As a casting director for over 20 years, Julie has worked closely with Martin Scorsese ("The Last Temptation of Christ”), Arthur Penn, Abel Ferrar, Robert Rodriguez, William Friedkin, Allan Arkush, John Milius, Joe Dante, John Landis, Ed Zwick, Scott Wynant, Peter Horton, Gary Sinise, among many others. TV casting includes "thirtysomething" (4 Seasons); HBO's "Dream On" (3 Seasons); Two series for Norman Lear; TNT's "Rough Riders" and Showtime’s "Rebel Highway" Series, A Ten Film Homage to Roger Corman. Julie's eye for young talent has helped launch the careers of Rene Zellweger, John Hawkes, Julie Bowen, Adrien Brody, Giovanni Ribisi, Anne Heche, Selma Hayek, David Arquette, Patricia Arquette, Brad Pitt, Alicia Silverstone, Jake Busey, Paul Rudd, Marisa Tomei, and more.
Recent projects include the charming short "The Case of the Missing Garden Gnome" (2012 “Funny or Die” Short Film Festival), “A Star Is Scorned”, “Face2Face”, “No Fun At All", Producer, Patrick Cunningham ("Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene"), "The Rock Apprentice",
an Australian coming-of-age teen/rock musical, and "NATE & AL", a poignant caper about an anguished, feisty Jewish Holocaust Survivor turned Nazi-hunting vigilante, Director, Ralph Ziman ("The Zookeeper", "Hearts & Minds", "Gangster's Paradise”) At the start of her career In NY, she assisted Lynn Kressel (Law & Order), and worked on dozens of B'way shows with the venerable B'way casting directors Geoff Johnson & Vinnie Liff (Les Mis, Cats, Dreamgirls, Phantom of the Opera, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Guys & Dolls, The Producers, Amadeus, Chess, The Elephant Man). As Casting Director for Manhattan Theatre Club she cast plays for Arthur Penn, Lynne Meadow, John Patrick Shanley, Beth Henley, and Howard Brenton. She also casts many AFI, UCLA, CSUN and USC Student Thesis Films, 'cause who can resist young talent …
In 2010, Julie was thrilled to come back to work as a casting director and private audition coach, having paused her career to raise Phoebe, 21, and Michael, 17. She studied Directing and Acting at Northwestern University with Frank Galati (Steppenwolf Theatre), Wallace Bacon; David Downs, and Lila Heston. She graduated from the 2 Year Professional Workshop at Circle-in-the-Square Theatre School in Manhattan, where she was mentored by Larry Moss; Michael Kahn; Ed Berkeley; Ada Brown Mather, and the legendary Nikos Psacharopoulos, Founding Artistic Director of The Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Name: Julie Alter
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Occupation: Casting Director