Open casting call for Paramount Network event series ‘WACO’

There is an open casting call scheduled for Sunday, April 9th for the Paramount Network event series “WACO”. Filming on the six-part series will take place in the Santa Fe, NM area from April 17, 2017 through June 29, 2017.

“WACO” is based on the harrowing true story of the 1993 FBI siege of the religious sect in Waco, Texas, that resulted in the deadly shootout and fire. The 51-day siege ended with an FBI assault on the compound, which was burned down and ultimately killed 76 people inside — including David Koresch. The event series will explore the true-life events leading up to and chronicling the 51-day siege between the FBI, ATF and Koresch’s sect, the Branch Davidians. It will be told from several perspectives of those who were involved, from both sides of the conflict.

Starring in “WACO” is CinemaCon Award winner Taylor Kitsch as David Koresh, leader of the Branch Davidians religious sect; Golden Globe Award nominee John Leguizamo as ATF agent Robert Rodriguez; two-time Academy Award winner Michael Shannon as FBI hostage negotiator Gary Noesner; Primetime Emmy Award nominee Paul Sparks as Koresh’s top aide Steve Schneider; Screen Actors Guild Award winner Andrea Riseborough as Judy Schneider; three-time Screen Actors Guild Awards winner Shea Whigham as Richard Rogers, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team; and Young Artist Award winner Rory Culkin as Branch Davidian survivor David Thibodeau.

John Erick Dowdle is directing the mini-series, and also wrote along with his brother Drew Dowdle. The Dowdle brothers are also executive producing along with Academy Award winner Harvey Weinstein, fourteen-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Bob Weinstein, and Humanitas Prize winner Salvatore Stabile, and David Glasser.

WACO Open Casting Call Details

The following open casting call is open to people of all ages and types, to be considered for FEATURED/CORE BACKGROUND TALENT. These are paid positions, and there is no experience necessary. Filming will take place from from April 17, 2017 through June 29, 2017 in the Santa Fe, New Mexico area. You must have legal eligibility to work on television productions in the state of New Mexico, and that information can be downloaded from the New Mexico Actors Resource Guide available here.


Santa Fe University of Art and Design – Garson Studios
1600 Saint Michaels Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505


Sunday April 9, 2017
12:00pm – 4:00pm

Please bring a pen to fill out a registration form. Bring a headshot and resume if available.

If you are unable to attend the open casting call, you can submit two recent color snapshots (1 shoulders up photo, and one from the knees up, only you in the photo, no hats or sunglasses), your full name, height, weight, location where you live, all clothing sizes, and all contact information to the following:

Principal Actor Casting Director (speaking roles only)

Rachel Tenner Casting
5657 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 220
Los Angeles, CA 90036


Starring and supporting roles are mainly being cast through talent agents in Los Angeles. You can find comprehensive listings and submission addresses for talent agents here. However, if you are not signed with an agent and wish to self-submit, I highly recommend that your 8×10 color headshot and resume along with the cover letter be sent in a 9 x 12 Clear Full Face Window Envelope with the photo visible in the window. Click Here to purchase 9 x 12 Clear Full Face Window Envelopes. Click Here to purchase the best resume and cover letter paper.

Film Crew Members

Experienced film crew members available to work in the Santa Fe, NM area can email resumes to the following:

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions (see above).

WACO Production Offive
1 Santa Fe Studios Road
New York, NY 10014

Weinstein Television
9100 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 700W
Beverly Hills CA 90212

Brothers Dowdle Productions
20700 Ventura Blvd.
Suite 328
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Executive Producers:

Harvey Weinstein
Bob Weinstein
David Glasser
Drew Dowdle
John Erick Dowdle
Salvatore Stabile

Production Executives:

Jennifer Malloy
Megan Spanjian


John Erick Dowdle
Drew Dowdle
Salvatore Stabile


John Erick Dowdle


Taylor Kitsch – David Koresh
Michael Shannon – Gary Noesner
Andrea Riseborough – Judy Schneider
Shea Whigham – Richard Rogers
John Leguizamo – Robert Rodriguez
Rory Culkin – David Thibodeau
Paul Sparks – Steve Schneider


The FBI and ATF seize religious leader, David Koresh’s Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas in the spring of 1993.