“OUC Speakers at Dr. Phillips Center” Returns With The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik

 — Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, March 2, 2018 — 

ORLANDO, Fla. (February 26, 2018) — Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and OUC – The Reliable One announced today that actress, author and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik will kick off the second year of the popular speaker series, “OUC Speakers at Dr. Phillips Center.”

Best known for her critically acclaimed role as Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, Bialik will explore seemingly dissimilar — yet altogether entertaining — topics such as the work of the brain and behavioral development; her life as an actress and scientist; and the special relationship that exists between The Big Bang Theory and its audience. Her speaking engagement will take place Saturday, April 14 in the Walt Disney Theater.

Tickets for “An Evening with Mayim Bialik” presented by the Dr. Phillips Center in association with UCF Celebrates the Arts start at $35; a limited number of tickets will also be available for $200 for a meet and greet with the actress. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 2.

“The OUC Speakers at Dr. Phillips Center platform allows us to make meaningful connections with our customers and our community,” said Roseann Harrington, Vice President of Marketing, Communications & Community Relations of OUC – The Reliable One. “And the series is steeped in both education and innovation — two things we’re passionate about. We’re very pleased to be part of the program for a second year.”

“It’s rewarding to renew our relationship with OUC and collaborate together on the speakers series,” said Kathy Ramsberger, president and CEO of the Dr. Phillips Center. “The popularity of the format is really evolving, as more guests — especially Millennials — look for alternative entertainment options.”

Tickets may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees.

OUC is part of a growing list of arts center business partners, including Florida Hospital, Fairwinds Credit Union and Morgan Stanley. Businesses interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities should email corporate@drphillipscenter.org or call 407.992.1746.

About the Speakers

Mayim Bialik 

Mayim Bialik currently stars on the hit CBS comedy, The Big Bang Theory as ‘Amy Farrah Fowler,’ for which she has received two Critics Choice Awards, four Emmy Award nominations and seven SAG Award nominations. From playing the young version of Bette Midler’s character in Beaches to guest spots on series such as WebsterMurphy Brown, and Curb Your Enthusiasm, in addition to her turn as ‘Blossom Russo’ in the iconic 90’s sitcom Blossom, Bialik has appeared in numerous beloved roles throughout her dynamic acting career.

An acclaimed author, Bialik has written #1 New York Times bestseller Girling Up: How to be Strong, Smart, and Spectacular, as well as Beyond the SlingMayim’s Vegan Table and the soon-to-be released, Boying Up: How to Be Brave, Bold and Brilliant. Bialik has recently dedicated her skills as a writer, actress, neuroscientist and mother to driving GrokNation.com, the website she started in 2015.

Following the end of Blossom, Bialik left acting for a time and earned her BS in Neuroscience from UCLA in 2000, with a minor in Hebrew & Jewish Studies. She went on to complete her PhD in Neuroscience, also at UCLA, and then completed her doctorate in the fall of 2007, which examined the role of oxytocin and vasopressin in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in adolescents with Prader-Willi syndrome. While at UCLA, Bialik was a dedicated student leader in UCLA Hillel, leading and starting a Women’s Rosh Chodesh group, chanting and blowing shofar for the High Holiday services, and conducting and writing music for UCLA’s Jewish acapella group.

In addition to acting and raising her two boys, Miles and Fred, Bialik serves as a spokeswoman for a multitude of brands and organizations including Texas Instruments, DeVry University, Capitol One, Fisher Price, City of Hope, Gillette, (among others) and speaks at events around the world.

About OUC

Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, Orlando Utilities Commission is the second-largest municipal utility in Florida and 14th largest in the country. OUC provides electric, water, chilled water and/or lighting services to 375,000 customer accounts in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties.

About the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization operating the state-of-the-art performing arts center in downtown Orlando, Florida. With its opening in November 2014, the performing arts center launched its vision of Arts for Every Life by being a gathering place for creativity and discovery; a vibrant urban destination where artists, audiences and students come to experience, explore and learn. The two-block community destination features the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater, 300-seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Seneff Arts Plaza, Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts, the DeVos Family Room, and other event rental spaces. Future expansion includes Steinmetz Hall, a 1,700-seat acoustical theater, along with rehearsal, classroom, office space and commercial development spaces. Dr. Phillips Center is a private non-profit collaborating with the City of Orlando, Orange County, the City of Winter Park, the State of Florida and generous donors.


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Mayim Bialik talks about “The Big Bang Theory” and New Book

Mayim Bialik known best for her role in the TV series “Blossom”. Mayim currently co-stars on “The Big Bang Theory” as Amy Farrah Fowler. Her character has become one of my personal favorites on the show. She also recently released a book on parenting called “Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way”. Media Mikes had a chance to chat with Mayim again to chat with her about her role on “The Big Bang Theory” and also her new book.

Mike Gencarelli: Can you tell us about the evolution of the Amy Farrah Fowler character?
: Basically I am thrilled every time they keep bringing me back. I didn’t really know what they had in mind for this character. It is one of the challenges of being an actress when you are not a regular. You just never know what they are going to have in store for you. It has been a huge thrill. I never expected to be working regularly again.

MG: How do you keep such a straight face when saying some of the more funny lines your character has?
MB: We get a whole week to get the giggles out of our system. At the same time it is our job to bring the lines across. That’s something I take very seriously and I think the other people on “Big Bang Theory” do as well. It’s our jobs to make everything work. It’s a good challenge.

MG: What do you enjoy most about working on the show?
MB: I love to play that weird character where anything could come out of her mouth. I also really love working with Jim Parsons. He is not only a fan favorite but he is critically acclaimed and won Emmys. It is amazing to watch him work and be a part of that.

MG: What can we expect from your characters relationship with Penny on the show?
MB: In general we do what people like and we keep doing that. There will definitely be a lot more of that same stuff. I think as Bernadette and Howard’s wedding is still being part of plots you see Amy continue to be interested in that.

MG: Where you able to meet Leonard Nimoy during his guest appearance on the show?
MB: No. I wasn’t actually in that episode. The two weeks that I haven’t been on were the weeks they had Leonard Nimoy and Stephen Hawking. It was horrible to miss those but it is incredible for our show.

MG: What can we expect from the closing of this season?
MB: We find out the night before we start script. I actually have no idea. I haven’t been in two weeks of episodes so I literally don’t know what has happened. I am actually only one episode a head of the American public. I have no clue. Melissa Rauch and I pretty close and we literally ask each other what we think will happen next week.

MG: Can you tell us about your new book, “Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way”?
MB: I have been writing for a website called Kveller. I was then approached to write about the style of parenting we practice. It involves things like natural birth and breast feeding. I didn’t think it was all that weird because it was kind of the way mammals and people have been parenting since the beginning of history. It has gotten some really interesting attention. Most of it has been really positive and it has given a voice to a style of parenting that a lot of us believe in not just because we are celebrities. I am the only celebrity I know that parents this way. It’s not just for celebrities.

MG: How long did the book take to write and what did you enjoy most about the process?
MB: We had a proposal ready in about 4 months. I think it took me less than a year to write all the other chapters. It has been really fun! I was in New York for a week doing press. I got to be on “The View” and Barbara Walters was fascinated with my sex life so that was kind of fun. It’s been really fun. The book went into it third printing the first week it was out. So, things have been great.


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