JED Gala 2017 Program
Mayim Hoya Bialik is currently seen starring on the CBS Chuck Lorre hit comedy “The Big Bang Theory,” where she plays the role of Amy Farrah Fowler (a role for which she received a 2016 Critic’s Choice Award). Additional accolades for the actress have been shown in personal nominations for both the 2014 & 2015 SAG Awards, as well as Emmy nominations in 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Category and the 2014 & 2015 Critic’s Choice Television Awards. The actress launched her own website in 2015, GrokNation.com, which gives her fans insight into all things Mayim as well as a place for open discussion on topics in politics, entertainment, religion and parenting, as well as Mayim-themed merchandise and more. She was a Keynote Speaker at the 2016 BlogHer Conference in Los Angeles speaking on what it takes to develop a site such as GrokNation.
Bialik was born in San Diego, California to first generation Jewish American parents, documentary filmmakers and teachers. She played the young Bette Midler in “Beaches”, the quirky Blossom Russo for 5 years on the NBC television sitcom “Blossom”, and also had guest roles on some of television’s most beloved shows of the 1980s and 1990s, such as “MacGuyver”, “Webster”, “Facts of Life”, and “Murphy Brown”. She also appeared in Woody Allen’s “Don’t Drink the Water” in 1994, HBO’s “Fat Actress”, and the HBO comedy series “Curb Your Enthusiasm”. Recent appearances include recurring roles on “Secret Life of the American Teenager” and Fox’s “’Til Death”, along with starring in her first leading role in a film in Lifetime’s “Flight Before Christmas” (she holds a producing credit on the film). She has also been a guest on some of television’s biggest talk shows such as: “The View”, “The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson”, “The Tonight Show”, “Real Time with Bill Maher”, “Conan”, “The Talk”, “Late Night With Seth Meyers”, “Letterman” and “Rachael Ray Show”, among many others.
After “Blossom”, Bialik earned a BS from UCLA in 2000 in Neuroscience and Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and went on to the Ph.D. program in Neuroscience, also at UCLA. She completed her doctorate in the Fall of 2007, which examined Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in adolescents with Prader-Willi syndrome. She has been the face and spokesperson for brands and organizations such as Texas Instruments, DeVry University, Gillette (Man of Steel Campaign), Old Navy, PetSmart Charities, City of Hope and Capital One. In March 2012 Mayim released her first book on attachment parenting through Simon & Schuster titled “Beyond the Sling”. The book guides parents through the world of attachment parenting and includes quotes of support from Ricki Lake and Dr. William Sears, who himself coined the term “attachment parenting.” In 2014 she released her 2nd book, “Mayim’s Vegan Table”, a Vegan family cookbook by Da Capo Press and released her 3rd literary work, “Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular” via Penguin/Random House in May 2017.
Bialik is a board member of a variety of Jewish philanthropic organizations and contributes to a variety of charitable organizations such as the Gift of Life Foundation, PETA and many others. She has written for the Jewish parenting site Kveller.com about her life as an observant Jewish actress and mother, studies weekly independently and through Partners in Torah, and speaks for a variety of organizations around the United States. She can be followed on social media (Twitter and Instagram) at @missmayim.
JED Corporate Award for Leadership in Mental Health
Steven Zatz, MD
WebMD is strongly committed to producing the highest-quality health content, education and tools so consumers and healthcare professionals are better able to recognize the signs, and identify the appropriate interventions for addressing mental health and substance abuse issues.
Through its partnership with JED, WebMD is working to elevate awareness about the prevalence of these issues, while at the same time, providing teens and young adults with resources to help them build important life, social and emotional skills. The company is also providing evidence-based, medical education programs through Medscape to assist physicians in providing the best care possible for patients suffering from mental health disorders.
Dr. Steven Zatz, WebMD’s Chief Executive Officer is accepting the JED Corporate Award for Leadership in Mental Health on behalf of WebMD and Medscape. Dr. Zatz has been a member of the senior leadership of WebMD and its predecessor companies for 18 years. During his tenure, Dr. Zatz has been responsible for WebMD’s websites, including its flagship site for healthcare professionals, Medscape.com, as well as the company’s advertising and sponsorship business. Dr. Zatz has also overseen the development of the company’s continuing medical education business, as well as strategic partnerships with leading professional societies, non-profits and academic centers.
JED Media Award for Leadership in Mental Health
Dear Evan Hansen
An Original Broadway Musical
Dear Evan Hansen opened on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre in December 2016 and has just been nominated for nine Tony® Awards, including Best Musical. With a book by Obie Award winner Steven Levenson, a score by Academy Award winners Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, and direction by 3-time Tony® Award nominee Michael Greif, the New York Times called the show “A gorgeous musical for anyone with a beating heart.” The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Dear Evan Hansen, produced by Atlantic Records, recently made an extraordinary debut on the Billboard 200, entering the chart at #8 – the highest charting debut position for an original cast album since 1961. For more information, visit www.dearevanhansen.com
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, Dear Evan Hansen is a new American musical about life and the way we live it.
JED Voice of Mental Health Award
Critically Acclaimed Electronic Violinist
Lindsey Stirling remains fearless enough to always dream big. In the four years since the release of her 2012 self-titled debut, the electronic music impresario, classically trained violinist, dancer, and artist quietly and humbly became one of the 21st century’s most innovative stars by clinging to her groundbreaking vision of cinematic violin-driven electronic music. After bowing at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Dance/Electronic Album Chart, holding #1 on the Classical Album Chart for 21 consecutive weeks, and receiving a Billboard Music Award for “Top Dance/Electronic Album,” her sophomore opus Shatter Me would not only garner an RIAA Gold certification, but it would rank as the #2 Dance/Electronic Album and #1 Classical Album on Billboard’s 2015 Year-End charts. Attracting nearly 8 million subscribers and 1.3 billion-plus views on YouTube by 2016, Forbes placed Lindsey at #4 on its yearly YouTube artists list, making her the highest-ranked female. Her headline tours would play to a cumulative audience of over 500,000 people worldwide, and her literary debut “The Only Pirate at the Party”—co-written with her sister Brook S. Passey—became a New York Times Bestseller.
When it came time to begin work on her third full-length album, Brave Enough [Lindsey Stomp Music, LLC], she took a look at her journey thus far and asked herself an important question… “I basically wrote Shatter Me about overcoming my anorexia,” she admits. “So, I thought, ‘What’s the next step of the process?’ I realized that breaking free is just the beginning. In order to continue through the journey you have to decide every day not to crawl back into that shell when things get tough. It’s easy to fall into our old habits. You can’t feel true joy, if you numb the bad. Brave Enough is a continuation of the story. It draws on the same contrast of light versus dark, but the flow is very different. It starts in a place of less surety. As the record progresses, it softens and turns more optimistic and hopeful. I’m way closer to the place I’m seeking than when I started this album.”
“I want people to feel like they can be brave enough do the things they want to do,” she leaves off. “Everybody has hopes and dreams. Teach yourself to gain the courage you may not have in the moment. This record is proof you can.”
JED’s Jerry Greenspan Student Voice of Mental Health Award
California State University, Long Beach
Matthew Argame is a graduating senior at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) studying religion and pre-medicine, aspiring to one day become a psychiatrist and neuroscientist. The combination of losing a loved one to suicide and having personally struggled with mental health due to his disabilities motivates Matthew to be a mental health advocate.
Matthew first began his mental health advocacy through poetry, which helped him to realize the transformative power of the personal narrative. Wanting to provide a larger platform to hear the narratives of individuals, Matthew founded TEDxCSULB. Matthew also worked in the university’s Counseling and Psychological Services department through a program called Project OCEAN (On Campus Emergency Assistance Network), where he trained hundreds of people on suicide prevention and stress management. In addition to this, Matthew also planned large events such as Live Your Life Day and Candlelight of Hope, events meant to celebrate and educate individuals on holistic wellness as well as to remember those who have been affected by suicide, respectively. Matthew is currently serving as an executive officer of Associated Student, Incorporated (ASI) at CSULB, where he oversees a multimillion dollar non-profit organization and supervises the ASI President’s Cabinet consisting of 15 secretaries. In recognizing the importance of research, Matthew is also part of a two-year, intensive research training program funded by the National Institutes of Health called BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity) where he has conducted research on neurological disabilities and mental health, and has presented at more than a dozen national and regional conferences and symposia.
While Matthew’s childhood consisted of him thinking about why people die and suffer, he does not view this as sorrowful. In fact, it has helped Matthew to realize the true vulnerability of the human condition, the need for constant love and compassion, and the impact that deep listening and intentional narratives can have in the lives of many. While Matthew wants to become a physician-scientist, the larger vision for his life is to simply decrease the stigma about mental health and to increase opportunity for healing to those in need.
Reality Show: NYU
“The Reality Show: NYU” is a musical sketch comedy exploring the experiences that college students face as they embark on a new chapter in life. In 2005, the program was conceived by Elizabeth Swados, in conjunction with NYU administrators Zoe Ragouzeos and Linda G. Mills, to promote NYU’s 24/7 Wellness Exchange hotline.
The Reality Show production creates updated material every summer, using popular music styles and current comedy trends to engage an audience of college freshmen in topics ranging from drug and alcohol use and sexual health, to depression, anxiety and suicide. The performance is an annual required event for over 5,000 incoming freshmen in NYU’s orientation week to begin an immediate open communication around challenging issues.
Three different versions of the show are directed by Reality Show alum Preston Martin for each NYU campus in NYC, Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. “Better to Live”, a documentary directed by Linda G. Mills following this creative process, premiered in the 2015 TriBeCa Film Festival. The show is an integral part of the nationally recognized suicide prevention health and wellness model in place at NYU.
Brooklyn United Marching Band
The Brooklyn United Marching Band is a community-based organization that serves New York City youth. As an art form, marching band combines the elements of musicianship and pageantry and allows each student to participate in an all-encompassing and life changing activity. Brooklyn United is focused on the development of youth through academic support, character development, skills building and performance opportunities. It is through these pillars that they strive to build strong, well rounded, healthy, confident and capable young people.
Called “electrifying” by Huffington Post and “phenomenal” by The New York Times, Grace McLean is a multi-hyphenate actress-singer-writer-teacher on the rise. In addition to performing (Broadway: “Natasha”, “Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”; Off-Broadway: “Brooklynite”, “Bedbugs!!!”, “Sleep No More”) Grace also makes time for her acclaimed original music with her band Grace McLean & Them Apples. The band performed in both the 2015 and 2016 Lincoln Center American Songbook series, and in April 2015, they toured Pakistan with the US State Department. Grace’s pop opera about 12th century mystic Hildegard von Bingen has been developed at CAP21, SPACE on Ryder Farm, the Johnny Mercer Writer’s Colony at Goodspeed, and The Orchard Project and has been commissioned by LCT3. Grace is the recipient of the 2017 Hunt Family Emerging Artist Award from Lincoln Center.
Tyler Posey stars on MTV’s “Teen Wolf,” premiering the second part of the sixth and final season this summer 2017. Host of TEEN CHOICE 2014 and the winner of the TEEN CHOICE 2013 award for “Choice Male Summer TV Star,” Posey has also won an ALMA Award for “Favorite TV Actor” and was one of Variety’s “Power of Youth” honorees for his work with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This past September, Posey starred in Kevin Smith’s feature comedy “Yoga Hosers.” In 2013, he appeared on the big screen in “Scary Movie 5” and in the indie film “White Frog.” Posey started acting when he was very young, in films such as “Men of Honor”, with Robert De Niro, “Collateral Damage”, with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and played Jennifer Lopez’s son in “Maid in Manhattan”. He is of Mexican and Irish heritage, and currently resides in Los Angeles.
Baba Israel (babaisrael.com) is an artist, producer, educator and consultant raised in New York by parents who were core members of the Living Theatre. He co-founded Playback NYC, the first playback theatre company to integrate freestyle hip hop. His debut solo show “Boom Bap Meditations” was supported by the Ford Foundation and the Hip Hop Theatre Festival. He has toured across Asia, Africa, Europe, the South Pacific, North and South America as a hip hop and theatre artist and led cultural ambassador programs internationally supported by the US State Department. His work has been featured in documentaries such as Freestyle and Hip Hop for Hope as well as featured on MTV and BET, and in the commercial sector on projects with companies such as Verizon, Nokia, Microsoft, and as an educator and consultant with nonprofits such as BAM, Youngarts, and Urban Word NYC. He was Artistic Director and CEO of Contact Theatre in Manchester. He premiered his most recent multimedia performance The Spinning Wheel as a resident artist at BRIC in Brooklyn. The production was developed and toured in the UK, Holland and Norway and in America with MDC Live Arts and the University of Madison, Wisconsin. He is a core member of hip hop/soul project Soul Inscribed which recently completed the American Music Abroad program. He holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College and is the Co-Artistic Director of the Performance Project based at the University Settlement and Curator of Performance at Hi-Arts.
- Yako 440 (www.yako440.com) is a multi-instrumentalist, beatboxer, beat maker and graffiti writer. He has released three albums as a duo with MC/beatboxer Baba Israel and in 2015 they formed the live hip hop/new rare groove quartet Soul Inscribed with vocalist Duv and saxophonist Sean Nowell. In theater Yako has created original music for Baba’s “Boombap Meditations,” “The Spinning Wheel” which was awarded the BRIC fireworks residency and NYSCA Composer’s Grant for 2016. He holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College (USA) and has led music and visual art workshops at home and abroad.
- Grace Galu is a vocalist-guitarist and composer who combines the sounds of her Irish and Congolese heritage with a soulful and gritty twist. Her mixed background, combined with her New York City upringing helped to forge her wide range of musical ability. At fourteen, Grace received a scholarship for an original composition, allowing her to study guitar at the Third Street Music Settlement. There she worked with Liam wood and Jeff Peretz, who produced her song, “Ordinary Sentiment” for the Ed Burns film, “Purple Violets.” For the last 15 years, Grace has been performing regularly at many of New York’s most notable venues; Webster Hall, the Waldorf Astoria, Beacon theater, The Bowery Poetry Club, The Highline Ballroom, The Nuyorican and the Blue Note to name a few. Currently, she holds a residency at Arlo Nomad and Esperanto’s. She has most recently been featured on the albums of Top $ Raz, Soul Inscribed, Kala, Rabbi Darkside and is currently recording her solo album.
- Rose Gonzalez was born and raised in New York City. From very early on, her mother encouraged her artistic abilities by buying her musical instruments, enrolling her in dance camp and supporting her creative drawings. In freshman year of high school, she took an interest in spoken word and poetry. Later that year, she enrolled in the NYC Spring Poetry Festival and was awarded an Honorable Mention. Her passion for poetry carried into her junior year of high school, where she enlisted in a Poetry elective class in the first semester. As part of the class curriculum, all students participated in their school’s Poetry Out Loud (POL) competition, where she won first place. She then competed in the NYC city-wide POL competition at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she made it to the second round. Through the poetry class, she was also introduced to the Brooklyn Reads program, which chose her as one of the winners of the BKReads Online Poetry Contest. As a winner, she was awarded the opportunity to perform in the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s production titled “Word Sound Power”. Around the same time, she entered the Urban Word Slam Poetry competition, where she won the preliminary and semi-final round. She then competed in the final round at the Apollo Theater, where she moved onto the second round. She expects to graduate from Expeditionary Learning School for Community Leaders High School in June 2018.