Danielle Pretsfelder Demchick
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CASTING DIRECTOR. ALLY. COLLABORATOR.

 

About Danielle

Danielle Pretsfelder Demchick (she/her/hers), CSA

Danielle is an advocate manifesting change in how the real world is reflected in today’s media. 

She has been an active member of the New York casting community since 2004. Nickelodeon was her casting home for over 14 years, where she tapped into her love of developing young talent. From live action and animation, scripted and unscripted, long form and short form, and even podcasts,  she has and loves to cast it all!

 

The co-VP of Advocacy for the Casting Society of America, her work elevating underrepresented communities has been barrier breaking and continues to motivate her to manifest change in how the real world is seen on screen.

 

A leader in the organization's Equity in Entertainment committee, she serves on the board of both the Casting Society of America and Casting Society Cares, where her focus is on Training & Education. She prides herself on being an ally to artists and aspiring talent of all abilities. 

She serves as a faculty advisor for Respectability and she is on the Actor's Fund's Looking Ahead Advisory Board. In addition to her work in casting, she is currently pursuing a master's degree in Disabilities Studies at the City University of New York. She is also a trained childhood bereavement group facilitator and serves as a member of the Caring Committee for the Wechsler Center for Modern Aging.

When she is not working, you can find her on her Peloton, cooking while enjoying one of her many favorite podcasts, or taking her vitamins. 
 

Danielle Pretsfelder Demchick

What are People Saying About DPD?

"Danielle for me is a legend in this industry because of the way she leads and mentors as an ally. She is a role model as her work ethic coupled with her warm personality is unrivaled. She leads with true equity and inclusion in mind, never a performative measure. As a coach and collaborator,  Danielle is as real as it gets, but yet is always approachable and encouraging. Danielle personifies excellence."

-Brennan Srisirikul,

Actor andProducer

"As an actor, auditioning has always been a somewhat stressful endeavor until i had the chance to audition for you and the team you’ve built."

Josh Dela Cruz,

star of

Blue's Clues & You

"Danielle has always been a champion of mine, and I'm a huge fan of hers.  She's always thought outside the box and focused on championing unrepresented voices decades, yes, decades, before diversity showcases existed, When I heard she was leaving Nickelodeon, I recognized it was the end of an era, but also the beginning of what will likely be a movement in the casting world."

-Natasha Matallana Marken,

Talent Agent and Owner of

Take 3 Talent

"Danielle's casting visions create positive ripple effects in our society. By casting our son, Nico Brito, in the Blues Clues and You Mailtime segment (Morning Routines and Birthday Mailtime....not only once, but twice!!) she has created so much pride, joy, and celebration not only among our family/friends, but in our local community school district, and various Down Syndrome organizations.  Danielle works with productions to provide accommodations that showcase an individual's talent and abilities so that everyone shines."

Jacqueline and Socrates Brito

 

Projects 

 

Press

CSA
Actor of the Month Interview
D&D
Getting Active:
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Meet Actionplay,
a performing arts group
for people on the autism spectrum
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'Nepo babies' in Hollywood: What do famous families say about industry equity?
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Former Nick Casting Director Sets Up Shop In New York