Getting to Know Gray Talent Group
Gray Talent Group is a SAG/AFTRA, Equity and non-union talent agency that secures work for actors in film, theatre, television, commercials, voiceovers, industrials, web and print advertisements. We have a passion to work closely with a select number of actors to help them develop a blueprint for career success, be it making a living in their profession in Chicago or ultimately heading to LA or New York. We are unique in our commitment to nurturing diverse and hard-to-find types and in the personal service and response we provide to casting directors and actors who engage us to be their exclusive Chicago agent.
To provide amazing actors to casting directors, producers, advertising agencies and production companies in Chicago and other major markets. All talent is put through a rigorous audition process and signed exclusively with Gray. Committed to actor training, Gray has very high standards, resulting in excellent performances and reliability.
Dawn Gray has been a talent agent for the past 12 years, placing actors in such high visibility films and television shows such as Star Trek: Into Darkness, Chicago Fire, Boss, Boardwalk Empire, and Shameless as well as on Broadway in Matilda, Christmas Story and Lion King. Prior to that she produced the film Stray Dogs, which is available on Netflix. Dawn previously ran MOMents Inc, a successful business which provided support to working parents and also has extensive experience in public relations and marketing. A graduate of Northwestern University and a former child actor, Dawn is delighted to pursue her passion of helping actors find success in this wonderful, wacky business.
Kiki Kapral joins the team at Gray Talent with 6-plus years of casting experience in New York. Kiki graduated from Indiana University with a major in Telecommunications – design and production. Shortly after graduation she relocated to New York and accepted a position in the talent development department at VH1 where she booked talent for “Best Week Ever”, “I Love the 90’s”, “I Love the New Millennium”, and a slew of the “Top 20” and “Top 100” countdowns. Kiki then spent 4 and a half years as the Casting Coordinator at Warner Bros TV Studio. There, she collaborated with both New York and LA casting directors and worked closely with studio and network executives and top creative clients. A selection of notable TV credits include: “Mike and Molly” (CBS), “Political Animals” (USA), “Suburgatory” (ABC), “Two Broke Girls” (CBS), “Person of Interest” (CBS), “Dallas” (TNT), “The Vampire Diaries” (The CW), and “Revolution” (NBC). Kiki is thrilled to be back in Chicago, her home town, and is excited to use her experience to help actors reach their professional and creative goals.
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 led him to Chicago to attend DePaul University where he received a BFA in Acting. In addition to his education Mike maintained employment throughout college in Information Technologies at a local Chicago telecommunications service. After graduation Mike moved to the other side of the table and began working with Gray Talent. His background in performance and passion for the business have allowed Mike to find his place in the Chicago performing arts 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.
Zach was a child actor with a resume that included performances at Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare and Northlight. He left the performing side of the business in college and graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Communications (Radio/Television/Film) & a certificate in Creative Writing for the Media.
Maggie McCoy joined Gray Talent Group full time as an Associate Agent in May of 2014. She interned in Chicago working with Gray Talent Group and Simon Casting. While pursuing a degree in Theater and Drama from Indiana University, she helped cast and assistant direct three main stage productions including School for Scandal, Cloud 9, and Guys and Dolls. She is extremely excited to pursue her dream of providing actors with great opportunities and developing a brighter future.
Chris holds a BFA Performance degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. While in school, he spent three summers in Door County, WI with Peninsula Players Theatre as their production assistant and also had the opportunity to act in several productions. After college, he moved to Chicago and worked with a local startup as a logistics professional. In that role, he focused on providing solutions for supply chain deficiencies while providing clients with cost-saving opportunities. Two years later, he wanted to take his developing business skills and merge them with his acting background. Upon completion of his internship with Gray Talent Group, he accepted an Associate Agent position in June of 2014. He is looking forward to meeting new people and developing relationships within the performing arts community.
Brittainy joined the Gray Talent Group as an Associate Agent in July of 2015. After earning degrees in Theatre Arts and Psychology from the University of Iowa, she began her career in theatre, working in the fields of fundraising and production and stage management. In tandem with her work in the field of performing arts, Brittainy worked in the aviation industry, during which time she learned that there truly is no place like sweet home Chicago. Brittainy is delighted to be part of the performing arts community and is thrilled to help showcase the amazing talents of the actors at Gray Talent Group.
Noelle joined Gray Talent Group as an Associate Agent in June of 2016. She is a graduate of North Central College, where she received degrees in Theatre and Business. While still in college, Noelle completed a total of seven internships within the Chicago performing arts industry, which included time spent with Gray Talent Group, PR Casting and Vagabond School of the Arts. She then went on to serve as Resident Casting Director for Strawdog Theatre Co., Haven Theatre Co., Adventure Stage Chicago, and more, while also working with The Cast Station Chicago as their Head of Theatre Casting and a commercial, TV, and film Casting Assistant. She is ecstatic to be a part of this incredible team, and to work for the amazing artists that Gray Talent represents.
Carly joined Gray Talent Group as an associate agent in May 2017. She graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Theatre, as well as Broadcast Journalism. After graduation, Carly worked for Walt Disney World during her Disney College Internship Program. Carly started acting at the young age of six, and has been in love with the entertainment business ever since. Carly originally started her improv and comedy journey at Second City Chicago in 2015, but is most recently a graduate of the Conservatory Program at Second City Hollywood. Carly is so thankful to be a part of Gray Talent Group, where she is excited to help actors pursue and achieve their dreams.