Murnane Casting, founded by Chad Eric Murnane, is a boutique casting office based in New York City. We work on theatre, film, and television projects nationwide and specialize in casting for New York theatre, national tours, regional theatre, and developing new works with emerging creators.
Our clients enjoy ongoing support from a team invested in the success of their projects. We go above and beyond to find the right cast to fulfill our clients’ vision and take pride in facilitating a highly collaborative casting experience that uplifts artists and champions untapped, underrepresented talent.
Murnane Casting is dedicated to curating ensembles of exceptional artists while fostering a relaxed and imaginative casting environment.
Chad Eric Murnane, CSA (he/him), is a New York-based creative professional and the founder of Murnane Casting, a boutique casting office specializing in theatre, film, and television. Previously, Chad enjoyed five years as a casting director at Binder Casting, a renowned office within the theatre industry, where he collaborated on dozens of high-profile projects.
Chad is passionate about championing actors and strives to cultivate a sense of humanity and ease in the audition process. He is committed to investing in untapped and underrepresented artists and moving the industry toward more inclusivity.
Career highlights include casting Into the Woods (Hollywood Bowl), Emojiland (off-Broadway at The Duke), along with national/international tours of Lincoln Center Theater’s My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Tootsie, and the Tony Award-winning revival of The Color Purple. On film, Chad worked on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and the reboot of Friday the 13th (Paramount).
After training in musical theatre at the CAP21 conservatory, Chad earned a B.S. in Media Studies with an emphasis in Entertainment Entrepreneurship from The New School. He is currently completing an M.A. in Arts Administration from Baruch College.
Chad is a member of the Casting Society of America, a three-time Artios Award nominee for his work in theatre, and an advocate for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, serving annually as their casting consultant. He resides in Washington Heights with his nurse practitioner husband and their adorable terrier.
2021 - Into the Woods (Hollywood Bowl)
NOMINEE: Special Theatrical Performance
2021 - In the Heights (Dallas Theater Center)
NOMINEE: Regional Theatre – Musical
2020 - Fun Home (Virginia Stage Company)
NOMINEE: Regional Theatre – Musical
Chad teaches Booked & Blessed: A How-to Guide on Auditioning at dozens of universities, colleges, and conservatories across the United States. Some of which include Baldwin Wallace University, Belmont University, Elon University, Emerson College, New York University - Tisch School of the Arts, Texas State University, and Webster University. Auditioning is the job of the performing artist. There are so many factors in the industry that are beyond the artist's control, but they can control the work they bring into the room. Chad believes preparation equals confidence, and confidence owns the room — a seemingly simple idea, yet one that is difficult to fully embrace.
With years of experience as a casting director, Chad has a nuanced perspective of common pitfalls, from lack of preparation to unraveling in the moment. This insight allows him to help bolster the artist’s most authentic and engaging storytelling. He works with both musical theatre and non-musical artists to ignite their individual strengths and highlight what they can bring to the material. He believes artists need to be assertive about what makes them uniquely stand out in order to be successful. By embracing this philosophy, Chad teaches artists how to own the audition. He provides candid feedback on audition material, career advice, and insight on what really happens throughout the auditioning process.
Topics covered include, but are not limited to:
Transitioning from student to professional
What is the casting process?
NY vs. LA — how are the markets different?
Agent vs. manager — how are they different and how can they work together?
Branding — where do I fit in?
Formatting an effective resume
Audition attire — what to wear for different types of auditions
In-room vs. on-camera technique
Making a successful self-tape
Putting together your audition book — what songs do I need?
Choosing the right music cuts
Adding subtext to a song
How to communicate music cuts and tempo to a pianist
What to do when not performing
**Please keep in mind that all audition and career coaching is a learning experience.
It is not an audition or employment opportunity. Learn More**
RESOURCES FOR CREATIVES
Chad has worked with wonderfully talented artists throughout his career.
Since he is always asked for recommendations, please browse through his lists below to learn about his go-to colleagues.
For professional casting inquires
or to hire Chad to teach,
Chad is represented by Dave Secor at
the Daniel Hoff Agency.
To reach Dave: