Jen Rudin proved her acting chops with impressive roles in plays, television movies, and commercials, beginning when she was just eight years old. At the age of twelve, Rudin realized that she wanted to be a casting director one day. Now, Rudin has an outstanding resume that includes casting actors in some of Hollywood's biggest movies, including The Princess and the Frog and The Incredibles. She is also the author of the forthcoming Confessions of a Casting Director (!t Books), which aims to demystify the often intimidating, opaque, and constantly-changing audition process. In Rudin's book and keynote presentations, she shares advice on everything from landing an agent to building a performing arts resume, and what to do once inside the audition room. A sought-after speaker, Rudin is a perfect fit for schools, universities, performing arts programs, film festivals, and acting conferences.
Rudin served as the Director of Casting and Talent Development for Disney Theatrical Productions in New York City from 2007 to 2009. Before that, Rudin was the head of casting for Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, California where she won Artios Awards in 2006 for Chicken Little and in 2010 for The Princess and the Frog. Rudin has also worked on Meet the Robinsons, The Wild, the Academy Award-winning film The Incredibles, and the Academy Award-nominated film Brother Bear. Rudin was also the casting director for the Los Angeles premiere of Jason Robert Brown's musical 13, winner of the 2008 LA Drama Critics Circle Award. She has contributed her casting expertise to many independent films, some of which have premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Hamptons Film Festival, and the Hollywood Film Festival. She most recently worked with Peter Bogdanovich on his much-anticipated new film, Squirrels to the Nuts.
Rudin is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds degrees in history and in women's studies. She has served as a board member for the Casting Society of America and has taught classes at New York University, Boston Conservatory, Northwestern University, Emerson College, Webster University, Baylor University, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, and University of the Arts. She lectures and teaches numerous workshops around New York City and, in her spare time, is an avid cyclist.