Tamara Sibley

Tamara Sibley

Casting Director

Los Angeles, California

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About Tamara

TAMARA M. SIBLEY

As an independent Casting Director from Los Angeles, Tamara’s credits include over 55 independent films, 3 Emmy award-winning FBI PSAs, Specials, New Media and over 75 theatrical productions.

Tamara’s theatre casting and directing credits include: Arena Stage, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.; New York Theatre Workshop, NYU Tisch School of the Arts; The Karamu House and Youngstown Playhouse in Ohio; Dallas Theatre Center, S.T.A.G.E., Theatre Three, The Theatre Garage in Texas; and The Ensemble Theatre in Los Angeles, along with groundbreaking L.A. theatres: The Roby Theatre, Cornerstone Theatre Company, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Teada Theatre Company, Stella Adler Theatre and eta Creative Arts Foundation. Tamara is a member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab, New York City and Director’s Lab West, Los Angeles, CA.

Tamara’s film credits include the award-winning East of Hope Street starring Tim Russ (Star Trek Voyager, Samantha Who, iCarly); Stompin’ starring Sinbad (Jingle All The Way, House Guest, Good Burger), Vanessa Bell Calloway (Shameless, Lakeview Terrace), Shadrack Anderson (Fat Albert), and Lillian Lehman (General Hospital, Men of a Certain Age). She also cast the critically-acclaimed award winning shorts: When a Flame Stands Still (Cannes), Diana Leigh (DGA Jury Award Winner), Pareto and Principle and No Hay Nada Mas (Cannes), En Tiempo De Guerra (a BAFTA Award Winner), and Corre!, Armen, Sounds of Silence, Be Good to Eddie Lee.

Tamara served as professional Casting Director/Consultant for California State University, Northridge (CSUN) Film Option Department, assisting student directors, writers and producers with their senior thesis film projects. The CSUN Senior Film projects are supported through a generous grant from The Hollywood Foreign Press, who nominate and award the prestigious Golden Globes each year. Many of the films cast by Tamara have been accepted in the Annual Senior Showcase featured at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation and the Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences in Los Angeles. For 24 years, this sold-out event has been hosted by Hollywood notables, including actor Louis Gossett, Jr.; actor/producer/director Bill Duke; actor/producer/director Tim Russ; film and music-video director Darren Grant; actor/director/producer/writer Robert Townsend; actress Jenna Elfman; actor/comedian, Sinbad; and playwright/writer/film director Louie Valdez, to name a few.

In December 2011, Tamara expanded her independent casting company, TMS Casting, to serve both the West and Midwest regions in film, television and stage productions. Tamara combined her years of knowledge, exposure and experience in the form of two one day workshops. The Actor Audition Intensive Workshop, focuses on sharpening skills and technique, and enlightening actors/students about what is sought in an audition, and how to present your unique confidence for success-- because a monologue and 16 bars aren’t enough. Good Casting Good Sense Workshop was created for directors, producer and writers and focuses on: The Casting Director's job, why hire a Casting Director, the importance of casting strong skilled talent and how good casting is key to an awesome film production.

Tamara is a guest Casting Director/Lecturer for colleges universities and schools such as: California State University Northridge (CSUN), Loyola University (Chicago) and Columbia College (Chicago) and Neighborhood Playhouse to name a few. Since expanding to Chicago, she has been busy casting projects for film and theatre. Tamara is a member of the Illinois Theatre Association Professional Theatre Division.

Credits

  • Divided

    Divided (2018)
    Film (Short and Drama) Casting director It is 1953, North Korea. The Korean War is coming to its end as both sides become aware of the inevitable divide between the northern and southern territories. Two Korean sisters, Young-Hee and Jung-Sook, escape the captivity of North Korean Communist Soldiers and head towards the 38th Parallel to find freedom and their family. During this journey, they struggle to overcome their fears and uncertainty of being reunited with their family, along with the endless sacrifices that must be made.

  • Take My Hand

    Take My Hand (2018)
    Film (Short and Drama) Casting director Lorelai, a musically-gifted young woman, is helping her mother clean out her grandmother's house when she discovers an old trunk full of her grandmother's sheet music. Through the power of music, Lorelai attempts to reconnect with her grandmother before Alzheimer's Disease erases her grandmother's memory forever.

  • Fallen

    Fallen (2017)
    Film (Short and Drama) Casting director Stepping into the shoes of a young man dealing with the guilt of a kid being killed by a bullet that was originally meant for him.

  • Neva~eh

    Neva~eh (2017)
    Film (Short and Fantasy) Casting director QUEEN DIVINITY struggles to speak of how she survived a brutal rape by her once lover, LUCIFER, whom returned to Heaven to reclaim the throne. She explains, "Before Earth and even to this day, I rule the Kingdom of Neva~eh. It's the highest realm of Heaven, a place of infinite beauty, mystical magic and balance. It's the home of my people, the Black Angels." In Neva~eh, Queen Divinity carefully nurtures her son, PRINCE WARRIUS through his childhood of being bullied. She gives him the Golden Magic Box of their Elder's Powers to protect him. As her two sons mature she watches her husband, KING SABTAH favor PRINCE RAMUS, offering him the throne. A seed of bitter jealousy is planted in Prince Warrius. One heavenly night Queen Divinity happens to discover Prince Warrius making love to his brother's soon to be wife, PRINCESS OMNI. The next morning, a distressed Princess Omni historically cries, "Queen Divinity something is wrong with Prince Warrius, I think Prince Ramus is in great danger!"... Written by Lonnie Henderson

  • Jack & Me

    Jack & Me (2017)
    Film (Short, Adventure, Drama and Fantasy) Casting director A down-on-his luck actor working as a Jack Sparrow impersonator on Hollywood Blvd. learns the power of imagination and optimism after meeting and befriending a terminally-ill child and his mother.

  • Relevé

    Relevé (2017)
    Film (Short and Drama) Casting director A ballerina reaching the end of her prime summons her deepest convictions to ascend to greatness while escaping the clutches of an abusive relationship.

  • Feis

    Feis (2017)
    Film (Short, Drama and Family) Casting director On the brink of graduation, Bridget Donoghue seeks independence from her overbearing mother, while training to qualify for the Irish Dance World Championships.

  • Orpheum

    Orpheum (2017)
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  • Ernesto's Miracle

    Ernesto's Miracle (2017)
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  • Ben-Dod Sheli

    Ben-Dod Sheli (2017)
    Film (Short and Thriller) Casting director A young American travels to the West Bank intending on joining the Israeli Defense Forces and takes an unsuspecting ride in a stolen cab.

  • Connect

    Connect (2017)
    Film (Short and Romance) Casting director Add a Plot »

  • Girls on the Block

    Girls on the Block (2017)
    Film (Short and Drama) Casting director Girls On The Block try to support their friend Trina after the violent death of her brother by having a memorial service. They share memories, songs and tears-- and question how to change the all too frequent loss of loved ones from gang violence. Written by VB

  • When a Flame Stands Still

    When a Flame Stands Still (2017)
    Film (Short, Drama, Romance and War) Casting director In the midst of the Holocaust, two lovers hide in two claustrophobic bunkers that are only a brick apart. Unable to see, hear, smell, taste, or touch one another and with only a lamp to light up their darkness, they reminisce about their love story, from when they first met to the time they were separated. Written by Anonymous

  • Call Center

    Call Center (2017)
    Film (Comedy) Casting director After being overlooked for a promotion, a disgruntled supervisor with a history of pulling outrageous pranks devises a plan to get even with his employer.

  • Star

    Star (2016)
    Film (Short and Drama) Casting director Under the care of their cold hearted foster mother two 17 year old girls decide to take take their freedom by going to an adult party.

  • Good Ol' Mr. Jenkins

    Good Ol' Mr. Jenkins (2016)
    Film (Short) Casting director Mr. Jenkins, whom after tragically loosing his wife and everything around him, ends up at a nursing home. While there, he repeatedly attempts to commit suicide. Because of his behavior, he is transferred to a psychiatric ward. Upon learning of his transfer, him and his new unimaginable friend decide to escape the nursing home, and visit his old home one last time.

  • Jack Krash: Slave to Rock

    Jack Krash: Slave to Rock (2016)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Casting director Back in the 80s, Jack Krash had it all... He was a rock god, baby! These days? Not so much. He will do ANYTHING to regain his former glory, including play for an infamous dictator. But what happens when the dictator refuses to let him leave? Written by Ann Marie Dallas

  • Beneath the Neon

    Beneath the Neon (2016)
    Film (Short and Drama) Casting director A man expecting his first child has some unfinished business to uncover before fatherhood takes effect. His journey to find his homeless mother living in the tunnels beneath Las Vegas, Nevada will not only satiate his need to close open doors, but perhaps help him find his own way too.

  • Vestige

    Vestige (2016)
    Film (Short, Crime, Drama and Thriller) Casting director Vestige tells the story of a young man's struggle between seeking justice and honoring the morals he was raised with. Ezekiel was always taught respect and to be an upstanding citizen. But when his father is killed in a questionable confrontation with police, he learns everything his father taught him may not prove to be true. In the aftermath of his father's death, Ezekiel is forced to deal with the emotional and social repercussions that surround him. After an unfavorable verdict, combined with an emotional protest experience, Ezekiel - along with his vengeful uncle, Jonah - decide to take Justice into their own hands. Written by Taylor Salan

  • Champion

    Champion (2015)
    Film (Short, Drama, Sport and Thriller) Casting director "Champion" is the story of a young Mexican-American boxer, Joaquin, who fights not only in the ring, but also against violent problems in the neighborhoods where he lives. However, one burning desire keeps him moving forward: The Art of The Fight. Joaquin get the opportunity to fight in a title fight, in hopes of becoming the Champion that his community so desperately needs. Written by Sean Miller

  • ¡Corre!

    ¡Corre! (2015)
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  • The Frequencies

    The Frequencies (2015)
    Film (Short, Horror, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Casting director In a small town, a nuclear power plant worker and his younger brother attempt to prove that the secret experiments for energy sources conducted by the government, are bringing life draining creatures into their world from a different frequency. Written by Facebook Official Page

  • Queens of the Highway

    Queens of the Highway (2015)
    Film (Short and Drama) Casting director A grieving young woman whose lost her fiancé to the Vietnam War learns to accept the past while on the road to see The Doors in 1969.

  • The Death of Colm Canter

    The Death of Colm Canter (2015)
    Film (Short, Drama and Western) Casting director Set in 1870's California, The Death of Colm Canter is about a mother and her son and the moral dilemma they struggle with when they come face to face with her husband's killer. When her husband Jack goes away on a trip, Anna is forced to confront the strained relationship she has with her son. But when a traveler asks to stay in their barn for a night, personal relationships are put on the backburner and Anna can't shake the feeling that something is wrong.

  • Charles and Claire

    Charles and Claire (2014)
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  • High Stakes

    High Stakes (2014)
    Film (Short, Drama, Family and History) Casting director Cal Morris faces a dilemma when his brother, Norm, a blacklisted filmmaker in the McCarthy-era Hollywood Witch Hunts, asks him to screen his latest film. Cal must decide whether to show his brother's film in order to take a stand against McCarthyism, even if it means compromising the safe life he worked hard to build.

  • Diana Leigh

    Diana Leigh (2014)
    Film (Short, Drama and Musical) Casting director After dealing with abuse at home and losing her family, Diana Leigh must find a way to overcome the troubles of her past to fulfill her dreams of becoming a singer, all while being a black woman in the 1960s.

  • If Ever There's a Tomorrow

    If Ever There's a Tomorrow (2014)
    Film (Short, Drama and War) Casting director Ben, a soldier, returns home from war and attempts to keep the childhood promise he made to his sister that he will walk her down the aisle at her upcoming wedding. However, his struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder becomes personified and the promises he's made seem impossible to keep.

  • The Technium

    The Technium (2013)
    Film (Short, Fantasy, Mystery and Sci-Fi) Casting director Technology. Fashion. Mutagenesis. Magic realism gets a modern update. Strong in aesthetics. Innovative in style. The Technium... join the evolution.

  • Dead Air

    Dead Air (2013)
    Film (Short and Drama) Casting director A mute young man, Traven, discovers at a young age he can capture his voice into glass bottles. His bottles go unheard by everyone except for himself until he meets a girl, Alia who helps him resolve this issue.

  • Sonoma Valley Red

    Sonoma Valley Red (2013)
    Film (Short, Drama and History) Casting director 1927. Prohibition's effects are felt especially hard on California's Wine Country. Antone Fanelli and his family have been forced to bootleg their wine in order to survive. As the Federal Government Closes in, Antone must protect his family, and the legacy of his work. Written by Anonymous

  • No Hay Nada Mas

    No Hay Nada Mas (2012)
    Film (Short, Drama, Family and Sport) Casting director Forced into living in a motel after their house has been foreclosed, A father and his children struggle to stay together amidst the pressure of their difficult realities.

  • Until College

    Until College (2012)
    Film (Short, Comedy, Musical and Romance) Casting director A musical comedy that follows Rachel and her dynamic group of friends through their first semester away at college. The group leans on each other through various issues, including love, drugs, and self-discovery, all in a light, humorous tone. Written by Anonymous

  • Pareto Principle

    Pareto Principle (2012)
    Film (Short and Drama) Casting director Jon and Chris are fresh out of high school, they earn minimum wage working in the back of Mr. Khan's restaurant. While taking out the trash one evening, Jon comes across a duffel bag filled with money. After sharing this discovery with Chris, true feelings surface and their friendship is tested, as this newly found wealth ultimately decides their fate. Written by Anonymous

  • Not at Home

    Not at Home (2012)
    Film (Short) Casting director On his way to California in his live-in RV, Gene picks up a young hitchhiking girl who is just as lost as he is. Together, the two discover that what was missing in their lives isn't what they expected.

  • Helen: A Great Old Broad

    Helen: A Great Old Broad (2011)
    Film (Short, Comedy, Drama and Family) Casting director Helen, a crotchety old woman born and raised an orphan, takes on the rigors of friendship, and learns what it means to become part of a family.

  • Carousel

    Carousel (2011)
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  • Absolution

    Absolution (2011)
    Film (Short, Drama and History) Casting director Inspired by true events, 'Absolution' takes place in a Georgia state prison in 1952. When inmate Peter Lieb attempts suicide two days before his scheduled execution, prison doctor Thomas Gelson is forced to save his life. Although he is initially conflicted about treating Peter, Thomas soon suspects that there is more to this gruff prisoner than meets the eye. Written by Anonymous

  • Be Good to Eddie Lee

    Be Good to Eddie Lee (2010)
    Film (Short, Adventure, Comedy and Family) Casting director It is the first day of summer in a quiet Midwestern town. Christi eagerly awaits an adventure with her best friend Jim. Today they decide they are on the hunt for frog eggs. Much to their surprise they are followed by Christi's neighbor, Eddie Lee, a little boy with Down Syndrome. Jim continues to taunt Eddie Lee, even after Eddie Lee saves him from the pond. When Jim threatens Eddie Lee, Christi is forced to choose between Jim and her new friend. 'Be Good to Eddie Lee' is a short film that follows the adventures of Eddie Lee, Christi and Jim as they learn the true meaning of friendship and the value of what's inside that counts. Written by Anonymous

  • En tiempo de guerra

    En tiempo de guerra (2010)
    Film (Short, Drama and War) Casting director A student is found in a unfortunate circumstance when he if found with prohibited text-books at a military checkpoint during the Salvadoran Civil War.

  • Onigiri

    Onigiri (2010)
    Film (Short, Action and Drama) Casting director Onigiri is the story of Yasuko, a young girl from a feudal Japan who dreams of becoming a samurai. Her dreams are crushed by the samurai leader of her village, who deems her 'unfit' to learn the samurai way. Yasuko will stop at nothing to be a part of Japan's elite class of warriors. Written by Anonymous

  • Bum Rap

    Bum Rap (2009)
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  • I Do and I Don't

    I Do and I Don't (2009)
    Film (Short, Comedy, Family and Romance) Casting director Since they were kids, Marcos and Kim have dreamed of getting married. And now its going to happen...unless a bitter feud between their mothers gets in the way. At the altar, the mothers engage in ridiculous antics to stop the wedding, landing the groom in the hospital! The stakes are raised as a failed attempt to elope leads Marcos and Kim back to the hospital for a second time. Thinking fast, the couple recruits some unlikely helpers in a third attempt to wed. As the ceremony is interrupted yet again, Marcos and Kim lay down the law. Written by Anonymous

  • The Sounds of Silence

    The Sounds of Silence (2009)
    Film (Short and Drama) Casting director Gino finds the circus.

  • Tango

    Tango (2008)
    Film (Short and Drama) Casting director Diego, a poor young boy from Buenos Aires, is introduced to the native music of Argentina when he witnesses a street performance of the Tango. Falling in love with the music, he wants to learn to play, but his father cannot afford to buy him a guitar. His profound disappointment takes his life into a downward spiral. As he grows into adulthood, his life becomes centered on an addiction to cocaine and an uneasy friendship with Fellipe, his dealer. After a tragedy, Diego must finally face his demons. Written by Anonymous

  • Armen

    Armen (2008)
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  • Wormhole Chasers

    Wormhole Chasers (2008)
    Film (Short, Fantasy and Sci-Fi) Casting director According to the logarithmic map of the universe, the poles are aligned - which can only mean one thing: a wormhole is about to open in the corner of Marjorie Adam's apartment.

  • Stompin'

    Stompin' (2007)
    Film (Drama) Casting director Greekshow is an emotional coming of age story about two brothers who struggle to reconcile their estranged relationship while their college campus gears up for a major Greekshow (Step competition). Jason Jackson is an all American baseball player and future number one pick of a major league baseball team. Ryan Jackson, the campus ladies man and best stepper in the state, is about to lead the defending fraternity into this year's competition. The rift between the two brothers, which was caused by a childhood incident, and the preferential treatment given to Jason by their father has grown to a boiling point. The film is an emotional rollercoaster set against the backdrop of back-breaking stepping and fierce competition all around. It will leave you asking "What does brotherhood really mean?" Written by Anonymous

  • East of Hope Street

    East of Hope Street (1998)
    Film (Drama) Casting director Based on actual events- 15 year old Alicia Montalvo escapes the civil war violence in her native El Salvador to live in Los Angeles with her younger brother and crack-addict aunt. Her trials are compounded when the illegal sweatshop in which she works is raided. Escaping the INS raid, she is beaten by her aunt when she comes home without cash. At school, her bruises are noticed and child welfare authorities eventually step in and place her in a foster home, separating Alicia from her brother. At the foster home she is led astray by the family's other foster daughter and falls victim to a sexual predator. Police, pregnancy, the group home for pregnant teens, the house bully, rape and a shooting. It's more bad stuff than one human being should have to bear. Written by Anonymous

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