We don’t mean to brag, but…
AMI is a member in good standing of the “Talent Agents and Managers Association of Canada” (TAMAC) the governing body of Canada’s professional Talent Agents and Managers.
Agent // Manager
Shari has had a successful career in the entertainment industry for over 20 years. Originally from Montreal, Shari moved to Toronto to attend University and graduated with an Honours BFA in Inter-related arts where she studied Theatre, Film & Television. While in University, Shari established a theatre troupe for young people. Following the success of her programs, Shari became the choir director for “Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” starring Donny Osmond. Her ability to pick out the stars in her program led her to running the youth department at “The Talent Group”. After her Talent Group days, Shari opened her own agency in 1999. Wanting a more diverse agency, Shari collaborated with Robyn Friedman and Noelle Jenkinson to rebrand the agency as AMI Artist Management Inc.
Shari has distinguished herself as one of Canada’s most respected agents representing talent in Film, Television and Live Theatre. Her clients work regularly in Toronto, Vancouver, Los Angeles & New York and everywhere in between. She is a regular contributor to the media as well as serving as a panelist for ACTRA’s talent conference. Shari also adjudicates emerging talent at conferences, schools and independent programs across North America.
Shari is a mother to 3 children, 2 dogs and an extremely needy husband. She loves Broadway Musicals, shopping and all things chocolate.
Agent // Manager
One of Canada’s most coveted and successful agents, Robyn Friedman has been active in the business for over thirty years. She began her career in 1986 as an agent’s assistant. Less than a year later, she was invited to head up the modeling division.
Robyn’s love of musical theatre and cinema was the catalyst for her move from modeling agent to actor’s agent. She joined The Talent Group (later known as Fusion Talent) in 1988 where she remained for 15 years, growing an impressive roster, and forging lasting relationships in the entertainment community. In 2003, Robyn joined Shari Quallenberg and Noelle Jenkinson to found Artist Management Inc.
Today, Robyn’s eclectic and exclusive roster includes some of this country’s finest actors in theatre, television and feature film. When not negotiating the hell out of a contract, Robyn the culture vulture can be found in Toronto/New York/LA, promoting her people, and checking out the latest hot play or film.
Voice Agent // Manager
1936 Lana Turner is discovered by “Hollywood Reporter” publisher William R. Wilkerson sipping a soda at the Top Hat café. The way sweaters are worn is changed for a generation …
What did Noëlle Jenkinson have to do with this landmark discovery? Well, nothing really. But when it comes to recognizing and breaking new talent, Noëlle is without peer. She can detect potential talent through the squawk box at the drive through and coax a performance from a coma victim.
Noëlle knows all the important things about the production community. She’s a graduate of the Ryerson University’s Radio & Television Arts program and holds a Certificate in Entertainment Law from Osgoode Hall Law School, but most importantly she can mix a manhattan faster than the cast of Mad Men. Having spent time on the talent payment side of things, she knows her agreements and her twenty plus years as a voice agent have given her the ears of an engineer, the savvy of a Apple Exec and the patience of a saint … Except when you talk during the commercials. Then it gets ugly.
Agent // Manager
Phil has been an Agent / Manager in Toronto for over 25 Years and with AMI since 2004. A B.F.A. Drama major graduate of Montreal’s Concordia University’s theatre department he has had the privilege of representing some of Canada’s finest performers.
An avid sports enthusiast Phil was an early member of the Toronto Film and Video Softball League and is still a competitive racquetball player and recreational golfer.
Phil along with Gemini award winning actor Judah Katz are cofounders of the “Big Swing” charity golf tournament in support of the Actors Fund of Canada, a charity that AMI proudly supports.
Agent // Manager
Stephanie has always had a love for the arts. Performing for years as a dancer and Rhythmic Gymnast, she eventually found her way behind the scenes. Stephanie has had a successful career in the entertainment industry for the past 15 years. While still studying at University, she began her career as a Stage Manager for Theatre and Dance. After graduating Ryerson University with a BFA in Theatre Production, she continued to thrive as a sought after Stage Manager in the city.
After international tours and many award winning productions later, she started looking for opportunities to continue to hone her management skills within the industry.
Stephanie dabbled in Producing and Production Coordinating for a couple of short films before joining AMI in 2010. Her performing, production and agency experience makes her a well-rounded agent who understands the business from all angles.
Agent // Manager
An Actor for 10 years and an Agent for over 30, Ron’s clients are performing in film, television, theatre and commercially in Canada and throughout the world.
Ron is very happy to be working with the professional and well-established team at AMI.
Todd wears many hats at AMI. From ensuring toner in the copier to fixing computer bugs or tracking down payments, he is always looking to reinvent the wheel!
Todd began his professional career at the age of 18 when he started his own entertainment company. That company went on to become one of the largest entertainment providers in the Toronto area. Later Todd was offered the opportunity to manage a live theatre where he found his true calling.
Running the theatre introduced Todd to the world of actors and agents. In 1997 he met Shari Quallenberg and later provided Shari with help in starting her own agency. Shari’s agency began to thrive and she asked Todd to join her in managing the business side of the agency so she could concentrate on representing talent.
Today Todd is busy in the background pulling levers and turning knobs (pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!).
Heidi has worked in the Entertainment Industry for a while now – you name it and chances are good she’s done it, doing it, or will do it!
Heidi is totally edgamicated! She received an Honors Bachelors Degree in Sociology from The University of Western Ontario and graduated from Humber College’s Television Writing and Producing post-graduate program. Booyeah!
Heidi describes herself as a supportive and enthusiastic cheerleader (less pom-poms, more jazz hands). Combine that with Heidi’s love for all things entertainment and that makes her a great fit for the world of agents and actors. In her spare time, Heidi enjoys sleeping and performing Stand-Up comedy.
Studio Manager// Voice Assistant
Tim is a man of few words. This made getting him to write his bio rather challenging. His first offering was this: “Tim is a man of few words”. See what we mean? After much arm twisting, sweet talking, bribing, and eventually just plain shouting we managed this:
Tim joined AMI in 2010 and is the in-house sound engineer slash voice director slash video dude slash general tech lover slash fixer-of-things slash … that is probably more than enough slashes.
He is also Noelle’s right hand person and doting assistant.
Tim moved to Canada in 2009 and is sorta French, sorta Belgian and sorta (mostly) a Brit. Basically, a socialist wine and beer drinking, chip eating, bloody nice chap. And he does it all with not so much as a hint of an accent. Interests include any tech, cricket, football, coding and early 19th century German philosophy. A renaissance man.
Young Talent Commercial Agent
Paige has always had a love for all things theatrical.
As a child, Paige spent her time crafting, in gymnastics, dancing and filming improv shorts with friends.
She studied Introduction to Performing Arts at George Brown College then continued to McMaster University to study Theatre and Film.
As a dance teacher for many years, Paige discovered her love for helping others as they learn to perfect their art and pursue their dreams.
As an agent’s assistant, Paige is able to combine her passion for theatre, film, television, and helping others.
She still continues to craft, as an entrepreneur of a floral headband company.
Gracie, or “G” as she’s known in the biz, is a founding member of AMI. Prior to joining AMI, Miss G did a brief stint in voice-casting and as an associate at a production management company. AMI was a natural “next step” in the 9 ½ lb Yorkie-huahua’s career.
Whether greeting clients in reception, seeking treats on the second floor or helping out in the studio, G is a big presence at AMI, and has a reputation as the “hardest working dog in showbiz.”