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The Human Agency is New Zealand's most versatile actors and talent agency, representing an awe-inspiring range of both creatives and performers. We love to work with like-minded creative people and companies who value professionalism and the individual expression that brings great ideas to life.

We offer a deep understanding of film, television, stills, live theatre and corporate events with a unique and diverse stable of talented actors, presenters, children, stills models, musicians, aerialists and all genres of entertainers and creatives including choreographers, composers and designers. The Human Agency is also unique in our professional representation for the country's finest dancers, choreographers and dance groups.

Founded in 1996 by Shona McCullagh and managed by Anna Adam, the agency has grown from strength to strength and holds a unique position as an agency. Versatility and professionalism is key to our approach and what we value in our performers. We strongly encourage our members to continue their professional development, hone their professionalism and refine their artistry to maximise their potential for employment in our competitive industry. Our members are predominantly Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch based although we also boast members from Whangarei and Te Aroha.

Our team offers over 30 years of industry experience with a passionate and committed staff that have specialist skills in acting, mentoring, choreography, direction, dance, filmmaking, producing and artist management. We are responsive and thorough in our understanding of the needs of both our clients and agency members. Our approach is open, friendly and we value efficiency in a fast-paced industry.

In addition, The Human Agency is well known for its versatile performers and one-off concepts and creative for promotions, product launches, client entertainment, Christmas functions and other corporate events working with many of NZ’s top event companies.  Credits for actors, choreographers, dancers, aerialists and other specialist physical performers include Sky City, Gen Super Achievers Awards, NZ Rugby Steinlager Awards, Harcourts Annual Conference opening, Bayleys, Louis Vuitton, Schwarzkopf Hair Awards and Fashion Week.

For our clients – television & film production companies, casting directors and event companies - the services we offer in addition to those of other agencies are:


To be considered to join the agency, you’ll need to supply us with professional photos and a CV. We will only accept you if we really believe we can get you work and that you are committed to doing everything you can to help us. If you are interested in applying please complete an online form or contact us here.

 

To view our actors, presenters, dancers, creatives, talent and performers click here.

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THE HUMAN AGENCY TEAM

 

Shona McCullagh

Creative Consultant

Shona is well known in NZ as a highly accomplished entrepreneur, dancer, choreographer, director and filmmaker with a strong collaborative work history. She has a great love of working with actors and directors, having choreographed for Peter Jackson, Andrew Adamson, Michael Hurst, Colin McColl, Lucy Lawless, Naomi Watts, Jamie Bell, Sean Astin and Kevin Smith. Alongside her agency work, Shona regularly creates work for theatre, film and live events, identifying strongly with artists of all genres. Always a passionate advocate for performers’ rights, Shona was the Equity representative in Limbs Dance Company and established the agency to assist with the protection and promotion of some of the country’s most talented performers. Shona was awarded an Arts Laureate in 2007 and is the Hynds Art Venture Creative Entrepreneur of the Year and founded The New Zealand Dance Company in 2011, the same year in which she was Head Choreographer on the 2011 Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony.  She is slightly obsessive about correct spelling and loves enabling performers to achieve their goals.  Click here for further info.

     

 

Anna Adam

Commerical & Drama

Anna had several years experience in magazine and newspaper publishing before moving into agency work in 1995. With over twenty years experience in the industry she has worked for Nova Models and Talent and odd management before joining The Human Agency. In her spare time, Anna works in community theatre, and is the president of Ellerslie Theatrical Society, taking responsibility for marketing and for production management. She is a strong negotiator, with a real appreciation of the needs of both production companies and the people she represents.

 

Contact Anna anna@thehumanagency.co.nz

 

Amber Liberté

Live Events 

Amber began ballet + contemporary dance from a young age, and went on to graduate from Unitec's Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts programme majoring in drama. Amber loves multi-disciplinary art, and digs anything remotely absurdist. She has appeared in or been a creative team member in professional and emerging productions by: Auckland Theatre Company, Pop-Up Globe, Christchurch Body Festival, Auckland Fringe Festival, Tim Bray Productions, Wellington Fringe Festival, Wet Hot Beauties, Hagley Dance
?Company, and other emerging production companies. Amber is naturally attracted to directorial and choreographic roles as she revels in her Capricorn rites as ‘boss-lady.’ She loves innovative thinking & refining details for anything artsy.

 

Contact Amber amber@thehumanagency.co.nz

 

Lara Liew

Live Events Creative

Lara works professionally as an actor, dancer, choreographer, teacher and theatre-maker. She is one-half of the creative brain behind comedy dance crew, Dynamotion and has choreographed contemporary water ballerinas The Wet Hot Beauties since 2012. She brings her experience as performer, facilitator and creative director to her role as Live Events Manager - not to mention a sense of humour and dedication to delivering high quality original ideas. Lara has never won an actual trophy but awards include, ‘Best Weapon’ for her wooden spoon (In Flagrante) Auckland Theatre Awards 2011, 'People’s Choice’ for Swan Song, Auckland Fringe 2013,  'Spirit of the Fringe’ award for Wipe Out, Auckland Fringe 2015 and nominations for Most Outstanding Performer and Most Original Concept for her solo theatre show, This Is My Real Job, in the Dunedin Fringe Festival 2014. Lara  is a Taurus/Gemini cusp and loves bringing ideas to life.   

 
 

Carlene Newall de Jesus

Live Events Creative

Carlene joined the Live Events team at the agency in 2013 and arrived with a vast experience in the performing arts. As a dancer and aerial performer she has worked extensively as a choreographer, performer and manager for a range of live entertainment events. She has a tertiary education in dance and psychology and enjoys working with performers from all disciplines.  Having lectured in the Dance Studies Programme at the University of Auckland for the past 4 years she recognizes several former students among the talent at The Human Agency. Her passion is in developing performance that is accessible, innovative and of a high quality.

Liz van Dyk

Accounts

Liz joined the Agency in late 2005 as a part-time booker. When the Agency decided to prioritise the fast payment of talent, Liz leapt to the Accounts seat where she is responsible for monitoring the money coming in and going out.  In between looking after her family (with the recently added demands of Stage Mother), learning tennis, playing recreational sport, indulging her love of wine and food, attending day time movies and her latest passion – working through her never-ending schedule of TV recordings on MY SKY, Liz manages to find the time to come into work 3 days a week to make sure she can pay all our talent as soon as possible.

 

Contact Liz liz@thehumanagency.co.nz

 

 

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