Risa has cast over 65 feature films, including Desperately Seeking Susan, Something Wild, At Close Range, Angel Heart, Fatal Attraction, Wall Street, Talk Radio, Jacob’s Ladder, Born on the Fourth of July, JFK, The Doors, Natural Born Killers, Sneakers, The Joy Luck Club, True Romance, Speed, How To Make An American Quilt, Dead Presidents, Twister, Benny and Joon, and Flirting With Disaster.
She has cast numerous television shows and pilots, including Roseanne, CSI:NY, the recent NBC series, The Cape, and A Gifted Man, and is currently casting Masters of Sex for Showtime/Sony.
Risa started casting in the NY theatre, working for over 10 years at the Ensemble Studio Theatre as a casting director, producer and director. While there, Risa and her partner, Billy Hopkins, took their first step into feature film casting with Desperately Seeking Susan. They worked as a team for 11 years. During and after their successful partnership, Risa cast some of the most memorable films of the past 25 years.