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 is a Casting Director & Partner at Stewart/Whitley. BROADWAY/NY: The Great Comet (Josh Groban), On The Town, PippinChicago The MusicalLa Cage Aux Folles, The Radio City Christmas SpectacularThe Band Wagon, Carnegie Hall Sings; WEST END/UK: Thriller Live, Menier Chocolate Factory; NATIONAL TOURS: Finding Neverland, Into the Woods, Once, Shrek, Elf, FlashdanceAnything Goes, Bullets Over Broadway, The Duck Commander Musical, We Will Rock You, Surf The Musical; UPCOMING: The Man in the Ceiling (Andrew Lippa/Jeffrey Seller), Prince of Egypt, Waterfall, August Rush (John Doyle), John Denver’s Back Home Again; REGIONAL: American Repertory Theater, New York City Center, The Ahmanson Theatre, Seattle’s5th Avenue Theatre, The Alley Theatre, Bay Street Theater, Smith Center, South Coast Rep, Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS), Hollywood Bowl, TheatreWorks, Philadelphia Theatre Company, and the Broadway-branded shows on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. 

 

Previous projects include: West Side Story for Carnegie Hall’s 125th Season; My Fair Lady, The Forgotten Woman, Last Night of Ballyhoo, Grey Gardens, Travesties, (Bay Street Theater); Nerds (Philadelphia Theatre Company); Pageant (Off-Bway); Million Dollar Quartet (Citadel Theatre, Canada); and The Tempest (directed by Teller at A.R.T.) for the Smith Center.

 

Prior to forming Stewart/Whitley, Duncan spent six years working as the in-house Director of Casting for National Artists Management Company (NAMCO) on various Broadway/West End productions including the West End premiere of Neil LaButes Fat Pig.  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 a 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: Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, On The Town, PippinChicago The MusicalLa Cage Aux Folles, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Carnegie Hall West Side StoryThe Band Wagon, Carnegie Hall Sings, Pageant; WEST END/UK: Thriller Live, Menier Chocolate Factory; TOURS: Finding Neverland, Into the Woods, Once, Shrek, Elf, FlashdanceAnything Goes, Bullets Over Broadway, The Duck Commander Musical, We Will Rock You; UPCOMING: The Man in the Ceiling (Andrew Lippa/Jeffrey Seller), Prince of Egypt, Waterfall, August Rush (John Doyle), John Denver’s Back Home Again; REGIONAL: American Repertory Theater, The Alley Theatre, Bay Street Theater, Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS), Hollywood Bowl, The Ahmanson, Seattle’s 5th Avenue, TheatreWorks, Philadelphia Theatre Company, 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 a proud member of the Casting Society of America (CSA). 

 
credit: Luke Fontana

credit: Luke Fontana

ANDREA ZEE, CSA

Casting Associate

Andrea is the Associate Casting Director at Stewart/Whitley, and helms the casting of Elf the Musical (National Tour), youth casting for Finding Neverland (National Tour), Syncing Ink (Alley Theatre and Flea Theater), and Aida Cruise Lines. Andrea also aides in the casting for the Broadway production of Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet Of 1812, Chicago The Musical (Broadway/National Tour), the US casting for Thriller Live (West End)and Once The Musical (National Tour)Upcoming projects include August Rush, Waterfall, and Prince of Egypt.

 

Other/Recent credits include On The Town (Broadway), Pippin (Broadway/National Tour), The Band Wagon (City Center), Bullets Over Broadway (National Tour), We Will Rock You (National tour), Anything Goes (National Tour), Flashdance (National Tour), La Cage Aux Folles (National tour), and various shows for Carnegie Hall, the American Repertory Theater, TUTS, Bay Street Theater, and Alley Theatre. Andrea previously worked at Telsey + Co. where she assisted in casting Broadway shows such as Godspell, Wicked, Sister Act, and Evita. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology from New York University. Andrea is proud to be a member of the Casting Society of America (CSA).

 

DANNY DUNITZ

Casting Assistant

Danny is the Casting Assistant at Stewart/Whitley. He has assisted in the casting of the Broadway productions of Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, On The Town, and Chicago the Musical, as well as the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular. His assistance in the casting of numerous National Tours includes: Into The WoodsFinding NeverlandOnce the MusicalElf the Musical, and the UK/International tours of Thriller Live and Shrek the Musical. He has also assisted in the casting of regional productions seen at the American Repertory Theater, Alley Theatre, Bay Street Theater, Theatre Under the Stars, TheatreWorks of Palo Alto, Smith Center, as well as the Broadway-branded productions aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. 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.  

 

HEIDI BIRKETT

UK Talent Consultant 

Heidi is the UK Talent Consultant and liaison for Stewart/Whitley, securing both British and American talent for UK Theater/TV clients. With over 16 years of experience in the industry, Heidi has worked and produced a wide range of celebrity entertainment shows for both the UK and North America. As Head of Talent for The Television Corporation, Heidi secured and managed talent for all shows made under the umbrella of TV Corp, which housed some of the UK's largest production houses. During this time she worked on a host of exciting challenges such as changing the face of “Question time” (BBC's award winning political show) to accommodate celebrity panelists and was one of the forerunners in successfully moving UK talent to the US for networks such as FOX and ABC. With her extensive contacts, Heidi has provided talent consultation on numerous television projects for a wide range of international production companies, broadcasters, brands, personalities and their agents in the UK, North America and Australia and for many years worked closely with Cineflix International (TV) and the West End production of Chicago The Musical.