Talent America-Talent America Inc. 2017
2016 NATIONAL FINALS JUDGES
AC CIULLA is an EMMY Award winning and TONY nominated choreographer who has enjoyed an eclectic career spanning a wide range of diverse work in different creative arenas. AC was honored with both TONY and Outer Critic’s Circle Award nominations for ‘Best Choreography’ for Broadway’s hit musical Footloose and Won the FANY Award (Broadway’s People’s Choice) for the best choreography that season. Off-Broadway, he choreographed The Last Smoker In America and was nominated for the prestigious Joe A. Callaway Award for ‘Outstanding Choreography’ for his work on the production of Lucky Guy. He choreographed The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin receiving a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for ‘Outstanding Choreography’. AC co-created and choreographed the smash hit Toni Braxton: Revealed for the Flamingo Las Vegas as well her celebrated 2006 Libra tour and live 2007 NBA All-Star performance. Other recording artists include live shows for Eden’s Crush and videos for Freedom Williams of the dance sensation C&C Music Factory and TONY Award winning vocalist Billy Porter.
Ciulla won the 2003 EMMY Award for “Outstanding Choreography of a Television Special” for his innovative work with Olympic figure skating champions for the world renowned Stars On Ice. AC appeared as a special guest choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance (UA) for three seasons and was named, the king of contemporary. Other television credits include Starr X’d Lovers which earned him the prestigious Directors Guild Award. AC choreographed the rst season of the NEW version of The Electric Company (PBS) including the series’ opening credits commercial. He also choreographed several musical comedy bits for Late Night with David Letterman and made a special guest appearance on Lifetime’s hit reality show Dance Moms. He directed and choreographed the 1-800-OK-CABLE- Move To Triple Play dance commercial, the famous dancing Intel commercials, Dr. Pepper featuring 10 year old Travis Wall, AT&T, NY Lottery, Verizon Droid and the E*TRADE spot which aired as one of the top ve commercials during the Super Bowl.
Arthur Massei is the Director of the NY Office for TalentInk LA Chicago NY. TalentInk represents actors age 6 to 65 for TV/Film, Theater and On Camera Commercials. Clients have booked Guest Star and Co Star roles on Blue Bloods, BlackList, Gotham, Quantico, Girls, Power, Orange is the New Black, Broad City, Forever, Law & Order SVU, Dif cult People, Grace & Frankie and many other TV productions and commercials.
Clients have also booked Lead and Supporting roles in Studio and Independent Films.
Arthur Massei founded Massei Management in 1993 and is proud to be working with Terrie Snell the owner of TalentInk LA Chicago NY.
Barbara Klein of Divine Talent Management has been in business for 30 years. Divine Talent Management is a top New York Management company that also casts and auditions for TV shows, movies, voice overs, commercials, fashion, broadway, national tours and print work. Divine Management works with 16 licensed and franchised agents, casting directors and producers. A partial list of projects that clients have booked on Broadway include: Kinky boots, Annie, Matilda, Billy Elliot , King and I. Movies & TV projects include: One Life to Live, All My Children, The Americans, Blue Bloods, Law and Order SVU, Boardwalk Empire, Michael J. Fox Series, The Good Wife, Zero Hour, Hostages, Person of Interest, Orange is the New Black, Alpha House, Black Box, The Black List, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Disney. Current projects Divine Talent Management is working on: The Good Wife, GAP, Dead Boss, Toys R Us, Blue Bloods, Pampers, The Americans, Huggies, Boardwalk Empire, Fisher Price, Elementary, Dance Catalogues, The Following, Hair Catalogues, The Black Box, JC Penny, Blacklist, Little Me, Madam Secretary, Kohls , State of Affairs, Novel Book Covers, National Tour of Annie, Jones Fit, Matilda on Broadway, Johnson & Johnson, Motown, Hasbro, Lion King, Avon Catalogue, Public Morals, Enfamil, Untitled Jeff Lowe Pilot, Pharmaceuticals, H & M, Nurse Jackie, Macys, Fishman and Tobin, Jessica Simpson, Hannah Anderson Catalogue, Irreplaceable, FAO Schwartz, The Heart She Holler, Great Gilly Hopkins Movie, Verizon Print, L’Oreal Print. This is just the tip of the iceberg! Divine Talent also works Bi-Coastally!
Barry Kolker, Owner of The Carson Kolker Organization Ltd. And About Face, a division of Carson Kolker, is in the agency business for 25 years. Barry was an actor with a BFA in Acting From LIU POST/formerly CW Post. Barry gave up acting at age 22, but loved the business and crossed over to the agency side. The of ce only signs for legit but freelances for commercials through their About Face Division, who has some of their own legit agency.
Current bookings include 2 clients each on Broadway in KINKY BOOTS, FUN HOME, MATILDA, plus Phantom Of The Opera, Fiddler On The Roof. Tours-2 clients each in the upcoming FINDING NEVERLAND TOUR, NEWSIES, plus The Bridges of Madison County, and currently 3, soon down to 2 in KINKY BOOTS, plus recently Matilda. The of ce has a series regular on STRANGER THINGS, an upcoming Net ix Series, and clients recurring on CHICAGO FIRE, shooting the miniseries WHEN WE WILL RISE, and numerous episodics including Gotham, Shades of Blue, Mr. Robot....plus the new Woody Allen picture. They also have clients working in regional theatre, summer stock, and cruise ships. Looking for children for all areas including theater and triple threat adults.
Barry Shapiro is Owner of Herman & Lipson Casting which has been in business for over 35 years casting over 8000 commercials both voiceover and on camera for such products as Loreal, ESPN, Advil, Verizon, Toys R Us and many other top accounts. He casts for commercials all around the world and also casts for lm, television and theatre. Recently they cast for the Off-Broadway play “Facespace” which was performed at the Midtown International Theatre Festival. Barry attends theatre productions, comedy showcases and workshops around the country looking for new talent for their clients. His goal is to offer their clients never before seen talent as well as the best talent New York has to offer.
Prior to being a casting director, Barry managed a rehearsal studio for Broadway shows and also was a producer for a top fashion commercial director working with every top model in the industry. Barry also keeps busy on the weekends, traveling around the country conducting acting workshops at several universities. In New York, Barry teaches commercial technique classes, improv classes, and also directs comedy showcases for children and adults.
Bob Marks has maintained a busy vocal studio in New York City for over 25 years, recently teaching his 80,000th private session. He works with performers of all ages and levels of experience. He was a pianist with the original Broadway production of Annie, and spent two seasons as the Associate Conductor of the St. Louis Municipal Opera. He has been the musical director of over 200 productions across the country, including every style of music, from Kismet to The Rocky Horror Show. His cabaret showcases have run continually in New York City for over 20 years.
Bob holds a degree in speech pathology and as a vocal coach, conductor, arranger, director, and composer, he is considered an expert in helping performers present themselves to their best advantage in auditions, competitions, and recordings. He has given workshops and Master Classes across the United States and Europe. He has coached cast members of almost every current Broadway musical, and former students have included Lea Michelle, Debbie Gibson, Christy Carlson Romano, Sarah Jessica Parker, Britney Spears, and Ariana Grande. He is regarded by many as being one of “the best in the business,” and is committed to bringing his expertise and experience to singers and teachers of singing so that they may reach their vocal performance goals.
Ernesta Corvino studied ballet with Margaret Craske, Antony Tudor, Alfredo Corvino and Andra Corvino. At the age of 14 she joined the Maryland Ballet as soloist then went on to dance with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and Radio City Music Hall Ballet Company. She toured the U.S. with the American Chamber Ballet and went to Asia with the Opera Theatre of New York. She has also performed with Ruby Shang, Bill Badolato, Roberto Cartagena and ethnic dance specialist, Matteo. In 1991 she became a member of the New York Baroque Dance Company appearing in New York City, the Carmel Bach Festival , The Kennedy Center and in Europe. Ms. Corvino has also performed as a baroque soloist with Apollo’s Banquet.More recently she has appeared at the Kaye Playhouse in New York City and The Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival in From The Horse’s Mouth, a live dance documentary and has performed in the U.S. and Denmark with BALLET MINK COL- BERT.Her teaching credits also include the Juilliard School, the Inner-City Ensemble, the Governor’s School of New Jersey, Randolph-Macon Womans College, the Tappan Zee Dance Group, SUNY/ Purchase, Stephens College, Danspace of Oakland, CA, White Mountain Summer Dance Festival and Perry-Mans eld in Colorado (all for whom she has choreographed), as well as Sarah Lawrence College, SUNY/Brockport, Long Island University, Hofstra University, and STEPS ON BROADWAY.Ms. Corvino frequently teaches, choreographs and performs as Artist- in-Residence at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and served as Guest Artist at the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign. She currently teaches open classes in New York City, conducts workshops throughout Europe, and is ballet master for the José Limón Dance Company as well as Tanztheater Wuppertal/Pina Bausch.
Jesse James Warren is a Member of BIG RoaD, L.L.C., an entertainment production company. BIG RoaD produces the annual, charitable “Big Man’s Birthday Bash” celebrating the birthday of the late Clarence “Big Man” Clemons from Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. The company also produces numerous events throughout the year. Last March, BIG RoaD was honored by CFC Loud N Clear for monies and awareness that BIG RoaD raised for the organization in 2015. CFC is a 501(c)(3), post-rehab support group for those affected by addiction.
Katelyn O’Donnell is a Talent Manager at MMG- Model, Talent and Celebrity Management, Specializing in the Dance and Commercial Fashion Divisions. Prior to joining the MMG team, Katelyn worked professionally as a Model and Dancer from a young age. She was featured in various editorials and campaigns including Vogue Italia, Lily Pulitzer and also dance professionally with the Florence Contemporary Ballet, after attending Hofstra University where she was a Dance Major. Katelyn also worked at several boutique fashion agencies, scouting and developing models for the high fashion market as well as working with Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, managing the booking, tting and prepping of models for their ammual show. Since joining the MMG team Katelyn has used her knowledge and experience from all areas of the industry to guide talent of all ages in their acting and modeling career. Her Talent can be seen in Campaigns for L’Oreal, TJ MAXX, Ameri- can Girl, on various book covers, On TV shows such as Law & Order, Gotham, Chicago Fire and in Broadway Productions of Wicked and Stomp. Katelyn is incredibly happy to be a part of the MMG team where she helps talent from across America achieve their dreams.
Kevin Metzger joined Joy Dewing Casting as a casting intern before being promoted to Casting Assistant. Kevin’s casting projects include the national tours of MAMMA MIA! and 42ND STREET. Prior to joining the JDC team, Kevin served as Industry Liaison and Social Media Manager for The Actor’s Green Room, a bi-coastal networking studio for professional and working actors. Kevin is a graduate of New York University and the Orange County High School of the Arts.
Lakey Wolff has been an Agent in the New York office of Cunningham Escott Slevin Doherty (CESD), a top tier full service talent agency for over 14 years. She has developed a highly competitive roster of talent culled from the worlds of theatre, lm and television with a strong concentration on dance.
Peggy Becker has been a personal manager at Parkside Talent for 10 years. Parkside Talent is a talent management company representing actors of all ages. Parkside was started from the heart of a former stage mom. Since it’s inception, Parkside has place numerous talent in many TV, Film and Theatre projects such as Orange is the new black, Vacation, Boardwalk Empire, Law and Order, Adult Swim, Sprout Net- work, Stranger Things (worldwide release 7/16), Person of Interest, What Maisie Knew, Ten Thousand Saints, My Friend Vijay, Scout, Revenge of the Green Dragons( with Martin Scorsese ) and Theatre such as Shrek Tour, Les Mis Tour, Les Mis on Broadway, Godspell, Mary Poppins, The Machine, Sound of Music NBC and many national commercials. Peggy is the National Secretary of The National Conference of Personal Managers holding that position for 7 years. She is committed to making a difference for young talent in the industry.
Robyn Acarino : Nouveaux Talent Management is a proud member of the National Conference of Personal Managers. Robyn and Ashley Acarino take much pride in carefully guiding their clients toward their career goals. Armed with over 20 years of experience they advise talent on a day-to-day basis while securing clients work in every facet of the entertainment industry. Nouveaux works directly with casting and also in conjunction with top talent agencies for print, commercial, animation, television, lm and theater. COMMERCIAL WORK includes: Nickelodeon, Google, American Girl, Apple, Disney, Red Lobster, New York Lotto, Hasbro, Quilted Northern, AT&T, Welch’s Grape Juice, Juicy Couture, Capital One, Walmart, Old Navy, Sesame Street, Pillsbury, Chuck E Cheese, Amtrak, Target, Burl- ington, XO tablet, Sleepy’s, JC Penny, Playdoh, Pediacare, American Express, BMW, Tommy Hil ger, Cheerios, Time Warner Cable, Stouffer’s, Citibank, Coke, Tylenol, Amazon, Saturday Night Live, Law & Order, Nickelodeon Animated Series’, The Black List, Person of Interest, Robert DeNiro’s NYC 22, Good Morning America and Guiding Light. FILM work includes: Oscar nominated, Ernest & Celestine, SALT, Scenarios, The Town Inside, Bride Wars, Side Effects, Friends with Kids, The Last Airbender, Peanuts the Movie, Joy, Catch 22, Dad’s Day Out, As Life Shifts, Sisters, and Alib. Theater work includes: Mrs. Packard, On Borrowed Time, Billy Elliot on Broadway, National tour of The Grinch that Stole Christmas and many others. TV work includes: The Affair, Royal Pains,The Slap, True Bloods, A Crime to Remember. ANIMATED SERIES: Dora the Explorer, Superwings, Marco Polo
Shoshana Robuck currently works at Take 3 Talent, a leading boutique agency in NYC. Many of Take 3 Talent can be seen regularly on HBO, TVLAND, NBC, CBS, PBS, FX, and Nickelodeon.
Stephanie Corvino is a junior agent in the Youth On-Camera Commercial/Voice-Over/Print Department at CESD. Before coming to CESD, she was an assistant to four agents (on-camera and voice-over) at another agency in NYC. Prior to her talent agency experience, she worked at a number of prestigious theatre companies and organizations, including The Public Theater and Signature Theatre Company. Stephanie is a graduate of New York University.
Kathryn Hollander works with the Ann Wright office in Los Angeles. Their actors have been in Hollywood lms including 27 Dresses, The Proposal, Monsters Inc, Angels & Demons, Thumbelina and Frida as well as the following television shows: Law and Order: SUV, One Life to Live, Royal Pains, All My Children, Nurse Jackie, Rescue Me, The Wire, As The World Turns, Gossip Girl, General Hospital.
Talia Sperandio is the Head Talent Manager at MMG, an International Model, Talent & Celebrity Management Company headquartered
in New York City. MMG represents models, actors, recording artists, dancers, athletes, hosts & celebrities who have appeared on: Print Ads for companies such as Abercrombie and Fitch, Hollister Co., Nike, Sephora, Editorials for Elle, Vogue, Maxim, Women’s Health, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, and, GQ. Commercials for companies such as L’Oreal, Reebok, Lancôme, and Bud Light, TV Shows such as Glee, Gossip Girl, 90210, Orange is The New Black, and Law and Order and Movies including The Wolf of Wall Street and The Hunger Games. Prior to joining the MMG team, Talia began acting and dancing professionally at the age of 6. She later attended and graduated from Hofstra University where she participated in their dance program. She is extremely proud to now be the Head Talent Manager of the MMG team.
Teri Bostaji is the director of Wilhelmina Kids & Teens where for over a decade she has worked to craft the company into one of the industry’s leading modeling and talent management companies representing newborn babies to teens for TV, lm, commercials, and print. Teri
is a seasoned professional with over 30 years in the entertainment industry and in addition to positions on the production side, she brings to bare her 15 years of experience as a franchised SAG/AEA/AFTRA/ talent agent with all the contacts and experience that comes along with that post. With an eye for talent, at Wilhelmina Teri has developed many to become successful young actors. Some of her clients include Peyton List who plays Emma Ross on the hit Disney show Jessie, and can also be seen in Diary of a Wimpy Kid as Holly Hills and many TV and lm credits, Karan Brar who plays Ravi on Jessie and was also in Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Clare Foley who can be seen starring in the feature lm Sinister and recently played young Piper on the season opener of Orange is the New Black; you can also see her as Alice on the Dream- works lm South Paw and as Agnes in the lm The Great Gilly Hopkins as well as Ivy on the Television show Gotham. Wilhelmina has many clients that can be seen in top fashion and retail campaigns, TV series, motion pictures, on Broadway, hundreds of TV commercials, national print campaigns such as Gap, Ralph Lauren, Tide, and literally thousands of print ads. Wilhelmina Kids and Teens has helped launch the careers of Natalie Portman, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, and Hayden Panettiere.
Terence W. Camp, Esq. is an attorney/partner in practice for 26 years. He represents musical artists, actors/television performers, models, celebrities in scandal, comedians, lm producers, booking agents, managers, promoters, festivals, venues and non- musical artists in litigation, negotiation, regulatory matters and general law. He is a long-time Executive Board member of the Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Terry is also a trial attorney with broad experience in litigation and dispute resolution in a variety of elds. Awards of recognition have included Best Lawyers in America for Mass Tort and Class Action Litigation and New Jersey Super Lawyers for General Litigation.
Beyond law, Terry is Managing Member to BIG RoaD, L.L.C., an entertainment production company. He has produced charity and festival concert events, as well as a show at Carnegie Hall and The Asbury Park Comedy Festival. He has been credited as Associate Producer on numerous records released by alt- country/roots artist and songwriter, John Eddie (who has written for Kid Rock, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Colt Ford and more). He is an Associate Member of The Recording Academy (The Grammy’s). Terry co-created and produced a 1994-95 concert series in Long Branch, New Jersey that drew two appearances by Bruce Springsteen - who was also joined by Sixties legend Dion DeMucci for “The Wanderer.”
Traci Lynn Jackson is the adult print, commercial and voice-over agent for Take 3 Talent in Manhattan, NY. With over 10 years of experience as an agent, Traci has booked talent in all areas of the business including commercials, radio, print, live events and more. Take 3 Talent has established itself as one of the leading boutique agencies in New York City. They selectively represent children, teens, and adults for television, lm, commercial, voice-over, and theatre. As a franchised agency (SAG-AFTRA, AEA) with over 20 years combined experience in the business, Take 3 agents have a hard-earned reputation for their ongoing professionalism, dedication and – most importantly – the gift for discovering elite talent. Take 3 Talent is exclusive to ensure their talent receives personalized attention and professional service. They help to guide their actors and work to build a solid foundation for a lifelong career of success. Traci’s career also includes several years in advertis- ing, where she was involved in hiring models and actors for ad campaigns for major brands. This experience gives her a unique insight and perspective as an agent, which has proved to be very bene cial to her talent. She enjoys working with talent who are not only skilled actors, but also business-savvy professionals with a passion for the industry.
Some of Take 3 Talents most notable clients include Vogue, Nickelodeon, Gap, Google, Reebok, BMW, Pepsi and many others! Take 3’s talent can be seen regularly on HBO, TVLAND, NBC, CBS, PBS, FX and NICKELODEON, and can be found in commercial campaigns for Nintendo, Barbie, Macy’s, Campbell’s, AT&T, and Cablevision just to name a few. Their performers have graced the stages of the world, including the Broadway and National touring companies of Mary Poppins, Les Miserables, The Jersey Boys, Kinky Boots, Evita, Once The Musical, Hello Dolly!, Sister Act, and so many more!