ABOUT US

Since our creation, UIA has become a leader in personal artist management. With over 100 years of combined experience in the entertainment industry, the UIA team’s dedication to cultivating unique talent and efficiency in dealing with the complexities of the artist management field have become the gold standard for artist managers worldwide. After developing an international roster of over 100 artists including singers, conductors, stage directors, and designers, 2014 saw the expansion of UIA’s business with the establishment of our Film/Television/Theater division. This expansion broadened UIA’s horizons considerably, allowing us to offer top-rate talent for nearly any performance opportunity.

Our balanced roster allows us to develop strong, trusted relationships with industry professionals of all types and levels. UIA represents a dynamic roster of talent who are engaged at leading opera houses and symphony orchestras, on Broadway, in Hollywood, and everywhere in between. Many of our directors and conductors hold leadership positions at organizations throughout the world. We also have an exclusive roster of the finest emerging artists, recently graduated from leading educational institutions, young artist programs, and apprenticeships. This type of diversity makes UIA the favorite one-stop firm for any and all casting needs.

Our seasoned artists and managers are also sought after clinicians and consultants in their varied areas of expertise such as performance technique, staging, auditioning, personal marketing, career development, casting, and choreography.

UIA’s new Film/Television/Theater division is allowing us to take advantage of the evolution of our industry and provide greater opportunities for our clients. With opera companies producing musicals, symphonies presenting pops concerts, an increased involvement of music in film, and classical musical theater/operetta appearing on Broadway, we are poised to utilize our experience and network to provide solutions for producers, engagements for our clients, and pave the way for the future of the performing arts. Our unique eye for talent provides casting directors with the types of artists the entertainment market demands in this fast-paced and exciting field. The diversity of our roster allows us to fill the full range of niches, and is comprised of actors, singers, dancers, narrators, music directors, choreographers, and even published authors of varied ages and ethnicities.

Our Symphonic and Film/Television/Theater divisions have teamed up to provide ready-to-travel production options, offering packages with complete casting solutions from one artist, to a complete cast, musicians, creative team, and already designed production elements. This was recently demonstrated in our partnership with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and a semi-staged production of Porgy and Bess, for which we provided the entire principal cast and creative team. This model can be adapted to meet the needs, existing structure and budgetary constraints of any presenter, bringing high-level artistry to audiences all over the world with a highly-effective method that takes all of the pressure off of the presenter. Genres and repertoire can be customized and include holiday concerts, specialty acts, Broadway musicals, operas, revue shows, and more.

In the midst of growth we haven’t lost sight of our beginnings: maintaining a roster of the finest classical vocalists, stage directors, and conductors appearing in esteemed houses around the globe. With a continually expanding presence in Europe, Australia, and South America, UIA artists are gaining recognition for leading performances spanning the entire repertoire from critically acclaimed world premières, to audience favorites of the standard opera canon, to cutting-edge contemporary works. Our Symphonic division continued to expand its reaches this season, booking our artists at over 100 international symphony orchestras and delighting audiences globally, often providing a complete set of soloists for favorites such as Händel’s Messiah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Verdi’s Requiem.
The UIA team is comprised of a diverse group of professionals who are committed to innovation and take pride in providing ideal matches between presenters and artists. We leverage our vast network to offer the highest level of personalized attention to our artists and maintain strong working relationships based on trust and experience with presenters and producers in all areas of the performing arts. In addition, we are continually building new relationships and partnerships, allowing us to serve as a hub of creative activity that will keep our clients, collaborators, and company on the cutting edge of the performing arts.

Welcome to UIA: a truly visionary approach to personal artist management!

Bernard Uzan   |   Vanessa Uzan| Dana O’Connell   |   Kristen Ernst   |   Aaron Sanko  

 

BERNARD UZAN

Director

Bernard Uzan’s extensive background in the Performing Arts includes great achievement as a General Director, Artistic Director, Stage Director, Artist Manager, Set Designer, Librettist, Actor, and most recently, published Novelist and Internet Journalist.  As a stage director and producer, his 390 productions have appeared on the stages of more than 100 opera companies throughout the world in such cities as Buenos Aires, Caracas, Catania, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Mexico City, Miami, Monte Carlo, Palermo, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Santiago, Seattle, Zurich, Toronto, Vancouver, Erfurt, among many others.

He served as General and Artistic Director of Opéra de Montréal from 1988 to 2002. During his tenure, he brought the company great financial success and international artistic renown, and created 45 new productions that are still seen at Opera Companies throughout the world. In 2007, Mr. Uzan added the title of librettist to his ever growing and impressive history with opera and the arts with Cyrano, which premièred at Michigan Opera Theatre, with subsequent performances at Opera Philadelphia and Florida Grand Opera. In 2008, his first novel The Shattered Sky was published in both French and English by Enigma Books. His blog, The Wooden Sword, has an avid fan base, and will soon be collated to create his second published novel. A native of France, Mr. Uzan is a graduate of the University of Paris, with Ph.D.’s in Literature, Theatrical Studies, and Philosophy. He began his career in the theater as an actor and director, earning recognition and receiving awards as the Best Young Actor, Best Young Director, and Best Director by the Concours des Jeunes Compagnies.

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VANESSA UZAN

Managing Director

Vanessa Uzan has established herself as one of the most sought after talent managers in the entertainment industry. Over the past ten years as a Artists’ Manager for classical music artists, she has been invited by numerous opera companies to work with Resident and Young Artists Programs giving master classes and seminars in which she effectively communicates the aspects of business and management in the opera world, has served as a judge for several vocal competitions, and has been a panelist for many artist/manager discussion groups at classical conventions around the United States. As Managing Director of Uzan International Artists, and with the expansion of the company to now represent actors for Film, TV, Theatre, and Musical Theatre, Ms. Uzan has elevated her managerial approach and methods to encompass an even wider range of artistic and progressive excellence.

She also founded Ubiquité Productions which produced special events throughout the New York City area and was featured on a BRAVO TV reality program. Earlier in her career, she co-founded the production company Rustik Entertainment, which created two television pilots, Location Vacation and Script to Screen. She produced a number of short films that have been shown at the New York Film Festival, Israeli Film Festival, Boston Film Festival, and New York Underground Film Festival. Ms. Uzan received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film & Television from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a specialization in producing.

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DANA O’CONNELL

Orchestral Booking Manager

A current arts administrator based in New York, Native Texan Dana O’Connell holds an extensive background in the operatic and classical music repertoires. With a specialization and training in the field of German opera and history, Dana brings a fresh perspective and creative approach in representing and managing the careers of several classical singers in the United States and abroad. Ms. O’Connell has held such positions as assistant director for multiple operatic and staged productions at Southern Methodist University as well as managerial associate  for a series of Broadway revue concerts taking place at symphonic orchestra venues throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Dana has also participated in music festivals and academic programs throughout Germany and the Amalfi Coast of Italy.

To uphold her interests in artists’ advocacy and labor rights, Dana has gained experience while serving as a paralegal and client services representative at various law firms in the Boston area providing representation and counsel in matters of personal and corporate law and litigation. Dana has received a Bachelors degree in Vocal Performance from Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts followed by a Masters degree in Vocal Performance from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, each with a specialization in arts administration.

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KRISTEN ERNST

Artist Manager, Film/Television/Theater

Kristen Ernst is a 25-year veteran of the entertainment industry and brings a multi-faceted approach to Artist Management. Theatrically, she has been seen Off-Broadway, in national tours, regional theatres throughout the country, and around the world aboard cruise ships. She was honored to perform with the USO for active troops, veterans and their families. Kristen also worked as an actor on various film and television projects in her hometown of Los Angeles. As a choreographer, Ms. Ernst has set pieces for numerous organizations, projects, and productions. She also assisted acclaimed Directors, most recently Charles Abbott and Christine O’Grady, on regional and Off-Off Broadway productions.

As an instructor, Kristen shares her talents with emerging artists by mentoring and coaching audition selections and performance pieces, and teaching acting and improvisation in summer programs including most recently, Acting and Improv at Burbank First Academy. Kristen stretched her creative skills by assisting on various casting projects with several successful Artistic Directors and Casting Directors in NYC such as Prospect Theater Company and Michael Cassara Casting. Ms. Ernst studied Musical Theatre at The Boston Conservatory. She is thrilled to be a part of Uzan International Artist’s expansion and plans on using her extensive background to continue to develop and diversify UIA’s elite roster of talent and help bring the company to the next level!

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AARON SANKO

Artist Services

Aaron Sanko is emerging as an artist management professional after retiring from a career as a professional performer in opera, theatre, and concert. He has also established himself as a sought after music educator, consultant, and music director/conductor. He founded a private voice studio that prepares singers of all styles, and focuses on making singing healthy and intuitive employing a holistic teaching style that goes beyond basic technique to address all areas of a performer’s career incorporating acting, movement, Alexander Technique, musicianship, audition techniques, and business skills. In addition to his work at UIA, Mr. Sanko serves as Resident Voice Instructor at the Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn, NY.

Aaron also has extensive experience in Human Resources Management and non-profit administration. He has served on the board of directors for several non-profit organizations, developing expertise in budget management, crisis management, and organizational development. Mr. Sanko pursued his undergraduate education in Voice Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music, and a degree in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University.

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