straight for equality
2016 straight for equality in entertainment:
kristin chenoweth

Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth’s career spans film, television, voiceover and stage.

She received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on the ABC series Pushing Daisies, and lit up the stage of McKinley High as April Rhodes on Fox’s hit comedy, Glee, a role for which she received two Emmy award nominations and a People’s Choice Award. Also a favorite on hit shows such as The West Wing, she may be most remembered by Broadway lovers for her origination of the role of Glinda in Wicked (which earned her a Tony Award Nomination), and her Tony-winning performance in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, where she stole the show and many hearts in the process. She also appeared on Broadway alongside Sean Hayes in the critically acclaimed Promises, Promises.

In 2015, Chenoweth returned to Broadway in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s On the Twentieth Century, a performance for which she received a Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Audience Choice Award. She also starred in the Disney Channel’s Descendants and the feature film The Peanuts Movie. She will next be seen in the independent film Hard Sell and recently launched her own jewelry collection of jewelry on HSN.

Chenoweth is veteran of the concert stage, performing to sold-out crowds in concert halls around the globe, including the famed Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Metropolitan Opera House. In 2015, Kristin received a coveted star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of live performances on stage or in theatre.

Kristin is a passionate supporter of such charities as The Point Foundation and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and also has her own charity: the Kristin Chenoweth Art & Education Fund. She also has a charity partnership with the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center (BA PAC) Foundation in her home town in Oklahoma. The Kristin Chenoweth Theater at the BA PAC, renamed in 2012, welcomes internationally acclaimed concert artists and Broadway productions, provides educational outreach and master classes with touring artists, offers after-school and summer arts institutes, scholarship programs, and community enrichment, and gives students the opportunity to travel and perform on a national level. Kristin has been an outspoken ally for the LGBT community for years—and is living proof that being an ally and being a person of faith need not be mutually exclusive.