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Network On Demand: Building a Career as an Agent
Connecting talent with opportunity, AGENTS play an integral role in the life cycle of artists and the overall ecosystem of theatre. For the aspiring theatre professional who loves to consume art and has an eye for successful work, this career may be a great fit. But how do you become an agent? If you possess transferable skills like being creative, excellent communication, or work well under pressure, you already have some of the qualities needed for the job. To learn more, join us for our next Network meeting as panelists discuss their career journeys and share additional insight on what it takes to be a successful agent.
Ben Sands is an agent and partner in the New York office of Artists & Representatives. He has been with the company for 10 years, and was an agent at another NY agency for another 5 years before that. Artists & Representatives represents actors bicoastally with clients currently on Broadway, off-broadway, as series regulars on every major television and streaming network and in lead roles roles in many features from big budget franchise films to independent features. In addition to his work as an agent, he has taught a “Business of the Business” class to actors and aspiring industry professionals across the country at numerous prestigious Universities.
Kevin Lin is a talent and literary agent at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA), where he represents top actors, writers, directors, composers and choreographers, including Leslie Odom, Jr. Matthew López, David Henry Hwang, Emilio Sosa, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Kyle Hanagami, Celine Song, Dina Shihabi, Tituss Burgess, James Alsop, Ashley Park, Jordan E. Cooper, Anthony Ramos, Danielle Brooks, Teyonah Parris, and Darren Criss. He is also Co-Head of Cultural Business Strategy, working to strengthen company wide strategies that maximize creative opportunities and business growth for the agency’s diverse clients and build corporate culture best practices. Lin began his career at CAA as an intern in 2012.
Di Glazer is a partner and Co-Head of the Theater Department at ICM Partners. She began her tenure as an assistant in 2011 and quickly rose to become the youngest department head at ICM and the youngest theater department head across any agency. She has been featured as part of Variety’s New Leaders and New Power of New York issues.
Glazer’s clients include Tony Award winners Rachel Chavkin, Justin Peck, Idina Menzel, and Kelli O’Hara as well as Theresa Rebeck, Sarah DeLappe, Halley Feiffer, Antoinette Nwandu, Danya Taymor, Suzanne Heathcote, Hannah Bos & Paul Thureen, PigPen Theater Company, Lauren Yee and Martin Zimmerman.
Erik Forrest Jackson
Erik is a playwright, musical bookwriter and novelist. Raised in Texas and now living in Harlem, he is the recipient of residency grants/fellowships at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, the Chulitna Lodge Research Institute, the Johnny Mercer Writers Grove at Goodspeed Musicals, and Monson Arts. Erik adapted his award-winning comic drama LIKE A BILLION LIKES into the new musical MISTY MAKES IT BETTER (lyrics by Jill Abramovitz, music by Brad Alexander). His other musicals include BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO, featuring the songs of Neil Sedaka (co-book Ben Winters, arrangements by Tom Kitt), and the upcoming adaptation of the Warner Bros. classic CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT (co-book Patrick Pacheco, music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Amanda Yesnowitz). Five of Erik’s plays premiered Off Broadway, and he adapted the beloved TV series CHEERS for a live stage event. He’s also the author of the MUPPETS MEET THE CLASSICS humor series for Penguin Books and Disney. Erik has proudly served on the Advisory Committee of the American Theatre Wing for a decade. erikforrestjackson.com
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