Paonessa Talent Agency is a boutique agency representing a broad range of ethnicities, and is dedicated to seeking out, managing, and guiding the careers of actors. PTA is fiercely dedicated to diversity and inclusion, and was the first agency in Chicago to open a trans/non-binary division. PTA prides itself on providing individual focus to its talent to ensure they have the tools and training necessary for ultimate success. Further, PTA is an inclusive company and strives to put the needs of its employees and clients first, while maintaining a professional and positive atmosphere. We are SAG/AFTRA and Equity franchised with a strong Non-Union division.

Paonessa Talent Agency, LLC works to meet our clients and casting directors needs. Our facility is equipped to do on-camera auditions.


Fun Fact: The word Paonessa derives from the Italian word for female peacock! 

Meet the Team

Marisa Paonessa, President/Agent

Marisa Paonessa is originally from Albany, New York and graduated with a BFA in Acting from State University of New York at Fredonia. She moved to Chicago in August of 1999 to start her career. Marisa has worked in promotional advertising, as a casting associate and tour manager for Chicago theatre. After realizing her passion for helping Chicago actors, she interned at a talent agency and was soon hired on as an agent. Her former clients urged her to start her own agency, and in January 2010 she opened her own doors. Marisa believes in cultivating personal relationships, giving individual attention and helping guide her talents' careers. When Marisa isn't working she's most likely on the phone with her mother.

Siobhan Reddy-Best, Talent Agent


Siobhan is delighted to join the team at Paonessa! Originally from Providence, RI, Siobhan has been acting since she was a child. After teaching acting classes to children in her hometown, Siobhan moved to Chicago, where she has worked with Muse of Fire, Collaboraction, and Lifeline Theatre. Siobhan used her experience as a performer to teach sexual assault prevention classes with Catharsis Productions. She is looking forward to bringing her acting experience to the other side of the table in order to serve the talented clients at Paonessa. Siobhan is a proud graduate of Vassar College.


Kelly Hovsepian, Talent Agent

Kelly is originally from the Detroit area. She came to Chicago in 2009 to attend Columbia College, where she graduated from in 2013 with a degree in Film & Television. She worked as a Casting PA for the talent shows The Voice and The X- Factor and worked as a Casting Director on independent and short films. From 2015-2017 Kelly worked as an Assistant Stage Manager at the Raven Theatre. In 2017, she decided to get back into casting and joined Goodman Theatre as the casting intern. Kelly is very excited to be joining the Paonessa team!

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