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 30 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.
A longtime friend and collaborator with RBA, Elena brings to the role extensive experience as casting director, director, teacher and award-winning actress, with notable stage, television and feature film credits. Elena studied at the University of Culture in Kiev and worked in Russia and South America before moving to New Zealand in 1995.
Lou is well-known to everyone who has dealings with the Agency. As one of its key members, Lou has been involved with the agency since 2002. Her knowledge of the processes, projects and personalities remains invaluable and her role has expanded to take full advantage of her expertise.
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.