March 22nd, 2012 13:46 EST
Judyth Piazza interviews Jane Lynch aka Sue Sylvester about The Importance of Arts and Music
It is the mission of Adopt the Arts Foundation to bring together well-known artists, public figures, and the general public to save the arts in America`s public schools. We believe that it is morally and ethically incumbent upon us to foster the creativity, dreams, hopes, and imaginations of our children. Adopt the Arts Foundation is dedicated to improving the academic performance of every child through the gift of making art and music to our public school students.
Adopt the Arts is raising money to keep arts education in public schools in Los Angeles, and as we grow, we hope to move to other cities. LAUSD threatens to cut funding for arts education every year. For this current school year, the budget was cut 30% from the 2010-2011 school year. Schools are now required to buy art classes from the district. This is not possible for the vast majority of schools in the district. Parent groups and booster clubs are now required to tirelessly fundraise to pay for the arts education teachers provided by the district, or to hire their own teachers who are independent contractors. At Rosewood the booster club, Friends of Rosewood, hires a vocal music teacher and it is a yearly struggle to raise enough to pay for her for three days a week.
For More Information: www.adopthearts.org
Jane Lynch was born on July 14, 1960 in Dolton, Illinois. Daughter of a housewife mother and a banker father. She was raised in an Irish Catholic family and attended Thornridge High School. She received her bachelor`s degree in theatre from Illinois State University and her MFA from Cornell University, also in theatre.
Lynch`s extensive theater background involved touring with The Second City comedy troupe and playing Carol Brady in The Real Live Brady Bunch. She also wrote and starred in the award-winning play Oh Sister, My Sister. Originally produced in 1998, the play kicked off the Le[s]bians in Theater program at the L.A. G[a]y & Le[s]bian Center in 2004.
Her breakthrough film role was as Christy Cummings, the butch le[s]bian personal dog handler to trophy wife Sheri Ann Cabot (Jennifer Coolidge) in director Christopher Guest`s mockumentary Best in Show (2000). She also appeared in Guest`s A Mighty Wind (2003) as p[o]rn actress-turned-folk singer Laurie Bohner and in For Your Consideration (2006) as an entertainment reporter.
Lynch is also a seasoned television performer. She starred with John Hannah and William Fichtner in 2002`s MDs, and has made guest appearances in numerous television series, including Judging Amy, The West Wing, 7th Heaven, Felicity, Arrested Development, Two and a Half Men, Weeds, Boston Legal, The L Word, Criminal Minds, Help Me Help You, Gilmore Girls, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Psych and Monk among others.
In 2005, Lynch was named as one of POWER UP`s 10 Amazing G[a]y Women in Showbiz ".
Audiences and critics took notice of Lynch for her oddball turn in Judd Apatow`s The 40 Year Old Virgin. Since, she has starred in a series of films including: Role Models, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Alvin & the Chipmunks, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Space Chimps, The Rocker, The Hammer, Another Cinderella Story, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, and Spring Breakdown.
She recently starred in Julie and Julia, playing the role of Dorothy McWilliams, Julia Child`s sister. Entertainment Weekly dedicated an article on their website towards the possibility of her performance receiving an Academy Award nomination.
She also appeared in the crime drama Criminal Minds as Spencer Reid`s schizophrenic mother. And she currently stars on the Fox series Glee, the pilot episode of which was broadcast in May 2009. Lynch won glowing reviews for her take on the aggressive cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester. Mary McNamara of the LA Times wrote, Lynch alone makes Glee worth watching. Prior to her work with Glee, she was a series regular on the Starz comedy Party Down. It has been renewed for a second season, but due to her work on Glee, she will not be returning.
On December 15, 2009, Jane Lynch received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film for her role on Glee. The series itself also received nominations in four other categories.
For More Information: http://jane-lynch.com/