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Andy Portelli - Australian Casting Agent

Andy Portelli - Australian Casting Agent

February 23, 2021

Andy's career has spanned more than 15 years performing around the globe! 

His first major breakthrough was landing a 12 month acting contract for Tom
Hank’s and Steven Spielberg’s “The Pacific” filming in Far North Queensland
and Melbourne, Australia as a US Marine Solider in a 10 part mini series. 

He then studied Full-time performing arts at Industry Dance. After graduating Andy began his first dance contract as a production dancer for Princess Cruises. 

After ships, he was off to Singapore where he was a principle lead in the multi million dollar production of “Lightseeker”. Soon after, he booked a singer/dancer contract for Universal Studios Singapore which concluded his performing career. 

Now, he looks after casting and finding new talent through one of Melbourne’s most reputable Corporate Entertainment Companies.

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Brandon O’Neal - Bicoastal Triple Threat from BROADWAY to MOVIES and more!

Brandon O’Neal - Bicoastal Triple Threat from BROADWAY to MOVIES and more!

February 16, 2021

BRANDON O'NEAL is a native of  Knoxville,TN, trained and mentored by Emmy Award winner Debbie Allen. CREDITS include - Broadway: The Lion King and Wicked. Film: Netflix’s Christmas on the Square, La La Land, Ted 2, and Fame (2009) TV: 2020 Grammy Awards with Misty Copeland, Grey’s Anatomy (Season 14), Scandal (Season 7), Lip Sync Battle (Season 2&3), Broad City, Dancing with the Stars, The Late Late Show with James Corden (in multiple episodes) Commercials: Ford (Super Bowl), Amazon Prime, Subway, Gap and AT&T. Brandon has also had the good fortune to work with Misty Copeland, Will Smith, Paula Abdul, Dolly Parton, Stevie Wonder, Ne-Yo, John Legend, Janelle Monaé, Kacey Musgraves, Miley Cyrus, Billy Porter, Rob Ashford, Marguerite Derricks, Garth Fagan and Desmond Richardson to name a few.

 

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Michael Balderrama - HAMILTON Associate Global Supervising Choreographer

Michael Balderrama - HAMILTON Associate Global Supervising Choreographer

February 9, 2021

Michael Balderrama is a Choreographer, Director, Producer, Artist and Philanthropist. He is a Drama Desk and ACCA award winner. He has been part of almost a dozen Broadway shows, both on stage and on the creative side. He is currently Associate Global Supervising Choreographer for Hamilton and Associate Choreographer for the upcoming MJ Musical. Some favorite credits…In the Heights (Lin-Manuel understudy) Movin’ Out, Willie Lopez in Ghost. He has also choreographed, performed for and/or worked with Michael Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Gloria Estefan, Mariah Carey, Sutton Foster, Andy Blankenbuehler, Christopher Wheeldon, Twyla Tharp, Julie Taymor, Maurice Hines, and so many more…

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John Sovec - Therapist & Coach who is Perfect for Creatives!

John Sovec - Therapist & Coach who is Perfect for Creatives!

February 2, 2021

From Japan to New York to the high seas, John Sovec has performed all over the world including national touring companies (Wizard of Oz, The Music Man), film and television (General Hospital, Puma Sportswear), and over 15 years performing with the Disney Company (Golden Horseshoe Jamboree, Main Street Carolers). For the past 15 years, John has had his own therapy practice in Pasadena, CA. He is well known for his signature style, which mixes knowledge, focus, approachability and humor to create a space that encourages openness, growth and development. John has been featured on multiple mediums including the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Cheddar, Spectrum News 1 and Good Therapy.

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Gabe Martinez - Musical Theatre Actor & Cruise Ship Singer

Gabe Martinez - Musical Theatre Actor & Cruise Ship Singer

January 26, 2021

Gabe Martínez is a career stage performer, trained from an early age by a family of musicians, cutting his teeth onstage with his father’s jazz band and various other wedding and event bands. After graduating from Muhlenberg College with a degree in Theatre Performance, he began a career as a cruise ship singer, and after seven years at sea with several national tours and regional theatre contracts mixed in, he and his wife Emily made the leap to land life. They currently reside in Weehawken, NJ, with their pitbull, Daisy, where Gabe is beginning a film and television career with the help of the good people at Hell’s Kitchen Talent Agency.

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Justine Menter - LA Based Choreographer and taught KIM KARDASHIAN

Justine Menter - LA Based Choreographer and taught KIM KARDASHIAN

January 19, 2021

Justine Menter Fink is an LA-based choreographer, director, and producer who brings her warm, infectious personality to every project she works on- whether its network television, convention stages or videos premiering worldwide. Best known for teaching Kim Kardashian on Keeping Up the Kardashians, her professional work spans Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris Jackson, America’s Got Talent, LMFAO, CBS’ Life in Pieces, FOX’s LA to Vegas, Faith Hill, Manny Pacquaio, Sephora, The View and LA Fashion Week. She is also the former Owner and Creative Director of FLIRT Dancers in Hollywood. She is on faculty at AMDA in LA, Lume, and Souldesoul Dance Convention. She teaches internationally and is the founder of MNTR MGMT an online platform for industry coaching.

 

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Michael Minarik - TONY NOMINATED PRODUCER

Michael Minarik - TONY NOMINATED PRODUCER

January 12, 2021

Michael Minarik hails from Fairfax county , Virginia. He went to school for business but came out of school a performer. After performing on 4 national tours and a broadway show, he tried his hand at producing. Michael is a tony nominated broadway producer of the hit show rock of ages (Which he was also a performer in) and then was in the broadway show Matilda. Following that he co founded the institute for american musical theater which is a conservatory that has been in existence for 5 years. Michael is also a recurring singer at yankee stadium, where he sings God Bless America and the National Anthem (7 times now over 9 years). Michael Also was the lead producer of the hit off broadway show "fat camp"

 

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Katherine Winter - BroadwayWorld Award Winning BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Katherine Winter - BroadwayWorld Award Winning BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

January 5, 2021

Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Katherine is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts New Studio on Broadway for musical theatre and is currently appearing in the only live theatre show in NYC - VOYEUR: The Windows of Toulouse Lautrec . Katherine won the BroadwayWorld for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal as Lola in Damn Yankees and has performed Off-Broadway, across New York City, Toronto, and The United States at such venues as Radio City Music Hall, Berkshire Theatre Group, Woodstock Playhouse, Feinstein's/54 Below, Birdland, Theatre Passe Muraille, Berkely Street Theatre, and the Toronto Fringe Festival.

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Sherrill Williams - Broadway’s Physical Therapist

Sherrill Williams - Broadway’s Physical Therapist

December 29, 2020

A lifelong lover of the performing arts, Dr. Sherrill committed most of her life to studying dance. After losing 90 lbs she blended her love of dance with wellness by receiving a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from New York University. Shortly after she founded Leg Up Fitness and Wellness, a concierge fitness and physical therapy practice. Leg Up's client credits include The 1st US National Tour of Aladdin, Hamilton, Lizzo, John Legend, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and more! Dr. Sherrill is a passionate advocate for dance injury pre-hab and rehab, and loves helping dancers around the U.S. virtually and in person.

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Kevin Jenkins - Renowned Ballet CHOREOGRAPHER

Kevin Jenkins - Renowned Ballet CHOREOGRAPHER

December 21, 2020

Dance Magazine has praised Kevin’s work as “riveting” and he travels throughout the country choreographing for State Street Ballet, St. Louis Ballet, San Diego Dance Theater, the School of Ballet Arizona, SUNY Purchase, CPYB, Island Moving Company, Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami, and Big Muddy Dance among others. He has served on faculty at Boston Ballet School, Joffrey Ballet School, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, the University of San Diego, and Master Ballet Academy. His choreography has been performed on the Inside/Out Series at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and he has been awarded residencies with Djerassi and the National Choreographers Initiative.

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