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Casting Director (NY)

Barden/Schnee Casting, Inc.
Phone: (212) ***-****  
Email: p***@***.com
150 West 28th Street, Suite 402
New York , New York 10001
United States


Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Friends School
  • Kenyon
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Delaware native Paul Schnee has ..., 1 Oct 2015 [cached]
Delaware native Paul Schnee has cast actors such as Jennifer Lawrence. ?
Paul Schnee recalls auditioning "about 75 actresses" for the lead in the gritty 2010 movie "Winter's Bone. "It was important to get the right person for the role," says Schnee.
"I'm sure she doesn't have to audition anymore," says Schnee. The low-budget "Winter's Bone" remains Schnee's favorite movie among the scores he has worked on.
"It was a very rare animal in that the money was all in place, so we could cast anyone we wanted," says Schnee. "A byproduct was that it made Jennifer famous, but it was a movie that didn't need stars."
At the time of "Winter's Bone," Schnee had been a casting director for only six years and had formed Barden/Schnee Casting with Kerry Barden just two years prior. Both partners work on each picture, with one taking the lead. Schnee has cast such major movies as "The Help," "August: Osage County," "Pitch Perfect," "Prisoners," "Dallas Buyers Club," and "Love and Mercy," the recent biopic about Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys.
Schnee came to his profession by a rather roundabout route. He grew up in North Wilmington-Surrey Park-with an older brother and younger sister.
Paul attended Friends School from eighth through 12th grades and played bass guitar in the school's jazz band. He also participated in what he calls "an informal drama club" at Friends.
After graduation, he enrolled at Kenyon, a small liberal arts college in Gambier, Ohio. Majoring in English and drama, he got his first exposure to professional theater after his freshman year as a summer counselor at the Dorsett Playhouse in Vermont. He followed that with a summer at the Berkshire Theater Festival in Massachusetts.
Though he had won the Paul Newman (Kenyon class of 1949) acting award, Schnee says, "I never really considered acting as a vocation, and I had no clue what I wanted to do after graduation."
He wound up in New York, where he got into the agent-training program at mega-agency International Creative Management. He spent the first couple of weeks working in the mailroom before a serendipitous maternity leave opened a spot as assistant to an agent. Schnee was promoted to the position, then moved to become assistant to agency head Sam Cohn, one of the most powerful agents of the 1970s and '80s.
Always a voracious reader, Schnee landed a job in publishing, spending 12 years as an editor at Random House, Simon & Schuster, and the magazine Brill's Content. Publishing, he says, "was something that was a combination of creative and a steady 'real' job."
Then Brill's folded, and he found himself interning again, this time at Hopkins Smith & Barden Casting. He quickly rose to casting assistant and began working closely with Kerry Barden. When HS&B dissolved, the two men formed Barden/Schnee. With offices in New York and Los Angeles, they are among the leading casting agents in both the motion picture and television industries.
Schnee, who lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two young daughters, is a special favorite of Debra Granik, who directed "Winter's Bone.
The 49-year-old Schnee describes his job as "the HR department of the film. "I tell actors that you not only need to be a good actor, you need to be someone that I can comfortably recommend to the powers that be. In addition to a good or great actor, producers and directors want someone who is nice to be around," he says.
In addition to casting films, Schnee has been directing New York theater productions, including Lillian Hellman's "The Children's Hour.
Paul Schnee: On-Camera TV ..., 23 Dec 2010 [cached]
Paul Schnee: On-Camera TV and Film Audition Class One on One NYC - Networking for Actors, Casting Studio Rentals, New York, NY | Paul Schnee: On-Camera TV and Film Audition Class One on One
Paul Schnee: On-Camera TV and Film Audition Class
**Paul Schnee is always calling in actors for the many films his office casts!
Each Week - You will work ON-CAMERA with Paul Schnee using specific sides he has chosen and assigns to you in advance based upon your headshot. In class, Paul generously works with you, giving you feedback and adjustments to your scene.
About Paul Schnee
The top of the line CASTING DIRECTOR from the very busy office of Barden/Schnee Casting. PAUL SCHNEE is one of our best teachers and is constantly in demand. He is currently casting a bunch of new projects!
"I cant speak highly enough of Paul Schnee as a casting director and teacher.
After taking a class with PAUL SCHNEE of BARDEN/SCHNEE CASTING, David was called in for roles in THREE features: FLYPAPER, GENERATION UM and DANCE HALL.
Immediately after taking a class with PAUL SCHNEE OF BARDEN/SCHNEE CASTING, Vi was BOOKED in a SAMSUNG commercial cast by Barden/Schnee with no audition required.
After taking a class with PAUL SCHNEE of BARDEN/SCHNEE CASTING, Meryl was called in to be a reader for TWO Director casting sessions and also auditioned for a role in one of the projects.
After meeting her in a class here, PAUL SCHNEE of BARDEN/SCHNEE CASTING called Violet in for a supporting role on a new show called GRAVITY and Violet BOOKED it.
Center for Communication - Bios, 26 April 2007 [cached]
Paul Schnee, casting agent, Hopkins Smith & Barden (Oliver Stone's World Trade Center; Steven Soderbergh's Guerilla)
Paul Schnee is a casting agent with Hopkins Smith and Barden Casting.A graduate of Kenyon College, ...
Paul Schnee, 21 Feb 2009 [cached]
Paul Schnee
"Paul is very insightful and understands the acting process from both sidesof the camera. I learned a lot in 4 short weeks. Paul is kind, patient andinsightful."
Paul is a casting director with Hopkins, Smith and Barden. This class prepares the actor to audition for feature films by sharpening audition technique using current film scripts.
"I feel I learned a great deal. We covered a lot of ground each night and Inever felt that Paul was rushing.
After 12 years in publishing, 36-year-old ..., 13 July 2012 [cached]
After 12 years in publishing, 36-year-old Paul Schnee became an intern at Hopkins Smith & Barden Casting, proving a fresh start is never too late.
When one of the associates relocated, Schnee was offered a casting assistant position. He and Kerry Barden soon fell into a pattern of working as a team, which led to the two forming Barden/Schnee Casting four years ago, after Hopkins Smith & Barden dissolved.
Since then, Schnee has cast such major films as "The Help," "Mirror Mirror," and "Win Win.
"It was just one of these serendipitous events where everything fell into place, from the finances to the casting," Schnee says.
Generally, Schnee is drawn to an actor who has a "clear and readable take on the material and character," he says.
The same has held true for Schnee, who turned a post-college mailroom job at mega-agency ICM into a position as assistant to agency head Sam Cohn and then into a three-year gig as a production assistant for Mike Nichols.
Leaving behind the glitz and glamour for a career in publishing, Schnee spent 12 years as an editor at Random House, Simon & Schuster, and the magazine Brill's Content. When Brill's Content folded, Schnee applied for that casting internship, and the rest is history.
Schnee is now toying with moving into writing and producing. Looking to combine his publishing experience working with writers and his more recent work in casting, "I'd make the kind of movies I'd want to see," he says.
Paul Schnee on Audition Etiquette In general, it's nice to see people come in who can read the room. If I'm not in a chatty mood -- or certainly if you come in for the director and he or she isn't chatty -- then go with that.
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