William Close

A performer for 20 years, William Close is a musician, lecturer and inventor who has created over 50 musical instruments, including the Earth Harp. William first set up the Earth Harp, the world’s largest harp, across a valley that extended 1,000 feet. He has developed many musical instruments, experiences and designs that are completely new to the world. His vision and ideas have been presented and celebrated all around the planet. William offers a truly unique and creative speaking experience!

William magnificent presentations on stage often include one or more of his incredible instruments such as the Earth Harp, Aqua Tar, Drum Jacket along with others. He transports the audience through his unique and inventive world with words along with his musical performance. William’s lectures are very interactive as he gets the audience involved in the music, and the creation of their own design!

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PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

Musical Performance and Lecture
William has an immense collection of unique musical presentations, each one sculpted to that particular venue and audience. He has created a 90-minute show that fuses all of his instruments into a musical experience that is based in Rock, Classical and world music.
Familiar pieces such as Kashmir by Led Zeppelin, Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven or Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd along with original music created for the instruments. Each musical masterpiece introduces a new instrument such as the most famous Earth Harp, the Aquatar, Drum Cloud, Chime Sword, Drum Jacket, Violin Jacket, Long Bow Harp, Drumbrella, Wing Harp, Drum Orb and even Aerial Instruments!

William has done extensive educating, lecturing, and workshops through the years. His lectures incorporate his musical inventions along with other powerful themes that relate to his experience, such as design, architecture, science, travel, sculpture, sound, invention, acoustics innovation. etc.

William often has some of his instruments on stage with him, allowing for an interactive verbal and musical experience with the audience.


In addition to his musical performance William will share:
  • The science and construction of the perfect acoustics for any venue.
  • Installation art as a sculptural concept, developed over the past decade.
  • The building and fabrication of each of his instruments.
  • How sailboats and architecture along with the study of sculpture and sound design play an integral role for this musical genius.
  • How to push the boundaries and always look for the fusion of music that is powerful, epic and emotional!

Innovative Entertainment
William Close has developed many musical instruments, experiences and designs that are completely new to the world. His incredible vision and unique ideas have been presented and celebrated all around the planet.

William will transport your audience with his one-of-a-kind presentations and take you on a journey through his uniquely innovative process of using the power of his musical performances combined with interactive lectures.

With the help of audience participation, William teaches how to create a personal musical design.

In this presentation your audience will discover the power of:

  • The birth of an innovative idea and the vision it takes to bring it to life.
  • The creative process of developing a never before thought of concept.
  • Using science and imagination to bring your creation to life.
 William has performed at world-renowned festivals including:
  • The Grand Theater at the Shanghai International Arts Festival
  • Grand Auditorium at the Macau International Arts Festival
  • The Coliseum in Rome for La Notte Bianca
  • A 9th Century Mid-Evil Castle in Italy for the Verrucchio Festival
  • The Teatro Municipal in Sao Paulo for Virada Cultural
  • The Space Needle in Seattle for Bumbershoot
  • Lollapalooza
  • Coachella
  • Lightning in a Bottle
  • Miami Sleepless Nights

In addition, William and The Earth Harp have stunned audiences with his full-length performances at performing arts centers including:

  • The Kennedy Center
  • The Alys Stephens Center
  • The Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
  • The Carnegie Science Center
  • The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture
  • The Centre in Kerikeri, New Zealand
  • William has also worked with Top Fortune 500 companies including
    • IBM
    • Samsung
    • Microsoft
    • CNN
    • Toyota
    • The NFL
    • …. and many more.
  • The Earth Harp has a permanent installation at Cirque du Soleil’s show “Ka” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

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Full Biography

William Close is an artist and musician that has developed over 100 new types of musical instruments. He is the inventor of the majestic stringed instrument “The Earth Harp”. The Earth Harp is the largest stringed instrument on the planet. Some of Closes other instruments include, The Drum Orb, The Percussion Jacket, The Aquatar, the Wing Harp, Drumbrella to name a few.

William is the Founder and Artistic Director of EarthHarp Collective and MASS Ensemble. MASS is an acronym for music architecture sound and sculpture. The groups work with his unique designs to create music based stage shows that push the envelope of the musical experience.

Close has traveled extensively around the planet performing and inventing new musical experiences. William has inspired millions with his unique musical works. He recently finished third as Americas most talented on the television show “Americas got Talent”.

William studied sculpture and sound design at the Art Institute of Chicago. His unique combination of sculpture, music and installation art blossomed into a new genera of music making designs and his installations and performances have been experienced throughout the world. He has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Lincoln Center in New York, to the Coliseum in Rome, The Grand Theater in Macau and Hong Kong just to name a few.

William’s work has transformed concepts of musical instruments and musical performances. His open-minded cutting edge thinking continues to create new designs in music, musical concepts and shows.

The Earth Harp is the largest stringed instrument on the planet. It was developed by William in 1999. The body of the instrument rests on the stage and the strings travel out over the audience attaching to the back of the theater, turning the theater / concert hall, architecture and landscape into the instrument. The giant long strings are played with violin rosin covered gloves. The player runs their hands along the strings creating beautiful cello like tones. The reason it is titled the Earth Harp is due to the fact that the first time it was installed, the strings ran from one side of a valley 1000 ft. across to the other side, turning the Earth / landscape into a giant harp. The Earth Harp has been installed around the world. The Strings have stretched to the top of the Seattle Space needle, To Temples in Vietnam, in the famous Grand Theater of Macau, The Coliseum in Rome, Amazing Architecture in Hong Kong and India, to the Kennedy Center and Lincoln center in the United States.

William’s work explores the connection between architecture and music. Inspired by the quote “architecture is frozen music”, Close creates musical installations that use the architecture as part of the instrument. He has developed two Symphonic / musical houses working with architects to build the musical instruments into the architecture. The Houses are truly musical instruments.

William Close’s ideas and experiences are very unique. In 2007 William lost everything he had to the wild fires of California. His home studio and all his inventions and instruments were destroyed. Everything was gone! William persevered, rebuilding new and better versions of the instruments, a new studio and he has just finished rebuilding the house into an amazing new piece of musical architecture in place of the old house The experiences that surrounded these events were powerful and transformative for William. Through these hardships William has grown and expanded as both an artist and a person. He and his partner Sarah just welcomed their new son in their newly rebuilt home – they named him Phoenix.

Gary Marlon Suson

9/11 photographer Gary Marlon Suson lives in New York City. On September 11, 2001, his life, just as all American’s lives, was turned upside down by the attacks on the World Trade Center and The Pentagon. Initially, after photographing the Towers’ collapse from his rooftop, Suson returned to his studio, deciding he wasn’t going to shoot anything else having to do with this tragedy. He didn’t want the stress of being in the midst of the chaos taking pictures, and especially didn’t wish to be wrongly viewed as someone trying to exploit a situation.  Besides, he felt that trying to document something of this enormity was pointless – “Who am I to think I can capture the magnitude of all this?” he thought. However, he slowly realized he had a responsibility to try to document for future generations what terrorism was.

After creating a website called SeptemberEleven.net he posted his photos and captions, providing a pictorial commentary on what had happened. Unexpectedly appointed the Official Photographer at Ground Zero shortly after the tragedy at World Trade Center, Suson took photos on behalf of the Uniformed Firefighters Association and Uniformed Fire Officers Association. The culmination of his efforts became the Ground Zero Museum Workshop, a not-for-profit museum that houses not only his stunningly gripping images, but exhibits of relics and effects recovered from the site.

 

 

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Ground Zero Workshop Museum Founder Marlon Suson is a professional actor-playwright who resides in Manhattan & an Honorary Battalion Chief in the Fire Department of New York (FDNY). Just months after the attacks of September 11, 2001, he stepped away from his theatrical career after he was requested to take on a unique role: To be the Official Photographer at Ground Zero for the Uniformed Firefighters Association & Uniformed Fire Officers Association (FDNY). Like all New Yorkers and wanting to contribute to the relief efforts in any way he could, he began shooting on the morning of 9/11 and was appointed Official Photographer at Ground Zero in late December of 2001. He spent six days per week and approximately 17 hours per day “living” at Ground Zero, where he documented every phase of the ‘Recovery’. His work was overseen by FDNY Chief of Department Daniel Nigro. He was allowed access to every area at Ground Zero and given strict guidelines, which included:
• Not to release any of the images until the Recovery was over
• Not to shoot images of human remains.
• To share future proceeds with 9/11 charities.

In addition, he was not salaried by anyone and had to take out bank loans in excess of $8000.00 in order to finish his documentation of the “Recovery.” The FDNY first caught wind of Mr. Suson’s work in December of 2001, when the Manhattan Trustee for the Uniformed Firefighter’s Association, Rudy Sanfilippo, was receiving complimentary immunotherapy and vitamin drips at a well-known holistic clinic. Mr. Sanfilippo, a survivor of the WTC collapse on 9/11, was having lung complications. Mr. Suson had arranged the free care for several firemen who were experiencing breathing problems from September 11. It was this impromptu meeting between Suson and Sanfilippo that led the Uniformed Firefighters Association to view Mr. Suson’s award-winning website, SeptemberEleven.net, and then allow him full, unrestricted access to every area of Ground Zero. Early on, he didn’t shoot very much; choosing instead to focus on becoming friendly with the Chiefs and fixtures that ran the WTC site. Firemen were at first spooked when they saw Mr. Suson shooting and were uneasy. They feared he was exploiting the sacred site but this changed quickly as they got to know him and also noticed that none of his images were showing up in any of the daily newspapers. This spoke volumes to the many men who had lost family members and whole fire companies on September 11. Slowly, he was welcomed into the Ground Zero “brotherhood” and was even allowed to document the private Honor Guards from only a few feet away without the men so much as blinking an eye. Mr. Suson recalled, “I have to say I felt as if I was always at home there. I looked forward to seeing the men (and women) every day. It was an honor for all of us to be the ones to help out firsthand in the recovery efforts. We knew we were making a difference.” Whenever financially possible, Marlon Suson’s non-profit Museum donates to assorted charities and is particularly supportive of charities having to do with Mesothelioma research, such as the Mesothelioma & Asbestos Awareness Center (MAA Center).

One Battalion Chief in particular, Stephen Zaderiko, took Mr. Suson under his wing. “He spent time educating me on different aspects of the site, which included the art of making a recovery. He literally taught me how to dig when I wasn’t shooting; showing me what to look for in the way of remains. It was an honor to be able to dig but quite frightening the first time I did it. That’s when everything got quite real for me. No more hiding behind the lens. I really looked up to him; he was always at Ground Zero, even on his days off and always stayed upbeat.” Another Chief Mr. Suson credited for his images and emotional support was Battalion Chief Jim Riches. “Chief Riches lost his son on 9-11 and God himself couldn’t pull Chief Riches away from Ground Zero. I called him the gentle giant as he never spoke much but when he did, it mattered. He was very supportive of my work and genuinely cared about everyone at the site. It was quite a day when Chief Riches finally found his fireman son, Jimmy, Jr. in the North Tower area.” One last catalyst to Mr. Suson attaining his unique images at key moments during the recovery was a volunteer recovery worker known simply as “Mike The Beard.” A bear of a man who sported a thick beard, overalls, size 14 work boots, coke-bottle thick glasses and was always covered in the trademark brown-gray, Ground Zero mud, “Beard” often drove Mr. Suson around the site in an ATV. “He’d often wake me up at two or three in the morning while I slept in St. Paul’s Church and told me to be outside in two minutes. He would do this when he thought there was something happening down in the hole that should be documented, so he’d pick me up in this muddy, Honda ATV “Gator” and whiz me down to wherever the action was happening. I attribute some of my best photographs to his being so attentive and involved in my documentation.” Mr. Suson, who stockpiled his collection of images for many months, was virtually unknown to the media until the fire union granted him permission to release the images in the last week of the recovery at Ground Zero. On May 28, 2002, the New York Times broke the story of his singular journey into Ground Zero with a feature, half-page, color photo story entitled, “From a Camera at Ground Zero, Rare Photos of an Agonizing Dig” by Susan Sachs. The morning that the story broke, Mr. Suson was contacted by every major media outlet in the world, including Fox News Channel, CNN, SKY (UK), CBS, NBC and ABC. His first major interview, a five-minute featured segment on CNN Worldwide, was shaky. “I was only a few days out of Ground Zero and suddenly I had to talk about my experiences with a camera in my face and I couldn’t do it. I got choked up every time I opened my mouth, so CNN was kind enough to pair me up with a very sensitive producer who made sure I felt comfortable, which included my not being able to see the video camera. It was a slow process, that first interview, but the final product was an accurate tale in words and images that told the story of my journey into the heart of Ground Zero. I still get choked up every time I watch that interview as I can see just how emotionally vulnerable I was during that period.” That five-minute segment remains to this day the longest taped story ever produced on CNN. Gary Marlon Suson was a guest numerous times on Fox News Channel and recently did radio interviews on INSIDE MAC RADIO and for AUSTRALIAN RADIO for the 7-Year anniversary of the W.T.C. attacks.

Book offers quickly followed and Mr. Suson, courted heavily by Judith Regan of Regan Books, signed with the smaller Barnes Noble Publishing to release, “Requiem: Images of Ground Zero”, a 200-page pictorial of Day 1 through the closing ceremonies. The book was endorsed by the most notable firemen in the FDNY, with the foreward penned by highly respected Assistant Chief of Operations Joseph W. Pfeifer, whose brother Kevin was lost on 9/11. In keeping with his promise to the fire union, he donated hundreds of autographed books to the Uniformed Firefighters Association, to FDNY headquarters in Brooklyn, to 9/11 families and to firehouses all over the New York area. In addition, he sold books and museum posters for the UFA Widows Children’s Fund. His works were featured on the FBI Training Network in Quantico for their Homeland Security and Policing videos and in 2003, 8 of his images were reviewed by the Pulitzer Prize Committee for the 2002 awards. In August of 2002, Mr. Suson was a guest of the U.S. Secret Service at The White House, where he was given a private tour and signed dozens of books for the staff. From there, he came back to New York where he was an honored speaker at the U.S. Postal Service’s “Tribute To Heroes” ceremony, moving the packed audience with an emotional power point presentation of his Ground Zero images set to music. In September of 2002, Mr. Suson was a guest on Fox News Live with David Asman and then appeared on CNN with Connie Chung, accompanied by FDNY 9/11 Family Members Lee Ielpi and John Vigiano. Says Suson,”This was an emotional segment to be a part of, to say the least. I admire both men’s incredible courage to subject themselves to such a tough interview just one year after losing their sons.” His travels also included going to England, where he accompanied British Fire Chief David O’Dwyer of the Hereford Worcester Fire Brigades to the peak of a centuries-old, mountain fortress called “British Camp”, where Mr. Suson dug a hole and buried World Trade Center glass and dirt in a secret location in memory of the British citizens who died on September 11. The dirt was given to Mr. Suson by retired FDNY Lieutenant Paul Geidel, who spent nine months looking for his missing son, Gary Geidel, of Rescue-1 in Manhattan. Since then, Mr. Suson has spoken all over Europe on his work and experiences at Ground Zero, often showing up at firehouses with historical images for people on the opposite end of the world to remember the fallen. In 2002 and 2003, he had two different museum exhibits at The New-York Historical Society. One exhibit, “9/11: Loss and Remembrance”, featured the “Band of Dads” from Ground Zero.

In 2004, Mr. Suson, feeling unfulfilled in his mission to educate people as to what transpired during the Ground Zero Recovery, began writing his next Off-Broadway project, AMERICAN BROTHER – a ground zero-themed play. Mr. Suson recently penned a feature screenplay based on his own experiences at Ground Zero as the Official Photographer of record during the Recovery. Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis has offered to act in the project when it comes to fruition. Mr. Suson travels to different fire expos around the USA to sign books & museum posters for 10 assorted charities, including Artists 4 Hope, NYC Fire & Police Widows Fund, The FDNY Chief Raymond Downey Memorial Fund, The UFA Widows & Children’s Fund, HugsAcrossAmerica.net, Firefighter Ralph Geidel 9/11 Fund and the Brian E. Sweeney Memorial Fund. In 2004, Mr. Suson participated in a Ground Zero chemical detoxification program designed by the Church of Scientology and campaigned by actor Tom Cruise. Mr. Suson continues to raise awareness of the courage of the Ground Zero firefighters, police and volunteers through his unique and singular images. Most importantly, these images keep the memory alive of all those who perished on the fateful day of September 11, 2001 . Mr. Suson has often stated, “Time has a way of dulling our memories and so I hope these photographs will keep people from forgetting how we need to consistently fight the war on terrorism.” Mr. Suson, in 2005, opened the Ground Zero Museum Workshop in the Meat-Packing District of New York, which conducts daily, guided tours for tourists from all over the world, as well as hosting 9/11 families and survivors groups. Mr. Suson speaks around the world about his experiences as the Official Photographer at Ground Zero for the Uniformed Firefighters Association & Uniformed Fire Officers Association. Mr. Suson’s role as Official Photographer at Ground Zero for the Fire Unions (UFA & UFOA) was a one-time position that ended when the Ground Zero Recovery ended and he no longer shoots photography for either union. His affiliation was with the 2001-2002 UFA administration from the Ground Zero Recovery period and not the current UFA administration, whose members were not elected officials nor were in office during the events of September 11 or during the “Recovery” at Ground Zero.

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Jungle Boogie Crew made their mark on Season 5 of Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew

Since the hit MTV show Jungle Boogie Crew has continued to expand their resume with performances including Disney’s Shake it Up, Old Navy’s Gobblepalooza Dance campaign, and working with top choreographers such as Fatima Robinson and Rozero Mccoy! Read more

Claudia Stevens

To be an artist is one thing. To be a successful artist is quite another. What separates the two? Often it is simply entrepreneurship-the drive and know-how to turn your artistry into an art career.

Claudia Stevens, pianist, singer, musicologist, and composer, whose work has been performed on national stages, lectures on the topic of entrepreneurship and reveals key strategies for artists to undertake. Her presentations address topics such as self-management, marketing, and crossover careers.

As a scholar and performer she encourages listeners to consider both thoughtfully and creatively the importance of developing entrepreneurial skills. Stevens’ interdisciplinary presentation will benefit students and community members interested in pursuing the arts or a business career. She has created some 15 solo plays for her own performance as a musician and monologue artist, many of which were published or presented by leading universities and arts centers. Among her honors as a creative artist are a dozen touring grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and numerous residencies at cultural institutions.

Recent projects include a solo play cycle about animal rights and the librettos for a short chamber opera, A Very Large Mole, and for a new chamber opera, Riddle Me, created in collaboration with Allen Shearer.

Stevens holds degrees in music from Vassar College and University of California, Berkeley, as well as a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano from Boston University, under Leonard Shure. She has held academic, conducting and performance positions at Brandeis University, Williams College, the College of William and Mary.

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  • Lecture: “Breaking Some Eggs: Strategies in Career Advancement for the Entrepreneurial Artist”.
  • Lecture: “Revelation: an artist talks about her discovery of Jewish identity and Holocaust past.”

“An Evening with Madame F” was created by Claudia Stevens for her solo performance as a musician and actor, with additional original music by Fred Cohen. The work has been presented at the national and international levels for two decades. It is widely praised by critics, audiences, and the Holocaust survivor community as a uniquely authentic and profound artistic expression of the Holocaust. Drawing on first-hand accounts – those of her own family members and of several concentration camp musicians, Stevens depicts and mirrors the struggle of women who survived Auschwitz as entertainers. In an enthralling virtuoso performance, she incorporates music that was played and sung by concentration camp inmates. And, as the daughter of victims of the Holocaust, she also meditates on the complex ethical and artistic dilemma of expressing unspeakable horror through art. An Evening with Madame F was produced for television by PBS affiliates WCVE and WHTJ.

“An Evening with Madame F” has been programmed in New York, Toronto, Houston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Cincinnati, New Orleans, Palm Beach, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Omaha, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Salt Lake City, St. Paul, Louisville, Baltimore, Boston, and many other cities. Presenters have included Holocaust centers, Jewish Federations and Foundations, JCC cultural arts series and lectureships in Jewish Studies. Additionally, the piece is being presented by many leading educational institutions. Recently these include: Dartmouth, Stanford, Brandeis, UCLA, Lehigh, Southern Methodist, the Univ. of Calif. at Santa Barbara, Cornell, Swarthmore and many others. A major article about Claudia Stevens, her unique personal story and artistic contributions, appeared in a recent issue of Reform Judaism magazine.

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Claudia Stevens creates and performs her unique and complex solo plays throughout the United States. A number of her solo plays and musical compositions for piano are published in leading music and poetry journals. She also has become a recognized thinker and sought-after speaker about the Holocaust, great women of science, and entrepreneurship in the arts.

Classically trained as a pianist, singer, conductor and composer, Claudia studied piano with the master teachers Leon Fleisher, Leonard Shure and Arie Vardi. She holds degrees in music from Vassar College (summa cum laude), the University of California at Berkeley and the DMA from Boston University. Her academic positions have included Williams College and the College of William and Mary as an Assoc. Professor of Piano, where she now is a Visiting Scholar. As a pianist she was the featured artist on a number of “Performance Today” on National Public Radio and PBS television broadcasts.

When Claudia Stevens developed a new career as an innovative performance artist and playwright, her creative work came to national attention. She is the recipient of grants from the International Theater Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts, and twelve consecutive grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and has been an artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Baltimore Theater Project, and RS9 Studio Theater in Budapest. She also was in residence at the Gitameit Art Center in Rangoon, Burma at the invitation of the American diplomatic and arts community to address the suppression of artists in Burma. Most recently, Claudia has become a librettist, collaborating with San Francisco composer Allen Shearer in several works of chamber opera: “The Dawn Makers,” which premiered at Herbst Theater, San Francisco in 2009 to national and international acclaim, and a new opera, “Middlemarch, a Love Story,” currently in progress. Claudia lives in the Bay Area in California.
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Trinity Irish Dancers

The World Champion Trinity Irish Dance Company will quickly dispel any notions you may have about Irish dance. Artistic Director Mark Howard founded the company in 1990, as a means to providing professional career opportunities to students who had no outlet for Irish dancing beyond the competitive circuit. This innovative nonprofit company is constantly searching for original means of expression, while maintaining a high regard for old traditions. Read more

Ben Glenn

Ben Glenn, The Chalkguy, is the president of Chalkguy Media International, a company dedicated to sharing a positive, life-changing message of hope with groups all over the world. Ben’s story about growing up Learning Disabled is one that he has shared with thousands inspiring people to have a greater appreciation for their unique talents and abilities. His humorous speeches are filled with personal stories and encouragement for people to live a life based on self-knowledge, personal responsibility and a positive attitude.

Ben is a powerful and entertaining speaker, but he is also much more than that. Part of Ben Glenn’s struggle with traditional learning led him to discover a love of art. A love that he has turned into a dynamic, not-to-be-missed, live art demonstration which wows and astonishes audiences, sweeping them up in an exciting and memorable experience that crowns Ben Glenn’s message as he literally whips together a beautiful drawing in less time than it takes to eat a sandwich!

Ben is a professional and has made over a thousand keynote speeches in his career. He will work with you to make your event as successful as possible.

 

PROGRAM TOPICS

From Special Ed to Simply Special
Ben’ s personal story of how he was diagnosed as Learning Disabled in Third Grade, the trials and triumphs that followed and what he has learned about overcoming challenging times, learning to appreciate his unique talents and gift and the people who made a difference in his life along the way. Inspiring and eye-opening. This presentation can be customized in a myriad of ways to suit your group.
Topics he can address: anti-bullying, anti-drug, positive attitude, team work, and leadership.

Understanding the Peaks and Pitfalls of ADD in the Classroom
Ever wonder what goes through an ADDer’s mind? Ben is going to tell you all about it! You’ll walk away with a completely different perspective as well as hope that some of the most challenging students in your class can also be your most successful.

The Power of Encouragement
Being a positive influence in another person’s life is one of the greatest things you can do for someone and is an essential skill for any leader. In this program Ben shares seven ways in which you can be an encourager to your staff, students, family or employees.

Tools for Teaching ADD Students Without Losing your Mind
No more boring medical facts and DSM-IV definitions! In this program Ben only shares what’s relevant and practical. You will be able to use what he teaches you in your next class!

FAITH BASED PROGRAM TOPICS

God Makes No Junk
This faith-based version of Ben Glenn’s personal journey uses his story to bring to life Jeremiah 29:11. Great for outreach events!

Seeking God Series
Four sessions perfect for week-long/weekend events. In this program Ben works with your group’s theme, weaving it in with fundamental principles of being a follower of Christ. He will help you lead your group into a deeper understanding of who God is, what His plan is for our lives and how we can live as doers of the Word.

Seeking God in the Age of Distraction
As someone who really struggles with focus and keeping still for any extended period of time, Ben has struggled with the idea of “quiet time” for years. Happily, he discovered that there are many ways to spend time with God that do not require quiet or staying still. In this program he shares all of his best tips and tools to help participants take steps towards a more effective time of prayer.

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Ben Glenn, The Chalkguy, is the president of Chalkguy Media International, a company dedicated to sharing a positive, life-changing message of hope with groups all over the world. Ben’s humor-packed speeches are filled with personal stories and heartfelt encouragement for individuals to step outside their comfort zones to live a full life based on self-knowledge, personal responsibility and a positive attitude. His own story of growing up Learning Disabled is one that he has shared with thousands, inspiring and motivating students, parents, teachers, sales professionals and professional athletes to have a greater appreciation for their unique talents and abilities.

Ben is a powerful and entertaining speaker, but he is also much more than that. Part of Ben’s struggle with traditional learning led him to discover a love of art. A love that he has turned into a dynamic, not-to-be-missed, live art demonstration which wows and astonishes audiences, sweeping them up in an exciting and memorable experience that crowns Ben’s message as he literally whips together a beautiful drawing in less time than it takes to eat a sandwich!

Importantly, no matter where he is and who he is addressing, Ben always finds a way to tie his message in with the drawing. This integration of both spoken and visual, firmly stamps the presentation and its message into the hearts and minds of all his audiences making Ben one of the most unique, but also relevant speakers you could invite to your event. (His return client base is a testament to the effectiveness of his program – more than 80% first-time clients bring Ben back multiple times within five years of the initial event.)

Because Ben’s core message is so universal in content, he has taken it all over the world, from Australia to Hong Kong to Mexico, and has shared it with many, many diverse groups from schools to churches to Fortune 500 companies. Since 1994, when Ben became a full-time speaker, he’s made over a thousand keynote speeches to audiences ranging from 20 to 75,000. Traveling more than 100,000 miles every year, Ben’s legacy is thousands of people, young and old who have been touched and inspired to make positive changes in their lives.

For those working directly with Ben in preparing for an event, they could not ask for a more flexible and easy-going presenter. He is truly a professional in every sense, collaborating with clients to expedite set-up, respectful of their needs and goals and mindful of the fact that he is there to help make the event as exciting and successful as the client envisions it to be. Ben is as down-to-earth and authentic on-stage as he is off-stage.

As an adult, Ben was officially diagnosed with AD/HD, a challenge he’s had since early school days. After his diagnosis, Ben set out to educate himself and others about this unusual and controversial disorder. Ben’s experiences as an ADDer and his encounters with other ADDers have taken him on a personal mission of removing the stigma that comes from being diagnosed with AD/HD by talking about it openly and with humor whenever he can.

In spite of struggling with both reading and writing, Ben has written a book called Simply Special; Learning to Love your ADD, which is directed at individuals who have AD/HD and designed to help them see the positive aspects of the disorder.

All in all, when you book Ben for your event, you will be getting much more than an inspiring, funny, easy-to-work-with speaker, you will in fact get something that can only be referred to as an “experience” – The Chalkguy Experience!

Finally, as much as Ben loves being a speaker and performing artist, he loves being a husband and father more. Married for over ten years, he, his wife and two daughters live in a great little city called Indianapolis.

Jenny Oaks Baker

Jenny Oaks Baker

America’s Violinist

Grammy Nominated Artist Jenny Oaks Baker is one of America’s most accomplished and beloved violinists. She received her Master of Music degree from the renowned Juilliard School in New York City and her bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

She has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Strathmore Hall, the Library of Congress and as a guest soloist with the Jerusalem Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Utah Symphony, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Over the years Jenny has collaborated with such luminaries as Gladys Knight, Kurt Bestor, Marvin Hamlisch, and the former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Jenny Oaks Baker performed as a first violinist with the National Symphony Orchestra for seven years before resigning in 2007 to devote more time to her young family.

She has released twelve albums since 1998. They have sold over 250,000 copies and consistently charted on Billboard, including the #1 spot on the Top Classical Albums chart. Her album Wish Upon a Star earned a nomination for the 54th Grammy Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Album.

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

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Grammy Nominated Artist Jenny Oaks Baker is one of America’s most accomplished classical violinists. Whether her music is experienced live or through one of her many recordings, it is impossible to escape the magic of her artistry.

Jenny began playing the violin at age four, and made her solo debut in 1983 when she was only eight years old. She received her Master of Music degree from the renowned Juilliard School in New York City and her Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

Jenny Oaks Baker has released eleven albums, selling over a quarter of a million copies since 1998, as a Shadow Mountain Records Artist. Her album Wish Upon a Star: A Tribute to the Music of Walt Disney earned a nomination for the 54th GRAMMY Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Jenny’s albums consistently chart on Billboard, with her 2010 album Then Sings My Soul hitting the #1 spot on the Top Classical Albums chart two weeks in a row. Her newest album, Noël: Carols of Christmas Past, was produced and arranged by Emmy award winning composer Kurt Bestor and features former “Celtic Woman” star Alex Sharpe.

Jenny Oaks Baker’s performance career is equally impressive. In April 1999, she made her Carnegie Hall debut as a featured soloist in the Easter Festival Concert. She will perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony this concert season at the invitation of the late Marvin Hamlisch, whom she soloed under multiple times. She has performed as a soloist in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Strathmore Hall, Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress, and the Kennedy Center.

Jenny has soloed with the National Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Utah Symphony, Orchestra at Temple Square, and the internationally acclaimed Mormon Tabernacle Choir. She has also been featured in television and radio broadcasts nationwide. Her “In Performance” BYUTV Special Silver Screen Serenade, features Jenny performing music from her album of the same name.

With her extensive performing and recording careers in addition to her superlative education, Jenny is an esteemed expert and served as a judge for the 2007 Stradivarius International Violin Competition. In April 2008 Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. of Utah awarded her the Governor’s Mansion Artist Award for excellence in artistic expression.

For seven years, Jenny Oaks Baker performed as a first violinist in the National Symphony Orchestra before resigning in 2007 to devote more time to her young family. Jenny, her husband, and their four children reside outside of Washington D.C.

Extreme Vegas

Extreme Vegas

Whether you’re looking for entertainment for a corporate event or a large scale production featuring a cast of singers, dancers, and the worlds best specialty acts… EXTREME Vegas, by JDZ Productions will deliver the WOW factor!

JDZ Productions has entertained audiences across 42 countries, bringing live entertainment to theaters, casinos, cruise ships, corporate events, festivals & theme parks. Their productions have been featured on national TV including, “Dateline NBC“, “The Today Show“, “FOX“, “Disney TV” and featured in webcasts streamed live in over 100 countries. Read more

Ben Stein

Ben Stein is either the world’s funniest economist, or the most economically well-trained funny man… and he’s definitely one of the busiest, most well-received speakers in the world. Ben Stein knows markets and theories and keeps totally up-to-date, hour by hour. He speaks to colleges and universities, businesses, private organizations, and at special events—even parties. Ben can talk about economics, finance, current events and, of course, Hollywood and his experiences there. And any size group is the perfect size.

In May 2009, Ben spoke to an audience of 23,000 at a university commencement, and one week later spoke to a gathering of 35 private-equity players. Ben’s speeches are always funny, insightful, and loaded with lessons everyone needs to know, and he always leaves audiences deeply thoughtful. Most of all Ben loves people. He stays with the group for a long time after his speeches… and he’s there before for them, too.

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Ben Stein on Life
Ben Stein is a profoundly unique individual who has had the good fortune to have “been there and done that” in a myriad of professions that many of us only dream about, see on television, or read about in the news. Always entertaining, always informative and possessing expertise in everything from law to laughs, Ben Stein will leave your audience with useful insight (if you want it!) or simply great memories of a fun time had by all.

Ben Stein on the Economy
In election after election there is endless complaining about waste, fraud and abuse in Washington. Each batch of candidates promises to clean it up, but somehow it never happens. With the latest economic debacle in full tilt, one thing is for certain — you and I will pick up the monster-sized bill in many different ways. What is missing is more regulation from Washington and more prosecution, not less. Ben Stein shares these insights and more regarding the current economy, what prompted this fiasco and what must be done to dig us out.

Ben Stein on the Economic Crisis
What is needed–a positive policy for moral and economic recovery. How we got into this mess, how bad is it, and how are we going to get out-and make sure it never happens again

Ben Stein at Universities and Colleges
His topics include, What Does It All Mean for You? The Economic Meltdown: How It Happened and How You Can Survive It and Thrive

Ben Stein for Humorous Events
How to ruin your life. Updated for all occasions.

Full Biography

Complete Biography

Economist; Longtime Columnist for The Wall Street Journal, Barrons and The New York Times; Speech Writer and Aide for Presidents Nixon and Ford; Emmy-winning Television Gameshow Host; Commentator for CBS News, Fox News and CNN and Award-winning Commentator on Finance.

Ben Stein (Benjamin J. Stein) was born November 25, 1944 in Washington, D.C., (He is the son of the economist and writer Herbert Stein) grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland and attended Montgomery Blair High School.

He graduated from Columbia University in 1966 with honors in economics. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1970 as valedictorian of his class by election of his classmates. He also studied in the graduate school of economics at Yale.

He has worked as an economist at The Department of Commerce, a poverty lawyer in New Haven and Washington, D.C., a trial lawyer in the field of trade regulation at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., a university adjunct at American University in Washington, D.C., at the University of California at Santa Cruz and at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA.

At American University, he taught about the political and social content of mass culture. He taught the same subject at UCSC, as well as about political and civil rights under the Constitution. At Pepperdine, he has taught about libel law and about securities law and ethical issues since 1986.

In 1973 and 1974, he was a speech writer and lawyer for Richard Nixon at The White House and then for Gerald Ford. (He did NOT write the line, “I am not a crook.”)

He has been a columnist and editorial writer for The Wall Street Journal, a syndicated columnist for The Los Angeles Herald Examiner (R.I.P.) and King Features Syndicate, and a frequent contributor to Barrons, where his articles about the ethics of management buyouts and issues of fraud in the Milken Drexel junk bond scheme drew major national attention.

He has been a regular columnist for Los Angeles Magazine, New York Magazine, E! Online, and most of all, has written a lengthy diary for twenty years for The American Spectator.

He currently writes a column for The New york Times Sunday Business Section and has for many years, a column about personal finance for Yahoo!, is a commentator for CBS Sunday Morning and for Fox News.

He has written, co-written and published thirty books, including seven novels, largely about life in Los Angeles, and twenty-one nonfiction books, about finance and about ethical and social issue in finance, and also about the political and social content of mass culture. He has done pioneering work in uncovering the concealed messages of TV and in explaining how TV and movies get made. His titles include A License to Steal, Michael Milken and the Conspiracy to Bilk the Nation, The View From Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood Days, Hollywood Nights, DREEMZ,Financial Passages and Ludes. His most recent books are the best-selling humor self-help series, How To Ruin Your Life. He has also been a longtime screenwriter, writing, among many other scripts (most of which were unmade ) the first draft of The Boost, a movie based on Ludes, and the outlines of the lengthy miniseries Amerika and the acclaimed Murder in Mississippi. He was one of the creators of the well regarded comedy, Fernwood Tonight.

He is also an extremely well known actor in movies, TV and commercials. His part of the boring teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was recently ranked as one of the fifty most famous scenes in American film. From 1997 to 2002, he was the host of the Comedy Central quiz show, Win Ben Stein’s Money. The show has won seven Emmies. He was a judge on CBS’s Star Search and on VH-1’s America’s Most Smartest Model.

He lives with his wife, Alexandra Denman (former lawyer,) six cats and three large dogs in Beverly Hills. He is active in pro-animal and pro-life charitable events.

Alan Bean

Captain Alan Bean, the fourth man in history to set foot on the moon, knows about reaching for the stars, both organizationally and individually. In 1973, he was the Commander of Skylab Mission II (SL III), where he lived 59 days in space, orbiting 270 miles above Earth, leading his crew to accomplish 150% of their pre-mission goals – a record unsurpassed before or since. Captain Bean shows why human beings are the most extraordinary creatures in the universe. We are unique because as far as we know we are the only beings in the universe whose only limits are those we place on ourselves. Read more