Ready For Your Close-Up? Casting Calls for Native Actors

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown February 25th, 2014 Last Updated on: February 25th, 2014

Do you think an all-Native cast of Hamlet will work? Filmmaker Ernest M. Whiteman III is willing to take that chance.

There is currently an open casting call for Native American actors in the Chicagoland area for a new film project directed by Ernest Whiteman III. This full-length, full-text version of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet will feature an all-Native cast.

Two scenes have been completed. The project is set to resume filming from Monday, April 14 until Friday, April 18. There are over thirty characters to be cast, both male and female roles, ranging from young adults to elders. Acting experience encouraged but not required as this is a volunteer film project.

Ernest M. Whiteman III is a Northern Arapaho filmmaker who graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film/Video Directing. He also serves as the Director of First Nations Film and Video Festival, Inc. a 501c3, non-profit film festival dedicated to supporting Native American directors of all skill levels and working to find them a venue to express their views and screen their works.

“Two Scenes from HAMLET”, which was completed last fall, is currently under consideration for screening with the Tribeca Film Festival.

For further inquiries or concerns, contact Ernest Whiteman III at [email protected]

You can find the Cast List here:


Also of note, Holt Hamilton Productions (famous for their movie More Than Frybread) is working on a new project called Legends from the Sky. They will be holding auditions for the 50+ speaking parts throughout the country.

1st Audition is scheduled as follows:

25 Feb 2014 (5-6 pm)
University of Redlands – Casa Loma Room
1200 E. Colton Ave
Redlands, CA 92373

Please follow their Facebook page Legends From the Sky for updates on where other auditions will be held.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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I am native and would love to be in a native movie…

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