The theatreosphere has been up in arms in what is being called “Twittergate”. It is focused around casting director Daryl Eisenberg, who was making comments about actors’ auditions during an EPA of New York Musical Theatre Festival’s “Gay Bride of Frankenstein.” She has been twittering about previous auditions, but this one seemed to go public once over 200 people notified Broadwayworld.com’s “Twitter Watch“.
The story got big enough that it was covered by The New York Times’ ArtsBeat. The heightened exposure drew response from the producer Billy Butler, composer Marc Shaiman, and casting director Paul Russell. I think Russell’s blog post was the most insightful observation from all that was written. From reading his book and blog, what I appreciate about Russell’s perspective is that he is honest and does not hold back, while at the same time is able to care for the process and rigor actors, and all entertainment professionals, go through while working in a hard business.
Itâ€™s behavior such as yours Ms. Eisenberg that makes me ashamed at times to be a â€œgate keeperâ€. For thatâ€™s all we are. A casting directorâ€™s job was not created out of need but out of convenience for the creative team. Before casting directors existed, producers, directors and stage managers did the leg work that has become our trade. Weâ€™re expendable. This current economic crisis and our dwindling client base as budgets are cut should have made you more than aware of that reality
Actors deserve better treatment from those behind the audition table. I was once an actor. I have a great empathy for them. I donâ€™t know if you Ms. Eisenberg were once an actor. If so; you should be damned ashamed of how you have treated those who now stand where you once stood. If you never had the displeasure of auditioning consider yourself fortunate that you never had to endure what actors in your audition room experienced this past week.