Stephanie Yankwitt, Margaret Dunn and Hunter Arnold to Launch TBD Casting
TBD Productions (Stephanie Yankwitt and Hunter Arnold, Owners) announces the official launch of TBD Casting , led by Casting Director and Co-Producer Stephanie Yankwitt and Casting Director Margaret Dunn. With a combination of over 25 years of experience in the industry, the work of this female-driven casting office spans theatre, TV, film, commercials, and web series.
Building on a strong foundation of casting, producing, and dramaturgy, TBD Casting affirms their commitment to the integrity of the casting process, from start to finish. The hallmarks of their work are exhaustive idea generation and working closely with creative teams to ensure that the vision for each story unfolds dynamically. The office is dedicated to inclusion and diversity of all kinds, with a priority on casting each project in a way that reflects the heterogeneity of the world.
TBD Casting will serve as in-house casting consultant for TBD Productions, while working independently in theatre, film, TV, and commercial casting.
Hunter Arnold and Stephanie Yankwitt's collaboration began in 2015 as co-producers on Nick Blaemire's A Little More Alive at Barrington Stage Company through William Finn's Musical Theatre Lab (Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director), which is currently being developed into a feature-length film, directed by Ross Katz and produced by Arnold. The pair continued their work in 2017 with Burn All Night at A.R.T. (Diane Paulus, Artistic Director), with Dunn and Yankwitt at the helm of casting.
Throughout the course of TBD Casting's inception and formal launch, Dunn and Yankwitt have collaborated in casting for several projects, including Born Yesterday and An Inspector Calls at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Uncommon Sense at Tectonic Theatre Project, King Kong and West Side Story at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town, South Africa, and the films Give Me Liberty (Animal Kingdom/A24), Sweet Home Tennessee (Opening Night Productions, Long Road Film), and A Little More Alive.
Stephanie Yankwitt (Casting Director) Under the leadership of Bernie Telsey from 2003-2007, Stephanie served on the casting teams for films including Dan in Real Life (Touchstone/Peter Hedges), Across the Universe (Revolution/Julie Taymor), Then She Found Me (Killer Films/Helen Hunt), and RENT (Columbia/Chris Columbus), as well as Broadway productions, including Glengarry Glen Ross (David Mamet, Joe Mantello, dir.), The Odd Couple (Neil Simon, Joe Mantello, dir.) Three Days of Rain (Richard Greenberg, Joe Mantello, dir.), off-Broadway and regional theatre casting, and over 100 commercials.
Stephanie worked under the leadership of Tara Rubin (2010-2012) on the film version of the classic musical Lucky Stiff (Flaherty & Ahrens, Chris Ashley dir.), as well as the 2011-2012 Yale Repertory Theatre season, which included an acclaimed production of Hamlet starring Paul Giamatti.
As an independent Casting Director, Stephanie has done associate work for Francine Maisler, including the Academy Award-winning film Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance. Other independent casting credits include: Akron, Take Care, 4 eyes, and Hench.
As a Producer, Stephanie served on the Senior Artistic Staff of the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY from 2009-2013, and in the same position at Barrington Stage Company from 2014-2016. At BSC, Stephanie ran the Second Stage, producing mostly new musicals and plays, and running Mr. Finn's Cabaret with award-winning Composer William Finn.
Margaret Dunn (Casting Director) Margaret is a Casting Director and Creative Producer who started her casting career at Telsey + Company, where she helped cast everything from Broadway musicals (Hairspray, Never Gonna Dance, Taboo, Tarzan) and plays (Enchanted April, Match, Frozen, Steel Magnolias), to national commercials, to Whoopi Goldberg's eponymous sitcom. She then went to work for Julie Tucker, where she was the associate on the long-running FX show Rescue Me and helped cast numerous pilots and TV shows, including Dexter, Book of Daniel, and Beautiful People.
Before teaming up with Stephanie Yankwitt to start TBD Casting, Margaret spent a decade in creative development for The Shubert Organization. During her years there, the Organization developed and produced over two dozen Broadway and West End shows, including Passing Strange, God of Carnage, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, Once, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, School of Rock, Calendar Girls, and Come From Away . Prior to joining The Shubert Organization, Margaret spent several seasons as the Literary Manager at the Williamstown Theater Festival. While at Williamstown, she produced and cast a weekly reading series, featuring plays directed and/or written by Itamar Moses, Jenny Giering, Annie Dorsen, Jonathan Bernstein, and Rebecca Taichman.
Margaret has an MFA in Dramaturgy from Columbia University. In her spare time, she works as a script reader for numerous theatres and foundations.
TBD Productions, owned by Tony Award-winning producer Hunter Arnold, is a New York-based performing arts Production Company and is home to TBD Casting, TBD Creative (a full-suite video Production Company), and TBD Theatricals, currently represented on Broadway by Once on This Island, Anastasia , Kinky Boots and Dear Evan Hansen.