2018 PASSION Speakers

Introduction by John Dias, Artistic Director of Two River Theater

Introduction by John Dias, Artistic Director of Two River Theater

John Dias assumed his position as Artistic Director of Two River Theater in August 2010 after working as a producer and dramaturg in New York for 20 years. In partnership with Managing Director Michael Hurst he has brought new vitality to the 24-year-old Red Bank...

Ben Freeberg, Host

Ben Freeberg, Host

Ben Freeberg is a stand-up comedian and venture capitalist living in New York City. He has performed all over New York at clubs including Caroline's, Gotham, and Dangerfield's, and has shared the stage with Jim Gaffigan, Caroline Rhea, and many others. During the day,...

Felecia Wellington, Host

Felecia Wellington, Host

Felecia Wellington Radel is the digital innovation editor at the Asbury Park Press. She is co-host of USA TODAY network's Fan Theory podcast, and also writes pop culture features, creates interactive graphics, and produces photos/videos for the network. Felecia likes...

Alex Biese, Host

Alex Biese, Host

A lifelong Jersey Shore resident, Alex Biese has written about the local entertainment scene since 2004. Alex joined the Asbury Park Press in 2005, and has covered film, music, television, craft beer, and pop culture at the local, regional, and national levels for the...

JT Bowen, Vocalist

JT Bowen, Vocalist

JT Bowen is legendary--in the way most aspiring young singers and artists can only hope to be. He has shaped the world around him with his voice, his music, his heart, and his soul. He has brought his home, New Jersey, to the world, and has been instrumental in...

Michela Martello, Muralist

Michela Martello, Muralist

Come interact with Michela Martello on May 18 and 19 in the Grand Arcade as she paints a mural for TEDxAsburyPark. Born in Grosseto, Italy, Michela Martello's works are humanistic, accessible, and consistently characterized by her use of symbolism. A perpetually...

Emily Grove, Musical Act

Emily Grove, Musical Act

We are excited to have Emily Grove sing at TEDxAsburyPark. She has performed with just about every local artist and lent her voice to many of their recordings, as demand for her vocal talents has grown. As a solo act, she’s won awards for “Best Female Acoustic Act” at...

Heather Zeluff has a passion about training your brain

Heather Zeluff has a passion about training your brain

Heather is 18, a current student at St. John’s University as a Psychology major, and is trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy (ABA).  This means she is skilled in administering brain- training cognitive therapy and social skills for individual with special...

Felicia Simmons shares her Passion for AsburyPark on May 19

Felicia Simmons shares her Passion for AsburyPark on May 19

Accomplished and energetic with a solid history of achievement in organizing, Felicia has been elected twice as an Asbury Park Board of Education member. She has served as President of the Monmouth/Ocean County National Action Network, Education Chairman of...

Lisa Russell brings Machine Learning to the Passion stage

Lisa Russell brings Machine Learning to the Passion stage

Lisa Russell, MPH is an Emmy-winning filmmaker  with a Master’s in Public Health who has 10+ years experience producing films/creative campaigns and curates artistic performances for UN/NGO agencies. With a diverse portfolio of creative work that spans the arts,...

Michael Zapcic Will Speak At Passion In May

Michael Zapcic Will Speak At Passion In May

“A Passion For Pop Culture.”Michael Zapcic reveals his "secret origins" as a comic book nerd and pop culture lover. His childhood fascination with classic stories of right and wrong, good vs. evil, all set against a four-color backdrop, has evolved into a life and...

Lauren Cox: A Passionate Family Story In Word And Dance

Lauren Cox: A Passionate Family Story In Word And Dance

"It is the tragic story of my grandparents, Elsa & Eugene, and how their passion for one another challenged the status quo and shaped the life of my mother, and me after her...An Edelweiss has a short but bold life, it is rare and grows in the harshest...

David Harry Stewart: The Most Powerful And Written Off Generation

David Harry Stewart: The Most Powerful And Written Off Generation

“We are witnessing the first generation with over 5 decades of life experience who may very well live another 50 years. Using the knowledge they’ve gained, they are able to decide what works and what doesn’t, edit out the unwanted, and double down on what they really...

Chris Powell Found Passion At The South Pole

Chris Powell Found Passion At The South Pole

“I’ve been a 'spectator' in my life,” says Chris Powell “--interested in many things but never passionate about any one thing. To my mother’s great dismay and angst, I had no clear path: I stumbled through life reacting to things as they came to me. Last month –...

Sarah Davanzo Will Share Her Insights On Being Passionately Curious

Sarah Davanzo Will Share Her Insights On Being Passionately Curious

“Passionately Curious: Radicalization Methods to Reverse the Dispassionate Zeitgeist” While we find passionate people curious, what ignites intensely passionate curiosity in people? What ignites passionate curiosity in places like Asbury Park? Why are some places...

Michael Blake To Discuss Passion and Dance Over 50

Michael Blake To Discuss Passion and Dance Over 50

"Dance artists over 50 years of age who have repeatedly performed at the top of their game from show to show, company to company, stage to stage, have survived on the passion of what they do and own. They have not only persevered time and convention, but they have...

Scott Hopeck to take the Stage May 19th

Scott Hopeck to take the Stage May 19th

Scott Hopeck will be one of twenty speakers and entertainers to hit the stage at TEDxAsburyPark 2018 - Passion on Saturday, May 19th at the Paramount Theatre on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. Enjoy an unforgettable and inspiring day as he presents his talk "What happens...

Simon Nynens Slated to Speak at TEDxAsburyPark

Simon Nynens Slated to Speak at TEDxAsburyPark

Simon Nynens will be one of twenty speakers and entertainers to hit the stage at TEDxAsburyPark 2018 - Passion on Saturday, May 19th at the Paramount Theatre on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. Enjoy an unforgettable and inspiring day as he presents his talk "My Life is a...

Get inspired by Sebastian Terry’s TEDxAsbury Park Talk

Get inspired by Sebastian Terry’s TEDxAsbury Park Talk

Sebastian Terry, author of 100 Things, will be one of twenty speakers and entertainers to hit the stage at TEDxAsburyPark 2018 - Passion on Saturday, May 19th at the Paramount Theatre on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. Enjoy an unforgettable and inspiring day as he...

Don’t miss Karen Kendra Holmes on May 19th

Don’t miss Karen Kendra Holmes on May 19th

Karen Kendra Holmes will be one of twenty speakers and entertainers to hit the stage at TEDxAsburyPark 2018 - Passion on Saturday, May 19th at the Paramount Theatre on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. Enjoy an unforgettable and inspiring day as she presents her talk "40...

Announcing Dr. Nicholas Despotidis as a 2018 TEDxAsburyPark Speaker

Announcing Dr. Nicholas Despotidis as a 2018 TEDxAsburyPark Speaker

Dr. Nicholas Despotidis will be one of twenty speakers and entertainers to hit the stage at TEDxAsburyPark 2018 - Passion on Saturday, May 19th at the Paramount Theatre on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. Enjoy an unforgettable and inspiring day as he presents his talk "A...

Professor Peter Gray will be featured at ‘Passion’ Event

Professor Peter Gray will be featured at ‘Passion’ Event

Professor Peter Gray will be one of twenty speakers and entertainers to hit the stage at TEDxAsburyPark 2018 - Passion on Saturday, May 19th at the Paramount Theatre on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. Enjoy an unforgettable and inspiring day as he presents his talk "How...

Paulina Porizkova to speak at TEDxAsburyPark’s Passion in May

Paulina Porizkova to speak at TEDxAsburyPark’s Passion in May

Paulina Porizkova will be one of twenty speakers and entertainers to hit the stage at TEDxAsburyPark 2018 - Passion on Saturday, May 19th at the Paramount Theatre on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. Enjoy an unforgettable and inspiring day as she presents her talk "How...

TEDxAsburyPark 2018: Passion

The theme of our 6th edition of TEDxAsburyPark was PASSION – Passion drives ideas, people, and communities to action. Over 20 exciting and inspiring TEDx speakers took the stage to examine all aspects of PASSION including Running, Activism, Immigration, Age, Healthcare, Education, Travel, Feminism, Curiosity, and more.

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