Growing up the daughter of a music teacher, Kat Perkins has been singing, dancing, and performing for just about as long as she can remember. At just 15 years old, she made the move to the Twin Cities from rural North Dakota and her professional career began as she became a success in the Minneapolis-St. Paul theatre scene.
Over the years, Perkins has performed and recorded with her bands Scarlet Haze, Northern Comfort, and SKITZOfrenic. Scarlet Haze’s third record came out February of 2012 and was produced by James ‘Fluff’ Harley of World Record Productions and the debut single features Guns N’ Roses guitars Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, Nine Inch Nails drummer Ilan Rubin, Grammy-nominated producer Joe Marlett (Foo Fighters, Korn) and her current musical director Eric Warner.
Perkins recently found herself in the national spotlight on NBC’s THE VOICE as a Top 5 contestant coached by Adam Levine (of Maroon 5). Her single, “Fearless” was produced by John Fields (Pink, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez) and independently hit #5 upon release on the iTunes charts.
When not on stage, you can usually find Perkins nannying, writing, recording and constantly coming up with new projects as well as managing other bands in the business. She speaks at many schools also.
Phil Rosenthal was born in Queens, raised in Rockland, N.Y., and attended Hofstra University on Long Island. Starting out as an actor in New York, Rosenthal also wrote and directed theater before relocating to Los Angeles.
Rosenthal’s early writing credits include the series “Down the Shore” and “Coach”. He was the creator/executive producer of the hit CBS comedy, “Everybody Loves Raymond”, staying with the show for its entire nine season run, beginning in l996. “Everybody Loves Raymond” was nominated for over 70 Emmy awards, and won 15 times, including for Best Comedy Series in 2003 and 2005.
Rosenthal has the distinction of having directed President Bill Clinton in the White House Correspondents Dinner video, which was shown to wide acclaim at the April, 2000 event. He co-wrote “America: A Tribute to Heroes”, the 9/11 telethon which aired on all four networks, won a Peabody Award and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing. Rosenthal won the 2002 Writers Guild Award for Excellence in Television Writing for his “Everybody Loves Raymond” script, “Italy”. He returned to his roots as an actor in the James Brooks feature film “Spanglish”, in which he played Adam Sandler’s sous chef. He also appeared in “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, Jake Kasdan’s feature ”The TV Set”, “The Simpsons Movie”, and starred in Funny or Die’s “Jewish James Bond” as James Bond. Rosenthal is the author of “You’re Lucky You’re Funny: How Life Becomes a Sitcom”. His first feature for Sony Pictures: “Exporting Raymond”, which he wrote and directed, the true story about the attempt to turn “Everybody Loves Raymond” into a Russian sitcom, was released in April of 2011. In 2014 Rosenthal participated in the Emmy nominated CNN documentary series, “The Sixties” and is the host of a new food and travel series for PBS: “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having”.
Rosenthal lives in Los Angeles, with his wife, actress Monica Horan (who played Amy on “Everybody Loves Raymond”), and their two children.
10:15AM (PST) – Miranda Esmonde White, Wellness Expert, Anti-aging Specialist, and author of the NY Times Bestseller, “Aging Backwards: Reverse the Aging Process and Look 10 Years Younger in 30 Minutes a Day”
Miranda Esmonde-White is one of America’s greatest advocates and educators of healthy aging. She is best known for her PBS fitness show, Classical Stretch, which has been airing since 1999 and is rated the #1 fitness show on the network, and for creating Essentrics—the technique which Classical Stretch is based on. Esmonde-White has filmed over 300 episodes of Classical Stretch workouts, most of them distributed worldwide on DVD. Following her career as a professional ballerina, Miranda developed Essentrics, and became a flexibility trainer and consultant to numerous professional and Olympic athletes, celebrities and other notable clients.
Miranda’s New York Times bestselling book, Aging Backwards, is revolutionizing the way we understand the role that fitness plays in slowing down the aging process by keeping our bodies young, attractive, strong and healthy. Based in Montreal, Miranda spends her time developing the technique, writing and training new instructors. She also travels extensively giving lectures, leading weeklong teacher training sessions and hosting fitness retreats.
Louise Pentland is an English lifestyle vlogger best known as Sprinkle of Glitter, a popular YouTube channel where she shares her love of life, family, beauty products (she’s kinda obsessed!), fashion, and fun. The things she enjoys most in life are the small moments that fill the heart and the soul. She lives in Northampton with her daughter Darcy (a.k.a. Baby Glitter).
Maybe you’ve never heard of Rob Paulsen. But you’ve heard him. A lot. Maybe you don’t know Rob Paulsen, but you know Pinky and the Brain, Animaniacs, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius, and most of the other animated projects that Paulsen has been part of as a voice actor for nearly three decades. With over 2,000 (yes, that’s right) half-hour programs and dozens of films, video games, and other animated media to his credit, Paulsen has been one of the hardest working, most in-demand, and most beloved voice artists in the industry. A Daytime Emmy, Peabody, and three-time Annie winner, he’s also launched a successful podcast (“Talkin’ Toons”) about the animation industry and art of voice acting, and has started performing “Animaniacs Live!”, a traveling live show that brings the magic of the legendary series to symphony orchestra halls and comedy festivals all around the country.
Born in Detroit and attending high school in Grand Blanc, the proud Michigander soon realized that he “didn’t quite have the talent, temperament, nor dental insurance to become a professional hockey player.” Paulsen quickly turned to his second love, music, as a way of making a career for himself. More than just a would-be rock band frontman, Paulsen listened to a wide variety of music and learned how to read music. That time and dedication to the craft, he believes, started to train his ear, eye, and voice to work together in a wide array of styles. He didn’t realize it at the time, but those are exactly the kind of skills that makes for a great voice actor. Arriving in Los Angeles in the late 1970s, he intended to pursue live action work, and indeed appeared in guest roles on shows like St. Elsewhere and MacGyver, and in Brian DePalma’s Body Double. He also studied at the Groundlings, Los Angeles’ legendary comedy/improvisation troupe, where he befriended and had the opportunity to work with some of the group’s notable members like Phil Hartman, Paul Reubens, Lynne Marie Stewart, John Paragon, Cassandra Peterson, and Laraine Newman. The training added to Paulsen’s comedy skills, and allowed him to pursue a passion he had harbored since childhood. British influence would provide the inspiration for the unlikely voice of the lab rat, Pinky, whose foolish, good-natured British twang is the perfect counterpoint to the Brain’s sinister, dead-on reimagining of Orson Welles as voiced by Maurice LaMarche. While Pinky and the Brain was still a ways off, some early voice work on series such as the animated G.I. Joe brought Paulsen in contact with the world of professional voice actors at a time when the profession and the industry was just about to explode. Along with industry vets like Frank Welker, Tress MacNeille, Billy West, John DiMaggio, and LaMarche, Paulsen became a part of the “next generation” of great voice artists following in the tradition of Mel Blanc, June Foray, Arthur Q. Bryan, Hans Conried, Don Messick, and Bea Benadaret. G.I. Joe lead to an audition at Hanna-Barbara for a revival of the classic series Jonny Quest. Paulsen landed the role of Hadji, Jonny’s Indian-born adopted brother, and he knew he had found a career. Paulsen credits veteran television director Gordon Hunt for casting him and mentoring him at a key point in his career.
That early success came right at the advent of the cable revolution and the millennial baby boom, and there was suddenly a demand for family-oriented programming that would enchant young viewers as well as their parents – parents who had their own connections and memories to animation from years of growing up watching cartoons on Saturday morning. Disney, Warner Brothers, and Hanna-Barbara all started reviving old series and creating new ones, while networks like Nickelodeon and syndication outlets began demanding more original daytime programming. Paulsen and his colleagues have worked for all of them, using their incredible talents to literally bring to life some of the most beloved original characters of a generation while simultaneously bringing back to life the classic characters of yesteryear. Paulsen’s credits are too numerous to detail, and he has a strong, intuitive emotional connection to many of his more beloved characters. But it’s only recently that he’s begun to realize how much his work has shaped the lives of viewers in unexpected ways. You see, Paulsen was the original voice of Raphael on the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle series – an early project that unexpectedly became a pop culture sensation. A quarter of a century after that original series, Paulsen was approached about doing the reboot of TMNT – but to audition for Donatello. It turned out that the new producers had been raised on the original series and were thrilled that Paulsen might be available to work with them. That generation of millennials who grew up in the world of Paulsen’s characters are now his colleagues. Beyond that, Paulsen has also been made deeply aware of the impact of his work beyond the industry. That’s one of the reasons Paulsen has been more active recently in reaching more people and reminding them of the ways in which being passionate about your career can provide a lifetime of happiness. His podcasts features chats with the many industry professionals he has worked with over the years reflecting on the personal and cultural value of their work. He’s also been given permission by Steven Spielberg and Warner Brothers to produce “Animaniacs Live”, which Paulsen performs with the Emmy-winning writer of series’ most beloved songs, Randy Rogel. That program, which can be performed with a full symphony orchestra or as a cabaret-sized two-person show, features Paulsen singing some of the series’ memorable musical numbers with live accompaniment while the cartoon plays on a screen.