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), 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, 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 runs the commercial department 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.