Stewart/Whitley office. credit: Luke Fontana
I was enormously impressed working with Duncan and Benton on casting the revival of PIPPIN — they had inventive ideas, found excellent actors I had not previously known, and even came up with acrobats who could act and sing. They also ran the audition process with both efficiency for us in the room and rare decency shown to the people auditioning. I have recommended them to everyone I know who is looking for casting directors and will continue to do so.
Benton and Duncan are wonderful to work with and bring such in depth knowledge to the task of putting together a splendid cast. They will go the extra mile and leave no stoned unturned to find that right actor, as their energy is boundless.
I recognize the best of casting directors when their depth of knowledge is matched by their good taste, and their good taste is matched by their affability. By those criteria, Stewart/Whitley certainly take their place amongst the best of casting directors.
Stewart/Whitley has been so helpful to us in finding the right characters and dancers for the productions of CHICAGO.
Benton and Duncan are so in touch with the community of performers in NYC. They knew exactly how to find the excellent dancers we needed.
Working with Stewart/Whitley is a true pleasure. Their versatility knows no bounds and their depth of knowledge, flexibility, incredible sense of humor and ability to continually think way outside of the box, make them quite simply the best casting directors I have ever worked with.
The biggest challenge after casting a show right is casting it fresh when it becomes a long-running hit. Duncan and Benton never run out of ideas, energy, or commitment during any part of that journey. They are also fun to work with, and I put high value on fun.
The team at Stewart/Whitley is truly first-rate! I recently worked with them on our upcoming Broadway-bound musical and aside from having so much fun assembling the company, their knowledge of actors, protocol, logistics, discretion and diplomacy in the room was impressive.
Benton and Duncan have been tireless in dreaming, strategizing, and problem-solving with me about the casting of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. The cast has grown through multiple permutations over several years, and throughout it all they have been true partners in maintaining the integrity of the production. They share my values in seeking not just talent, but assembling a truly diverse ensemble in terms of race, culture, and aesthetic background. Cannot recommend Stewart/Whitley enough as collaborators or fellow humans.
I had the best time working with Duncan and Benton. They are creative, positive, intelligent, and understanding — and have wonderful skills for putting together a stellar cast that fits the needs of a project. I especially appreciate their hands-on approach and the care they take in making sure that a creative team meets their vision. I absolutely love working with them!
These gents make for a fantastic casting team. They brought so many great talents to my auditions and were a huge help in the room both to myself and to the artists themselves. I found their knowledge, energy, commitment and generous spirit absolutely invaluable and I was thrilled with the cast we assembled.
I have been in this business for a long time, and have met and worked with almost every casting director in NY. Duncan and Benton are two of the most precise, focused and prepared casting directors I have ever worked with, they know the best actors for the job, they bring in the best of the best, and they don’t waste any one’s time.... they have the talent to see something in actors that is far beyond the surface of their skin...including myself...
We are very proud and honored to partner with Stewart/Whitley for our Broadway Show Casting. They continue to think outside the box in recruiting and the quality of talent coming through our doors is simply incredible!
Collaborating with Benton and Duncan for the revival of ON THE TOWN has been a complete joy. They bring an uncanny ability to work quickly, along with an incredible insight into the type of talent that is required to make “On The Town” the success it has become. I look forward to a long relationship with this amazing team!
These guys are creative casting directors, tuned in to both new and established talent. They found us brilliant casts for TRAVESTIES and GREY GARDENS at Bay Street Theater, and I’m looking forward to working with them many more times!