Casting For Commercials, Film, TV, Theater & More


Elsie Stark and Elizabeth Gans are casting directors that believe diversity is the spice of life; diversity in the type of projects that they cast for, as well as diversity in the kind of actors that they work with. Diversity is what makes Stark Naked Productions one of the most experienced, creative and cutting edge casting offices in New York. They are that good.
With many years of experience in casting they have attained extensive knowledge of the unlimited talent pool in New York, as well as other areas of the country. They also work with many international clients from the UK, South Africa, Germany, Spain, Dubai and others. In addition, Ms. Stark's expertise, background and language skills has made SNP the premiere casting office for the rapid growing Spanish commercial market and other projects in many other languages.
If you have a comedic bent then you've come to the right place because no one is more twisted than we are. Come on, I named the company Stark Naked Productions that should give you a clue!

Our Projects & Stark Nakedness


Film Work

Stark Naked Production's film credits include soon to be released “Adrift” with Loren Luna Velez. In 2015 multi-festival award winner “Cassanova Was A Woman”, 2014 film short, “Dollar Night”, NY International Latino Film Festival and 2002 ALMA Award winner, “Blue Diner” directed by Jan Egleson. “All Night Bodega”, directed by Felix Olivier which won Special Jury prizes at the LA Latino Film Festival as well as the NY International Latino Film Festival. “Dance With Me”, written & directed by Ryu Murakami and “The Final Patient”, starring Bill Cobbs and the timely independent film “Ilegales” directed by Ric Dupont that deals with illegal immigration in the U.S.
For many years, Stark Naked Productions cast for The Nuyorican Poets Cafe's Fifth Night series as well as the NYWIFT Screenplay Reading Series.

Film Projects Include:

  • Adrift
  • Cassanova Was A Woman
  • Dollar Night
  • Blue Diner
  • All Night Bodega
  • Dance With Me
  • The Final Patient
  • Ilegales

Theater Work

Theatrically, Stark Naked Productions has cast Broadway's "Latinologues" at the Helen Hayes Theater directed by Cheech Marin. 2017 winner of Best Short Play, “The Field Trip” at the Downtown Urban Arts Festival. In 2016 NYMF musical “Children Of Salt” and in 2015 NYMF musical “Manuel vs. The Statue of Liberty”. “4 Guys Named Jose…and a mujer named Maria”, which ran off-Broadway at the Blue Angel to glowing reviews and at the Actor's Playhouse in Coral Gables, Florida, as well as the musical revue “Latin Heat” at the Hudson Guild Theatre.
Other theater projects include the critically acclaimed drama "Trophies" which ran at the Cherry Lane Theater as well as the musical "Theda Bara and the Frontier Rabbi" (Jewish Rep.), "A Perfect Diamond" starring Josh Mostel, and "A Silent Thunder" starring Nestor Carbonell written by Eduardo Ivan Lopez for the Apple Corp. Theatre. They cast the American debut of “Ourselves Alone” by award winning Irish playwright Anne Devlin.

Theater Projects Include:

  • Latinologues
  • The Field Trip
  • Children Of Salt
  • 4 Guys Named Jose…and a mujer named Maria
  • Latin Heat
  • Trophies
  • Theda Bara
  • A Perfect Diamond
  • A Silent Thunder
  • Ourselves Alone

Television & Commercial Work

From the dramatic to dry or over the top comedy, Stark Naked Productions has worked for MTV, VH-1, Comedy Central, Spike TV and Nickelodeon. Some of our television assignments have been “An Elf's Story: The Elf on the Shelf”, NBC's "Missing Reward”, PAX TV's “it's a Miracle”, Lifetime's “Unsolved Mysteries”, the History Channel's “Breaking Vegas” and Discovery's “Sensing Murder”. Between Elsie and Elizabeth, they have cast over 7000 commercials of every conceivable type from on-camera to voice-over; from children to models to dancers to “Real” people on location. One of the most satisfying projects was the short film “UnSafe” for the non-profit organization Safe Horizon, which deals with domestic violence directed by James Ponsoldt.

Television & Commercial Projects:

  • BBC America
  • Breaking Vegas (The History Channel)
  • Children's Television Workshop
  • Daily Show / Comedy Central
  • Felicity
  • Hostage Productions
  • MTV
  • Nicklelodeon
  • Sensing Murder (Discovery World)
  • Spike TV
  • VH-1
  • Zeal TV

Web/Internet Work

2016/2017 Stark Naked Productions cast "Reality Sets In" (Original Web Series) Created by Lauren B. Martin and Scott Brooks.
Laney Oliver is a faded soap star. Her dear friend Clarence is a one-hit wonder filmmaker. They're newly single, over 40 and completely hung-over. So of course when they are approached to be on a reality show, of course they say, “No…”
“Reality Sets In” is not just another Single in New York City comedy. Laney and Clarence are older and are real people. They are heartbroken, lost and afraid. Luckily, they have not lost their sense of humor or each other. This is an unflinching, unblinking look at two people who have been chewed up and spit out by show business, by love and by time.
It is also slightly meta because they are looking for that fictional love story version of New York that only exist on the screen- and then when they become the subject of a reality show, the stakes are raised for them exponentially and by season two we are watching a show about these people watching a show about themselves…and where will that lead them?

Web/Internet Work Includes:

  • Reality Sets In
  • Irish Spring Campaign
  • A Day in the Life/ JCPenney
  • The Best Ads on YouTube
  • Trojan Therapy Session

Awards & Memberships

Elsie Stark and Elizabeth Gans are members of NEW YORK WOMEN IN FILM & TELEVISION. They worked on the N.Y. ADDY AWARDS from 1991-1996 and Elsie Stark was co-chairperson for the 1995 ADDY'S. Ms. Stark has been on the Board of Directors and on the Advisory Board of (H.O.L.A.) the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors.
Christian Slater Emmy Function
2010 HOLA Awards Tony Plana
Whether you need talent for commercials, television, theater, film, or voice-over, we've got you covered. Call Stark Naked Productions today! (212) 366-1903