Tony Award-Winning Entertainer
Few entertainers today are as accomplished or as versatile as Ben Vereen. His legendary performances transcend time and have been woven into the fabric of this country’s artistic legacy. A Tony Award winner for his renowned performance in Bob Fosse’s “Pippin,” Vereen has gone on to solidify his place among Broadway royalty with starring roles…
Few entertainers today are as accomplished or as versatile as Ben Vereen. His legendary performances transcend time and have been woven into the fabric of this country’s artistic legacy. A Tony Award winner for his renowned performance in Bob Fosse’s “Pippin,” Vereen has gone on to solidify his place among Broadway royalty with starring roles in such Broadway productions as “Wicked,” “Fosse,” “Chicago,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Hair,” and “I’m Not Rappaport.”
A legend not only on stage but also on screen, Vereen is best known for his iconic role as “Chicken George” in the groundbreaking television miniseries Roots. Recently, he guest starred on the television shows Grey’s Anatomy (which won him a Prism Award), Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, and Law and Order: Criminal Intent. He also appeared in the Emmy-nominated made-for-TV movie An Accidental Friendship, for which he earned a NAACP nomination. Vereen also had a recurring role on the hit CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother.
In the face of his professional successes, Vereen has encountered his share of adversity. From the loss of his 16-year-old daughter in an automobile accident to a debilitating stroke that left him unable to walk or sing to the onset of Type 2 diabetes, he has pushed forward and always come out stronger.
One of the most requested speakers on the lecture circuit, Vereen uses the lessons he has learned in the good times and the bad to help inspire and encourage others. His topics range from overcoming adversity, arts in education, black history, recovery through physical and occupational therapy, and the importance of quality healthcare. He also acts as spokesman, spearheading a proactive and preventive campaign for those living with diabetes.
Ben Vereen sees his work on stage as a metaphor for his work in life. “Life is art,” he says. “Whatever we do in life – whether it’s performing or teaching or writing or raising kids – is a form of art. Whatever you do, if you embrace it, it will move you to the next level.”
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LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
Our speaker was great and the crowd enjoyed her! She was very engaging. Thank you again PDA for the great list of suggestions!
Everything went great! and our speaker was wonderful! Thank you so much for all your help PDA! Looking forward to the next one.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
I hope that this message finds you well. We had a phenomenal time with Atsuko this past Thursday. We wanted to just let you know how amazing she was. All those that were in attendance thoroughly enjoyed her and had nothing but amazing things to say about her. Thank you for working with us to make sure this happened!
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
We had a fantastic day with Inge! She was very engaging with all those that attended. Her personal stories about the holocaust were very special and we were moved that she was willing to share them with everyone. Thank you again, PDA for all your hard work and dedication to make this program such a success!
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dear PDA Group, Thank you so much for your hard work in scheduling our speaker! From the moment we reached out to you the first time, you worked with us on all details and logistics and kept us up-to-date on the progress. Thank you for all your hard work on making our event such a success! We couldn't have done it without you and your team!
Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
Dr. Henry Lee's presentation was entertaining, insightful and wise. I, and everyone at Pfizer, especially appreciate the remarks you directed about following your passion and preparing yourself to excel. Thank you, everyone, at PDA for helping to make this happen!
The event was successful! I received many messages expressing how awesome, outstanding and inspiring Ms. Webb-Christburg's speech was."
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
On behalf of myself and my organization Entertainment Unlimited the Campus Programming Board of Ferris State University, we thank you PDA and Dan for a successful event!! Dan was magnificent! Students really enjoyed the presentation. I know I did. Can't wait to bring in more programs with PDA Group.
FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
It was a great pleasure to work with PDA Group! The communication was always prompt, friendly and helpful. We loved the speakers and events we booked through Mr. Peter Walker (PDA Group).
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
Steppin’ Out Live with Ben Vereen
Steppin’ Out Live with Ben Vereen is a one-man show that has been dazzling audiences from Hawaii to Abu Dhabi. A unique blend of artistry combining a tribute to Broadway, Frank Sinatra, and Sammy Davis Jr., it features such hit songs as “Surviving Gravity,” “My Way,” “Mr. Bojangles,” and “Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries.” A contemporary and timeless journey, each performance is filled with song and dance, stories of his life, and a great deal of humor. This program is perfect for foundation galas and hospital fundraisers.
Learning to Live Again: Ben’s Story of Rehabilitation
After suffering an accident so severe that it nearly took his life, entertainer Ben Vereen required intense physical and occupational therapy to learn to walk, talk, sing, and even live again. In an inspiring and motivating presentation, Vereen share his personal journey and the importance of the rehabilitation he received. He imparts a message of hope, conveying to audiences that, without the help of a dedicated team of doctors, nurses, and physical and occupational therapists, he would not be performing today – or living his life to the fullest.
Special Topics for Black History Month
- From There to Now: African Americans in the Civil War. Actor and keynote speaker Ben Vereen discusses the roles African Americans played in the Civil War, where these soldiers came from, and how they managed to survive – not only in the army, but as black Americans in a tumultuous time.
- Black History in Youth: Vereen explores the past and the present, discussing the youth of the black history movement.
- Holding On to Our Heritage: In schools today there is a lack of black history, claims Ben Vereen. Join him as he poses the question, “How do we hold on to our heritage?”
- Who Are We Now? Vereen opens up an honest dialogue, asking, “How did we go from being ‘colored’ to being a ‘negro’ to being ‘black’ to being ‘African American’?”
- From Roots to Now: Ben Vereen, who played “Chicken George” in the iconic miniseries Roots, talks about history through the lens of shooting Roots as well as through the scope of where black history is today.
Diabetes: Taking Control & Living Your Life
Guest Speaker - Ben Vereen
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