Duane Sharp brings a unique background and skill set to his career as a real estate broker. As a talent agent with Karen Stavins Enterprises for over 18 years, he has significant experience representing and advocating for his actor clients, negotiating contracts, and providing a high level of service to several major companies, including United Airlines, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and the National Association of Realtors, among others. Duane has also worked for over two decades as a professional film, television, and stage actor, as well as a role player in Negotiation, Management, and Sales Training programs. As a realtor, he is now excited to bring these communication, negotiation, and sales skills together to work for his residential real estate clients, helping both buyers and sellers realize their goals.
When working with clients, Duane puts his focus on listening closely and responding quickly to their needs. He understands that both the selling and buying processes can be stressful and that arguments can arise, so his consistent strategy is to find ways to transform the conflict into collaboration—a philosophy that has served him and his clients well under even very tense circumstances.
Duane is a longtime resident of Chicago and its surrounding suburbs, and has particular expertise in the city real estate markets of Rogers Park and Lincoln Square, as well as the Skokie, Niles, and Morton Grove areas. A graduate of the University of Kansas’ theater program, he has appeared on several of Chicago’s most respected stages—including the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare, and Court Theatre—and is a founding member of Shaw Chicago, the city’s premier interpreters of dramatist George Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries. His film credits include appearances in Chicago Fire, Road to Perdition, Stir of Echoes and Early Edition. Duane is also an avid participant in combat sports, holding a black belt in Shidokan Karate and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the tutelage of Carlson Gracie, Jr.