Duncan Stewart and Benton Whitley.  credit: Luke Fontana

Duncan Stewart and Benton Whitley. credit: Luke Fontana


"Connecting Creativity is something we talk a lot about in our office.  What does this mean exactly?  Aside from our roles as Casting Directors, we connect creative people with other creative people; linking one creative venture to another. We put this into practice on a daily basis by showing newly found acting talent to our teams; introducing up-and-coming Directors, Choreographers and Musicians to our Producers; thus ensuring that the exchange of creative ideas flourish from one person to the next."

- Duncan Stewart and Benton Whitley

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credit: Luke Fontana

credit: Luke Fontana

DUNCAN STEWART, CSA

Casting Director/Partner

Duncan Stewart is a Casting Director & Partner at Stewart/Whitley. BROADWAY/NYHadestownThe Lightning Thief, The Great Comet of 1812Rock Of Ages, The Black Clown (Lincoln Center), A Clockwork Orange, On The TownPippinChicago The MusicalLa Cage Aux Folles,  As You Like It,  Elf the MusicalThe Radio City Christmas SpectacularCarnegie Hall West Side Story, The Band WagonStuffedCurvy WidowPageantWEST END/UK: Hadestown (London’s National Theatre), Thriller Live, Menier Chocolate Factory; TV: Tiny Pretty Things(Netflix), Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (NBC/Lionsgate), Freaky Friday (Disney Channel); TOURS: The Lightning Thief, Finding NeverlandWaitress, SpongeBob, A Bronx Tale, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, The BodyguardDirty DancingThe Sound of MusicElf the MusicalInto The WoodsOnceShrekFlashdanceAnything GoesBullets Over BroadwayThe Duck Commander MusicalWe Will Rock YouUPCOMING:  Sunday In The Park With George, Paradise SquareA Wonderful World, Moby Dick, Stephen Schwartz’ The Prince of EgyptAugust Rush, Stu for SilvertonREGIONAL: American Repertory Theater, The Alley Theatre, Carnegie Hall, Bay Street Theater, Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS), Hollywood Bowl, The Berkeley Repertory Theater, The Goodspeed, The Ahmanson, Seattle’s 5th Avenue, Asolo Rep, TheatreWorks, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Miami New Drama, For The Record productions, Aida Cruise Lines, and the Broadway-branded shows on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. 

Prior to forming Stewart/Whitley, Duncan was the in-house Director of Casting for National Artists Management Company (NAMCO) on various Broadway/West End productions.  This year he celebrates 16+ years as the Casting Director of Chicago.  Previous to this he worked with Alaine Alldaffer (Head of Casting) on numerous productions at Playwrights Horizons.  

Duncan has been a TV guest judge and panelist for ABC’s Emmy-winning, “Extreme Weight Loss” and Broadway TV’s “Next Broadway Star” and is often booked as a guest lecturer and seminar/workshop leader for numerous colleges, studios and universities in the US, Canada and UK.  Mr. Stewart is an Artios Award winner and proud member of the Casting Society of America (CSA).

 
credit: Luke Fontana

credit: Luke Fontana

BENTON WHITLEY, CSA

Casting Director/Partner

Benton Whitley is a Casting Director & Partner at Stewart/Whitley. BROADWAY/NYHadestownThe Lightning Thief, Rock of Ages, The Great Comet of 1812, The Black Clown (Lincoln Center), A Clockwork Orange, On The TownPippinChicago The MusicalLa Cage Aux Folles,  As You Like It,  Elf the MusicalThe Radio City Christmas SpectacularCarnegie Hall West Side Story, The Band WagonStuffedCurvy WidowPageantWEST END/UK: Hadestown (London’s National Theatre), Thriller Live, Menier Chocolate Factory; TV: Tiny Pretty Things(Netflix), Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (NBC/Lionsgate), Freaky Friday (Disney Channel); TOURS: The Lightning Thief, Finding NeverlandWaitress, SpongeBob, A Bronx Tale, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, The BodyguardDirty DancingThe Sound of MusicElf the MusicalInto The WoodsOnceShrekFlashdanceAnything GoesBullets Over BroadwayThe Duck Commander MusicalWe Will Rock YouUPCOMING:  Sunday In The Park With George, Paradise SquareA Wonderful World, Moby Dick, Love Actually Live, Stephen Schwartz’ The Prince of EgyptAugust Rush, Stu for SilvertonREGIONAL: American Repertory Theater, The Alley Theatre, Carnegie Hall, Bay Street Theater, Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS), Hollywood Bowl, LA Phil, The Berkeley Repertory Theater, The Goodspeed, The Ahmanson, Seattle’s 5th Avenue, Asolo Rep, TheatreWorks, Philadelphia Theatre Company, For The Record productions, Aida Cruise Lines, and the Broadway-branded shows on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. 

Prior to forming Stewart/Whitley, Benton worked in the in-house casting department for National Artists Management Company (NAMCO) on various productions in development for Broadway and West End. Previous to this he assisted in the casting of 2009 Broadway revival of Ragtime, and regional world premieres by Randy Newman and Terrance McNally.

Benton has been a TV guest judge and panelist for ABC’s Emmy-winning, “Extreme Weight Loss” and was recently named by ARTINFO.com as one of the "Top 25 Under 35 Emerging Broadway Players”. He is often a guest lecturer and seminar/workshop leader at schools and universities around the country and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Department. Mr. Whitley is an Artios Award winner and a proud member of the Casting Society of America (CSA). 

 
credit: Bjorn Bolinder

credit: Bjorn Bolinder

JOEY MONTENARELLO, CSA

Casting Director

Joey Montenarello is a Casting Director at Stewart/Whitley, working primarily on Television and Film projects.  Prior to joining the team at Stewart/Whitley, Joey spent six years as Associate Casting Director at Barden/Schnee Casting, where he cast numerous projects including: FILM: Spotlight, Leave No Trace, Still Alice, Clemency, Timmy Failure, Pitch Perfect 2 & 3, The Girl on the Train, Sisters, Ma, The Upside, Galveston, The Boy Downstairs, Get on Up, Prisoners; TELEVISION/NEW MEDIA: 13 Reasons Why (Pilot - Netflix), Jessica Jones (Season 1 - Netflix), The Last OG (Season 1 - TBS), Girlboss (Netflix), Good Girls Revolt (Amazon), Queen America (Facebook Watch), Bonding (Netflix).  Most recently, Joey also freelanced as a Casting Director, casting a few Independent and short films that have yet to be released, including The Hard Night and Soft.  Joey is also a five time Artios Award Nominee.

Joey began his career as an intern at Telsey + Co, before becoming a Casting Assistant on the Television shows Smash and A Gifted Man.  Joey also freelanced as an Assistant to Jen Rudin on the casting of various TV Pilots, Feature Films and Commercials.

 
credit: Bjorn Bolinder

credit: Bjorn Bolinder

LUKE SCHAFFER

Casting Assistant

Luke is thrilled to be a part of the team at Stewart/Whitley Casting, working as a Casting Assistant. After successfully finishing the Stewart/Whitley Internship Program, he is thankful to continue to work for a great company in a new position.

Before joining the Stewart/Whitley team, Luke interned with Eisenberg/Beans Casting working on Broadway-branded shows for Norwegian Cruise Line, as well as other theatre, film, television, and new media projects.

Luke holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.