Shirley Grant has been a talent manager since 1978 and is best known for discovering such talent as The Jonas Brothers, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Christina Ricci, Danny Tamberelli, JD Roth, Allison Smith and George O. Gore. Shirley loves seeing her clients succeed and have fun in all areas of the business, but her favorite “show business moments” come when she watches her clients grace a Broadway stage.
For over 37 years, Shirley’s clients have been seen and heard in commercials, voice-overs, feature films, sitcoms, soap operas, talk shows, cartoons, industrials…and singing and dancing on the Broadway stage. During all that time, she as accumulated extraordinary stories and fabulous anecdotes that she has been hoping to share in a book, but can’t seem to find anyone to help her write it. Her staff seems to be too busy at the moment to help out…
Dave McKeown has been with Shirley Grant Management since 1998 and heads up the theatrical and on-camera division. In his 17 years as a manager for kids, teens, and young adults in show business, Dave has represented and developed such talent as The Jonas Brothers, Kathleen Herles (original voice of Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer), Chris O’Neal (Nickelodeon’s How to Rock and You Gotta See This), Danny Flaherty (MTV’s Skins), Dascha Polanco (Orange is the New Black), Cameron Ocasio (Sam & Cat) and many others.
His clients are very busy working in many feature films, network television series, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, Cartoon Network, MTV, and on Broadway. Dave travels the country extensively looking for great new talent to develop and represent.
Stephanie Artuso began her career in management after graduating from Fordham University, with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Media Studies. With job experience in both adult and youth management, she made the switch to agency in 2008. At TalentWorks NY, she was hired to be the assisting agent for the adult commercial department but within a few months, Stephanie created the youth department at TalentWorks. Opening in 2008, Stephanie ran a well-respected department that had both amazing commercial and legit clients, who worked on shows such as, Saturday Night Live, Sesame Street, and Law & Order, as well as numerous feature films, and national network television commercials.
Coming to Shirley Grant Management has been a dream of Stephanie’s since she met Shirley when she was 8 years old. A close friend of hers was a client of SGM and although Stephanie was too shy to try out acting, she always remembered the lady who worked with all the amazing kids!