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APB's arts and humanities speakers combine grace and zest in their unique keynote speeches, covering genres such as dance, music, and theater.

These distinguished speakers add their own creative and innovative flair to each presentation and invite you to explore a diverse array of cultural, artistic, and educational perspectives. Whether you are looking for a famous face or an acclaimed talent who will put a unique spin on the traditional lecture, APB has a speaker on the arts and humanities who will make your event a success.

Performing Arts

Academy Award-Winning Actor

One of the most prominent actors, directors and producers in Hollywood, Michael Douglas has repeatedly chosen to work on politically influential and controversial motion pictures. As a celebrity keynote speaker, long-time champion of social and...

Award-Winning Immersive Concert Event

Picture the energy and excitement of a rock concert mixed with the power and emotion of a symphony orchestra, combined together by the technology, interactivity, stunning visuals and fun that only video games can provide. Incorporated in 2002,...

Award-Winning Actor of Arrested Development, The Hangover & Transparent

A veteran of film, television, and the Broadway stage, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Jeffrey Tambor is one of the most iconic and respected character actors of his generation. He has appeared in The Larry Sanders Show, Arrested...

Immersive Symphonic/Electronic Concert

Start with the power and excitement of an electronic dance music (EDM) performance, blend in the emotional and classical tones of a symphony orchestra and the result is Electronic Opus, a first-of-its-kind, live concert experience. The multimedia...

Award-Winning Filmmaker & Former CEO of the Black Family Channel

Raised by a single mom on the rough West Side of Chicago, Robert Townsend transcended his environment to become an actor, writer, director, comedian, producer and ultimately, the President and CEO of the Black Family Channel.

World's Foremost Expert on 'Downton Abbey’

Jessica Fellowes is an author, journalist and public speaker. Fellowes is perhaps best known for her work as author of the #1 best-selling The World of Downton Abbey—which features new insights into the stories and characters, social...

Puppeteer of Big Bird/Oscar the Grouch, Author & Artist

Caroll Spinney has been Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969, and at 80 years old, he has no intention of stopping. Spinney’s presentations peel away the instances in his life that inspired his creation of characters...

Actor / Human Rights Activist

Even before becoming popular for his roles on the hit television series M*A*S*H and Providence, Farrell was dedicated to the belief that being a responsible citizen meant working for the ultimate benefit of all citizens. As...

Author, Humorist & Public School Advocate

Award-winning writer, New York Times notable author, academic and host of the syndicated radio show "The Loh Down on Science," which reaches over 4 million people each week, Sandra Tsing Loh is the author of the best-selling new book ...

Two-Time Grammy Winner, Storyteller, Author & Family Entertainer

A master storyteller connects us and intimately affirms our lives with resonant truths, no matter how embroidered, funny, mysterious or horrific the tale. Bill Harley, a two-time Grammy Award winner and multiple Grammy nominee, is a master...

Visual Dance Performance Team

enra is a visual dance performance team that presents one-of-a-kind entertainment in fusion with animation background images. The images are created by the digital artists and the performances by the specialists of various genres.

Film Critic

Leonard Maltin is a respected film critic and historian, perhaps best known for his annual paperback reference Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide.

Award-Winning Musical

The award-winning musical “Invisible Thread” documents the true story of Griffin Matthews, a black American who is battling to find his place in a world full of injustice and inhumanity. Based on the formation of his grassroots non-profit...

Award-Winning Journalist & Commentator

Named "the best interviewer in the business" by Sports Illustrated, Firestone is the former host of ESPN's Up Close Prime Time. One of America's most versatile talents, he is recognized for his gifts as an Emmy Award-winning...

Actor / Director

Sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for stabbing a man to death, Dutton's story is one of incredible personal growth. The turning point in his life came when he was stabbed with an ice pick in prison, yet refused to retaliate. Instead, he decided...

New York Times Best-Selling Author & Musician

An award-winning jazz musician, McBride is the author of The New York Times bestseller, The Color of Water, a memoir that has become a modern classic. Spike Lee directed the film adaptation of McBride's book, Miracle at St. Anna...

Actor, Musician & Choreographer

Maurice Hines, star of stage, screen and television, commenced his acclaimed career at the age of five, studying tap at the Henry LeTang Dance Studio in New York City. Hines most recently performed his biographical show Maurice Hines is Tappin...

“One Hit Wanderer”

A peek behind the Rock & Roll curtains guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages! “One Hit Wanderer” is a one man show written and performed by veteran singer, songwriter, recording artist, actor and comedian Henry Gross.

Grammy-Winning Country Legend

An incredible storyteller, Milsap tells his inspirational story in a rich program, I Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World, interspersing songs with the defining moments of his life. By sharing his life in song, Milsap inspires others to...

Tony Award Winning Actress

In an award-winning career that has encompassed TV, film, stage and concert work around the globe, Betty Buckley is probably best known as the quintessential musical theatre actress. Buckley helped revolutionize the modern musical theatre in...

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