She’s the talented actress behind one of the world’s most recognizable characters. But to the Teenage Drama Workshop at CSUN, performer, author, philanthropist and community leader Nancy Cartwright is also one of our most generous benefactors.
In addition to supporting TADW financially, Cartwright, who voices Bart Simpson on “The Simpsons,” is mom of first-time TADW student Jackson Murphy, 17, who is playing Gepetto in "Pinocchio".
For 2009, Cartwright provided funding for several scholarships that allowed low-income students to take part in the 52nd Teenage Drama Workshop. Additionally, she provided funding for tickets that will be used by underprivileged youth from the Devonshire PALs (Police Activity League Supporters).
"I believe that art has the power to change the world,” Cartwright says. “It is the aesthetics in life that move us to emotions and levels of expression that would otherwise be untapped.“
“Young people today have many more challenges and distractions that I didn't have when I was their age,” she adds. “With iPods, videos and the Internet, etc., it is very easy and all-too-tempting to become a spectator in life, rather than to celebrate the muse in yourself.”
“The Teenage Drama Workshop is an amazing program that gets kids working their artistic muscles and finding out that they have the power within themselves to create great art that could inspire others to a better life,” she says. “I not only applaud the program, I give it a standing ovation!"
Cartwright will be one of several TADW donors honored July 25 at a special reception hosted by Robert Bucker, Dean of the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication at CSUN. Cast members from TADW’s production of “The Wiz” will perform at the reception. Afterward, the VIP guests will then attend the evening performance of “Pinocchio”.