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BRUCE DEAN

Owner, Theatre Department Head

US THEATER & BROADWAY / CREATIVE DEPARTMENT/ CANADIAN THEATRE

For those who know Bruce, no description is necessary.

For those who don't, none will properly suffice.

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DANIEL BIRNBAUM

Film & Television Agent/ Youth Agent

 

Daniel has a passion for this business. Growing up, he worked as a child and teen actor, and he then continued his education at Sheridan College in their Music Theatre Performance Program. 

After graduating, Daniel made the transition onto the other side of the table; producing and directing theatre, teaching, and working at various casting houses and agencies, prior to his arrival at Talent House. He currently has clients of a variety of ages, working for some of the top US and Canadian networks and production companies in Film and Television. 

When not submersed in this crazy world, Daniel can be found at the gym, watching theatre, or tap dancing along with Gene Kelly on his television. He is thrilled to bring his keen eye to the film and television and youth rosters, merging everything he loves about this business.


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GEOFF WILLIAM-SCOTT

Associate Agent: Broadway and U.S. Theatre 

Geoff began his creative career by  working both onstage and off.  

His schooling includes both Sheridan's Performing Arts program and St. Lawrence College’s Musical Theatre program.  Geoff soon made the transition into agency work. His vast knowledge of repertoire, technique and performance have helped him to create relationships with theatres world-wide.

Impressive credits include: Kinky Boots, (Broadway/Toronto/Australia/Tour), Come From Away (Broadway), Once (Toronto, National Tour), Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Broadway/Tour), Miss Saigon (Broadway), Les Miserables (Broadway), Book Of Mormon (Broadway/Tour/Australia), Wizard of OZ (Toronto/Tour), Aladdin (Tour), We Will Rock You (Tour), The King and I (Broadway), Beautiful (National Tour), Phantom of the Opera (Tour), Mary Poppins (Vienna), Notre Dame de Paris (European Tour) and Around the World in 80 Days (England). 

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MARGARET THOMPSON

Creatives Agent: Canada & U.S. 

Margaret holds an MA Performance Studies from The Central School of Speech and Drama (UK) and is a graduate of the BFA Specialization in Theatre Performance program of Concordia University (Montreal). Before she crossed over to the dark side and became an agent, Margaret's work in the entertainment industry spanned casting for TV and musical theatre, script supervision, directing and over a decade as a professional actor & dialect coach in Canada and in Europe. In her free time, Margaret is the Managing Producer for the festival touted indie film company Problem/Solution Pictures.  

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ERIKA SANTILLANA

Commercial Agent

Erika made her professional stage debut in the Children’s Chorus of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Elgin Theatre. Who knew years later she would join The Talent House and rep so many of the incredible artists she worked with in that show! 

A proud graduate of the University of Waterloo and the Musical Theatre - Performance program at Sheridan College, Erika worked professionally across Ontario and on tour in the US before taking a break and accepting a corporate job in NYC. While in NYC Erika assisted various casting directors during pilot season and began to realize that she felt more at home, and more useful, being on the ‘other side of the table’. A few years later, back in Toronto, she was lucky to gain more experience assisting a casting house before joining the Talent House team.

Although a theatre junkie and Theatre Department groupie, Erika is passionate about building a stellar commercial department and helping our clients achieve their goals. She can usually be found curled up with a good book, watching a good documentary or listening to a good podcast. Doing all of those things on a sunny beach is also always top of mind. 

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MICHAEL PETRASEK

Literary Agent

Micheal Petrasek graduated with distinction from Concordia University in Montreal with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, (Specialization in Theatre Performance), and where he was awarded both the Henry F. Gamer Award for Acting and The Theatre Prize. He worked for eight years with the Playwrights Guild of Canada, where his varied responsibilities included international promotion of Canadian Plays and Playwrights; negotiating and monitoring the collective agreement between the Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres; representing the Guild on the board of the Canadian Copyright Institute, as well as other creator copyright coalitions; and co-supervision a script publishing and distribution service. In 2004, Michael founded Kensington Literary Representation, an agency focused on representing playwrights, and quickly attracted a roster of some of Canada's best, including four winners of the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama. Along the way, he has been an actor, run a theatre company, managed a rock band and painted houses.

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WENDI-JANE HAYDEN

Office Manager/ Reception

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