Meet the Team

Harriet Bass, Casting Director/ Educator

Harriet Bass is a leading independent New York Casting Director  casting for theatre, film and television. In New York Harriet has cast for ABC/TV, Fox Television Studios, Joseph Papps’ Public Theater: New Work Now, the Minetta Lane Theatre, The Women’s Project, La Mama E.T.C., New York Women in Film and Television, Epic Theatre Ensemble, The Drama League’s DirectorFest, and the Jewish Repertory Theatre. She cast the last three of the late August Wilson’s ten part play series: the original and touring production of “Radio Golf”, the Broadway production of “Gem of the Ocean”, and the Off-Broadway production of “Jitney”. 

Selected feature film credits include Ang Lee’s “Pushing Hands”,  “Graves End”, directed by Sal Stabile, and  “First We Take Manhattan”, produced by Golden Harvest Films.  

Selected regional casting credits include: Mark Taper Forum, Hartford Stage Co, Arena Stage, Trinity Rep, San Jose Rep, GeVa, Syracuse Stage, Pittsburgh Public, Merrimack Rep, Longwharf Theatre, Alliance Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, Kansas City Rep, Baltimore Center Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, Virginia Stage Company, Dallas Theatre Company, Berkeley Rep, Portland Center Stage and Playmaker’s Rep.

Harriet is also a leading educator in audition technique, side and monologue coaching, and the business of acting.  She has taught at the nations top universities and professional acting training programs.

Selected guest lectures and master classes include work at: University of North Carolina, University of Delaware, University of Missouri, Emerson College, Dean College, University of Minnesota/Guthrie, the Asolo Actor Training Program at Florida State University, the American Music and Dramatic Academy, New World School of the Arts, and Clark University, as well as Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, NY.  She has coached private master classes in audition technique in New York including work with; Actors Connection, One-on-One Studios, The Network, Maggie Flanagan Studios, Nani-Saperstein and TVI.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts from Clark University, Massachusetts, a Master of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts from The University of Colorado, and attended the American Conservatory Theatre for Post Graduate Training in Theatre Arts.

 

Gama Valle, Casting Assistant

Gama is an up and coming director, playwright and screenwriter. He holds an M.F.A in Directing from The New School and a B.A. in Drama from University of Puerto Rico.

Gama is the Artistic Director of TB!A Theatre Collective. He was also the recipient of the Van Lier Directing Fellowship ‘10/’11 at Repertorio Español. Gama received the First Prize in playwriting from Puerto Rico’s Institute of Culture (2008) for his play “Queishd&Dilit”. 

Recently his play “Oh Holy Mother of Quique!” was part of  FUERZAfest Latino LGBTQ Festival . N.Y. credits include: “L’Amfiparnaso”, “I Catch You Dreaming”,  “Among Who, Whom and Ever”, “Jump It”, “In Love but Discreet”, “The Girl Who Used to Die Often”. 

 

Elle Rigg, Casting Intern  

 

Elle is a NYC based musical theater actor. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Musical Theatre from Anderson University.

Elle can currently be seen making her Off Broadway debut in Lili Marlene premiering at St. Luke’s Theatre. In between shows and working with Harriet, Elle also works part time with Dementia patients where she uses her love for singing as an enrichment program and cognitive exercise with those suffering from the disease.