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 40 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.
Dave McKeown has been with Shirley Grant Management since 1998 and heads up the theatrical and on-camera division. In his 21 years as a manager for young & emerging artists 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), Danny Flaherty (MTV’s Skins), Dascha Polanco (Orange is the New Black), Cameron Ocasio (Sam & Cat), Meg Donnelly (American Housewife), Devin Druid (13 Reasons Why), Tyler Alvarez (American Vandal) and many others.
His clients are very busy working in many feature films, network television series, and on Broadway. Dave travels the country extensively looking for great new diverse talent to develop and represent.
Stephanie Artuso runs the commercial & voice-over divison at Shirley Grant, covering all commercials, voice-overs, print/modeling and animation. She has represented both children and adults in her career and before coming to SGM, created and ran a well-respected youth department at TalentWorks NY. Her clients can be heard voicing characters on Nickelodeon’s Butterbean’s Café, Sunny Day & Nella the Princess Knight, as well as Amazon’s Bug Diaries and can be seen in commercials and print ads for companies like AT&T, Geico, Coca-Cola, Toys R Us, Sesame Street, Nike and Target.
Melanie Hinkle has been in show-business since childhood. She now manages talent in the theatrical & commercial divisions at the same management company she started in at 6 years old. Melanie leads SGM’s Spectrum Division specializing in Trans, non-binary, & gender-fluid talent.