TAMARA M. SIBLEY
As an independent Casting Director from Los Angeles, Tamara’s credits include 55 independent films, 3 EMMY Award-winning FBI PSAs,18 PSA/commercials/specials and over 75 theatrical productions.
Her 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 starring in (Shameless, Lakeview Terrace), Shadrack Anderson (Fat Albert), and Lillian Lehman (General Hospital, Men of a Certain Age); and the critically-acclaimed shorts Diana Leigh (DGA 2014 Jury Award Winner), Pareto and Principle and No Hay Nada Mas, (Cannes in 2012), En Tiempo De Guerra (a BAFTA Award Winner), and Armen, Sounds of Silence, Be Good to Eddie Lee (all award winners).
Tamara has worked as a Casting Assistant alongside veteran Casting Director, Reuben Cannon of Reuben Cannon & Associates.
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, Lincoln Center Directors Lab in New York City; 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 Directors Lab West.
For the past 13 years Tamara serves 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 (NATAS) Foundation 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 January, 2012, Tamara expanded her independent casting company, TMS Casting, to serve both the West and Midwest regions in film, television and stage productions. TMS Casting combines the years of knowledge, exposure and experience to offer condensed, intensive, one-day workshops/lectures that not only focus on sharpening skills and technique, but enlightening actors, directors, producers and writers about the casting process and how to present your unique confidence for success --
Tamara is a guest Casting Director/Lecturer for California State University Northridge (CSUN), Loyola University (Chicago) and Columbia University (Chicago) Film and Theatre Departments. Since landing in Chicago, she has been casting projects for local theatre artisans and Indie film companies non-stop. In 2013, Tamara joined the Illinois Theatre Association, Professional Casting Division. “I am excited to be cultivating wonderful, artistic relationships that result in the collaboration of amazing projects in both Los Angeles and Chicago!”
Name: Tamara M. Sibley
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Company: TMS Casting
Occupation: Casting Director
Beneath the Neon
Film (short) by Brandon Harris (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.
Film by Anton Deshawn (Comedy) Casting director
When a Flame Stands Still
Film (short) by Michael Mike Canon (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
Film (short) by Sahar el-Ghali (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
Film (short) by Kevin Reyes (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
Film (short) by Elmer Zelaya (Drama) Casting director
Queens of the Highway
Film (short) by Nancy Levonian (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
Film (short) by Revati Dhomse (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
Film (short) by Katherine O'Brien (Drama) Casting director A transexual woman comes to terms with her father.
Film (short) by Sydney Waco (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.
Film (short) by Stephanie Hoston (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
Film (short) by Samantha Holt (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.
Film (short) by Rob Hooks (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.
Film (short) by Katlin Majewski (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
Film (short) by Katelyn Pigoni (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
Film (short) by Giovanni Solis (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.
Film (short) by Caitlin Halliburton (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
Film (short) by Beneyam Wolde-Yohannes (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
Film (short) by Arielle Kilker 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
Film (short) by Bartley Taylor (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.
Film (short) by Nicole Owen (Drama) Casting director
Film (short) by Aaron Blum (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
Film (short) by Kaileigh Brielle Martin (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
Film (short) by Brian Parada (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.
Film (short) by Lhennards Acuña (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
Film (short) by Isaac Lipstadt (Drama) Casting director
I Do and I Don't
Film (short) by Terri Ann Driggs (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
Film (short) by Joey Umana (Drama) Casting director Gino finds the circus.
Film (short) by Allan Giron (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
Film (short) by Sherry Festekjian (Drama) Casting director
Film (short) by Gregory Zymet (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.
Film by Nate Thomas (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
Film by Nate Thomas (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
Casting Director for 3 EMMY AWARD winning FBI PSA