Posted on: January 6th, 2015 by Sam Foxman

Kevin Spacey is an amazing speaker for any arts-focused organization. Perhaps no one in Hollywood works harder to defend the value and integrity of the arts quite like Spacey. A lifelong artist, Spacey began his acting career in Jr. High School and High School drama classes. He later attended the Juilliard School of Drama and began his professional career on the New York stage, which eventually propelled his career into film.

Spacey has won Academy Awards for his performances in The Usual Suspects and American Beauty, which also garnered him a BAFTA Award. Additionally, he has been nominated for six Golden Globe Awards, most recently for his role in Casino Jack. Spacey’s illustrious film credits include Swimming with Sharks, Se7en, LA Confidential, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Negotiator, K-Pax, The Shipping News, Superman Returns, Beyond the Sea, Shrink, The Men Who Stare at Goats, Horrible Bosses and Margin Call.

Spacey is also an entrepreneur. Spacey’s production company Trigger Street Productions, which he runs with his producing partner Dana Brunetti, has produced multiple award-winning movies for film and television. Their films include The Social Network, which won a Golden Globe for Best Picture and received multiple Academy Award nominations. They also produced the Sony Picture’s film, 21, and the independent features The United States of Leland, The Big Kahuna and Fanboys.Trigger Street’s most recent film was Captain Phillips, which starred Tom Hanks and was released in October 2013.

For television, Trigger Street produced two films for HBO, Recount and Bernard & Doris, both of which garnered double-digit Emmy Award nominations and a Best Film of the Year Emmy for Recount.

Since 2004 Spacey has served as the Artistic Director of The Old Vic Theatre Company in London. He directed its inaugural production Cloaca, before appearing in National Anthems, The Philadelphia Story, Richard II, A Moon for the Misbegotten, which subsequently transferred to Broadway, Speed-the-Plow with Jeff Goldblum, and Inherit The Wind. Spacey most recently toured all over the world with the Sam Mendes production of Richard III, which was part of the third year of the Bridge Project between the Old Vic and BAM.

Spacey currently serves as executive producer and stars as ‘Francis Underwood,’ the beguiling, charismatic and ruthless President, in the Netflix original series House of Cards. For this work he won a Webby Award and was nominated for both an Emmy Award and a Critics Choice Award. The series is produced by Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, in association with Media Rights Capital, and has received 22 Emmy Awards nominations; winning four of those awards.

In 2014, Spacey was named one of Forbes “Most Powerful Celebrities,” and was the first Internet star to make the list. He is very personable on stage and off. When doing speaking engagements, Spacey takes extra time to learn about the host organization and its mission as well as socialize with hosts and VIP guests.

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