After owning and running
ANN STEELE AGENCY for over
23 years, Ann passed away
this last October. She will be
remembered by hundreds of
actors, artists, and creatives
as a empathetic guide who loved theatre, cherished actors, and laughed every single day.
Ann was born in Texas and raised in Springfield, Missouri. Her love of the performing arts began as a speech and debate coach, and has since led her to become one NYC's most respected talent representatives for the past forty years.
Early on, Ann was a founding partner of Niederlitz and Steele, a children’s management company that guided and nurtured numbers of highly successful young actors. Among her “children” were Jason Alexander of Seinfeld fame, and numerous other successful actors such as Alex Winter, Jonathan London, and Gaby Hoffman.
In 1998, Ann opened ASA, and maintained the thriving and successful agency for years. Known for her raspy speaking voice and free-to-laugh spirit, Ann loved what she did and cultivated relationships with casting directors in NYC, LA, and across the regions.
Ann will be missed, and leaves her Agency in the capable hands of her long-time assistance Josh Sassanella.
JOSH SASSANELLA was born and
raised in Indiana and fell in the
love with the performing arts at an
early age. After attending Purdue
University in Ft. Wayne Indiana, he
quickly found success as an actor
in numerous theme parks and onboard
major cruise lines.
Since then, Josh has been seen in major musical theatre productions including Mamma Mia! at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Smokey Joe's Cafe and Xanadu at Music Theatre Wichita, Rent at Forestburgh Playhouse, the world premiere of High School Musical 2 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, and on the first National Equity Tour of Rock of Ages.
Josh was also seen on Broadway in Rock of Ages where he covered numerous leading roles and as swing in the highly controversial production, Spider-man : Turn off the Dark.
His writing, composing, directing, and work as a choreographer has taken him all over the world and after years on the stage, Josh is now thrilled to find a home at ASA, guiding, nurturing, and pushing actors to fulfill their dreams in NYC and abroad.
Josh prides himself on having the experience of working on almost every Equity contract, understanding the arduous steps it takes to build a career in theatre, and using that experience to advise ASA clients to take logical and exciting steps towards all the opportunities show business has to offer.
Ann Steele Agency has proudly represented clients for theatre, film, television, and new media in New York City for over 20 years. ASA clients have worked in major theatre productions such as School of Rock, Beautiful, Harry Potter - And the Cursed Child, The Lion King, Cabaret, Something Rotten, Newsies, The Book of Mormon, Rock of Ages, Motown, Sideshow, Here Lies Love, Jersey Boys, Porgy and Bess, Spiderman-Turn Off The Dark, Billy Elliot, The Producers, Phantom, Wicked, Cats, The King and I, and in numerous films like Run All Night, The Hateful 8, The Sacrament, No Country for Old Men, The World According to Garp, Platoon, West Side Story, and in television shows such as: Chicago Fire, The Marvelous Mrs. Maizel, The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, Chicago Med, Madam Secretary, House of Cards, Louie, Orange Is the New Black, Amy Schumer, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Mozart in the Jungle, Boardwalk Empire, Alpha House, Deadbeat, Forever, Law & Order, The Good Wife, the Ken Burns documentaries, The Sopranos, and As the World Turns to name a few. Ann Steel Agency clients often work at major Regional Theatres, such as: LaJolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Yale Rep, Paper Mill, Shakespeare Theatre of DC, Huntington, Portland Center Stage, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Musical Theatre Witchita, Northshore Music Theatre, Sacramento Music Circus, and Westchester Broadway, to name a few.