Talent Agent to Leave Hollywood Biz to Direct Plays By Minghella, Hampton and More

News   Talent Agent to Leave Hollywood Biz to Direct Plays By Minghella, Hampton and More Michael Peretzian, a talent agent at Creative Artists Agency, is leaving his day job to focus on directing for the stage with the help of clients Anthony Minghella, Christopher Hampton, Alexander Dinelaris and more, according to Variety.

Following 38 years as an agent, Peretzian is stepping down at the end of the year. "I turned 66 in May," Peretzian told the trade magazine. "It wasn't as exciting anymore. It felt like time to move on, and when I told my clients, they said, you must do this." Peretzian worked his way up form the William Morris Agency mailroom before moving over to CAA. Directing projects on the side, he earned an L.A. Drama Critics Award for Hugh Leonard's A Life. His dual roles earned him such playwright clients as Beth Henley, Mark Medoff, Jon Robin Baitz and Minghella.

Among the projects Peretzian has lined up include a Minghella radio play Cigarettes and Chocolate, a revival of Hampton's Tales From Hollywood and Alexander Dinelaris' Red Dog Howls — the latter already has Kathleen Chalfant (Angels in America, Wit) attached.