THE AMERICAN PERFORMING ARTS NETWORK has been in business since 1993 working in the field of talent scouting, feature film casting and competitive fundraising events.
Founder, JULIE MATTHEWS is committed to using her show business skills to develop and produce fundraising events for Children's Miracle Network affiliated hospitals nationwide, hosting events such as the NATIONAL SEARCH FOR AMERICA'S MOST PHOTOGENIC BABY (www.photogenicbaby.com), the NATIONAL SINGING STAR competition (www.nationalsingingstar.com) and THE WEIGHT IS OVER competition (www.theweightisover.com). ; Julie is proud to say that her company has raised more than $$$ 4 Million Dollars $$$ for CMN affiliated hospitals nationwide since 1993.
JULIE MATTHEWS has worked successfully as a character actress, on-camera talent, vocalist, agent, casting director, talent scout, producer, television director, acting coach, publicist, Talent Manager and writer since 1982. Julie's latest film project, the feature film documentary, EGGSHELLAND, which she co-produced, has earned numerous awards at film festivals nationally and internationally. Her current feature film writing, co-producing and casting projects are SOUPERNATURAL and THE CONtest, both in development.
Major motion pictures casting credits include "A Christmas Story", "Babe Ruth", "Hoffa", "Public Eye", "Dead and Alive", "Major League", "The Light of Day", "Bob Roberts" and "The Year That Trembled". Major commercial
casting credits include Ford Motor Company, and Target. Julie produced and hosted the local television show "Cleveland Rocks" for 6 seasons. Most recently, Julie has worked in Montreal as a feature film casting director and teaches on screen acting workshops at The Montreal School Of Performing Arts.
In New York City, Julie studied acting at the famed Actors Studio. She also studied at HB Studio with the late Sandy Dennis, Charles Nelson Reily, Hal Holden and Ute Hagan. Her on screen film credits include: "A Christmas Story", "Major League", "The Light of Day", and "Bob Roberts".
As founder and director of the American Performing Arts Network, Julie developed the critically acclaimed workshop, "How To Get Into Show Business The Right Way", which was featured on numerous national and local television talk shows and newscasts, on radio and in newspapers including 60 Minutes, Sally Jesse Raphael, USA Today, New York Times, and WLUP Chicago with Danny Bonaduce. Julie was the focus of a featured segment on 60 MINUTES with The Donna Reed Show's PAUL PETERSEN, recognizing her talent and ability to coach actors and direct screen tests.
Julie has toured and developed many television projects with classic tv icons such as Pat Priest and Butch Patrick (The Munsters), Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk), Kathy Garver (Family Affair), Elmarie Wendall (3rd Rock From The Sun), Erin Murphy (Bewitched), Stan Livingston (My Three Sons) and Tony Dow (Leave It to Beaver), to name a few.
Julie started her singing career as the youngest member to ever be admitted into the legendary Singing Angels, where she remembers singing for the President! After 7 years on stage performing back to back musical theatre, Julie sang with the popular harmonizing quartet, Tuxedo Junction for 4 years. She currently works as a studio vocalist recording back up harmonies for several recording artists and sings with the popular 60's girl group, The PopTarts, who recently composed and recorded an original Christmas album. Two songs from The PopTarts record, (one sung by Julie), are currently featured in the LIFETIME movie, Love At The Christmas Table, starring Danika McKellar (The Wonder Years).
www.imdb.com (Julie Matthews TV/Film Credits)
DEBI LEWIN BIO
Born and raised in the rock and roll CAPITAL OF THE WORLD, Cleveland, Ohio, DEBI LEWIN has more than 38 years of experience in show business as a professional singer, entertainer, dancer, band manager and producer. Debi's knowledge of music comes from a history of three generations of musicians. The Lewin family (Read more on the success of her very talented brother Dennis Lewin) is recognized for their vast musical backgrounds spanning over 200 YEARS from classical and theatrical to rock and roll.
Debi started her career in 1980 in musical theater, starring in such productions as "Evita," playing the notorious "Eva Peron," "Cassie" in "A Chorus Line" and producing and performing in many Broadway reviews and One Woman Shows. Moving from genre to genre and singing in four languages makes Debi one of the most versatile performers who'll ever hear. Performing in Las Vegas as Wayne Newton’s backup singer at the "Sands Hotel" and on the Jerry Lewis Telethon is just a few of the many highlights of Debi's career. She has also performed in Las Vegas at "Caesar's Palace," "The Aladdin," "Sahara," "Stratosphere" and "The Riviera Hotel."
Debi has also had the pleasure of performing with or doing background vocals for Lou Gramm (Foreigner) , Andy Kim, Lou Christie, Ron Dante, The Scintas, Eric Carmen, Mitch Ryder, Chris Montez, Felix Cavaliere, Maxine Nightingale, Southside Johnny, Deniece Williams, Patty Smythe, Kim Carnes, Louis Prima Jr, Martha Reeves, Mark Farner and more.
Debi had the pleasure of promoting shows for Sonny Geraci of "The Outsiders" and performing with Paul Shaffer and "The David Letterman Band" Over a 10-year period of 1997-2007, Debi performed in Cleveland and across the mid-west with the very popular Pink Floyd tribute band, "Wish You Were Here," as well as singing background vocals, both recorded and live for "Beau Coup" and Michael Stanley. Currently, Debi is producing shows for Marquee Showcase Productions and helping performers achieve their dreams of making it in “ShowBiz”. Debi is also a Mentor, Talent Scout and Judge for the very popular Dream Night Talent Search. UP NEXT: Debi Lewin & Kellie Karl are currently preparing their show “Viva Las Vegas” for Cruise Ships. Debi Lewin's CD "A Woman of Standards" is aired on radio station 91.5. A Star is Born : Debi had the pleasure of discovering Kaley Ann Voorhees (Aurora, Ohio Native) at the National Singing Star Competition and was honored to be instrumental in her success and to become her co-manager. Kaley Ann Voorhees is currently playing the lead role of Christine in the longest running musical in Broadway History “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway. Debi Lewin and Dennis Lewin are producing original records and our proud of their very talented client soon to be “Christian Recording Artist” 15 Year Old Hope Harding.
Vocal and performance Coach & Studio Vocal/Music Producer can also be added to Debi’s list of achievements. Debi is thoroughly committed to helping undiscovered talent realize their dreams!
Most Important Role in Life : The Mother of her two amazing sons Adam and Andrew Bankhurst and Now “Grammy” of her Brand New Grandson Liam! YAY!!!!!