Most animation fans will fondly remember the voice actors who bring to life their favorite characters. Not many of those fans will think about the Casting Director or Voice Director who brings together those actors and brings out those amazing performances that you remember.
One of the greats in the world of animation is retiring and her body of work has brought joy to millions across decades. Andrea Romano is responsible for bringing you some of the most amazing voice actors to some truly iconic roles and her retiring after over 30 years of casting and voice directing is drawing praise from many people she has worked with in the industry that you might know.
Romano started her casting career in the 80’s with series like The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, Jonny Quest, Snorks, The Smurfs, Ducktales and the revival of The Jetsons. In the 90’s she continued with series like Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs (for which she won the first of her 8 Emmy’s) and Pinky and the Brain.
In 1992, she began work on casting a new show called Batman: The Animated Series. Andrea Romano was responsible for introducing a generation of comic book fans to Kevin Conroy as the voice of Bruce Wayne/Batman, Loren Lester as Dick Grayson/Nightwing and Mark Hamill as the Joker.
She continued her career into the 2000’s with Batman Beyond, Justice League, Teen Titans, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Spongebob Squarepants, The Boondocks and most recently, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Nickelodeon. Andrea Romano is also responsible for voice directing many of the Warner Brothers DC Universe animated features including Batman: Under the Red Hood, Justice League: Doom, Son of Batman and Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.
Her talent even extended to video games, where she was voice director for titles like StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, Diablo III and Overwatch.
Her retirement drew praise from many of the people that she worked with including Batman himself Kevin Conroy who Tweeted:
Andrea Romano announces retirement! 25 yrs. I’ve been guided and loved by her: just as she does all her actors. Irreplaceable pic.twitter.com/bU3bgGGvaS
— Kevin Conroy (@RealKevinConroy) July 31, 2017
Wonder Woman voice actor Susan Eisenberg
— Susan Eisenberg (@susaneisenberg1) August 1, 2017
and Mark Hamill
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) August 1, 2017
Andrea Romano leaves beyond a body of work that has entertained millions for decades and will entertain many more in the decades to come.
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