Gabriella took over the management of the Robert Bruce Agency after the unexpected passing in March 2009 of Robert – her partner in life and business.
Trained at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in the early 80s, Gabriella spent much of her professional acting career first in Australia, then Europe.
Back in New Zealand her credits included guest starring roles in Duggan, Xena, Hercules and Shortland Street. A run-in with cancer catalysed a re-focus, which led to establishing a production company specialising in non-broadcast health promotion and education programming.
With 30 years experience in creative and production processes, Gabriella’s commitment now is to keep building on the Agency’s own 39 year history by continuing the Robert Bruce name, the same standards of fair dealing and emphasis on quality and service – with the same clear vision for future growth.
Elena brings unique insights to her role.
A 1991 graduate of Kiev State University of Art, her work as actor, teacher and director has taken her to many countries.
In New Zealand Elena has worked extensively as a casting director for features, short films and television projects and commercials.
She tutors at Toi Whakaari, Unitec, South Seas and The Actors’ Program. Her own Actors Studio specialises in Michael Chekhov and Stanislavsky techniques. And Elena’s audition coaching has been invaluable for many.
Stage highlights include her Chapman Tripp Best Actress Award winning role in Shortcut to Happiness, ATC’s Romeo and Juliet and Midnight in Moscow and Fortune Theatre’s Boeing Boeing.
Memorable screen roles include What We Do In The Shadows, Russian Snark – for which she received three 2010 Best Actress nominations – and TV’s Agent Anna.
Louise draws on a long corporate career as an executive assistant to stay on top of maintaining databases, updating actor profiles and assisting in talent co-ordination.