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Aimee’s film debut was a starring role in the highly acclaimed film by contemporary artist Matthew Barney, Cremaster 3, first presented in the US at the Guggenheim Museum in 2003. It was lauded by The Guardian as ” one of the most imaginative and brilliant achievements in the history of avant-garde cinema.” Currently starring as Isis, she continues her work with Barney in Ancient Evenings, an adaptation of Norman Mailer’s novel of the same name.
Born without fibulae in both legs, doctors amputated both her legs below the knee on her first birthday. By age two, she had learned to walk on prosthetic legs, and spent her childhood doing the usual athletic activities of her peers: swimming, biking, softball, soccer, and skiing, always alongside “able-bodies” kids.
As a student at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, she became the first amputee in history, male or female, to compete in the NCAA. Outfitted with woven carbon-fiber prostheses that were modeled after the hind legs of a cheetah, she went on to set World Records in the 100 meter, the 200 meter, and the long jump.
After a profile in Life magazine showcased her in the starting blocks at Atlanta, Aimee soon landed a 10-page feature in the inaugural issue of Sports Illustrated for Women, which led to her accepting numerous invitations to speak at international design conferences.
She is regularly invited to share her ideas at various corporations and global conferences like TED and TEDMED, and she has been named as one of Esquire’s “Women We Love,” one of Jane magazine’s “10 Gutsiest Women,” one of Sports Illustrated’s “Coolest Girls in Sport,” and was celebrated as the “Hottest Muse” in Rolling Stone’s annual Hot List. After serving as a Trustee for theWomen’s Sports Foundation, she was elected as the foundation’s President, a position she stewarded from 2007 to 2009. Aimee served for years as Vice-President for J.O.B., the nation’s oldest non-profit employment service for persons with disabilities. And she is a founding member of the Leadership Board to SPIRE Institute, the world’s largest and most diverse athletic development center.
She resides in New York City.
Alicia Goranson is best known to audiences for her role as Becky Connors on the award-winning TV show “Roseanne.” She made her NY stage debut in Love, Loss, and What I Wore and has also been seen in Portland Stage Company’s production of Ellen McLaughlin’s Iqhegenia and Other Daughters. She is a graduate of Vassar College, where she majored in English, and appeared in a number of productions, including The Bacchae, Seagull, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Electra Project, The Lover and Wilder! Wilder! Other TV and film credits include How to Mkae an American Quilt, Boys Don’t Cry, Death 4 Told, The Perfect Dress, The Extra Man Love, Ludlow, “Sex and the City,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and “Fringe.”
Dr. Joy Browne
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Dr. Joy Browne is a nationally acclaimed, syndicated radio host and licensed clinical psychologist. Her radio program, the longest running of its kind, has been on the WOR Radio Network for nearly 15 years. Her show offers millions of devoted listeners advice on issues ranging from relationships and marriage, finance, work and career.
Dr. Joy has won numerous awards for her work including the American Psychological Associations President’s Award, the Talkers Magazine award for Best Female Talk Show Host, #10 on the list of the 25 Greatest Radio Talk Show Hosts of All Time, and has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Talk Show Hosts. She has been singled out for News/Talk National Personality of the Year as well as Syndicated Talk Show of the Year by Radio & Records Magazine every year since the list was formed.
In her spare time, Dr. Joy loves to go to the theatre and actively views and reviews movies as a member of the BFCA and theatre for her website www.drjoyreviews.com. Some of her theatre knowledge has also gone to hosting talkbacks at the famous Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City in 2010. She has also made numerous appearances on stage including most recently My Big Fat Gay Italian Wedding and her singing debut at the Friar’s Club during a roast of Tovah Feldshuh.
Lauren Hodges most recently appeared in the feature film The Adjustment Bureau and is a series regular on AMC’s Rubicon. She just completed filming Knucklehead opposite The Wire’s Gbenga Akingabbe. Some of her many guest appearances include: Law and Order SVU, Law and Order, Criminal Intent,CSI, and ER. Hodges is a Member of The Actors Center Workshop Company and has appeared in Moonlight Room (Fairfield Theater Company), Picnic(Playhouse West). Her other films include Broadway’s Finest and The Architect.
Daphne Rubin-Vega debuted on Broadway as Mimi in the original cast of “Rent”, earning her a Theater World Award as well as Tony and Drama Desk nominations for Best Actress in a Musical. She was nominated again for her role as Conchita in the Pulitzer Prize winning “Anna In The Tropics”. Most recently, she reprised her stage role of Lucy in the film version of “Jack Goes Boating”; Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s film directorial debut, for which she received and Independent Spirit nomination. Ms. Rubin-Vega is recognized for her singing as well, having written and recorded various solo projects as well as cast recordings and collaborations with other artists. www.daphnerubin-vega.com
Jill the Wedding Planner
FILM: the upcoming THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID, which co-stars Anne Heche and Alia Shawkat, LETTERS TO JULIET, Woody Allen’s WHATEVER WORKS, BRIDEWARS, 12 & HOLDING, 13 GOING ON 30, L.I.E., THE TRUMAN SHOW, THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE, JUDY BERLIN, EXTREME MEASURES and many more. TV: CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, THE BIG C, RUBICON MERCY, LIPSTICK JUNGLE (recurring), LAW & ORDER, SPIN CITY and DEADLINE. THEATER: NY credits include work with Playwrights Horizons, NYSF, LaMaMa ETC, Lincoln Center Lab among others as well as numberous productions with The Barrow Group, of which she is a founding company member. Regional theater: Long Wharf Theatre, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, and the Chauttauqua Theater Company. B.A. in Theatre Arts from UCLA.
Dr. Sara Nasserzadeh
Iranian-born Dr. Sara Nasserzadeh (a.k.a. Dr. Sara) is a Social Psychologist and a Psychosexual Therapist. Before moving to New York from London, Dr. Sara was an award-winning producer and host of the popular radio program for the BBC World Service “The Whispers,” which addressed the most sensitive and embarrassing questions people had about sexuality and relationships. Her latest book, “The Orgasm Answer Guide,” was born out of the questions she received from her listeners and clients and was co-authored with three other world renowned sexologists in 2010. Dr. Sara’s experiences as a journalist and presenter, plus her global perspective on hot topics such as sexuality, love, chemistry, marriage and cultural diversity, make her one of the most sought after keynote speakers and experts in the field of sexology and relationships. Harper’s Bazaar named her among“Six of the Best Love Doctors” while Daily Mirror used her tips in “Ultimate Sex Tips from the Women Who Know Best.” Dr. Sara frequently appears on TV as an sex expert and is featured in numerous magazines and websites including Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, GenConnect and BigThink. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter (Dr_Sara). www.sara-nasserzadeh.com
Valerie Smaldone is a 5-time Billboard Magazine Award winner and is well known for her unprecedented success holding the #1 on air position in the New York radio market. She has hosted and produced numerous nationally syndicated programs featuring in-depth interviews with top recording artists such as Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Phil Collins, and Mariah Carey, among others.
Her innovative talk show, “Valerie’s New York,” was the first originally produced Internet radio show for WOR’s Internet station and her new “Valerie’s New York” podcasts can be heard in the stream and via download. On television, she has been a featured reporter on NBC for the Columbus Day Parade in New York City, interviewed on the PIX 11 Morning News, appeared on “The Balancing Act” on Lifetime Television and has been an interviewer and feature reporter for TonyAwards.com (having interviewed beloved performers like Liza Minelli, Patti LuPone, Geoffrey Rush and Whoopi Goldberg, among many others.)
Valerie has appeared on stage in the play she co-wrote, entitled “Spit it Out!”, she has performed in the acclaimed Off-Broadway play, “Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell” at The Minetta Lane Theatre, and in the off Broadway hits, “Naked in a Fishbowl”, “Broadway’s Next Hit Musical” and “Girl Talk: The Musical.”
As adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts, Valerie teaches a course on How to be a Media Personality and Voice-over and coaches talent privately. She is a sought after speaker, professional host and emcee.