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)
Born and raised in the rock and roll CAPITAL OF THE WORLD , Cleveland, Ohio, DEBI LEWIN has more than 37 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 is recognized for their vast musical backgrounds spanning 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 also 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 with Wayne Newton at the "Sand's Hotel" and on the Jerry Lewis Telethon has been one 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, Andy Kim, 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 the beat goes on. Debi had the pleasure of promoting shows for Sonny Geraci of "The Outsiders" and performing with Paul Shaffer and "The David Letterman Band" at "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame." Over a 10-year period of 1997-2007, Debi performed in Cleveland and across the country with the nationwide 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 shares the spotlight Florida Lollipops & Deja Vu a South Florida based tribute act and also performs with her very talented brother Dennis Lewin. Debi Lewin's CD "A Woman of Standards" is aired on radio station 91.5. MOST RECENTLY-Debi had a HUGE part in seeing that one of the National Singing star Winners Kaley Ann Voorhees made it to Broadway-Kaley is currently performing in the Broadway Hit The Prince of Broadway and will return Most likely to her Role as Christine in the Phantom of the Opera..Which she has performed on a regular basis since 2013- Kaley was discovered in the National Singing Star Competition, which Debi produced. Debi and Julie were Kaley's managers from 2014-2017. Vocal coaching and MC can be added to her list of many talents. Debi is also committed to helping undiscovered talent realize their dream!
Debi takes her talents and expertise to Dream Night Talent Search and Mars Talent...
It has been a wonderful 4 years of meeting the most beautiful singers and their families..I have memories upon memories that I will cherish for a lifetime..I am so proud to have made even a small difference in the lives of many through this competition..Many of the contestants have gone on to great careers in Music ..that of course makes me Very Proud! To all that have participated this year and in years past..To all that helped raise over $45,000.00 for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals(at a $1.00 a vote..that's impressive)..To all the heartfelt words of appreciation for what I do to help you I say Thank YOU Thank YOU and I am wishing for you whatever you are wishing for.. YOU can find me at Dream Night.Talent Search..that's where I'll be now ..making more memories and helping others to achieve their dreams in music and encouraging everyone to know that you are all stars to me!!
..LOVE YOU ALL!