Sylvie Sadarnac is an American actress and writer. Based in Chicago, she has appeared in television and film, as well as the online series Patriot. Sylvie also works commercials, industrial videos, and the occasional print assignments. She owns a Certificate of Comedy Writing from The Second City in Chicago, where she saw one of her sketches performed in the first Mary Scruggs Works by Women Festival. Fluent in French, and proficient in Spanish, Sylvie writes under the nom de plume Saffi Karlsen.
Stephanie Potakis graduated from Indiana University in 2006 with a Bachelors of Arts in Telecommunications and a minor in business. Looking to get into film production right away, she took a job as a casting director for a student film and fell in love with the process and continued on casting putting two seasons of America’s Got Talent, a few SAG independent films and an internship at PR Casting under her belt. Stephanie switched gears from 2009-2015 by becoming the on-camera/theatrical agent at Lily’s Talent Agency where her credits include hundreds of National/regional/local commercials and TV/Film projects.
At the end of 2015, Stephanie switched gears returning to casting by accepting the role of the new in house Casting Director at The Onion Inc. Here she currently casts all videos produced by The Onion for all its sites (ClickHole, Onion Labs, Onion Studios etc.) as well as outside commercials, TV and films. Witnessing the talent of Chicago find their sense of humor at auditions makes everyday a dream for Stephanie
A Seattle native born to musicians, KaCee received her degree in Theatre Performance from Columbia College Chicago in May 2012 and holds 10 years of acting training and experience. Having a rich appreciation and understanding of art in all forms, KaCee has previously worked in casting both with O’Connor Casting and independently as KCJ Casting before making the switch over to the talent agency side. She loves helping her talent grow their careers from the ground up. When not in the office, KaCee enjoys all kinds of adventures with her son, Jackson.
Mike Theisen joined the Gray Talent Team full time in December of 2011. Mike began his career as an actor at the age of 8. His work in the theatre lead him to Chicago to attend The Theatre School at DePaul University where he received a BFA in Acting. After graduation, Mike moved away from performance to the other side of the table and began working at Gray Talent Group. In addition to running the Commercial/VO department Mike has maintained a strong focus on talent development as well as assisting with Chicago based television projects. His background in performance and passion for the business have allowed Mike to find his place in the Chicago performance community. He could not be more excited to have the opportunity to do what he loves to do every day: help actors achieve their goals.
Jose Tony Garcia
José has worked with numerous Chicago and Regional Theaters as an actor, including: Windy City Playhouse, The Goodman Theatre, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Steep Theatre, Factory Theatre, Stage Left Theatre, Boho Theatre Ensemble, Adventure Stage Chicago, Collaboraction, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, and Illinois Shakespeare Festival. TV/Film credits include: "Shrink", "Animator", "Shameless", “Written Off,” "Easy", “Win It All,” “Sense8,” “Cleveland Abduction,” “Consumed,” “Chicago Fire,” “Mob Doctor,” “Boss,” and “Prison Break.” He holds a BFA from The University of Connecticut and an MFA from Indiana University. He is represented by Paonessa Talent.
Sarah Clark has worked professionally in the film industry for seven years. Casting has always been her bread and butter, but she's also an Emmy Nominated producer and still produces selectively.
Sarah works hard to make sure actors feel safe and clients feel heard. Passionate about casting, she does her best to make sure everyone is taken care of and the best possible cast comes together.
Deven Hartley is a talent agent at Paonessa Talent Agency, running the tv/film department alongside Marisa Paonessa. Previously, Deven served as the TV/film/Theatrical Agent for BMG Talent. Deven also served as the Casting Director for Two Birds Casting. A Nashville, TN native and Northwestern University graduate, their career begun in Chicago working with a number of top talent agencies. When the sun goes down, Deven can be seen performing with the trans*queer project WITCH HAZEL around the city.
Robyn Coffin moved back to Chicago in 2009 and has worked ever since. She is an ensemble member of the Factory Theater where she will be making her directorial debut in the spring! Television credits include Cindy Herrmann on NBC's Chicago Fire and Francine Katz on Empire. Robyn has worked on multiple commercials including Microsoft, Wal-Mart, Hefty, Liberty Mutual and Hebrew National Hotdogs. Some of her film credits include Unexpected, Life and Death of an Unhappily Married Man, Surprise Me, Widows, Finding Hope and Every 21 Seconds. She teaches at Vagabond School of the Arts and is represented by Stewart Talent.