ISSUE 30 – DECEMBER 2015 (hard copy)
The Wall Street Journal calls Chad Hymas “one of the 10 most inspirational people in the world!”
Chad inspires, motivates, and moves audiences, creating an experience that touches hearts for a lifetime.
He is one of the youngest ever to receive the Council Of Peers Award For Excellence (CPAE) and to be inducted into the prestigious National Speaker Hall Of Fame.
In 2001, at the age of 27, Chad’s life changed in an instant when a 2,000-pound bale of hay shattered his neck leaving him a quadriplegic. But Chad’s dreams were not paralyzed that day – he became an example of what is possible.
Chad is a best-selling author of the book “Doing What Must Be Done”, co-author of the book “The Two Most Important Days” and president of his own Communications Company, Chad Hymas Communications, Inc., and is a recognized world-class wheelchair athlete. In 2003, Chad set a world record by wheeling his chair from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas (513 miles).
Chad’s speaking career in the areas of leadership, team building, customer service, and mastering change has brought him multiple honors. He is the past president of the National Speakers Association Utah chapter and a member of the exclusive elite Speakers Roundtable (one of twenty of the world’s top speakers).
As a member of the National Speakers Association, Chad travels as many as 300,000 miles a year captivating and entertaining audiences around the world. He has graced the stage of hundreds of professional and civic organizations including Wells Fargo, Blue Cross Blue Shield, AT&T, Rainbird, IHC, American Express, Prudential Life, Vast FX, and Merrill Lynch.
Chad speaks as many as 200 times per year on the topics of safety awareness, effective communication, safety leadership, and risk assessment.
ISSUE 29 – November 2015 (hard copy)
Alexia Marian was born on January 11, 1999 in Veracruz, Mexico; whose childhood was full of artistic talents, by delighting family and friends with her craftiness and charisma.
When she was only four years old, she showed her interest in arts and music, by modeling and singing children’s songs to the public without feeling intimidated by her audience.
That’s why after extensive recommendations given to their parents because of her beauty and confidence, they decide to give her the opportunity to show her skills in public.
In 2002 Alexia Marian participates as a model for magazines and modeling agencies of national and international stature.
In 2004 her parents decided to move to Canada with the intention of giving a better future to their children, and hence to continue her modeling career, by participating in television commercials in both the US and Canada; as well as advertisements for various magazines.
When she was 13 years old, Alexia Marian decided to turn around her career following her passion for the music, so she entered a High School with majoring in Arts, and was accepted into a program specially designed for singers and hence to continue with her vocal education.
Along with the support of her parents she got acceptance in the Hispanic and Canadian communities, doing performances at schools, private and public events; such as bullring, festivals, concerts, community centers, as well as in the celebration of the Independence Day done by the Consulate of Mexico, opening the event “Hispanic Heritage” at the City Hall, also opening an event by singing the Canadian national anthem in the city of Markham, and most recently by participating in the 2015 Pan American Games.
She has been interviewed on television and radio, and she has also been promoted in magazines and local newspapers in order to be known in the Spanish and Canadian community, by which and after having both citizenships, she wants to promote her roots and in the same way to thank Canada for the opportunity she has been given.
She hopes to fulfill her schedule by traveling to Mexico this December, to start recording her first album with the help of the well-known Mexican composer, Dan Jara, who will help her introduce songs in salsa – bachata style.
Likewise she is keen to also introduce songs of her own inspiration. This will enable Alexia Marian to have the opportunity to enter to the competitive world of music, whom with her charisma and voice will try to conquer her audience and followers in Mexico, the United States and Canada.
Winner of the “Jack Cronin Arts and Outstanding Ability Spirit” Award, during the year 2014 and having already received several awards for her various performances, that’s why Alexia Marian is thankful of the media for the support they have provided during her career, to continue fulfilling her dream of becoming a professional singer of international stature.
ISSUE 28 – OCTOBER 2015 (hard copy)
Justin Pierre James Trudeau is a Canadian politician, he was born in Ottawa, Ontario on December, 25, 1971. Liberal Party leader, teacher. The eldest son of prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau (the 15th Prime Minister of Canada) and Margaret Trudeau (née Sinclair).
Justin Trudeau initially trained as a teacher in British Columbia.
After a short teaching career, he entered politics, winning the riding of Papineau in Québec in 2008. Trudeau became leader of the Liberal Party on 14 April 2013, winning on the first ballot with nearly 80% of the vote.
The son of famous parents, Justin Trudeau spent his early years in the public eye, and accompanied his father on trips around the world. In contrast, for much of his adult life he led a relatively quiet existence. Trudeau’s parents separated in 1977. After their divorce was finalized in 1984, Pierre moved to Montreal with Justin and his younger brothers Alexandre, or “Sacha,” and Michel.
After completing a Bachelor of Arts in literature at McGill University in 1994, Trudeau and a number of friends went on a year-long trip to see the world. He returned to McGill where he started the Bachelor of Education program; two years later he moved to the west coast and finished his Bachelor of Education in 1998 at the University of British Columbia. From 1999 to 2002 Trudeau taught a number of subjects (eg, drama, French, English, social studies, and math) at West Point Grey Academy and Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School in Vancouver.
While in Vancouver, Trudeau suffered two personal tragedies: the loss of brother Michel in 1998 to an avalanche accident, and the death of his father in 2000 from prostate cancer.
In the intervening period Trudeau tested several different careers. In 2002 he began an engineering degree at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal, but quit the program in 2003; from 2005 to 2006 Trudeau was a Masters student of Environmental Geography at McGill University. Around the same time he became involved with Katimavik, chairing the national youth service program from 2002 to 2006.
Trudeau married Canadian TV and radio host Sophie Grégoire in 2005. The couple has three children, Xavier, Ella-Grace and Hadrien. In 2014, Trudeau published his memoir Common Ground, in which shared his experiences as the son of a prime minister.
The charismatic, young Trudeau also proved to be a rising political force, becoming the Liberal Party’s leader in 2013.
Two years later, Trudeau sought Canada’s highest office. He promised Canadian voters “real change” in his campaign, calling for tax increases for the wealthy and tax cuts for the middle class. He also pledged to protect abortion rights and push through the legalization of marijuana in Canada. A committed environmentalist, Trudeau also stated that he would work on the country’s climate change policies.
“My father’s values and vision of this country obviously form everything I have as values and ideals. But this is not the ghost of my father running for the leadership of the Liberal Party. This is me”.
on October 19th make your voice heard and vote for Real Change now!
ISSUE 27 – September 2015 (hard copy)
You may not know Susan Bennett, but you definitely know her voice!
Susan is a voice actor and singer whose voice has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV commercials for such clients as McDonald’s, Macy’s, Goodyear, Papa John’s, Fisher Price, and more.
She is the voice of Delta Airlines gates worldwide, as well as hundreds of GPS and phone systems, but you probably know her best as the original voice of Siri.
Susan has appeared on nationally televised programs The Queen Latifah Show, CNN, Showbiz Tonight, The Jack & Triumph Show, and she read the Top Ten list for David Letterman after revealing herself as “Siri” in 2013.
Susan was born in Burlington, Vermont, and spent her youth in New England. She was always interested in music and acting, which she pursued during her four years at Brown University, singing in theater productions, and in the jazz band, “Conglomerate.” Susan was the leader of a cappella singing group, The Chattertocks as well.
After graduation, she married NHL hockey player, Curt Bennett, and moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where Curt played for The Atlanta Flames, and Susan began her voiceover and singing career.
Susan toured with Burt Bacharach as a backup singer, and later toured and traveled the world with Roy Orbison, also singing backup vocals, with a featured duet. She sang jingles as well for such clients as Coca Cola, Georgia Power, Kroger, and Krystal restaurants.
It was after a jingle session that Susan was asked to voice a commercial when the voice talent didn’t show up. She discovered it was something she did well and enjoyed, so she took voice coaching, got an agent, and started on a career that is still going strong!
Susan continues to live and work in Atlanta, Georgia, along with second husband guitarist and audio engineer, Rick Hinkle, of Audiocam Music.
Susan and Rick had a private event band called “Interactive!” for more than two decades, and they still continue to work together as a duo, trio, or in their 60’s and 70’s rock and soul band, “Boomers Gone Wild!”
Susan has one child, son Cameron Bennett, who lives in Los Angeles, and works as a photographer and commercial actor.
Check out Susan’s website at susanCbennett
ISSUE 26 – August 2015 (hard copy)
FIRST NAME: Jonathan
LAST NAME: Islas
BIRTH FULL NAME: Jonathan Christian Islas Porras
BORN: November, 1979
BIRTHPLACE: Mexico City, Distrito Federal. Mexico
EYE COLOR: Grey
HAIR COLOR: Brown – Dark
HEIGHT: 5ft 11in (1.80 m)
OCCUPATION: Actor, Model
Jonathan Christian Islas Porras best known as Jonathan Islas is a Mexican actor mainly known for his roles in various telenovelas. Graduated from Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, TX. Moved to Amarillo, TX when he was 4 years old. Studied Theater Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. He is passionate about extreme sports such as motorcycle and skates, between the likes Olympic swimming and gymnastics. As an actor and model has been highlighted in the film, theater and television commercials prestigious trademarks.
La Impostora (2014),
La Madame (2013),
El Rostro de la Venganza (2012),
Los Herederos del Monte (2011),
Flor Salvaje (2011),
A Corazón Abierto (2011),
Ojo por Ojo (2010),
La Diosa Coronada (2010),
Más Sabe el Diablo (2009),
Beautiful But Unlucky (2009),
El Capo (2009),
Amores de Mercado (2006,
La Heredera (2004),
La Vida es una Canción (2004),
Agua y Aceite (2002)
Professional merit 2015 “SOL DE ORO”
Best Actor for co-star “LA IMPOSTORA” by Telemundo and Galavision 2014-2015.
ISSUE 25 – July 2015 (hard copy)
Christine Madeleine Odette Lagarde
Born in Paris in 1956, Christine Lagarde completed high school in Le Havre and attended Holton Arms School in Bethesda (Maryland, USA). She then graduated from law school at University Paris X, and obtaned a Master’s degree from the Political Science Institute in Aix en Provence.
After being admitted as a lawyer to the Paris Bar, Christine Lagarde joined the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie as an associate, specializing in Labor, Anti-trust, and Mergers & Acquisitions. A member of the Executive Committee of the Firm in 1995, Christine Lagarde became the Chairman of the Global Executive Committee of Baker & McKenzie in 1999, and subsequently Chairman of the Global Strategic Committee in 2004.
Christine Lagarde joined the French government in June 2005 as Minister for Foreign Trade. After a brief stint as Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, in June 2007 she became the first woman to hold the post of Finance and Economy Minister of a G-7 country. From July to December 2008, she also chaired the ECOFIN Council, which brings together Economics and Finance Ministers of the European Union.
As a member of the G-20, Christine Lagarde was involved in the Group’s management of the financial crisis, helping to foster international policies related to financial supervision and regulation and to strengthen global economic governance. As Chairman of the G-20 when France took over its presidency for the year 2011, she launched a wide-ranging work agenda on the reform of the international monetary system.
In July 2011, Christine Lagarde became the eleventh Managing Director of the IMF, and the first woman to hold that position. Christine Lagarde was named Officier in the Légion d’honneur in April 2012. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 188 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.
Created in 1945, the IMF is governed by and accountable to the 188 countries that make up its near-global membership.
A former member of the French national team for synchronized swimming, Lagarde is twice divorced and has two sons, Pierre-Henri Lagarde (born 1986) and Thomas Lagarde (born 1988). Since 2006, her partner has been the entrepreneur Xavier Giocanti from Marseille. She is a vegetarian and very rarely drinks alcohol. Her hobbies include regular trips to the gym, cycling and swimming.
ISSUE 24 – JUNE 2015 (hard copy)
Tiago Corrêa`s Mash Up Project
Brazilian musician Tiago Corrêa created the first Mashup Project using a live band, mixing traditional Brazilian musical styles with pop music. The project has received numerous awards and international acclaim as well as over 1.5 million views on Youtube.
Tiago Corrêa is a rising star on the international stage. His music has already been recorded by many great Brazilian artists. A few years ago the singer and producer, began his quest to innovate the Samba style and became known for collecting international awards in contests held by artists as diverse as Lily Allen (UK-2010), John Jegend (USA-2011) and Amanda Palmer (USA-2011).
From the origins of samba that he heard as a child combined with the mix of other genres developed through his work in music production since his teen age years, Corrêa matched styles and created a unique and unprecedented sound: The Mashup Project.
Mashup is a musical style that seeks to unite distinct references, creating a work rich in irony and irreverence that gained prominence through internationally recognized DJs. It was the mixture, the irony and the challenge to revisit Brazil, the originality and copyrights that prompted Corrêa to go beyond and create the first Mashup Project made with a live band.
The project goal? Include Brazil in the pop music scene without stereotypes and prejudices. It was this in mind, seeking to reinterpret Brazil and samba style that Corrêa related references and artists in an interactive project with a mixture of Live Band, DJ and VJ that counts more than 1.5 million views on Youtube, invitations to events around the world and a full schedule of shows.
to learn more visit tiago
ISSUE 23 (hard copy) May 2015
Dr Margaret Chan, from the People’s Republic of China, obtained her medical degree from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She joined the Hong Kong Department of Health in 1978, where her career in public health began.
In 1994, Dr Chan was appointed Director of Health of Hong Kong. In her nine-year tenure as director, she launched new services to prevent the spread of disease and promote better health.
She also introduced new initiatives to improve communicable disease surveillance and response, enhance training for public health professionals, and establish better local and international collaboration.
She effectively managed outbreaks of avian influenza and of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
In 2003, Dr Chan joined WHO as Director of the Department for Protection of the Human Environment. In June 2005, she was appointed Director, Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Response as well as Representative of the Director-General for Pandemic Influenza. In September 2005, she was named Assistant Director-General for Communicable Diseases.
Dr Chan was elected to the post of Director-General on 9 November 2006. The Assembly appointed Dr Chan for a second five-year term at its sixty-fifth session in May 2012.
Dr Chan’s new term will begin on 1 July 2012 and continue until 30 June 2017.
ISSUE 22 (hard copy) April 2015
in an exclusive
interview with DOSmagazine
by Nancy Wilson
What are your family traditions? Growing up, we didn’t have a lot of family traditions. Birthdays and holidays were not overly festive. We had a good time, but it was never “WOW!” When I started cooking, and baking, I basically took over the holidays. I began baking dozens and dozens of different types of cookies and bars for the holidays. I would start over Thanksgiving weekend and bake every chance I got.
It got to the point I was making 40 types of cookies and 15 types of candies. It started the tradition of baking that is now my tradition that I can share with my family and friends.
What Are Your Goals? My immediate goals are to expand both my design and culinary businesses. I think the time is right to go “brick and mortar” and establish permanent homes for both facets of my career. Renting space is fine, but it’s having a work space that truly is your own gives a business both concrete and, for lack of a better word, emotional, stability. I am also exploring the food truck realm. I have concepts for both savory and sweet food trucks. We’ll see what the upcoming months bring!!
What do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses? My greatest strength is my communication skills. I hear that again and again from my clients. I’m a pretty chatty guy, but I know how to listen, and literally feel my clients’ needs. Approaching either design or culinary projects from the client’s perspective by listening to their goals and bringing those dreams to fruition is accomplished only through great communication. My greatest weakness is not saying “No” often enough. Sometimes it is okay to turn down work. I am still working on that. The entrepreneur in me always needs to say “YES!”, while the exhausted laborer in me is pulling in the other direction.
What has been the greatest disappointment in your life? My greatest disappointment in my life is not having my parents see what has happened to my career. I think, no, I know the combination of being a chef and a designer confused them. I just wish they could be here to see how really well it all fits together. But as parents, I’m sure they would have found something else to worry about!!
Is there a chef you admire the most? Who and why? There are so many chefs I admire. I know what it takes to reach the heights of that career, so my awe is wide-spread. That being said, I can’t say enough about Jean-Georges Vongerichten. I have had the pleasure of enjoying his food over a dozen times, and am always impressed. He even offered me a stage when he was operating a restaurant in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His kindness, knowledge and generosity are legend. He is an inspiration to me every day.
What is your favorite food to eat? I have the ability to truly enjoy whatever is in front of me!! But, I have to say I truly enjoy bacon to the fullest extent of the law!! No one should consume as much bacon as I do. Thank God I like to work out!!
What is your favorite cuisine to cook? Baking will always be my first love as it is how I entered the culinary field, but I love Asian cuisine. Right now I am exploring Korean Banchan dishes served as accompaniments to the main meal, and Chinese Dim Sum. There is so much I want to learn in these two areas. They are my obsessions right now.
What is your favorite wine? Champagne. Hands down!! Give me good quality bubbles, not too sweet, and I am one happy guy. I’m an Extra Dry man myself.
Tell me about a difficult situation and how you handled it? The one difficult situation that I am faced with time and time again is budget. There is often a huge budgetary gap between the dream designs that people desire versus what they can afford. It’s always difficult to tell clients that they cannot have certain things that they have hoped for, but the key to alleviating that disappointment is to have them prioritize their must-haves as opposed to their design fantasies. This brings it back to communication. By emphasizing how I can design a beautiful space around their needs often softens the blow of not being able to give them that $10,000, built-in espresso machine they had been longing for.
Could you talk a little bit about how you approach lighting in the kitchen? Lighting is everything in the kitchen, but the key is how to control that lighting to suit space for both entertaining and preparation. I am all about recessed lighting on dimmers. As a chef, I need tons of great light for preparation. When someone loves to cook, and the prep work involved is extensive at times, they need light not just to see the work areas better, but as to not fatigue the eyes. I’ve heard so many home cooks complain that they are exhausted by the time their guests arrive. Often, it wasn’t the work that was draining, it was the strain on their eyes due to poor lighting. While task lighting is important, being able to tone it down as the evening progresses is just as important. Dimmers on all light fixtures and recessed lights allow the home owner to set the mood once the culinary work is done, allowing for softer lighting allows guests, and the hosts, to relax.
Can you describe a time when your work was criticized? I have been very fortunate in that I haven’t received a great deal of criticism of my work. The clients I work with through my own business, Terry John Zila Consulting and Design, are all referral. They’ve heard about my process and have sought me out for that reason. But, the one complaint experienced when I began in the design field working for another company was price. Many people could not comprehend why I could not give them a new bathroom for $5,000 or a new kitchen for $7,000. These were actual financial expectations potential clients had. Many of them would take to the internet and complain about this and question why it was “so expensive.” The lesson I learned from this is that you can’t compete with a pre-conceived conception. I taught myself to gently educate clients through price lists and historical data. Sometimes they would understand, sometimes, well, let’s just say those meetings made me look forward to eating a huge plate of bacon, washed down with Champagne. We all have our coping mechanisms.
ISSUE 21 (hard copy) March 2015
Mortgage Broker and CAWEE President
Lois Volk is a mortgage broker with over 25 years experience in the GTA. She provides professional confidential service and expert mortgage advice to clients who are purchasing new properties or refinancing. Her areas of specialization include residential and commercial mortgages, pre-approvals, rental properties, self-employed borrowers, new immigrants, poor credit, debt consolidation, and home equity lines of credit. With access to mortgage products from over 40 lenders including banks, trust companies, mortgage corporations and private sources she will find the best mortgage solution for any borrower. And better yet, her services are paid for by the lenders so there is not cost to the borrower!.
‘The mission of CAWEE is to provide opportunities for women to empower other women in the development and advancement of their business and professional lives; fostering financial independence, professional development and personal satisfaction.’ To accomplish this CAWEE hosts a variety of events throughout the year including monthly networking breakfasts, after work events, lunch and learns, and other special events such as an evening to mark International Women’s Day, Spring Into Summer event, Tea at the King Edward Hotel, a golf tournament and a Seasonal party in December.
CAWEE is known as an organization that provides high quality networking and social activities. There are opportunities for members to showcase their own talents and to learn from special guests who are successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. At every function there is time to network, to meet new members and guests and to expand the relationships you’ve already established.
The reasons I joined CAWEE were to grow my business and to meet like-minded women but it’s given me much more than that. I’ve met so many talented and energetic women who have also become my friends. Volunteering on a committee and the Board has given me the opportunity to continue to develop my leadership skills which, in turn, enhances the way I conduct my business. I’ve also had several referrals for my business and I know when I refer clients to other CAWEE members they will receive excellent advice and service.
Guests are always welcome at CAWEE events and if you aren’t already a member, or haven’t attended one of our meetings, we would love to meet you soon. Check our website for details and registration for all our upcoming events.
ISSUE 20 (hard copy) February 2015
rock band Velocette
Osmar Barcellos Junior, known by stage name BJ is singer and frontman of the rock band Velocette.
Taurus, born in May, 1st 1982 in São Paulo, the musician and songwriter started studying guitar at the age 6, followed by the piano and singing studies.
Having Elvis Presley as his biggest influence, BJwas briefly part of other bands playing different music styles.
In 1998 BJ created the cult and underground band Redskadu that had great success at the indie scenario doing shows in all corners of parents dragging a large young audience.
In 2009, in the city of Santana de Parnaiba, state of São Paulo, BJ founded VELOCETTE, which had the concern of transforming a concert into a show and offering the fans a real performance.
In 2009, BJ leader and frontman of Velocette, got together with another 2 musicians, Sandro writing and producing, right after came Edgar as the drummer and around June of 2010 released a 6 tracks EP.
The first released song “Não é Fácil”, became the first video of the band, broadcasted online on the official website of the band, which has today has more than one million and a half access.
In July of 2010, the single “Viva Intensamente” was released online and due to the huge acceptance of the viewers, ended up as a second video.
This second one was all made as an animation and was broadcasted by MTV Brasil, remaining weeks among the most viewed videos on MTV Brasil website.
In June of 2011, the video of the single “Pra Nunca Ter Fim”, featuring Talita Rock, was released, broadcasted nationally by MTV Brasil, Multi show among other Brazilian channels.
Today in 2015 Velocette launches its new studio album, is now available on iTunes and in major medias electronics the world level, soon begins National Tourney with projections and expectations for international shows with a view to the general public in neighboring countries. velocetterock
ISSUE 19 (hard copy) JANUARY 2015
Kristin Dawn Chenoweth was born on July 24, 1968 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, (United States) and was soon adopted into the Chenoweth family. Chenoweth, who now goes by Kristin, showed an interest in performance at an early age, when she started singing gospel songs at church and acting in school plays. The petite performer wore multiple hats in high school, doing ballet, opera, acting and singing. Height: 1.50m. Raised as a practicing Christian, Chenoweth often speaks of the importance of faith in her life. The singer even recorded an album in 2005, As I Am, which includes a mix of gospel hymns and contemporary Christian music. Her liberal social views ran afoul of some conservative Christian groups, though, after she publicly pronounced her support for gay rights. On the other side of the issue, many of her gay fans were upset that she appeared on The 700 Club with Pat Robertson, on the Christian Broadcasting Network. Chenoweth’s struggle with straddling the two worlds became artistic fodder for boyfriend Sorkin, and Chenoweth soon found herself mirrored as a character on his short-lived television series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
In 2007, Chenoweth went back to television as a cast member of Pushing Daisies (2007-09). She earned an Emmy Award for her quirky comedic performance. In 2008, she had a supporting role as Reese Witherspoon’s on-screen sister in the romantic comedy Four Christmases. Chenoweth appeared on FOX’s hit television show Glee in 2010, where, much to the enjoyment of fans, she was able to show off both her singing and screen-acting skills. She was nominated for an Emmy for her performance on the show, and due to popular demand, was written back in for episodes airing in 2011.
When it comes to her career and personal life, Chenoweth knows a thing or two about being a million places at once. The trick for this talented actress seems to be multi-tasking. “You’ve got to find ways to breathe while you’re dancing so that when it comes time for you to stop and sing again, you have it,” she once said.
Emmy and Tony Award winning actress and singer, Kristin Chenoweth, takes the lead in a career that spans film, television, voiceover and stage, effortlessly. She received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on the ABC series Pushing Daisies (Pushing Daisies was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award for “Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy.”) More recently, Chenoweth lit up the stage of McKinley High as a former student who returned to town with more than the baggage from her flight, on Fox’s hit comedy, Glee. In her role as Glee’s quirky ex-songstress, April Rhodes, she was nominated for two Emmy Awards and a People’s Choice Award in the category of “Favorite TV Guest Star.” Though Kristin has often come into our livingrooms on hit shows such as The West Wing (where she starred as Annabeth Schott) and as a guest judge on both American Idol and Project Runway, she may be most remembered by Broadway lovers everywhere for her origination of the role of Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked, which earned her a Tony Award Nomination, and her Tony-winning performance in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, for which she stole the show and many hearts in the process.
Last spring, Chenoweth once again reinvented herself, starring as a poisonous frog named Gabi in the hit animated film Rio 2. She also appeared in a guest arc on the TV Land series “Kirstie” and reprised her nominated role in the 100th episode of “Glee.” Last May, she returned to the famed Carnegie Hall for a sold-out concert. Her first solo-concert at Carnegie Hall was in 2004, also to a sold-out audience. On stage, she performed songs from her album, Some Lessons Learned, as well as some of her most memorable songs from Broadway’s Wicked, Promises Promises, and TV’s Glee. Last July, she performed “An Evening With…” show at London’s grade one listed and highly prestigious concert hall the Royal Albert Hall, in which she received a record-breaking standing ovation from the sold-out crowd. Last September, she was featured in the Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of our National Anthem, a concert special honoring the 200th anniversary of our national anthem, in Baltimore, Maryland. The event was televised live on PBS as part of the network’s Great Performances series.
Chenoweth recently hosted the PBS Arts Fall Festival, which featured classic Broadway hits, music from around the country and theatre performances. The festival included her own concert performance, Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home, where she performed a career-spanning concert in her hometown of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The concert was released as a live CD and DVD, and aired as a PBS television special Thanksgiving weekend. Chenoweth will next be seen on-screen in the Universal film The Boy Next Door, alongside Jennifer Lopez, and in the animated Lucasfilm fairy tale musical Strange Magic, both set to be released on January 23. She will also be seen in the film The Opposite Sex, releasing in January. She’s completed production on the indie teen drama entitled Hard Sell and the Disney Channel’s live-action original movie Descendants, in which she will play the classic Sleeping Beauty villain Maleficent.
Chenoweth will return to Broadway, playing the glamorous film star, Lily Garland, in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s 20-week limited engagement of On the Twentieth Century in March. A veteran of the concert stage, Kristin has performed to sold-out crowds in concert halls across the country. In 2013, she made her Australian national touring debut, headlining the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and performing at the famed Sydney Opera House. She made national headlines with her stunning renditions of Hollywood’s most beloved songs from classic films, when she performed to a sold-out crowd at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 2013, Kristin also performed to a sold-out audience at The Allen Room in New York’s acclaimed Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, with her show – Kristin Chenoweth: The Dames of Broadway… All of ‘Em!!!, directed by Richard Jay Alexander, which also aired on PBS.
Additional touring highlights include: a sold-out Los Angeles solo debut at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, a sold-out solo concert at The Metropolitan Opera House – and the third theater star ever to present a solo concert at the MET, an evening at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, the Washington National Opera’s 50th Anniversary Gala with Placido Domingo, a solo concert at Sam Mendes’ acclaimed, Donmar Warehouse, as part of the Divas at Donmar series, and collaborations with renowned symphonies, including – The New York Philharmonic, Boston Pops, National Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony.
In addition to her starring roles on stage and screen, in 2009, Kristin also wrote an upliftingly candid, comedic chronicle of her life so far, in, A Little Bit Wicked, which was released by Simon & Schuster, and debuted at # 12 on the New York Times Hardcover Non-Fiction Best Seller List.mIt’s no secret that Kristin wears her heart on her sleeve when it comes to her love of theater, which was the catalyst for her charity partnership with the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center (BA PAC) Foundation in her home town in Oklahoma. The Kristin Chenoweth Theater at the BA PAC, renamed in 2012 to celebrate its biggest advocate, supporter and celebrated role model to aspiring hometown performers, welcomes internationally acclaimed concert artists and Broadway productions, provides educational outreach and master classes with touring artists, after-school and summer arts institutes, scholarship programs, community enrichment and opportunities for students to travel and perform on a national level.
Kristin is also a passionate supporter of charities which dedicate their time and efforts to helping those in need, such as: the Kristin Chenoweth Art & Education Fund, The Red Cross, Broadway Cares EFA, The Point Foundation, ASTEP, breast cancer awareness, adoption advocacy and organizations supporting animal welfare.
Chenoweth earned a Bachelor’s degree in Musical Theater and a Master’s degree in Opera Performance from Oklahoma City University. She was also presented with Honorary Doctorate degrees from both the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and her alma mater, Oklahoma City University. Kristin is an inductee into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, as well as the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.