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Jackie Dimitrief

Casting Associate

Jackie is currently the casting associate on Fox’s “Empire” as well as the theatrical associate at Simon Casting. Prior to becoming an associate, Jackie was the casting assistant on “Chicago PD,” “Chicago Fire,” and “Empire.” She is lucky enough to combine her love of television and theater, and be able to call it her “job.” #bestjobever. Jackie joined the lovely team of ladies at Simon Casting in 2014 after graduating from the University of Michigan where she received her BA in Drama Studies. Go Blue! Jackie loves sour candy, her dog Archie, and is a die-hard Hamilton fan (and all things musical theatre). She is an even bigger fan of Chicago’s insanely talented theater community!

My Casting Advice

Don’t make excuses or apologize in the room, always own every choice you make!

Fun Facts

Mafia Family Nickname:

Jackie “The Lackey” Dimitrief

Celebrity Crush:

Ryan Gosling

When I’m not casting, I’m:

eating, having a giggle fit, singing off key, or watching Friends.

When I grow up, I want to be:

Claire Simon

Idea I wish I thought up first:


If I could set up another branch of Simon Casting, it would be in:

Cape Town, South Africa (studied abroad there and would love to go back!)