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Agent Bios

Peter da Costa

Founder / Agency Director (Toronto)
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Melissa Panton

Agency Director, Film/TV (Vancouver)
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Stephen Greig

Principal Agent – Theatre (Toronto)
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Frank da Costa

Principal Agent – Film/TV/Voice/Commercial (Toronto)
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Cat MacFarlane

Principal Agent – Theatre/Film/TV/Commercial (Toronto)
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Shannon Teat

Principal Agent – Commercial/Theatre (Vancouver)
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Peter ventured into the entertainment industry in the mid 1990’s with a partnership in Urban Dance Arts Entertainment, a company formed primarily to service the corporate world with live dance shows. In his role as Production Coordinator, he was introduced to many exceptional performers and intriguing personalities. From very early on, he was privileged to have the mentorship of one of Canada’s leading corporate entertainment booking agents, Elwood “Woody” Saracuse. Being surrounded by talented unrepresented dancers, Peter recognized that there was a void in the industry. Soon after, in December of 1998, he established an agency dedicated to the representation of dancers for all areas of the entertainment industry.

His reputation grew and he quickly attracted some of Canada’s leading talents, many of whom remain from that first year of existence, with the agency to this day. He would like to acknowledge those clients (below) for their loyalty and thank all clients throughout the years for their significant contribution to the growth and success of the agency.

Special thanks to: Ted Banfalvi, Carla Bennett, Shawn Byfield, Roberto Campanella, Wayne Catania, Vanessa Cobham, Steve Cota, Chantelle Leonardo, Louis Paquette, George Randolph, Martin Samuel, Kiera Sangster, Sherisse Springer and Mike Tracz.

Significant changes to the agency occurred in 2001 with the name change to da Costa Talent Management and the relocation to our present day offices. That year the agency was extremely fortunate to have Stephen Greig join on. Together, Peter and Stephen revamped the focus and direction of the agency from a heavy dance based clientele to a much more diverse triple threat client base.

In March 2005 the agency was accepted into TAMAC reaffirming their reputation in the industry.

In 2007, with the assistance of Melissa Panton, the agency expanded to include a select group of gifted children and teens.

In 2010, the agency created a new division to service Dance Competitions, Festivals and Studios, giving them access to our elite roster of dance professionals to hire as both adjudicators and guest instructors.

2011 was a monumental year with the expansion of a new office in Vancouver headed up by Melissa Panton.

In 2013, Andrea Marino joined the Vancouver branch as Melissa’s assistant and later her mat leave cover.

In 2014, Frank da Costa joins the Toronto office to head the Film/Television/Commercial department.

In 2015, Shannon Teat joins the agency to work alongside Melissa on the West Coast.

In 2017, launch of a new voice over division headed up by Frank da Costa to add to his existing Film/TV/Commercial portfolio.

In 2019, Cat MacFarlane joins the Toronto office as their newest agent. Starting with her own roster for Theatre/Film/TV/Commercial.

Today the agency handles some of Canada’s most outstanding actors, singers, dancers and world-class choreographers for all areas of the entertainment industry.

Peter da Costa has built his career on not just seizing, but creating opportunities. It is that mix of insight and ambition that compelled him to establish da Costa Talent Management and build it over 20 years into a leading industry player. With offices in Toronto and Vancouver, da Costa Talent Management today enjoys a cross-country presence that benefits the agency’s roster of award-winning Triple Threat talent—actors, singers, dancers and world-class choreographers.

A first-generation Canadian, Peter was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and immigrated to Canada at the age of four. Witnessing his parent’s struggle and sacrifice provided the foundation for a work ethic that has propelled him to achieve his goals, whatever the endeavor. The mentorship of Elwood “Woody” Saracuse, one of Canada’s leading corporate entertainment booking agents, also helped set the stage for Peter’s industry success.

Peter started his first company at the age of 19 while studying Business Management at Ryerson University. In the mid 1990s he sold his stake and ventured into the entertainment industry with a partnership in Urban Dance Arts Entertainment. In his role as production coordinator of live dance shows for the corporate market, Peter was introduced to many exceptional performers and intriguing personalities–many of whom were unrepresented. Recognizing there was a void in the industry, in 1998, he established an agency dedicated to representing dancers for all areas of the entertainment industry. Over the years, his reputation — and roster — grew and he quickly attracted some of Canada’s leading talents, many of whom remain from that first year of existence with the agency to this day.

A born entrepreneur, Peter is always seeking new ventures that capitalize on his extensive industry experience, particularly in creating and producing. In 2011, he co-founded Show Choir Canada and was honoured in 2015 with a Canadian Screen Award as creator and co-producer of the TVO documentary Unsung: Behind the Glee, which chronicles the national – and international – phenomenon of the Show Choir Canada National Championships.

In 2016, he co-founded Podium Concert Productions with producing partner and music director, Mark Camilleri. Together they have presented ‘Shows That Deserve To Be Heard” with in-concert versions of award winning musicals, The Secret Garden and NINE, both to rave reviews.

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A Vancouver native, Melissa Panton began performing at the age of three. Her professional career includes numerous film and television credits, live stage, major sports league dance teams, adjudication and choreography. In 2002, she moved to Toronto to pursue new avenues in the entertainment industry. She became a client at da Costa Talent, and the very next day booked her first gig – she’s that good! While building credits as both a choreographer and actor, she began studying Arts Administration at Humber College, and gathering experience in production, casting, business and stage management.

When da Costa Talent decided to create a Youth Division, Melissa became a huge resource. She was immersed in the urban dance scene, and was instrumental in recruiting talented youngsters who were great dancers, but also had potential in singing and acting. While her passion then lay in building her reputation as a choreographer – she was equally committed to nurturing the Youth Division at da Costa Talent and soon took over the role of Batgirl at the agency.

In 2010, Melissa decided to return home to the land of ocean and mountains… And her new fiance! A new chapter of da Costa Talent was born, making the agency bi-coastal and allowing clients to pursue opportunities in both Toronto and Vancouver. Melissa now assumes the role of Agency Director for da Costa Talent Vancouver and is excited for the newest chapter in her career.

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A performing professional since the age of 15, Stephen began his career with the National Tap Dance Company of Canada, performing with them for 10 years throughout Canada, The U.S. and around the World in such venues as The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, The Hong Kong Coliseum and The Kennedy Centre, the latter in a gala tribute to President Ronald Reagan.

After leaving the company, Stephen began a freelance career that saw him perform in more corporate industrial shows than he can count, several feature films, commercials and musicals. A close association with Diversified Productions allowed him to expand his skills to include choreography (including The Opening Ceremonies for the 1992 Olympic Track & Field Trials in New Orleans), stage management and even as a road manager for a Canadian Armed Forces Tour to The North Pole.

In 1994, Stephen was hired to be The Head of Dance for Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Performance Program. Over the next seven years, he managed to juggle his performing career with his teaching and also to choreograph more than 20 shows for Theatre Sheridan. Outside work offered him the chance to add director to his resume with several successful shows for the Ganaraska Summer Theatre.

In 2001, Stephen was offered the opportunity to see the business from another side, so he left Sheridan College to join da Costa Talent Management. In between (and during shows), Stephen found the time to study business at the University of Toronto, and this job was a chance to use some of those skills. Assuming the role of Robin to Peter’s Batman, a steep learning curve ensued. His ability to memorize literally everyone’s phone number, take point on projects, and hold down the fort while Peter is “on assignment”, have made him a fixed asset on da Costa’s Balance Sheet. He continues to scout talent for the agency, build bridges with theatres across the country, as well as working on the day to day business projects. Dealing with actors and casting directors is much like mediating the U.N. – hard…rewarding…and a ton of fun. He is currently single, resides in L.A. and was named People’s Sexiest man Alive in 2006. No, wait…that was George Clooney…I live in Toronto.

He still teaches dance part-time, and in the last few years has added competitive ballroom dancer to his list of accomplishments.

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As principal agent in the Toronto office, Frank da Costa represents the interests of da Costa Talent Management’s diverse Film, TV and Voice roster, pro-actively working to secure opportunities and negotiate favourable terms and conditions of contracts on behalf of his clients. To this end, he leverages decades of experience in building growth in multi-million dollar corporations, including 20 years of experience developing NovaJet Aviation Group into a leader in the VIP aviation industry, leading it to a position as one of the first ARG/US Platinum-rated companies in Canada.

Since joining da Costa Talent in 2014, he has enabled the agency to develop a new strategic business model, building upon its legacy of representing top dance and “Triple Threat” talent to expand the acting roster in Film, TV & Voice. In particular, he has been instrumental in successful launching the agency’s new voice division with almost immediate results in several series lead bookings as well as more than doubling the agency’s Film/TV bookings in only his first year leading that division.

His passion for recruiting and mentoring young talent extends to his personal life, where he serves as Club Head Coach at the King City United Soccer Club, responsible for player and coaching technical development with his National B-level Coaching licence. Born in Portugal and raised in Toronto, Frank holds an Arts Degree from York University.

“Promise to be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own” – The Optimist Creed

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Catriona McFarlane has over 25 years of experience in a wide variety of live entertainment. She is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre and attained her master’s degree in Theatre from the University of Toronto.

Cat started her career as a performer in Toronto where she quickly discovered her passion for the art of production. Cat became a professional Stage Manager for various companies in Toronto until she was hired by Stage West Mississauga as Production Stage Manager where she stayed for 14 seasons, casting and producing over 68 musicals and plays in her tenure. In that time, she developed key relationships with top Directors, choreographers and guest Artistic Directors from across Canada. In working with such a wide variety of artists, Cat developed a sharp eye for scouting quality talent at various stages of development. Her communication skills, positive demeanour and professionalism made her one of the most sought-after Stage Managers in Canadian Theatre. In order to hone her skills in key aspects of the entertainment industry, Cat worked as an Artistic Administrator for the City of St. Catharines and a Production Assistant with the City of Brampton. To further develop her skills, Cat has been a producer for concert and sports entertainments events including the 2015 North American Indigenous games opening and closing events, concert performances with Falls view Casino and Scotiabank arena, Niagara Falls and more.

In this chapter of her already impressive career, Cat is thrilled to apply her impeccable reputation, passion, vast knowledge of the entertainment industry and strong strategic relationships to the benefit of her clients as a Talent Agent.

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Shannon Teat officially joined the da Costa Talent team in July 2015 and uses her management, organization, strong networking and people development skills to advance the careers of the agency’s actors, singers, dancers and choreographers. She possesses not only extensive experience on both sides of the table but also a passion for musical theatre and an in-depth perspective on the dance industry.

Shannon grew up in Vancouver, where her love for the arts compelled her to seek training in jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, and musical theatre, as well as singing and acting. Her performance credits include commercials, television shows, motion pictures, as well as motion capture for video games. Following her performance career, she choreographed for studios and workshops across Canada, and adjudicated regionally and nationally. She has been awarded rehearsal director positions for dance and theatre companies, and lead casting and audition tours for various projects.

Following her performance career, she has worn many hats in the arts choreographing for studios and workshops across Canada, and adjudicating regionally and nationally. Her work ethic, approachability and professionalism has led her to be a natural selection to be awarded rehearsal director positions for dance and theatre companies, and lead casting and audition tours for various projects. She will now use her management, organization, strong networking and people development skills to advance the careers of her actors, singers, dancers and choreographers.

Shannon is excited to represent such a talented roster. Her wonderful, fresh energy and supportive nature is a perfect fit to our team.

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