Jason La Padura is a native New Yorker who began working in show business at the age of 10. Before becoming a casting director, he was an actor and stage manager working on and off Broadway and at many high profile regional theatres around the country.
At the age of 21, he made his Broadway debut in William Inge’s “Summer Brave”. He also worked for Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival, where he worked on more than two dozen productions including the original production of Michael Bennett’s “A Chorus Line”, David Mamet’s “The Water Engine” on Broadway and “Measure for Measure” starring Meryl Streep, John Cazale and Sam Waterston at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park.
As a casting director, he has hundreds of film, television and stage projects. He cast the award winning NBC series “Heroes”, “High School Musical 1,2 and 3” and 25 other movies for Disney. He was a judge for Miss America in 2008 and for Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in 2010.
He’s been Emmy nominated for Outstanding Casting of a Television Series (“American Dreams”) and for a Made for Television Movie (“High School Musical”), has been nominated 8 times for the Casting Society of America’s Artios Award (winning for “High School Musical”) and is the recipient of the Media Access Award presented by the State of California for his work in casting actors with disabilities and special needs. He is the senior partner of LaPadura/Hart/Patterson Casting and lives in Santa Monica, California.