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Andrea Romano is an American casting director, voice director, and voice actor, whose work includes casting, and voice directing Batman: The Animated Series, Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Teen Titans, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and multiple Warner Bros. Animation/DC Comics direct-to-video films, including Wonder Woman and Green Lantern: First Flight. Her voice acting, as of 2010, consists of minor roles in television series, direct-to-video films, and video games.

Avatar: The Last Airbender credits

Voice director

Additional voices

The Legend of Korra credits

Voice director

Innkeeper

Character information: Innkeeper

Selected other credits

Television work

Filmography

Other credits

Biographical information

Personal life

Romano grew up in Long Island, New York. She pursued undergraduate education at State University of New York at Fredonia, graduating in 1977, before attending Rutgers University, from which she chose to not graduate. At this time, she began auditioning for plays in Manhattan. While keeping a steady job during the day, Romano would perform in plays at night, often auditioning on her lunch break.

In 1979, Romano moved to San Diego, where it was difficult for her to find theater work. After working in a couple of plays, she was offered a temporary position at Abrams-Rubaloff, a talent agency in Los Angeles. Within months, due to the temporary position lasting longer than expected, Romano was franchised as an agent.

Career

After leaving Abrams-Rubaloff, Romano joined Special Artists, a smaller agency, and began their voice-over department. While at Special Artists, she would also direct the potential client auditions. It was during her time at Special Artists that Romano began attending some of her clients' recording sessions at Hanna–Barbera. After a short time at Special Artists, she was asked to audition at Hanna–Barbera for the position of casting director.

Romano joined Hanna–Barbera in 1984. While at Hanna–Barbera, a position which lasted more than five years, Romano worked on such programs as The Smurfs, The New Adventures of Jonny Quest, and the 1987 reboot of The Jetsons, among others. She also worked on Jetsons: The Movie, though she had her name removed from the credits when an executive decision resulted in Janet Waldo being replaced.

Romano was approached by Disney, which was developing DuckTales at the time, to audition for the position of voice director of the series. Disney was auditioning five directors but chose to stop the audition process after Romano. Romano directed sixty-five episodes of DuckTales.

Since 2000, Romano has served as casting and voice director for a number of series, including: Justice League, Teen Titans, The Batman, SpongeBob SquarePants, Ben 10: Alien Force, and Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

Awards

  • 2009: Won a Daytime Emmy Award for El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera (Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program)
  • 2001: Won a Daytime Emmy Award for Batman Beyond (Outstanding Special Class Animated Program)
  • 2000: Won a Daytime Emmy Award for Superman (Outstanding Children's Animated Program)
  • 2000: Won a Daytime Emmy Award for The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries (Outstanding Special Class Animated Program)
  • 2000: Won a Daytime Emmy Award for Batman Beyond (Outstanding Special Class Animated Program)
  • 1999: Won a Daytime Emmy Award for Pinky and the Brain (Outstanding Special Class Animated Program)
  • 1998: Won a Daytime Emmy Award for The New Batman Adventures (Outstanding Special Class Animated Program)
  • 1997: Won a Daytime Emmy Award for Animainacs (Outstanding Children's Animated Program)
  • 1996: Won a Daytime Emmy Award for Animaniacs (Outstanding Achievement in Animation)

Trivia

  • Romano is "renowned for considering 250-300 actors for lead roles", according to UGO network.
  • She does not like to replace actors and that is why she values actors who are not celebrities, because, as she has said; "replacing a celebrity ... that's really uncomfortable."
  • Romano has joked that fans can sometimes tell what she has been watching on television or in the movies by who she casts.
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