Harvey Kalmenson is one of the most highly respected and sought after voice casting directors in the world today. He also produces and is a production consultant on many of his assignments.
His skill as a creative problem solver, his consistent high energy level and his ability to evoke great performances from both accomplished actors and from children, make him a valuable resource in the areas of animated features, cartoon series, live action, radio and television commercials, and dubbing for foreign films. An intense focus for his client's needs and his compelling courage of conviction exemplifies this veteran's strong instincts.
Kalmenson's credits in the animated feature film area include the Sullivan Bluth classics: THE ICE WHALE, ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN, ROCK-A-DOODLE, and A TROLL IN CENTRAL PARK. His noted work on ELFQUEST is currently in release on video cassettes for the home video market, and he has completed work on the Calvert Cobbler feature animation film THE THIEF AND THE COBBLER.
In addition to his feature animation work, Kalmenson has had a stellar career as the head of the voice over department with Abrams-Rubaloff & Associates, one of the leading commercial talent agencies in Los Angeles.
He has worked with virtually every major voice over artist and has developed and enhanced the careers of many unknowns. He is senior director of auditions (celebrities, scale, children, foreign language, large groups, animation, improv, etc.) at the Kalmenson compound.
Auditions directed by "da harv" have been put right to air, (surviving client sign-off) eliminating the need for the customary final recording session, when saving time was critical.
Please contact Kalmenson & Kalmenson if you wish to inquire about Harvey Kalmenson's availability as a freelance voice over director for your projects.
Who has Harvey Kalmenson directed?
It all began at Susan Miller Dorsey High School. While experiencing every theatrical, stage management, and music appreciation class they had to offer Harvey had his first crack at acting and directing.
Harvey has been actively directing, just about non-stop for the past thirty five years.
Who should be included in his list of credits? Do we list more than two thousand? Do we just list celebrities? Do we only count animation, or commercials, or legit theatre, or radio?
Da Harv could make the list really short, if the question was: Who were the actors you didn't like working with? The answer would be simple: Zero.
So, with modification to the question, we choose to submit by way of actors Da Harv found memorable.
"Thirty plus years ago there was Orson Welles, perhaps the most brilliant professional I've ever had the privilege of directing.
During the same time frame there was Roddy McDowell, a treasured human being, Lorne Green, Mike Road; Ezra Stone and John Houseman two of my directing teachers, and the parade that followed: Simon Oakland, Hans Conried, J.D. Cannon, Elizabeth Taylor, Vic Tayback, Bill Erwin, Will Geer, Leon Askin are just a few of the many that I had the pleasure of directing during my eight years with the American National Theatre Academy.
The Bluth years included the likes of: Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Vic Tayback, Charles Nelson Reilly, Meryl Streep, Buddy Hackett, Glen Campbell, Cloris Leachman, James Coburn, Tim Curry, Hayley Mills, Shecky Greene, George Carlin, Harold Gould and if I continue it would necessitate me going back and reviewing each of the films to find the names of the actors I have forgotten.".
But for what it's worth...what follows is da harv's parade of recent marchers:
Anna Maria Alberghetti
Edward Albert Jr.
Robin Atkin Downes
Sophie B. Hawkings
Ed Begley Jr.
Michael Ian Black
Roscoe Lee Browne
Jim J. Bullock
LL Cool J
George Di Cenzo
Lara Flynn Boyle
Paul Michael Glaser
Thomas Haden Church
Don La Fontaine
William H. Macy
Brian Doyle Murray
Charles Nelson Reilly
Mayor Richard Riordan
Laura San Giacomo
James B. Sikking
Georg Stanford Brown
Dick Van Patten
Michael T. Weiss
Billy Dee Williams