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/NY: The Great CometA Clockwork OrangeAs You Like ItElf the MusicalOn The TownPippinChicago The MusicalLa Cage Aux FollesThe Radio City Christmas SpectacularCarnegie Hall West Side StoryThe Band WagonStuffedCurvy WidowPageant; WEST END/UK: Thriller Live, Menier Chocolate Factory; TV: Freaky Friday (Disney Channel); TOURS: Finding NeverlandThe BodyguardDirty DancingThe Sound of MusicElf the MusicalInto The WoodsOnceShrekFlashdanceAnything GoesBullets Over BroadwayThe Duck Commander MusicalWe Will Rock You; UPCOMING: LA PhilharmonicBernstein’s MassHadestown, Stephen Schwartz’ The Prince of Egypt, Maltby & Shire’s WaterfallAugust Rush, Andrew Lippa’s The Man in the Ceiling, John Denver’s Back Home AgainChasing Rainbows; REGIONAL: American Repertory Theater, The Alley Theatre, Carnegie Hall, Bay Street Theater, Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS), Hollywood Bowl, The Goodspeed, The Ahmanson, Seattle’s 5th Avenue, Asolo Rep, TheatreWorks, Philadelphia Theatre Company, For The Record productions, 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 10 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/NY: The Great Comet, A Clockwork Orange, As You Like It, Elf the Musical, On The Town, PippinChicago The MusicalLa Cage Aux Folles, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Carnegie Hall West Side StoryThe Band Wagon, Stuffed, Curvy Widow, Pageant; WEST END/UK: Thriller Live, Menier Chocolate Factory; TV: Freaky Friday (Disney Channel); TOURS: Finding NeverlandThe Bodyguard, Dirty Dancing, The Sound of Music, Elf the Musical, Into The Woods, Once, Shrek, FlashdanceAnything Goes, Bullets Over Broadway, The Duck Commander Musical, We Will Rock You; UPCOMING: Hadestown, Stephen Schwartz’ The Prince of Egypt, Maltby & Shire’s Waterfall, August Rush, Andrew Lippa’s The Man in the Ceiling, John Denver’s Back Home Again, Chasing Rainbows; REGIONAL: American Repertory Theater, The Alley Theatre, Bay Street Theater, Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS), Hollywood Bowl, The Goodspeed, The Ahmanson, Seattle’s 5th Avenue, Aslo Rep, TheatreWorks, Philadelphia Theatre Company, For The Record productions, 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). 

 

PAUL HARDT

Casting Director

Paul Hardt is a Casting Director at Stewart/Whitley.  Before joining the Stewart/Whitley team, Paul spent 13 years as a Casting Director at SH Entertainment where he cast numerous Broadway production and National Tours including:  BROADWAY/NY:  August:  Osage County, Come Fly Away, Caine Mutiny Court Martial, Hot Feet, A Moon For The Misbegotten, On Golden Pond, Sly Fox, West Side Story; WEST END/UK:  West Side Story; TOURS:  August: Osage County, The Bodyguard, The Graduate,  Legends, On Golden Pond and West Side Story. Regional Theatres include: Alley Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, George Street Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Shakespeare Theatre of Washington, DC, Pasadena Playhouse, Asolo Rep as well as the premier productions of The Nutty Professor and Josephine

 

For Stewart/Whitley, Paul currently helms the casting of The Bodyguard, West Side Story (UK), Dirty Dancing (National Tour), Goodspeed Opera House, Asolo Rep and also covers casting for Chicago (Broadway), Finding Neverland (National Tour) Grease and Cats (RCCL), as well as the current Off-Broadway projects: A Clockwork Orange, & Stuffed.

 

CHRISTINE MCKENNA

Associate Casting Director

Christine is the Film/TV/Theatre Associate Casting Director at Stewart/Whitley where she currently helms the casting for: Freaky Friday (Disney Channel), Elf the Musical (National Tour), youth casting for Finding Neverland (National Tour), Syncing Ink (Alley Theatre and Flea Theater), Sound of Music (National Tour) and Dirty Dancing (National Tour). Christine also aides in the casting for the Broadway production of Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet Of 1812Chicago The Musical (Broadway/National Tour), the US casting for Thriller Live (West End), and Once The Musical (National Tour). Recently completed projects/upcoming projects include Prince of Egypt (Dreamworks Theatricals), A Clockwork Orange (New World Stages), Kiss Me Kate (Bay Street Theater), As You Like it (Classic Stage Company), Curvy Widow(Westside Theatre), Stuffed (Westside Theatre).

 

Before joining the Stewart/Whitley Team, Christine spent three years at Harriet Bass Casting, as a Casting Associate, working primarily on regional Equity theatre and Off-Broadway theatre/projects. Clients included: Portland Center Stage, Alliance Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Syracuse Stage and Dallas Theater Center. During this time, she also worked as a Freelance Casting Director at Telsey + Co. where she assisted in casting Pilots for CBS, NBC and FOX.

 

Christine started her career freelancing with Paladino Casting where she worked on various international and national commercials, live and promotional events such as the opening of Lexus Fashion show 2013, as well as television projects ranging from reality television to scripted material such as Team Umizoomi (Nickelodeon) and Taxi Brooklyn (TF1/CBS).  Christine holds a Bachelor of Law (Hons), from Queens University, Belfast, and a Diploma in Acting from LAMDA, London, and an Associate Acting Degree from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York.

 

DANNY DUNITZ

Associate Casting Director/Office Coordinator

Danny is an Associate Casting Director at Stewart/Whitley, where he is thrilled to be a member of the team. Broadway/NYC: Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812On the TownChicago the MusicalRadio City Christmas SpectacularAs You Like It (Classic Stage Company), A Clockwork Orange (New World Stages), Stuffed (Westside), Curvy Widow (Westside).  National/International Tours: Finding NeverlandElf the MusicalChicago the MusicalInto the WoodsOnce the MusicalShrek the Musical, and Thriller Live. Upcoming: HadestownThe Prince of EgyptChasing RainbowsAugust RushThe Man in the CeilingBack Home Again, and Waterfall. His regional work has been seen at the American Repertory Theater, Alley Theatre, Bay Street Theater, Citadel Theater, Goodspeed Opera House, Hollywood Bowl, Palazzo Theater, Theatre Under the Stars, TheatreWorks of Silicon Valley, Smith Center, as well as the Broadway-branded productions aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. He helms the casting of Aida Cruise Lines, as well as many other projects within the walls of Stewart/Whitley.

 

Danny teaches regularly in the New York City area. His previous experience includes work with Carlyn Davis Casting and Capital Talent Agency, both located in Washington, DC. Danny graduated from the George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Literature.  

 

ALLIE CARIERI

Casting Assistant

Allie is thrilled to join the Stewart/Whitley team as a Casting Assistant. She assists in the casting of Chicago (Broadway/National Tour), Twelfth Night (Fiasco/Classic Stage Company), Stuffed (Westside Theatre) and numerous other projects/productions that Duncan Stewart and Benton Whitley personally handle.

 

Prior to joining Stewart/Whitley, Allie worked in the executive and external affairs office at the Roundabout Theatre Company and the general management office at The Public Theater (Hamilton, Grounded, Buzzer, Shakespeare in the Park). Allie has also worked in the production offices of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and kirshenbaum bond senecal + partners (kbs).

 

Allie is a graduate of Columbia University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in American Studies and English Literature.