Legendary Voiceover Director Andrea Romano Retires – IGN

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Voice-Over | 0 comments

Andrea Romano, voiceover and casting director behind dozens of projects including DC Universe Original Movies, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Animaniacs, and the original DuckTales, will retire this week.

Romano’s work spans more than three decades of voiceover and animation casting direction, including having personally directed more than 10,000 voice sessions. Though Romano said in a statement she planned to continue working for another two to three years, she has decided to wrap up her current projects over the last few weeks following her diagnosis of optic neuropathy in one eye, which has caused blindness in that eye.

Andrea Romano

Andrea Romano

“I shall miss so many aspects of this industry – particularly the people I’ve worked alongside, and all the fun that happens on both side of the glass. From the bottom of my heart, I extend my sincere gratitude to every actor, producer, director, engineer and colleague that has helped make this run so incredible,” Romano said in a statement.

DuckTales signaled Romano’s debut as a voiceover director, and Romano’s portfolio since then has grown to include over 40 TV shows — her work has spanned more than 1,600 episodes of TV — over 50 films, and 20 video games. Her most recent work includes Voltron: Legendary Defender, which will premiere its third season on Netflix in August, as well as Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Among that work is casting and voice direction for 23 DCUO movies, including Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Batman vs. Robin, and Batman: Assault on Arkham. She has also lent her voice to 18 of those films and to many of the series she has worked on throughout the years, including The Legend of Korra and Teen Titans. Her work has earned Romano 35 Emmy nominations and eight Emmy wins, as well as the Friz Award for Excellence awarded in 2016 at the International Family Film Festival.

“Doing this job, working with all these wonderful people, has been my ultimate blessing. I couldn’t have hoped to spend the past three decades with a better group. I’ve truly been the luckiest person on Earth,” Romano said.

Despite retiring from her central role as a voice acting director, Romano plans to remain active in the entertainment industry.

Jonathon Dornbush is an Associate Editor for IGN. Find him on Twitter @jmdornbush.


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