2008 Alumni Hall of Fame Honoree

Diane Heery is a casting director with over 20 years of experience and a member of the prestigious Casting Society of America. She has cast principal actors in major studio films, independent feature films and network television series.

Heery grew up in the Tacony section of northeast Philadelphia and graduated from Temple University’s Department of Theater in 1976. As an actor, she appeared in more than 25 regional and touring shows for the stage and has performed in numerous commercials and films, such as Dead Poets Society.

Since founding Heery Casting, Heery’s casting credits include The Happening, The Lovely Bones, Invincible, National Treasure, Rocky Balboa, and most recently, Marley and Me and Transformers 2.

She has cast for the CBS-TV series Cold Case and for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia for FX.

A partial list of independent films she has cast includes The Woodsman, Shadowboxer, Our Lady of Victory, Shelter, Dream of the Romans, and Happy Tears. Heery also works as a production consultant for independent filmmakers and donates her services to student filmmakers in the Philadelphia area.

Heery has served on the Board of Directors of the Screen Actors’ Guild. She is an active member of the Association of Independent Commercial Producers, the Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association and the Media Communications Association. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors for the South Jersey High School for Performing Arts.

Heery notes that she is indebted to her husband, Patrick McDade, to Jason Loftus, C.S.A. and to “the wonderful staff of Heery Casting, who are such an integral part of the company’s success.”