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posted Jul 29, 2011, 9:20 AM by Rachel McKinney   [ updated Dec 2, 2011, 11:59 AM ]
Mon, July 25th
Industry Discussion: The Art of Perseverance


is an independent casting director, acting and media/presentation coach. Current films include: The Landing, directed by Erik Weigel; The Orange One, directed by Kristen Swanbeck; Iron Horses, directed by Tony Zavaleta; Saltwater, directed by Lise Swenson; Cope, directed by Damian Voerg and Queen City, directed by Peter McGennis (with Vivica A. Fox). She was the Casting Director and Associate Producer of the feature film Hello Lonesome directed by Adam Reid (with Lynn Cohen, Sabrina Lloyd and James Urbaniak), now in post-production. She is coaching executives and journalists in the financial technology sector, as well as human rights activists and lobbyists. Brette is also coaching the star of A&E’s upcoming series Runaway Squad.

Recent film projects include The Bell (Martin Sheen), directed by Erik Weigel; The David Dance, written by Don Scime; Chicken Pox, written by Christopher Ciancimino; El Camino (Elisabeth Moss, Leo Fitzpatrick, Christopher Denham, Wes Studi), directed by Erik Weigel;  Homecoming (Joe Cross, Josh Hamilton, Maureen Flanagan), directed by Jonathan Betzler; Live at Five (Dylan Baker, Katie Finneran, Annie Golden), directed by Averie Storck; Buffalo Bushido (Jesse L. Martin, Lord Jamar, John Savage, Frederick Weller, Leila Arcieri), directed by Peter McGennis; Able Danger (Elina Lowenson and Adam Nee) directed by David Herman; Bomb directed by Ian Olds (Official Selection of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival); Sayeh, directed by Shabnam Piryaei; All You Need directed by Nardeep Khurmi, Father’s Day directed by Brian Rolling; Sugar-Free Kiss, directed by Richard Giannotti and one of only ten finalists in the Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker Award; A Maine Story, directed by Nina Chernik; ‘Till Death do Us Part directed by Topaz Adizes; Harlem Moon, directed by Daralynn Hutson; Scientifico, directed by Fernando Scarpa ; A Small Plague, directed by Kat Westergaard; The Highest Score, directed by Chandler Owen; Blink, directed by Damian Voerg; Once Upon a Film, directed by Decker; Future Imperfect, directed by Marshall Lewy; Edge of Town, directed by Chris Ciancimino; Flight School directed by Kate Buhrmaster; Dancing Ground, directed by Tobin Addington; Piece of Cake, directed by Cynthia Boorujy; The Isabel Fish, directed by Lara Zizic; Keeper, directed by Al Davidian; Serial, co-directed by Kevin Arbouet and Larry Strong; Oogie, a 2004 finalist in the CCRFA, directed by Daniel Falcone; and AWOL directed by Rae McGrath. 

Films Brette has cast have won awards and been official selections at Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca, Hamptons, Woodstock, Woods Hole, Clermont-Ferrand, DC Shorts, Philadelphia, Boston, Austin, Great Lakes, Sante Fe and the IFP Film Market to name just a few. 

Projects in development include Love on the Run, written by Laurie Stevens and Native Amerika, directed by Jason Wade Hammonds.

Brette worked on the casting for Ensemble Studio Theatre’s 2006 & 2007 Marathons, the World Premiere of Current Nobody directed by Daniel Aukin and The Unmentionables directed by Pam McKinnon for Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Other recent plays include Serendib at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Comedy of Errors for Shakespeare.


career has spanned several media and arts professions: theater director, casting director, opera director, and film director. Heidi has received prestigious awards for her directing: including the NY Drama League Theater Directing Fellowship and the prestigious American Film Institute (AFI) Directing Workshop for Women Fellowship. In 2005, AFI selected Heidi as 1 of 8 women with professional backgrounds to support in the transition to directing film and television. Heidi's first short film, "A through M", has played at over 22 film festivals: including Cinequest Film Festival, Boston Underground Film Festival, and Newport Beach Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Australian International Film Festival, Action on Film, Artivist Film Festival, and many more.

Other professional directing credits from the past 15 years include an invitation from director Baz Luhrmann (film director, Moulin Rouge) to be the Resident Director on Luhrmann's La Boheme on 
Broadway and at Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theater, where she remounted/directed it for Luhrmann. Luhrmann entrusted his productions to Heidi's detailed direction of acting and visual components. She was also Resident Director of the Off-Broadway hit, Shockheaded Peter, artistically guiding the show in its American transfer from London's West End. Independently, Heidi has filmed a dance documentary reality TV series, "Moving America" and started a documentary on childbirth rights in America.

Heidi is also a private acting coach in NYC. Recently, she coached Fantasia, American Idol winner, for her performance as Celie in The Color Purple on 

Heidi was the lead Casting Director for over 70 productions of theater, film, voice overs, and commercials while working with Bernard Telsey Casting in New York City. Heidi's casting ranged from 
Broadway musicals (RENT, Hairspray, Aida, Paul Simon's The Capeman, etc.) to Off-Broadway (award-winning LAByrinth Theater Company for two years) to regional theaters (La Jolla Playhouse, Hartford Stage, McCarter Theater, etc.) to independent films (Downtown:A Street Tale and The Understudy) to studio films (Finding Forrester, Blair Witch Project 2).