About Carol Hanzel Casting
Carol Hanzel Casting is a boutique-style full service casting office for Broadway, Off-B'way, Regional and International Theatre, Television, On-Camera Voice-Over commercials and Film. In addition to hundreds of theatrical productions, CHC has cast and nurtured countless workshops in various stages of development. Recent CHC off- B’way projects include Desperate Measures, Cagney, Shadowlands and Martin Luther on Trial. Other career favorites include the multi-Tony nominated Swing! on Broadway and on tour, Pinkalicious Peterrific (PBS), Peg + Cat (TV), Hi-5 (TV), The Wonder Pets (TV), and A Very Serious Person (feature film directed by Charles Busch). Carol takes pride in being personally involved and hands-on with every project that comes through the door and her dedication to finding her clients the best possible talent knows no limits. As a former Broadway performer herself, Carol knows the business from both sides of the table, and her unique perspective makes each cast special, and every project stand out. Her dedication to professionalism, hard work and total commitment to finding the perfect cast make her ideal to work with for an array of multi-faceted clients.
Carol Hanzel - Casting Director/Owner
Carol’s professional background as a musical theatre performer includes the original Broadway productions of Sherry, Cabaret and Promises, Promises as well as the Lincoln Center revivals of West Side Story and Show Boat.. Her performing career also included numerous commercials, television, regional theater and voice overs. She has danced with such renowned artists as Gene Kelly, Chita Rivera, Joel Grey and Donna McKecknie, and played opposite Ann Miller in Mame. Fun facts: She was on a bowling team with Sammy Davis, Jr., appeared on the same stage as Mr. Jiggs, the roller-skating chimpanzee on the Ed Sullivan Show and danced alongside Morgan Freeman at the World's Fair.
Following a successful career on the stage, Carol spent 5 years as a talent agent, representing new and established clients culminating in working for Writers and Artists Agency. Carol entered casting in 1984 when she was asked to join the prestigious advertising agency, Ogilvy and Mather, as an on-staff casting director where she worked until 1988, when she opened her own company. She continued her commercial casting and expanded her office to include casting for theatre, her first love, as well as television and film.
Wearing a number of different hats in diverse areas of the “business” has enabled Carol to possess a distinctive overview of the casting process, and a comprehensive knowledge of the many components that make for a successful finished product. Add to that Carol's passion for her work, love of collaboration and respect for the creative process and it adds up to make CHC a unique asset, guaranteed to make every project, no matter the size or the ambition, reach its ultimate goal.
Colleen Piquette - Casting Associate
Having been a performer in the arts for many years herself, Colleen translated her knowledge of the stage to the other side of the casting table when she joined Carol in 2006. Outside of the extensive collection of work with Carol Hanzel Casting, she has also worked independently on commercials and voiceovers as well as on the feature film, The Pill and short, Rockaway Moon. Theatrically, Colleen has cast for many up and coming theater companies including Stockholm Savings, winner of Best Ensemble at the NYFringe, Anais Nin Goes to Hell for MTWorks and To Barcelona! for Ignited States Production Company.
In addition to casting for theater, animation, film and commercials, Colleen also casts circus for both theatrical and corporate events around the globe. She has cast several Off-Broadway cirque production shows including Art of Circus, Spring-A-Ding-DING! and Kids' Choice winner,Snowkus Pocus. Colleen also works as a New York Casting Partner for Cirque du Soleil. Colleen is a proud CSA member.