Over the last few years Cassandra Han she has worked on more than a dozen feature films, including projects for renowned directors James Mangold, Terrence Malick, Til Schweiger and Giuseppe Tornatore.
She is currently casting One Day in May, written and directed by Ernst Gossner and produced by Heinz Stussak of Sigma Film (Academy Award nomination). Casting out of Vienna, Athens, Paris and Rome, the film chronicles Iakovos Kambanellis’s first steps back into humanity after the liberation of Mauthausen Concentration Camp. Next up is Crazy Love, directed by Peter Patzak, which tells the story of a fatal amour fou set in Vienna at the turn of the 19th century.
She just finished casting Crescendo (Alice Brauner/CCC FIlmkunst), a German/Italian arthouse feature directed by Dror Zahavi and inspired by a real-life youth orchestra composed entirely of Palestinian and Israeli musicians.
Having lived in South Tyrol for over a decade, Cassandra also loves working on Italian and German-language projects: she recently cast a ten-part German-language series out of Berlin, Rivalen und Rebellen (Trenkwalder & Partner), as well as Giovanni Aloi’s debut feature, Tensione Superficiale (Ombre Rosse).
Casting credits from back in the New York days include the feature films Grind, Me and Veronica and blessing (Sundance 1994, nominated for Grand Jury Prize). Television work includes America’s Most Wanted, the History Channel and projects for Sesame Street. In collaboration with Emmy Award-winning producers, Terra Associates, Cassandra also cast many educational videos for top publishing houses like Scholastic, Harcourt, Pearson and Oxford Press.
Her theater credits include Wild Men with George Wendt, A Dry and Thirsty Land at HERE and The Creation of the World and Other Business, directed by Oleg Kheyfets. She has also taught casting workshops for directors at the graduate division of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and audition workshops for actors at the School for Film and Television in New York. Further film and television production credits include The Basketball Diaries starring Leonardo DiCaprio, the PBS documentary series The Human Language and the children’s television series Way Cool.
In the early 1990s Cassandra worked for one of Broadway’s top commercial producers, where she helped produce two national tours of Love Letters and served as a company manager. Other stage credits include three summers at the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse and two seasons at the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Cassandra was also a founding member of Ethan Hawke’s New York-based theater company, Malaparte.
She holds an MFA in acting and has appeared onstage at the Public Theater, Mabou Mines, New York Stage and Film, Soho Rep, New York Theater Workshop and regionally at Trinity Repertory Company.
Cassandra's casting associate and partner in life, Lorenzo Viti, grew up speaking Italian, German and Südtirol dialect; having lived abroad for many years, he also speaks English and Dutch fluently. Because of their multicultural background, Cassandra and Lorenzo strive to reflect South Tyrol’s position at a cultural and linguistic crossroads, working in equal measure with production houses from Austria (KGP, Prisma Film, SK-Film), Germany (Vistamar Filmproduktion, CCC Filmkunst, Letterbox, Lieblingsfilm, Lucky Bird, Port Au Prince, Roxy, Studio Babelsberg) and Italy (Mir, Paco, Wildside).
Cassandra now works in close collaboration with Lorenzo's company Background Players. Together they can easily meet the entire spectrum of casting needs, whether locally or internationally.