The Greater Cleveland Film Commission was excited to present
VoiceOver and Beyond: A Conversation with Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson.
This event is now over. Watch the recording below!
There’s so much more to Nancy than being the voice of Bart Simpson! In our short 1-hour event, we could only briefly touch the surface of her other projects, voiceover talents, and philanthropy. Visit her website to learn more.
Did you know Nancy filmed in Cleveland for her movie In Search of Fellini? Watch it now on Amazon Prime Video!
Want Nancy’s tips on how to be a successful voiceover artist? Check out “Nancy Cartwright’s Voice-Over Advice” blog to help you find your voice. Learn voiceover professionalism, the how-tos, and more.
Emmy & Annie Award-winning actress Nancy Cartwright is best known as the voice of spikey- headed underachiever Bart Simpson, but has also lent her voice to Ralph Wiggum, Nelson Muntz, Todd Flanders, Maggie Simpson, DataBase and Kearney on the iconic hit, The Simpsons.
Nancy grew up in Dayton, Ohio and attended Ohio University (where she gave the commencement address in 2012). Ohio University bestowed upon Nancy an Honorary Degree Citation – Doctor of Communication in recognition of achievement in her field as an actress, as a philanthropist and through her scholarship endowment established at OU. Nancy is equally committed to helping those in her hometown of Dayton, Ohio, where she has established a perpetual scholarship for forensic students to attend Ohio University.
A Conversation with Nancy Cartwright was moderated by local radio host and former actor Jeremiah Widmer (The Jeremiah Show, Q104 FM). Through an interview and audience Q&A, Jeremiah covered a range of topics from Nancy’s experiences in the entertainment business to practical tips for those looking to get started as in VoiceOver acting.
Special thanks to our Presenting Partner The Sherwin-Williams Company.
About Nancy Cartwright
As an Emmy & Annie Award-winning actress, Nancy Cartwright is best known as the voice of spikey- headed underachiever Bart Simpson, but has also lent her voice to Ralph Wiggum, Nelson Muntz, Todd Flanders, Maggie Simpson, DataBase and Kearney on the iconic hit, The Simpsons. In her 40-year career at the microphone, Nancy has given voice to countless other characters from award-winning animated series, including Rugrats (Chuckie); Kim Possible (Rufus the Naked Mole Rat); Richie Rich (Gloria); Animaniacs (Mindy); The Replacements (Todd) as well as Pinky and the Brain; The Critic; God, The Devil and Bob; Mike, Lu & Og; and Chuck Jones’ final work, Timberwolf.
While best known for her iconic work as a voice actress, Nancy is no stranger to the camera. She has held memorable roles in numerous television series and movies including Fame, Empty Nest, Cheers, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Twilight Zone-The Movie and Godzilla, as well as a lead in the TV movie Marian Rose White. In live theatre, Nancy performed her highly acclaimed one-woman, In Search of Fellini, based on her true-life experience of going to Italy find the great Italian director, Federico Fellini. Her production of In Search of Fellini won an LA Dramalogue Award in 1996.
In 2001, years before its time, Nancy co-created and produced The Kelly’s—one of the first critically-acclaimed digital animated series in conjunction with Turner Broadcasting and NASCAR. With 40 three-minute webisodes, The Kelly’s opened the door for Nancy to delve further into production and writing.
In 2017, Nancy completed a life-long dream of writing and producing a film based on her stage production In Search of Fellini. This film went on to achieve official selection with nine film festivals including: SIFF, Bentonville, Ferrara and Ischia. The New York Times raved that In Search of Fellini is “a charming drama about the love of movies and youthful passion.” It is currently streaming on Amazon Prime and available for purchase on all digital platforms and DVD.
Emboldened to continue writing and producing, Nancy penned her first episode of The Simpsons titled “Girls In the Band”. It aired in the Spring of 2019 and was one of the highest-rated episodes of the season. She is currently in development on numerous other projects that run the gamut of live-action and animation, as well as feature films and episodic fare.
With the compassion to “give back”, Nancy is known in the non-profit world as a generous and active philanthropist who gives of her time, energy and resources equally. Serving as Honorary Mayor of the North San Fernando Valley for the past 15 years, Nancy enjoys being an active volunteer in her community. In 2013, she was honored with the 55th Annual Fernando Award for her dedication to volunteerism. This prestigious award is supported by the Valley Chambers of Commerce, civic and philanthropic organizations, along with private individuals and corporations located in the San Fernando Valley.
In addition to serving her community, Nancy has a special passion for supporting children, whether it was hosting fundraising events at her home to build the local police youth center or personally tutoring youth to help raise literacy, she is committed to bettering the lives of future generations. The Make-A-Wish Foundation has honored her with the prestigious Icon Award. Nancy also was the recipient of The Fernando Award—a prestigious award given to those who inspire and help make the community a better place.
Since its inception in 2004, Nancy has been the proud co-founder of Happy House, a non-profit organization dedicated to “Building Better Families”. Through extensive outreach and the help of countless volunteers, Happy House is implementing a character-building program, How to Make Good Choices, to hundreds of children across California. The program is delivered in after- school venues throughout the state and is gaining traction in other U.S. areas and abroad. Her work with Happy House has prompted the Santa Barbara Boys and Girls Club to bestow their “Shining Star Award” on Nancy, and the Mayor of San Jose to commend Happy House & it’s San Jose Community United charter group for exemplary public service and benefit to the community.
Nancy is equally committed to helping those in her hometown of Ohio, where she has established a perpetual scholarship for forensic students to attend Ohio University. In June 2012, Ohio University bestowed upon Nancy an Honorary Degree Citation – Doctor of Communication in recognition of achievement in her field as an actress, as a philanthropist and through her scholarship endowment established at OU.
Nancy’s zest for life is founded in the belief that we all have the ability to achieve our dreams. “It is through art, music, dance, sculpture, film and stories that people find true happiness. It is the artist who inspires people—gives them hope—that they too can become a dream-maker to make this world a better place.”
Moderator Jeremiah Widmer, Q104FM
Jeremiah is the host of The Jeremiah Show, weekday mornings on Cleveland’s Q104. Jeremiah earned his bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Communications from the University of Akron, and was a member of WZIP, the #1 student run college radio station in the country. Earlier in his career Jeremiah worked in Los Angeles on a variety of television shows like The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and the Ellen DeGeneres Show. While in L.A. he was featured on USA Networks Character Fantasy: I Wanna Be A Professional Dodgeball Player, and he and his wife Jessy were contestants (and won) the Newlywed Game. He also studied and performed sketch and improvisational comedy at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre. Jeremiah returned to northeast Ohio in 2013 as Afternoon Drive host at Cleveland’s Star 102, until the creation of the Jeremiah Show in 2016. He lives in Wadsworth with his wife Jessy, sons Eli and Isaiah, and daughter Carly.