Who We Are

Mickie Paskal

Mickie Paskal

Casting Director, CSA

Hometown – St. Louis, MO
Education – Drake University, B.F.A. Theatre
Current Celebrity Crush – Idris Elba or anyone from Schitt’s Creek
Favorite Movies – Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, Saint Frances
Favorite TV Shows – The Jinx, The Leftovers, Broadchurch
A Fun Fact – I was once a professional funnel cake maker


Jennifer Rudnicke

Jennifer Rudnicke

Casting Director, CSA

Hometown – Palatine, IL
Education – Illinois State University, B.A. Theatre
Current Celebrity Crush – John Clarence Stewart
Favorite Movies – The Color Purple, ET,  guilty pleasure-Grease
Favorite TV Shows – House, Ted Lasso, Bluey
A Fun Fact – 1st baby of the New Year; born :30 sec after midnight, no, I won’t say what year

Jennifer S. Rudnicke started her casting career as the assistant to Cherie Mann in 1993. After working for other casting companies and starting her own Jaz Casting, she partnered with Mickie Paskal in 2002 to form Paskal Rudnicke Casting. They work in Television, cast for Film; Feature and Independent, Commercial, Voiceover and Print.

Casting Highlights

  • Season four of Fargo
  • 11 seasons of Showtime’s Shameless
  • Comedy Central/HBO’s half-hour comedy, South Side
  • AMC’s limited series 61st Street

Worked with acclaimed directors such as:

  • Aaron Sorkin
  • Steve McQueen
  • Ron Howard
  • Michael Mann
  • Harold Ramis
  • Michael Bay
  • Michael Keaton
  • Sam Mendes
  • Bob Odenkirk
  • Robert Altman

Additional TV and Film credits include:

  • The Trial Of The Chicago 7
  • Widows
  • Adult Swim’s Joe Pera Talks With You
  • Amazon’s Utopia
  • HBO’s Lovecraft Country
  • Stranger than Fiction
  • The Break-Up
  • The Promotion
  • The Weather Man
  • Road to Perdition
  • Fargo
  • A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
  • Transformers 3 & 4
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • The Dilemma
  • Public Enemies
  • The Company

Critically acclaimed Indie films include:

  • IFC Midnight’s Knives and Skin
  • Sundance Audience Award Winner Saint Frances
  • What They Had
  • The Last Shift
  • Working Man

AJ Links

Casting Director, CSA

Hometown – Sonoma County, CA
College and Degree – The Theatre School at DePaul ’11, B.F.A. Theatre Arts
Current Celebrity Crush – Regina King, Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Favorite Movies – Drop Dead Gorgeous, The Big Short, Best In Show
Favorite TV Show – The Wire, Fargo, Watchmen
A Fun Fact – I’m Jewish AND Chinese-American!

I’m a San Francisco/Sonoma County native. I attended The Millbrook School (a coed boarding school) for high school in New York. I first pursued acting at Chapman University but transferred to The Theatre School at DePaul where I fell in love with Chicago. I’ve worked for and with Mickie & Jennifer since I joined the staff in 2013 as a Casting Assistant. I interned the summer prior and have been addicted to casting ever since I stepped through their doors.

Since 2013 I’ve had the opportunity to work on amazing independent and studio features, nationwide searches, television, theatre productions, web-series, music videos and countless commercials and industrials. I love world-building in casting and could stay up late thinking up names forever.


Ruby Keutzer

Casting Assistant

Hometown – Chicago, IL 
Education – University of Wisconsin-Madison, Double major in Communications and Theatre 
Current Celebrity Crush – Regina King. She can literally do anything. 
Favorite Movies – Soul, The Italian Job, Hunt for the Wilderpeople (thank YOU AJ) 
Favorite TV Shows – Atypical, Fleabag or any house decorating/hunting show. 
A Fun Fact – I was kicked out of the theatre program in middle school for talking too much backstage.

I feel so lucky to engage with some of the most curious, dedicated and interdisciplinary artists in the world right here in Chicago through casting. Storytelling is so integral to how we communicate, educate ourselves and reimagine our possibilities for this world. Working at PR has allowed me the privilege of seeing some of that possibility come to fruition and engage with people – who I believe – will be the front runners of our tomorrow in all facets.


Jasen Emamian

Jasen Emamian

Casting Assistant

Hometown – Des Moines, IA
Education – Drake University, B.F.A. Acting/B.A. Public Relations
Current Celebrity Crush – Sebastian Stan (but only in Glee) and Laura Dern
Favorite Movies – Mean Girls, I, Tonya, Wet Hot American Summer
Favorite TV Shows – 30 Rock, Schitt’s Creek, SNL
A Fun Fact – I’m a former Price is Right Contestant. Watch me!

Working in entertainment excites me every day. Helping actors make their dreams come true is such a treat. After earning both my degrees from Drake University and a brief stint acting and doing comedy in LA, I made the move to Chicago and dove into internships and talent agency work before landing a dream job at PR Casting in 2019. I get to work on some of the most groundbreaking, exciting projects to come through Chicago? With an unbelievably supportive team? I’m the luckiest guy in the world.

When I’m not typing away on a Google doc or coaching an actor on how to hold a vacuum, you can find me improvising with my indie team, learning how to use resistance bands, and consuming all the Drag Race content I can get my hands on.