister 2; and various other film, television, theater, and commercial projects​…

  • A photo of Chiara Del Prete - Now A photo of Chiara Del Prete - Then

    Chiara Del Prete

    Casting Assistant

    Chiara is so excited about her opportunity at Simon Casting!

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    Cassidy Morey

    Casting Assistant

    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 with her B.A. in Theatre. Cassidy got her start in the field by working at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater…

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

    Director

  • 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