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Ray Cronise and Julieanna Hever: Plant Based Nutrition for Performers

As a performer, your lifestyle is not the same as the average person’s daily 9-to-5 routine. You’re up late, you have busy rehearsal schedules, you eat when you can because, despite whatever is happening in your life, the show must go on!

So when I had the chance to speak with Julieanna Hever and Ray Cronise I thanked my lucky stars. Their approach to nutrition is saving lives – just ask Penn Jillette or Kevin Smith.

Julieanna and Ray wrote “The Idiot’s Guide to Plant Based Nutrition.” The book goes deep into the science of nutrition but also has super-handy summaries at the end of each chapter with a list of “The least you need to know.”

The book has everything from tips on how to equip your kitchen, ( I loved the bit about handy utensils) to a chapter on the plant-based pregnancy.
Julieanna Hever completed her bachelors of arts degree in Theatre from UCLA and then went on to do a masters of science degree in Nutrition from Cal State Northridge, thus bridging her three biggest passions for life food, performing, and helping people.

 
Ray Cronise is a former NASA scientist currently focused on disrupting diet and nutrition advice. He helped Penn Jillette, and Kevin Smith recover from near-death experiences and has helped thousands of others regain the youthful vitality that comes with proper nutrition.

Show Notes
Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
by Julieanna Hever and Raymond J. Cronise.


A a versatile multi-cooker that can do the job of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, and more. Every kitchen should have an Instapot!

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Dennis Garnhum, artistic director

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How do you raise 1 million dollars for your theatre?

Dennis Garnhum is the Artistic Director of the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario. Within a few months of taking on the new job he, along with development team, raised 1 million dollars for the theatre.

Garnhum Grew up in London, and he was 13 years old when he first appeared on stage at the Grand.

Later he was an usher, stage manager and eventually, in 2004, he and his husband, Bruce Sellery (also from London) married in the balcony at The Grand.

Before arriving at the Grand, Dennis was the Artistic Director of Theatre Calgary since 2005 where, as well as developing new plays, he built some impressive partnerships with the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, the Shaw Festival and Bard on the Beach.

So our conversation leans towards the business of running a theatre and finding a life balance.

Show Notes
The Grand Theatre’s website

Emm Gryner, singer, songwriter


Emm Gryner has found the sweet spot between being an independent artist and raising a family.

In her early 20s Gryner had a hit song on the radio, toured with David Bowie and then transitioned to a successful career as an independent artist.

Her writing has been praised by the likes of Bono and we discuss how a songwriting contest led to a radio hit for Gryner. We also explore the difference between writing a “hit” for radio and writing to explore one’s personal feelings.

Gryner was the driving force behind Chris Hadfield’s recording of Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” in outer space, while he was the commander of the International Space Station. 

Recently Gryner ventured into the world of musical theatre performing in “Joni Mitchell: River” with Louise Pitre and Brendan Wall. The challenges of musical theatre were new for Gryner who was more accustomed to performing in concerts. But Gryner explains the inspiration she drew from Greg Lowe, who went on to play on Gryner’s upcoming album.

As well as touring to support her own work Gryner, is also the founder of the popular folk act “Trent Severn.”

Watch for Gryner’s upcoming project “Only of Earth,” an 80’s synth-pop and 70’s classic rock-infused album.

Show Notes.
Emm Gryner’s website
Emm Gryner on Twitter
Video: Emm Gryner and Joe Sumner celebrate David Bowie at Terminal 5 in New York