Sound bites: Juliet Stevenson has called on TV producers to widen the opportunities available to older actresses to the same extent as men, whom she says are “still acting their socks off”.

Juliet Stevenson plays Oracle in the BBC fantasy drama Atlantis. Photo Credit: BBC

Juliet Stevenson plays Oracle in the BBC fantasy drama Atlantis. Photo Credit: BBC

I have many favorite actresses (and by that I mean MANY), but I’ll refrain from naming them all as it could take up the better part of my day. However, Juliet Stevenson most definitely falls in that category. I have always admired her humanitarianism, tenacity and her fight to give visibility to mature actresses. It is both sad and rather shameful how the arts, media, Hollywood, etc., tend to completely disregard actresses and artists that aren’t 16 years old. This obsession with youth culture and young beauty is completely dismissive (and worse) of all the women that may not fall into that (those) categories. Personally, I’d MUCH rather watch the amazing Helena Bonham Carter play (my FIRST FAVORITE LADY) Elizabeth Taylor, than Lindsay Lohan (…Who actually cast that?…). I’d rather see Phylicia Rashad, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Judi Dench, Angela Basset, Penelope Wilton, Helen Mirren, Viola Davis, Imelda Staunton, Jessica Lang, Celia Imrie, Alfred Woodard, Marcia Gay Harden, Jane Fonda, Barbara Flynn, Shohreh Aghdashloo (see I told you this list was endless), ANYDAY in ANYTHING, then some untalented, untrained non-experienced newbie that was given a starring role because her body was firm enough, her eyes blue enough, her hair blonde enough, her…Yeah, you get the idea. And not to say ALL older actresses are the best (though, I tend to think they are), and ALL young actresses aren’t talented; that is far beyond what I’m saying–give me a Gabourey Sidibe, Marion Cotillard, Amy Adams, Raven-Symoné, Emily Blunt, Keke Palmer, Jurnee Smollett, Rooney Mara, Juno Temple, Saoirse Ronan (OK obviously this list is some kind of mix) anytime. But for me, especially as someone that has acted as a casting director, it was rare to ever see a script asking for “an older actress”. And that I have a major problem with; that, I have always found quite disheartening, and something that needs to change faster than immediately. What is it about the visual culture industry’s inability to properly represent older actresses (I hate that phrase, “older”)? Why do we let this amazing talent sit, unused, not wanted? Who is making these decisions?! This, is why I write. This is why all of my screenplays and stories center on women, have parts for mature actresses and require them to be the lead. Hopefully, one day, (and sooner rather than later), more starring roles for more experience actresses will emerge.



Juliet Stevenson: Give middle-aged actresses a chance

By Rhiannon Williams

The actress, 56, will play Oracle in BBC fantasy drama Atlantis, which starts next week. She has condemned the decision of TV producers and commissioning editors’ to limit the opportunities available to older women, adding: “We need to let them get beyond 50”.

“I am very lucky but there are thousands of others between the ages of 45 and 65 who are not working because there is nothing left for them to do.

“At the same time the roles for women of a certain age are very rarely leads. They are nice roles but often they are not carrying the weight of the story or the narrative. They are someone’s wife, someone’s mother or someone’s grandmother.”

In the interview with the Mail on Sunday, Stevenson said she’d conducted a great deal of research before undertaking her role as Oracle. The character is a celebrated and revered figure who is able to see into the future.

“The producers didn’t want a lot of gyrating and craziness so I had to find a way of keeping her still while giving the sense of going in and out of a trance, she said.

“I joined the Royal Anthropological Institute where they keep amazing documentary films about people who are shamans or who have been possessed by gods.”

Stevenson was nominated for a BAFTA in 2011 for her role in Accused, and has also starred in Bend It Like Beckham, Law and Order and Nicholas Nickleby.

The series also stars Jack Donnely as protagonist Jason, and Mark Addy and Robert Emms as his companions Hercules and Pythagoras.

(Via The Telegraph)

The Ohio State University Department of Theatre Audition Registration

OSU Theatre auditions for The Tempest, Zombie Prom, InterACT and the Lab Series will be held August 22-23, 2013.

Call Back Notices will be posted Friday, August 23 after 10PM on the south loading dock doors – it is the Actor’s responsibility to check the Call Back Notices.
Call backs for InterACT will be held Saturday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
Call backs for The Tempest will be held on Sunday from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
Call backs for Zombie Prom will be held on Sunday from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.
See Call Back Notice for exact times and requirements.

Please send questions to

Anyone interested in ZOMBIE PROM
Please prepare 1 monologue, NO MORE than 1½ minutes in length, 16 bars of one up-tempo piece AND 16 bars of one ballad. Due to time limitations, please be prepared to only sing your best 16 bars – if the director cuts you off after these 16 bars, do not be concerned. Please bring sheet music as an accompanist will be provided. DO NOT SING A CAPPELLA OR TO TAPED ACCOMPANIAMENT.

Anyone NOT interested in ZOMBIE PROM:
Select one:
1 monologue totaling no more than 3 minutes in length
2 contrasting monologues totaling no more than 4 minutes in length
A text that you will perform, totaling no more than 4 minutes in length

Click here to schedule your time slot.

Casting Alert Via Acting in Columbus


VSM Casting———-Two Film Opportunity Notices———-Kentucky

1) Eye Level Films is casting a Galen College of Nursing spot in Louisville. They are looking for 15 cast members, with a variety of ages and ethnicities. The shooting dates are August 24 and 25 in Louisville, KY. The non-union rate is a flat $500.00 a day.

This casting is open to both agencies and unrepresented talent. Must be available on the dates mentioned and send a video audition by email or link to by MONDAY, AUGUST 19th at NOON Eastern Standard Time.

Character Roles:
Amy (Lead), Female, Caucasian, 20’s
Adult Susan (Lead), Female, Caucasian, Early-Mid 20’s
Young Susan (Lead), Female, Caucasian, 11 years old
Penny (Lead), Female, Ethnically Ambiguous, 7 – 11 years old
Professor Nichole (Lead), Female, Caucasian, 40’s
Professor Dumbledore, Male, Caucasian, 40’s
Professor Whitney, Female, African American, 30’s-40’s
Professor Ladi, Female, Caucasian, 40’s
Professor Lopez, Female, Hispanic, Mid-Late 20’s
Professor Golden, Female, Caucasian, 40’s-50’s
Jamal, Male, African American, Early-Mid 20’s (clean cut)
Selma, Female, Caucasian or Hispanic, Mid-Late 20’s
Angelina, Female, Ethnically Ambiguous, Mid-Late 20’s
Tunisia, Female, African American, 20’s
Brittany, Female, Caucasian, Early-Mid 30’s

Video audition will require talent to speak directly to the camera with the following information:

Full name
Agency name (if represented)
dates available (8/24 and/or 8/25)
City you are in
Sizes for shoes, pants, shirt
Present all information in a close up, then cut to a full body shot, and do ac omplete turn for the camera. Send as a small streaming attachment (preferred), or YouTube Link. Make sure audio is clear and lighting is sufficient to see you clearly! Don’t forget to smile!

Please send auditions and the above information in an accompanying email to by Monday the 19th at NOON Eastern Standard Time.

2) VSM Casting has once again been hired to provide Background Actors and Extras for the latest faith-based production from City On A Hill. This four-week shoot will be shot in the Kentucky area. Upcoming Extra needs include:

Thursday, August 29th Through Monday, September 2nd
30 Customers per day at a diner scene Male, Female or Family Groups Ages 10 – 75, All ethnicities
Work one or more days

Wednesday, September 4th
Gentlemen’s Club Scene (No nudity)
30 seedy men.
Ages 21 – 65, All ethnicities

Friday, September 6th
Coffee Shop Scene
Half-Day /Afternoon
15-20 Extras
Ages 17 – 40, All ethnicities

Friday Night, September 13th
Alley Scene
Night Shoot
6 Scary Looking Extras
Ages 25 – 70, All ethnicities

Saturday Night, September 14th
Bus Station Scene
Night Shoot
15 Bus Passengers
Ages 20 – 65, All ethnicities

Background actors receive refreshments, meals for full day scenes, and a $25 stipend. This is the fourth production in two years VSM has worked on for this award-winning company. Here are links to their last two feature films, to be released next month and Spring, 2014: (Preview)

Although these are faith-based productions, they are open to any who wish to participate. Please put CITY EXTRAS in the subject line of your email, and include your dates available and roles desired, full name, age, best email and phone in the BODY of your email, along with a photo to:

NO LINKS PLEASE. Again, please put all your information in the body of your email, even if you have submitted to us before (believe me, it’s much easier than chasing down contact information from dozens of previous jobs when we get
lots of submissions.)

We’ve gone to Hollywood!

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Black Chick Media is happy to be working with the Hollywood Black Film Festival this year. We are soliciting gift bag placements and prizes for winners. This is a great opportunity to get YOUR PRODUCT/MESSAGE/ORGANIZATION into the hands of Black Hollywood’s elite and trend-setters through gift-bag placements! Landing your products into our 500 gift-bags will allow you to build brand awareness in the Hollywood community. The exposure to filmmakers and producers is also a great product placement opportunity for their films. Previous gift bag sponsors include Nike, Garrett Popcorn, Ambi, Fuji Film, Iman Cosmetics, Bonner Brothers, Motions HairCare, Clear Essence, Miss Jessie’s, and Rene Furterer Paris, just to name a few. If you would like to contribute to the goodie bags, VIP bags, or celebrity baskets, message us!