Stuart Piper signs Danielle Hope and Wayne Sleep to new ‘boutique’ agency
Theatre agent Stuart Piper has revealed details of a new “boutique” company, which counts Danielle Hope and Wayne Sleep among its first signings.
Called the Piper Agency, it will also have a particular focus on representing young talent, with Piper saying he will be working with youth theatre groups and organisations that specialise in young talent to represent people at the start of their careers.
He said he would work “to discover tomorrow’s stars as well as with today’s established ones”.
Piper, who announced he was stepping down from Intertalent last year after 13 years, has teamed up with producer Colin Ingram’s InTheatre on the agency.
He said this would enable him to continue work he had done at Intertalent to “package projects” for talent, in both film and theatre.
“Partnering with Colin Ingram’s InTheatre brings me full circle to when I formed Cole Kitchenn Personal Management with Guy Kitchenn [now Intertalent], which was not just about representing talent but packing projects for them,” he said, adding: “I will be creating projects rather than waiting for them to arrive.”
Piper described the new agency as a “boutique list” of actors and creatives. Others already signed include actor Stephen Carlile, and comedy duo Dick and Dom.
“I definitely want to give more of my time to fewer people,” Piper said.
Piper has also started working with the youth arm of Curve in Leicester, which he said would bring him into close contact with some of today’s best youth talent. He is working on two shows with the Curve Young Company musicals group.
“Nikolai Foster and Chris Stafford at Curve afforded me a new focus and fresh challenge. They were the first ones to do that, and I am appreciative they put faith in me,” he said, adding: “I will work with Curve on Sundays, and it puts me at the coal face of working with some of the country’s extraordinary youth talent, in a creative environment.”