AC Ciulla, Choreographer/Casting
Alice Ray, Spellman Entertainment
Ernesta Corvino , Choreographer
Frantz G. Hall, Producer/Choreographer
Jayne Doniger, Music Executive
Sean Bennett , Spellman Entertainment
Trey Bondy, The New York Talent Club
Terry Bader Bostaji, Wilhelmina Kids and Teens, NYC
Emma Alterreid, Abrams Artists
Susan and Ann Wright, Ann Wright Representatives
Robyn Acarino, Nouveaux Talent
Liz Tobin, L.T.Model & Talent
Rod Uriate, Virgin Records, Europe
Lisbeth Andresen, CTP Casting
Kathy Backer, Karin Curves
Deborah Colony, Bad Cat Records
Pamela Corrente, Pam's People
Caroline Ghazar, Model Club
Carmelita Frazier, Band management
Tobe Gibson, Director, Young Talent, Inc.
Shirley Grant, Shirley Grant Management
Violet Holmes, Director Rockettes, Emeritus
Jan Jarrett, Jan J. Agency
Jo Jordan, Jo Jordan Talent Agency
Karen Kaiser, Steve Horn Productions
Ayn Lauren, S.E.M. & M.
Karen Lee, Pauline's Model Management
Maxine Lewis, Apollo Theatre/NYC
Erin Lundgin, Elite Models
Erica Bines, Headline Talent Agency
Holly McBride, Entertainment Manager, Disney
Ginger Dicce, Dicce Management
Lisa Price, The Price Group
Arlene McGovern, Goodwin & McGovern
Lois Miller, Star Talent
Bebe Monahan, Ford Model Agency
Jeanne Niederlitz, Niederlitz & Steele
H. Shep Pamplin, Oppenheim & Christie & Assoc
Richard Rosenwald, Richard Rosenwald Associates
Gary Shaffer, Casting Director & Upstart Management
Nick Scandalios, Nederlander Theatre
Carol Ross, Author of Cosmo. article "So You Want to be a Rec. Star"
Andrew Feltonof The Felton Group is a runway model coach/instructor, talent scout, fashion designer and stylist with over 30 years of fashion industry experience.
The Felton Model Group is focused on providing the best services possible while maintaining a positive and professional atmosphere. They are currently the commercial division of Hello Models NYC and are branching out into the other side of the industry. Their up and coming boutique agency is striving to attain exceptional, diverse talent that represents what they want to achieve.
Ashley Acarino and 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, film 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, Burlington, XO tablet, Sleepy’s, JC Penny, Playdoh, Pediacare, American Express, BMW, Tommy Hilfiger, 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 and The Last Airbender. Theater work includes: Mrs. Packard, On Borrowed Time, Billy Elliot on Broadway and many others.
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, of The Carson Kolker Organization Ltd., and About Face, a division of Carson Kolker, has literally been in the agency business for 24 years. He is the owner of The Carson Kolker Organization and is in charge of the legit, theatre/film/television department. Barry was an actor who earned a BFA in Acting from Long Island University/Post, formerly known as CW Post. He gave up acting at age 22 because he didn't want it bad enough. Barry did however, have a passion for the work behind the scenes wanting to help actors and actresses, so he got a job in the agency business and continues following that passion today. The agency only signs union talent for legit, but freelances commercially for both union and non-union talent. The agency handles ALL ages, children through adults. Although Carson Kolker doesn’t have an LA office, they do have LA affiliates for children that consider their clients.
Barry keeps a sharp eye on who is being cast in theatre, film and tv to stay current on “types” that are sought after and working in the industry. Client bookings include, Broadway: Kinky Boots, Wicked, Annie, Phantom, Matilda, Bullets Over Broadway, etc…and The Lion King & Les Miz tours; Television bookings include: Us and Them, Hostages, Deception, Orange is the New Black, Person of Interest, Louie, Law and Order: SVU, Blue Bloods, and Boardwalk Empire. Films include: Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List, Rob The Mob, and Revenge of the Green Dragons. The agency also has clients working in various regional theatres.
Barry Shapiro is Owner of Herman & Lipson Castingwhich has been in business for over 33 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 film, 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.
Jody Reynard has been dancing non-stop for the past 20 years!! He attended the Cobb Center Excellence for the Performing Arts outside of Atlanta, GA and graduated with a dance major. He then earned a BA in Theatre with Music minor from Kennesaw State University where he also helped to found its first dance ensemble, Wings. From there, his regional theatre career began with dancing roles in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, On the Twentieth Century at the Goodspeed Opera House and Mame at the Papermill Playhouse.
Soon thereafter he caught the eye of Ann Reinking at an open audition and made his Broadway debut in Fosse, dancing featured specialties such as “From the Edge,” “Rich Man’s Frug,” and the “Take Off with Us” adage. Some other credits include the Broadway companies of Legally Blonde, Taboo, Saturday Night Fever and the national touring companies of Camelot, Kiss Me Kate, My Fair Lady and (recently)Memphis. He’s worked as a “Rosie Boy” dancing behind Emmy Award winning, Rosie O’Donnell on Rosie Live! and on The Oprah Winfrey Show in the “Farewell Spectacular” episode. Jody has worked as a dance captain and associate for Denis Jones and Darren Lee. Some of his favorite roles include Paul in Kiss Me Kate, Phaedra in La Cage aux Folles, Ken in Smokey Joe’s Cafe and substitute instructor of jazz & tap at Wagner College in Staten Island, NY.
Jolie Bergeron has been a talent manager at MMG Model Management for over 6 years and has been a part of the modeling world for 20. She specializes in working with Kids and Young ladies who have, will, and currently compete in pageantry. She also has competed in pageants herself and is a private coach as well. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts and a 2 year conservatory degree from the New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts where she studied Film, TV, and Commercial acting. She has walked the runways in Milan for Designers Such as D squared and Von Dutch and has appeared in Print ads in both Italy and New York Markets. She is excited to be here and be a part of this amazing event!
Kathryn Gracey is an associate Agent for the agency of Ann Wright Representatives. Ann Wright Representatives is full service talent and literary agency that represents Film, Television, Commercial, Theatre, and Voice Over artists ages 2 to 64. A legend in the business, Ann Wright has been an agent for over 40 years! She has been President and Owner of her own full-service talent agency, incorporated since 1962. Ann Wright began her career at CBS TV Casting Department servicing the live prime-time dramas of the time. Some of Ann's casting suggestions helped launch the careers of many stars. Ann joined Compton Advertising where she assisted the casting of on-camera commercials and voiceovers, as well as, many major television campaigns. Three years later she opened her own agency.
Susan Wright started her agent career in 1981 with the Ann Wright office in Los Angeles, supporting the careers of talents such as Rob Lowe, Sara Jessica Parker, Alan Rachins, and Michael Delorenzo. She worked in the business beyond Ann Wright in production for Dick Clark Productions and for the film company which produced The Milagro Beanfield War, directed by Robert Redford. Susan returned to Ann Wright NY and is Head of the Legit Theater, Film and TV department. Their actors have been in Hollywood films 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.
Lakey Wolff, has been an Agent in the New York office of Cunningham-Escott-Slevin-Doherty Talent Agency, CESD, a top tier full service talent agency for over 13 years. After graduating from SUNY Buffalo where she received a B.A. in Dance Education and Performance, Lakey worked briefly for Nickelodeon before joining CESD. She has developed a highly competitive roster of talent culled from the worlds of theatre, film and television with a strong concentration on dance.
CESD is one of the nation’s most prestigious commercial, voice-over, print, theatrical/TV-film and young performer talent agencies. Its the dominant force in commercial talent representation for celebrities, actors, models and voice-over artists. Based in the media capitals of the world, New York City and Los Angeles, the company’s unique dimensions include offering performers complete representation for on-camera and voice-over commercials, print/fashion/runway, beauty, dance, animation and gaming, MoCap, hosting, puppeteers, promos/trailers/narration, and television and radio affiliate marketing.
CESD also hosts an industry leading Theatrical/Film-TV Department representing many diverse performers including some of the top young stars in America. For 32 years its Young Talent On-Camera Commercial/Print and Voice-Over Departments have represented child and teen performers for commercials, animation, and print businesses
CESD has thirty-five agents in its two offices and continues its innovative industry dominance through the multitude of changes brought on by the digital world. Its leadership has promised the same thoughtful guidance for its clients and first-rate service for its customers that have come to be industry standards.
Lee Boria is the Founder/CEO of Boria Entertainment, a telecommuting management company. With over 15 yrs of experience in the entertainment field, starting out as an actress, and then moving into managing. Lee is currently boosting her roster with new and potential talent for exciting bi-coastal and international opportunities administered through Boria Entertainment.
Naomi Julia is a professional entertainment consultant and editor of the popular industry website, The Entertainment Industry Insider. Focusing on the development and education of aspiring models, singers and actors, Naomi is dedicated to cultivating young talent and connecting them to the best possible opportunities the industry has to offer. Born and raised in Idaho, Naomi attended a local modeling school where she was discovered and ultimately signed with a notable New York agency. As a professional model, Naomi has been featured in several commercials, performed in theatre productions, modeled bridal wear, walked fashion shows and had her photos published in national magazines. Naomi earned her certification in Image Consulting from the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology. She has since served as a runway coach, pageant judge, talent scout and manager. As a manager, she has secured placements for her modeling clients on television programs such as Gossip Girl and One Life to Live, as well as commercial campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger and Toyota. She started The Entertainment Industry Insider in 2011 under the name Model Industry Worldwide. As the website expanded and demand for her insight in other aspects of entertainment increased, the site grew into the all-inclusive resource it is today. Naomi also scouts talent for Capitol Records.
Ramona Pitera is a Founder and Partner of Ramona’s Model & Talent, LLC. Ramona has over 20 years of experience in scouting, developing and providing talent for her commercial and print clients as well as negotiating and coordinating rates, contracts and castings. Ramona holds a B.A. in Theatre from Marymount Manhattan College and is a featured speaker and panelist at various modeling and talent seminars, workshops and conventions, both locally and nationally.
Ramona’s Model & Talent is a leading commercial and print agency committed to providing its clients with a diversified portfolio of talent. RMT represents models and actors of all ethnicities, genders, body types and ages for print and digital advertising, on-camera commercials, voice-overs, industrials, live events and hosting to fulfill the needs of its clients, which include casting directors, photographers, advertising agencies and producers. Ramona’s Model and Talent strategy differs from most other agencies. RMT’s unique strategy of investing, developing and promoting its talent’s online portfolios allows RMT to quickly identify the “right model or actor” tailored to its client castings. Ramona’s Model and Talent team are well-known and respected in the industry. The team has an eye for finding and developing talent as well as analyzing and assessing industry trends. Together the team has a collective of over 50 years experience in the entertainment and finance industry.
RMT’s talent have appeared in ads and acted in commercials for top brands, such as Target, DKNY, Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, Gillette, Pure & Natural, Frito Lay, Alize, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Chase, Bank of America, Amgen, Pfizer, Aetna, Raymour & Flanigan, and Dicks sporting Goods to name a few!
Sofia Morrow-Schap works in the on-camera and dance department in the New York office ofCESD, a top tier full service talent agency. A graduate of Syracuse University, she spent her last semester as an intern at Telsey and Co.
Her clients have worked on TV shows such as Younger and Smash; are currently performing in Broadway shows such as Aladdin, An American in Paris and Finding Neverland; and commercials including: Apple, Lee Jeans, Samsung, and DIRECTV. She is always looking for new and exciting talent.
Tami Flicker is a part of the children/young adult division at Abrams Artists Talent Agency. Abrams has enjoyed a reputation as one of the nation's most respected and diversified talent and literary agencies since 1977. With principal offices in New York City and Los Angeles, they represent clients in most areas of the entertainment industry including motion pictures, television, animation, theater, radio and television commercials, hosting and broadcasting, and all forms of narration. Their Literary division represents writers and directors, with specialization in theater, motion pictures, and television. Their Youth Division is one of the most highly-regarded in the industry, representing some of the top young talent in the entertainment community today. Tami handles commercial, voice overs and all print. Abrams has booked hundreds of national commercial, print, and radio campaigns. They also have booked several voice over television children series. The children/young adult division represents babies through the age of 22.
Teri Bostaji is the director of Wilhelmina Kids & Teenswhere 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, film, 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 film 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 film 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 Dreamworks film South Paw and as Agnes in the film 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.
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, film, 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 advertising, 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 beneficial 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!
2015 NATIONAL FINALS JUDGES
Representatives from the following...
William Morris Agency
Stephen Draper Agency
Bill Cooper Assoc. Inc
Broadway Dance Center
Sheryl Robinson, CHoreographer
413 Talents Unltd
Raw Cream Music
Monty Silver Agency
Collier TV Seminar
The Linhardt Group
Ron Milke, Milke Productions
Luigi's Dance Center
and many others...