Carlyne Grager began her career in the entertainment industry over 25 years ago with the founding of The Northwest Connection, a Seattle based non-profit organization dedicated to assisting young artists with establishing their professional film and television careers.
The Northwest Connection also worked with the Regional SAG office, Seattle Film Commission and Washington State Film Office to watchdog suspicious activities regarding the entertainment industry and possible scam operations in the Northwest. As a community service, Carlyne volunteered her time working with the King County Public Library System to conduct free public seminars, The Business of Show Business. During this time, she met Judy Kerr, top Hollywood acting set coach (Seinfeld) and author of the #1 Best Selling book about branding and marketing oneself as an actor in Hollywood, Acting is Everything. Carlyne was asked by Kerr to help collaborate on the Child Actor and Outside Market sections of her critically acclaimed book.
In 1997, Carlyne purchased Dramatic Artists Agency in Seattle with partner, Nancy Fox who later retired selling Carlyne her interest in the agency. In 2004, Carlyne founded Dramatic Artists Agency, LA with an office in the Hollywood market. Through the years, Carlyne has overseen the additions of the Voiceover, Youth and recent Literary Division to the already existing Theatrical, Stage, Commercial and Print Divisions of the agency. Carlyne has always been a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion. She has been a dedicated warrior in fighting to protect her client’s rights and those of other entertainers throughout the industry while working to assist them in achieving their career goals. Under Carlyne’s representation and PR guidance, Dramatic Artists clients have been involved in several high-profile awards campaigns. Carlyne has worked in conjunction with all the major studio and network public relations departments to promote her clients and the projects in which they star. She has been privileged to work with great directors and producers in both film and television. Carlyne’s legendary clients have included Carol Channing, Rose Marie, Tippi Hedren and Rip Taylor. Across the divisions of her agency, Carlyne’s clients have starred in Oscar winning films, Emmy winning television and Tony winning Broadway Plays.
Carlyne is a graduate of Bellevue College and Cornish School of the Arts in Seattle. She is married to her business partner, banking and finance executive, Larry Grager. They have four grown children and three grandchildren.