9:30AM (PST) – Neal Huff & Phil Saviano
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Abuse Survivor Phil Saviano On ‘Spotlight’
Neal Huff can currently be seen on the big screen in two incredibly diverse roles. In the critically acclaimed film SPOTLIGHT, Neal gives a powerful performance as Phil Saviano, a survivor of clergy abuse and creator of the New England chapter of SNAP (Survivors Network for Those Abused by Priests). He is also starring alongside writer/director Sebastian Silva, Kristen Wiig and Tunde Adebimpe in NASTY BABY as Gallery Owner, Marcus. This past summer Neal garnered praise from critics for his portrayal of Frank a man trying to keep his family and small farm supply business together in the feature film RUNOFF.
Neal has an extensive list of film credits and built a solid reputation as a chameleonic actor collaborating with such directors as Wes Anderson in THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL and MOONRISE KINGDOM, Kelly Reichardt in MEEK’S CUTOFF, as well as Tony Gilroy, Robert DeNiro, Woody Allen, Bob Balaban, Gwyneth Paltrow, Juan Jose Campanella, Brad Anderson and Ang Lee.
Neal played Michael Steintorf, Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Baltimore on HBO’s THE WIRE. Other television: JOHN ADAMS (HBO), recurring roles on FRINGE (Fox), SIX DEGREES (ABC) and STARVED (FX) and LAW & ORDER, LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT and THE ABOLITIONISTS.
Neal’s theatre work includes the Broadway productions of the Tony Award winning TAKE ME OUT, THE LION IN WINTER and THE TEMPEST. Off- Broadway he has worked with The Public Theater, The Roundabout, Playwrights Horizons and The Atlantic Theater.
Neal is a graduate of New York University and resides in the New York area with his wife.
In some respects you can say that Phil Saviano has had the same concerns and motives as any other SNAP leader. He saw a need. He reached out and started a support group. He cared about prevention. So he started doing advocacy too. But there are several things about Phil — his timing and the way in which he spread the word about clergy abuse — that make him unique in the movement. Phil was one of SNAP’s trailblazers. He started speaking publicly about his abuse very early in the history of the movement, way back in 1992. Phil, at the time, was grappling with a serious illness that came close to bringing him down. Nevertheless, one morning, a week before Christmas, he was leafing through the pages of the Boston Globe. Phil discovered with a shock, that Fr. David Holley, the same priest who molested him in Massachusetts in the 1960s, was accused of assaulting children in Texas in the 1970s and in New Mexico in the 1980s, and had just completed an assignment in Denver. He reached out to those men out west and lent support to their allegations by going public about his own abuse. Phil was reborn as an activist.
His story made the front page of the Boston Globe and was picked up in cities across the country where Holley had been assigned. Then, in February 1993, he made the front page of USAToday. Soon after, Holley was indicted on charges in New Mexico, and later sentenced to 275 years in prison, the longest ever given to a Catholic priest sex offender. Phil kept plugging away, trying to get a grip on the controversial issue he was publicly immersed in. He spent many nights in the Boston College library, reading microfilm, searching for newspaper accounts of abuse cases in other parts of the country. He started collecting stories, building files, talking to other victims about their experiences. He bought Jason Berry’s book, and Richard Sipe’s, and devoured them.
He kept wondering, how could this happen? When the response from Worcester diocese officials was to deny any problems with the priest, and to refuse counseling for the victims, Phil joined with 3 other Worcester victims and filed suit to gain access to the priest’s records. This was one of the very first abuse lawsuits against the Catholic Church to be filed in Boston courts. Soon Phil had copies of letters proving that at least six bishops in four states knew that Fr. Holley was a child molester. In fact, the priest was caught with kids so many times that he was sent to four different church-run treatment centers. At times, Phil felt alone, overwhelmed, disgusted and angry. But then came a turning point. Unable to bring his lawsuit to trial, the diocese presented him with a settlement agreement that had strict confidentiality requirements. But Phil was not everybody, and he fought back. In April 1996, Phil achieved his goal. He settled his case with not a single confidentiality restriction. He was the first person in Massachusetts to do so.
In August of 2001, when the Boston Globe’s investigative team came calling, they found a guy who was eager to talk and share with them his lists of abusive priests from two dioceses, his treasure trove of discovery documents signed by bishops in several states, his familiarity with the work of Jason Berry, Richard Sipe and Thomas Doyle. What’s more, he knew over 80 victims, many of whom he knew he could convince to tell their stories to the Globe. Phil was sworn to secrecy by the Spotlight team, but he collaborated with them for the next several months, sharing his knowledge of such notorious Boston abusers as Paul Shanley, Monsignor Fred Ryan, Ronald Pacquin, Paul Mahan and others. Inspired by what Phil had managed to uncover on his own, and the proof he had that bishops across the country were in on the cover-up, the Globe took legal action to unseal civil suit documents in the Boston Archdiocese. The judge agreed. The cases were opened. And the secrets we knew were out there began to be unearthed. The rest, as they say, is history.
While all this was unfolding in secrecy, Phil had one more task ahead of him. Knowing that the story was going to be big, and also realizing that SNAP then had just a handful of other support chapters around the country, Phil took it upon himself to take over SNAP’s current website. He expanded it greatly, and turned it into a valuable source of news, educational materials, and support.
In late 2002, after Phil felt that he had successfully “gotten the word out”, he left his position as leader of the New England Chapter. He continued running the website until 2007. Several years ago, Phil was named a Boston Local Hero by the Boston Phoenix newspaper.
10:00AM (PST) – Tony Roberts, actor
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Tony Roberts was recently seen on Broadway in the Manhattan Theatre Club revival of “The Royal Family”, and in the Tony nominated musical “Xanadu”. These were preceded by the Broadway productions of “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife”; “Victor/Victoria”; “Cabaret”; “The Sisters Rosenzweig”; “Doubles”; “Absurd Person Singular”; “They’re Playing Our Song”; “Jerome Robbins’ Broadway”; “Sugar”; “How Now, Dow Jones”; “Promises, Promises”; “Play It Again, Sam”; “Don’t Drink The Water”; “Barefoot In The Park” and a dozen others. He has received two Tony Award nominations, and was the winner of the London Critic’s Poll Award for his performance in “Promises, Promises”. His versatility was on display at Madison Square Garden where he played Scrooge, as well as in the New York City Opera productions of Brigadoon and South Pacific. His major film credits include the Academy Award-winning “Annie Hall”, as well as the original “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three”, the cult classic “Amityville 3D”, “Radio Days”, “18 Again!” with George Burns; “Star Spangled Girl” with Sandy Duncan; “Switch” and “Le Sauvage” (Lovers Like Us) opposite Yves Montand and Catherine Deneuve. Television highlights include Arthur Miller’s “The American Clock”, Saul Bellow’s “Seize The Day”, and his own series for NBC, “Rosetti & Ryan”. Mr. Roberts has recorded more than 50 audio books, including the popular Stuart Woods detective series featuring Stone Barrington. He recorded the audio versions of classics like “The Jungle Book” and “The Maltese Falcon” ,and won Audio Book Awards for Bob Woodward’s “The Choice” and Rudolph Giuliani’s “Leadership”. Earlier in 2015 he appeared in the scandalous Brett Gelman TV gala on Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim”, as well as the highly-acclaimed revival of Carousel at The Lyric Opera in Chicago.
A New Yorker by birth, he graduated from The High School of Music & Art, and Northwestern University.
10:30AM (PST) – Ryan D'Agostino, Editor-in-chief of “Popular Mechanics” and author of the book, “The Rising: Murder, Heartbreak, and the Power of Human Resilience in an American Town”
Photo credit: Mark Mann
The Rising: Murder, Heartbreak, and the Power of Human Resilience in an American Town
Ryan D'Agostino is the editor in chief of Popular Mechanics magazine. Previously, he was an articles editor at Esquire, and he has written for The New Yorker, Ski, and other publications.
11:00AM (PST) – David Kirsch, Fitness Expert / Celebrity Trainer
His new book Ultimate Family Wellness out December 15th - available for pre-order now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other outlets
With over two decades of experience uncovering and harnessing the powerful connection between mind, body and spirit, David Kirsch has become a leading authority on achieving optimal health and well-being at any age or fitness level. An early proponent of tapping the power of the mind to sculpt the body, David is a true visionary in the field of wellness. Throughout his years as a sought-after trainer, David has transformed the bodies—and lives—of countless devotees through his signature combination of mind-body conditioning, multi-tasking workouts and smart nutrition. From founding New York’s award-winning Madison Square Club to developing unprecedented supplements, classes and techniques designed to maximize workouts, David has been a pioneer in the wellness field throughout his long career.
David’s holistic approach to wellness, encompassing a disciplined exercise, nutrition and supplements regimen, is rooted in his philosophy of “Sound Mind, Sound Body” – achieving harmony of mind, body and spirit. Trusted by some of the world’s most visible celebrities and influencers, David is the man with whom many A-listers train when they need to get in shape fast. One of the unique aspects of training with David, is his expertise in reading different body types and his ability to target different parts of the body. His workouts are customized and not “cookie cutter” in any way. Whether you are pear shaped and carry your weight in your hips, thighs and butt; apple shaped – carrying your weight in your upper body and arms; or an orange and need to shape and tone all over, David delivers lasting results.
His philosophy is predicated on not just losing pounds, but burning and losing body fat. More than just a quick fix, his programs are Life Transformative. In addition to authoring five books, and five fitness DVDs, including the bestseller The Ultimate New York Body Plan and the best selling accompanying DVD, David has appeared on numerous television shows to share his fitness and wellness expertise, including The Today Show, E! and CNN World News, Dr. Oz, Live with Regis and Kelly and The View. Through his books, fitness DVDs, recipes, supplements and more, David Kirsch offers every man and woman access to the wellness regimen he has developed for some of the world’s most discerning clients. Additionally, as a single father of four year old twin girls, he has expanded his wellness empire to include areas such as family and child fitness, nutrition and wellness. His website, DavidKirschWellness.com, represents a passport to the complete David Kirsch lifestyle, with expert tips, supplements, workout gear and more.
11:30AM (PST) – Megan McGinnis & Adam Halpin, “Daddy Long Legs” on Broadway
Popular off-Broadway musical, DADDY LONG LEGS
Megan McGinnis originated the role of Jerusha Abbott in Daddy Long Legs (Ovation Award, IRNE Award, Jeff Nomination).
Broadway credits: “Side Show” (standby Daisy/Violet), “Les Misérables” (Eponine), “Little Women” (Beth), “Beauty and the Beast” (Belle), “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, “Parade”, and “The Diary of Anne Frank”.
London: “Daddy Long Legs”.
National Tours: “The Sound of Music”, “James Joyce’s The Dead”, and “Fiddler on the Roof”.
Her regional credits include work with The MUNY, Sacramento Music Circus, TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, The Rubicon, The Lyric in Oklahoma City, and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.
Film and television credits include “A Goofy Movie” and “Anywhere But Here”, “Blossom” (NBC), “Wings” (NBC), and “Sister, Sister” (ABC).
Megan can be heard on the original cast recordings of “Daddy Long Legs”, “Little Women”, “Parade”, and Sutton Foster’s album “Wish”, singing the duet “Flight”.
Megan has BA in English from Columbia University in New York.
Adam Halpin Broadway credits: “Glory Days” (Skip).
Off-Broadway: “Dogfight” (Stevens), “Rent”.
National Tours: “Kinky Boots” (Richard Bailey), “Rent” (Gordon) w/ Anthony Rapp & Adam Pascal. Other New York: readings/workshops include “Irma La Douce”, “Nobody Loves You”, “Sunset Boulevard”, “Fiction in Photographs”, “Awesomer & Awesomer”.
Recent Regional credits: “The Last 5 Years” (Long Wharf Theatre, Connecticut Critics Circle Nomination), “Triangle” (world premiere; Lyric Theatre of OK), “Family Shots” (world premiere; Human Race Theatre); as well as North Shore Music Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, The MUNY, Judson Theatre Co., and Signature Theatre.
Original Cast Recordings of “Glory Days”, “Dogfight”, and “A Little Princess”, all on Ghostlight Records.