Casting with Harriet Bass over the past decade has continually reminded me of why I got into theatre. She is passionate about the art form, shrewd about the business, and hard driven to get a project right. Actors have great respect for her as well, which I’ve learned can mean much as they chose whether to make it to the audition room.
CHRIS HANNA, Former Artistic Director of VIRGINIA STAGE COMPANY, Norfolk, VA
One always knows that they are in exceptionally good hands when they have the great fortune to collaborate with Harriet Bass. She is a creative, knowledgeable, and passionate collaborator. Harriet has a keen dramaturgical eye. She not only understands the unique demands of every role based on her close readings of the texts, but she really listens to what the director is hoping to create with his/her production. Her knowledge of the best and most current talent means there is no time wasted in the casting process. She brings in the very best available talent. I have had the pleasure of collaborating with Harriet on a diverse range of projects: Shakespeare, musicals and plays. In every case her taste and instincts were absolute perfection.
Harriet is prepared, smart, classy, funny, and organized. And most importantly, she will not rest until the director is absolutely certain that he/she has assembled the best cast possible for their project. I have never once left a casting session with Harriet Bass having a second though.
BILL FENNELLY, Freelance Director and Professor at DREXEL UNIVERSITY, Philadelphia, PA
“Harriet is the best Sherpa for your casting adventure. Her instincts are fantastic. Her knowledge of the talent pool is thorough. She knows the talent and their current work. When she talks about an actor, you can see that she palpably cares about them and the work she’s sending them off too.”
PATRICK MULLINS, Artistic Director, VIRGINIA STAGE COMPANY, Norfolk, VA
“Harriet Bass understands what a play needs intuitively, instinctively, in that way that can’t be taught. Coupled with her encyclopedic knowledge of actors, she is an invaluable asset to casting any play. And on top of all that, she’s simply a joy to spend time with. I can’t wait to work with her again.”
MICHAEL BALAVIKA, Interim Artistic Director, THE HANGAR THEATRE, Ithaca, NY
“Harriet has great taste, a fantastic sense of the country’s talent pool, and is a complete pleasure to work with in the room. What are you waiting for?”
CHRIS COLEMAN, Artistic Director, PORTLAND CENTER STAGE, Portland, OR
“Harriet Bass had been our principal casting director for a number of seasons now. She is a dream to work with as an Artistic Director and director. Harriet really understands actor process and how to build ensemble. Over the years she has done stellar work casting an extraordinarily diverse array of productions. Harriet has amazing insights about actors, has a great network, and is incredibly collaborative. She has lifted the quality of our work at Syracuse Stage and profoundly helped us advance our inclusive artistic mission. I always find my casting sessions with Harriet to be joyful and exhilarating. I leave with an excitement about the cast and a fresh perspective on the project. She is the best”TIM BOND, Producing Artistic Director, SYRACUSE STAGE, Syracuse NY