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Casey J. Adler

Casey J. Adler will be seen as a guest star opposite Wanda Sykes in her upcoming Netflix sitcom The Upshaws. Previous television credits include a recurring guest star on Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Bunheads (Freeform), Danny Chun’s Grandfathered (FOX), and Dan Fogelman’s Untitled NBA Pilot (ABC Studios). Adler has acted opposite A-list actors, including: Stephen Moyer, Trevor Jackson, Sutton Foster, Wanda Sykes, Josh Hartnett, and Skylar Astin as well as screen tested with Robert De Niro (The Intern), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Don Jon’s Addiction), and John Stamos (Grandfathered).

As a writer, Adler co-wrote an LGBTQ rom-com with his sister, which is in development with Rumble Riot Pictures (Cut Throat City dir. by The RZA starring Terrance Howard and Ethan Hawke) and Oscar Nominee David Paymer attached as director. Adler is a playwriting member of the renown Actors Studio and his full length play Birdy placed as a finalist for Screencraft’s Stage Play Competition and Storyline’s Vitruvian Award. The extraordinary theatre director Shirley Jo Finney is attached to direct for the eventual full production. He has had play productions and readings by Mixily Presents, Jewish Women’s Theater’s NEXT, and Actors Circle Ensemble.

Adler is currently writing a dystopian novel and his first chapter will be published in an upcoming issue of Felix Magazine. He recently finished a six month Inquiry for Artists fellowship through the Institute for Jewish Creativity in Los Angeles and was accepted as a member of the Alliance for Jewish Theater.

As the Co-founder and Head of Development of the 501(c)3 non-profit Actors Circle Ensemble, Adler is proud to have co-created and helmed the New Works series PICplays: Perform Inform Change along with Swedish theater artist Victoria Nilsson. PICplays was featured in Broadway World, Labor Notes, and other press outlets. Adler brought aboard artists from Japan, UK, Puerto Rico, New York, and Los Angeles to create and develop new short plays related to contemporary issues, including: Unionism In America, Environmentalism, Education & Youth Empowerment, Discrimination, and Health Care. Each event included a prominent expert in the field, which Adler interviewed at the end of the evening: Deborah Meier (school reformer), Dr. Erik Loomis (labor historian), Dr. Shannon Elizabeth Bell (environmental sociologist), Dr. Donavan L. Ramon (expert in African-American literature), and Dr. Robert Pollin (economist). The goal is to unite artists and academics to inspire and inform audiences with the most pressing issues of our day. 75 artists took part in Series I with 500 audience members from around the globe.

Actors Circle Ensemble was co-founded by Chapman University alumni Casey J. Adler, Sean Burgos, Andre Stojka, and their endearing professor Tamiko Washington. This diverse board of a Mexican-American, Native American, Jewish American, and led by an African-American woman, shapes the way they produce exciting stories that are thought-provoking in nature.

He holds a BFA in Theater Performance and a minor in World Religions from Chapman University.

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