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Tara started her company in April, 2001 after working for 15 years as a Casting Director at Johnson-Liff Associates. During those years she worked on productions of Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Sunset Boulevard, Jerry Zaks' revival of Guys and Dolls and Miss Saigon. She also cast the daytime drama Another World and Dan Aykroyd’s series Soul Man.
At Tara Rubin Casting, she and her colleagues Eric Woodall, Merri Sugarman, Laura Schutzel, Kaitlin Shaw, Lindsay Levine, Claire Burke, and Emma Atherton cast the musicals School of Rock, It Shoulda Been You, Gigi, Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Aladdin, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, The Producers, Young Frankenstein, Promises, Promises, How To Succeed… for Broadway as well as The Country Girl, The Heiress, The Farnsworth Invention and A Time To Kill.
They recently completed their 12th season as Casting Directors for Yale Repertory Theater and have worked with many regional theaters including La Jolla Playhouse, The Williamstown Theater Festival, Dallas Theater Center, Arena Stage, and The Westport Country Playhouse.
Tara graduated with honors from Boston University and serves on the board of the Casting Society of America.
Eric Woodall has been a casting director at Tara Rubin Casting since 2002. Some casting credits include the Broadway/National Touring productions of Aladdin, Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Billy Elliot, Ghost, A Little Night Music, Scandalous, The Little Mermaid, Mamma Mia! Mary Poppins, and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Off-Broadway/Regional: Hunchback of Notre Dame (Papermill/LaJolla), Next To Normal (Alliance), A Room With A View (The Old Globe), Into the Woods, Harbor (Westport County Playhouse); Cat on A Hot Tin Roof, Carnival, Mame (Kennedy Center); Privilege, Birdie Blue, Swimming in the Shallows (2nd Stage Theatre.)
Originally from North Carolina, Eric earned a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University and began his career as an actor. In addition to casting, Eric works as a freelance director and guest teacher at regional theatres and universities around the country. He served as a Resident Director of Mamma Mia! (Broadway, Touring, Las Vegas and Cruise productions.) Member of SDC and CSA. www.ericwoodall.com
Initially an actress ('Les Miserables', 'Aspects of Love', et al.), Merri found herself out West some years back where she quickly made a name for herself at Liberman/Hirschfeld, then Liberman/Patton Casting, working on such shows as "NewsRadio", "The Larry Sanders Show" and the Miramax feature film "Playing By Heart", starring Sean Connery and Angelina Jolie. In 2000, Merri moved to Dreamworks Studios as the Casting Executive in charge
of TV Pilots and Series- including "Spin City", and the critically acclaimed "The Job", starring Denis Leary. She was then offered a position as the Director of Casting for Dramas and Movies at ABC Television, overseeing the casting of "Alias", "NYPD Blue", "The Practice" and the 'made for television movies’ "Gilda Radner - It's Always Something" and "The Music Man", starring Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth, to name just a few.
Merri then returned to the East Coast to teach and coach actors – something she still does (and loves) as time permits, when Tara Rubin offered her a Casting Director position
where she’s been happily ensconced ever since, working on, among many others - the Broadway, touring and international companies of SPAMALOT, JERSEY BOYS, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, LES MISERABLES, HOW TO SUCCEED…, IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, SCHOOL OF ROCK and MISS SAIGON. She also casts for many theaters regionally including the Papermill Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, The Old Globe and The LaJolla Playhouse. She is the very proud CD of the critically acclaimed web series SUBMISSIONS ONLY and also boasts many TV & film projects, workshops and readings – including the new musical TREVOR – based on the Oscar winning short film.
In other news, she has been a Big Sister to Jenny via the amazing Big Brothers/Big Sisters program for the last 18 years, is an alumni officer of the professional sorority Kappa Gamma Chi (BFA in Musical Theater - Emerson College), a member of Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, has been a Tony Voter for the past three years and is a proud member of CSA (Casting Society
Laura joined Tara Rubin Casting in 2003. She has worked for legendary directors and playwrights during her time at Tara Rubin. Theatres include Yale Rep, Westport Country Playhouse, Second Stage, Williamstown, La Jolla Playhouse, and the Philadelphia Theatre Company in addition to the Broadway productions of The Country Girl, The Farnsworth Invention, Rock N Roll and The History Boys (U.S. casting).
She earned an MFA in Directing from OU and a BA in Theatre from Smith College. She thanks her father for taking her to her first Broadway show (The Pirates of Penzance starring Kevin Kline and Linda Ronstadt). She lives in Queens with her family.
Kaitlin started her casting career as an intern at Tara Rubin Casting in 2008 and has been with the office ever since. She is currently a Casting Director and proud CSA member.
Some favorite projects with Tara Rubin Casting include Disaster! (Broadway) Flashdance, the Musical (National tour), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Paper Mill Playhouse and La Jolla Playhouse), Little Dancer (Kennedy Center), Clinton, the Musical (NYMF and New World Stages), and Prince of Broadway. She has worked on the Broadway productions of Aladdin, Gigi, Les Miserables (25th Anniversary Production), The Phantom of the Opera, Bullets Over Broadway, Mothers and Sons, A Time to Kill, Big Fish, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,
and Promises, Promises and the Off-Broadway production of Love, Loss, and What I Wore by Nora and Delia Ephron.
Kaitlin won a 2016 CSA Artios award for casting Clinton, The Musical. Kaitlin enjoys working with young actors and has taught audition technique workshops at various Institutions and Universities across the country. Kaitlin hails from Southern California and studied Dramatic Art and American Studies at University of California, Davis.
Lindsay Levine joined Tara Rubin's office as an assistant in 2010 and is a current Casting Director and CSA Member.
Some favorite projects include the Broadway productions of Dear Evan Hansen, CATS, Bandstand, One Man Two Guvnors (US Casting), as well as Here Lies Love (Public Theatre/London), Can Can (Paper Mill Playhouse), and working on the Broadway productions of Aladdin, Mamma Mia, Bullets Over Broadway, Ghost, and Mary Poppins.
Prior to joining the office, Lindsay was the Children's Casting Assistant for the Broadway, Chicago, and National Touring companies of Billy Elliot. Originally from Fort Myers, Florida she moved to New York as a performer and toured the country in Mamma Mia.
She is currently pursuing her MFA in Theatre Pedagogy and lives in Beacon, NY with her husband and daughter.
Claire began at Tara Rubin Casting as an intern in 2013. After interning, Claire continued on as a freelance assistant for two years before becoming a full time Casting Assistant in 2015. She is currently a Casting Associate and CSA Member.
Favorite projects Claire has worked on at Tara Rubin Casting include Ain’t Too Proud (Berkeley Rep), Jersey Boy (Broadway and Tours), The Bandstand (Paper Mill), A Bronx Tale (Paper Mill and Broadway) and Miss Saigon. She has a particular fondness for School of Rock (Broadway), which is the first project she got to assist on from the first audition through opening night!
Before beginning her career in casting Claire spent several years as a House Manager at the Irish Arts Center and working various front of house and developmental positions at Brooklyn Bowl. Her favorite experience at the Bowl was helping to open their Las Vegas venue.
Claire holds a BFA from NYU where she studied Drama and Irish Studies.
Felicia Rudolph joined Tara Rubin Casting in 2016. Before TRC, she worked as the Casting Associate for Seasons 3 and 4 of the Netflix Series, House of Cards, as well as the Casting Assistant at Fox for two Pilot Seasons.
She began her casting career in 2008 with a summer internship at Telsey & Co. She then interned for MelCap Casting (now Caparelliotis Casting) and became a Casting Assistant in the office, and was lucky enough to work on projects such as Death of a Salesman and Seminar on Broadway.
Felicia served as the Casting Assistant on Holler if Ya Hear Me, the Broadway revival of Romeo & Juliet starring Orlando Bloom, and BAM’s production of The Master Builder starring John Turturro.
Felicia is originally from Arizona and graduated from Muhlenberg College in 2010 with a degree in Theatre and Communications. She knew that she wanted to work in Casting since she was a kid and working at Tara Rubin Casting is a dream come true!
Xavier Rubiano joined Tara Rubin Casting in August 2016. Xavier hails from the far away land of Queens, New York where he grew up dancing. Xavier attended Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, founded by Tony Bennett, in Astoria, Queens with a major in Dance and a minor in Musical Theater. He went on to get his BFA in Musical Theater at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC & LA.
Xavier started his casting career in 2011 where he had his first internship at Clemmons/Dewing Casting. He continued to assist Joy Dewing when she started her new business, Joy Dewing Casting, as a monitor at her open calls and she brought him on as an apprentice in 2013. He became her Casting Assistant in 2014. Xavier has also interned at Stewart/Whitley and apprenticed at their office in May of 2016.
Working at TRC is a culmination of all his past experiences and feels truly #blessed to be a part of this team.