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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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JONATHAN RANDALL

Theatre Agent: Canadian projects

Jonathan made his stage debut in Ganaraska Summer Stage’s production of Oliver! and then promptly retired.

In 2005 he produced a touring version of Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs and in 2009 he produced the sold out Canadian Premiere of High School Musical 2 On Stage!, at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

At The Talent House, he has had the pleasure of placing clients in productions in Toronto, across Canada, on Broadway and in National Tours. Past and current projects include Jesus Christ Superstar, The Who's Tommy, War Horse, Jersey Boys, The Wizard of Oz, Once, Book of Mormon, We Will Rock You, Les Miserables and many shows for Drayton Entertainment, the Stratford and Shaw Festivals.

Jonathan has worked on or managed merchandise sales for Oliver! The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aida, Eddie Izzard, Hairspray, Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and Billy Elliot. He has also created social media strategies and managed interactive marketing campaigns for the Toronto Centre for the ArtsOrillia Opera House, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Warner Bros. and Disney Home Entertainment.

Fun fact: he loves brit pop and his Montreal Canadiens.

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GEOFF WILLIAM-SCOTT

Associate Agent: Broadway and U.S. Theatre 

Geoff grew up performing in many theatre companies, working both onstage and off.  His Schooling includes Sheridan College’s Performing Arts program as well as three years at St. Lawrence College  in Musical Theatre.  Moving to Toronto, he worked alongside the (Mirvish) production of The Sound of Music.  In 2011, he had the pleasure of working with amazingly talented children and Toronto company of Billy Elliot – The Musical (Mirvish).

Most recently, Geoff has made a transition within the business. Using his vast knowledge of both on stage an off, He is thrilled to join The Talent House Family and pleased to be working with some of the best in the biz’.  

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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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THOMAS L. MALLON

Commercial Agent

Tom was graduated from New York Law School in 1991 and is a member of the Bar of the State of New York.  Prior to moving to Toronto from New York City in 2007 and starting at The Talent House in 2008, his experience included 10 years of working for a boutique New York City law firm, Robert Youdelman, P.C., that specialized in the literary publishing and entertainment fields.  The practice was diverse, but he most enjoyed representing theatrical creative artists including designers, directors, writers and not-for-profit theatre companies.   Tom left that firm to pursue other interests, which included starting his own law firm and continuing to represent theatrical artists that interest him.

Tom is a member of the Board of Directors of the New York City based SITI Company, an amazingly talented ensemble theatre company that performs globally.  He enjoys interesting and out of the ordinary theatrical productions. If it's 'site specific ' or 'movement based' theatre, Tom will want to be there.

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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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KEVIN HICKS

Development/Producer

Kevin is a co-founder and Artistic Producer of Theatre Cares, which has been a part of raising over three million dollars in the past five years for great causes such as Children’s Wish Foundation, Sick Kids’ Hospital, the ALS Society of Canada, Kids’ Help Phone, Womens’ College Hospital, and the ACTORS FUND.

Kevin is the head of Development at The Talent House in Toronto. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Red Barn Theatre, the Past-President of Equity Showcase Theatre, and an original member of Eclectic Theatre, producers of Bloody Poetry, Walking the Dead, Bent, and co-producers of Passion and Assassins which won five Dora awards including Best Production.

As an actor, favourite credits include leading roles in Dracula at the Neptune Theatre, Assassins / Canadian Stage and Eclectic Theatre, Reckless / Eclectic Theatre, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well... / the Grand Theatre and the National Arts Centre, The World Goes ‘Round / Livent, Lies and Legends / Canadian Stage, and The House of Martin Guerre / Theatre Plus Toronto. Kevin has also appeared in over 150 film and television productions.

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