Kendra Patterson Heintz
Walt Disney ABC Television Group
Kendra Patterson Heintz joined the ABC Casting team in the fall of 2018. She has worked consistently in television for over sixteen years. Kendra began her casting career in Chicago, where she was taught the intricacies of hands-on casting for episodic series, pilots, commercials, feature films, and reality programming. Freelancing at a busy casting office while also working in prominent acting studio, gave Kendra a deeper appreciation for actors and a better understanding of their craft.
The combination of working with producers and directors in a fast-paced casting office and alongside motivated actors on a daily basis has shaped Kendra into the dynamic and perceptive casting director that she is today.
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2004, Kendra has had the esteemed pleasure of working on dozens of network television series, such as “Heroes”, “Touch”, “The Mentalist”, and “Code Black”. She also contributed to the iconic casts of several high profile Disney Channel projects including “High School Musical 2”, “High School Musical 3”, “Camp Rock”, “Teen Beach Movie”, “Descendants 2”, and most recently “Descendants 3”. As an independent casting director, Kendra cast multiple feature length and short films, including Spin, Do No Harm, Bound for Greatness, Flock of Four, and The Learning Curve, for which she received an Artios Award in 2013 for Outstanding Achievement in Casting.
Kendra has always been fiercely committed to inclusivity in television and feature casting. She makes it a priority to widen producers’ vision to include actors of all colors, gender, sexual orientation, and ability regardless of how a role may originally be conceived. She continually strives to create a world where the television and films we view are reflective of the colorful world in which we live.