Christy Carlson Romano Biography
Last updated: 09/19/2010 12:00:00 PM
With a resume that would make many of her peers and longtime entertainment veterans envious, nineteen-year-old Christy Carlson Romano has been working non-stop as an entertainer and actor since the age of six. She has appeared on Broadway, in feature films and is staring in two Emmy-nominated television series as well as two of the highest rated Disney Channel original movies.
Currently, Christy lends her vocal talents to the lead character in Disney Channel’s Primetime Emmy-nominated animated series “Kim Possible” as well as Disney Channel’s Daytime Emmy-nominated series “Even Stevens.” In addition, she has a featured track, “Say The Word,” on the “Kim Possible” Soundtrack CD and Rolling Stone magazine recently recognized her as one of its “Five on The Rise” of upcoming young female artists.
In 2003, Christy successfully completed her freshman year at Columbia University’s Barnard College where she is majoring in political science with an emphasis on human rights and at the same time lent her vocal talents to the series “Kim Possible” as the voice of Kim. “Kim Possible” follows the comedic action-adventures of a typical high school girl who, in her spare time, saves the world from evil villains. During her freshman year, she also recorded the track and video for the song “Say The Word” which is featured on the “Kim Possible” CD that was released in July 2003. She also recorded and was featured in the “Circle of Life” video for the Lion King Special Edition DVD release.
In addition, Christy lends her voice to a number of “Kim Possible” products, including action figures that are now available in Wal-Mart stores nationwide as well as “Kim Possible” items included in a McDonald’s Happy Meal promotion
On her 16th birthday she started shooting her starring role as Ren Stevens in the extremely successful Disney original series “Even Stevens” which was nominated for Daytime Emmy Awards for all three seasons of its production and won Great Britain’s Baftra Award for Best Family Show.
With the success of “Even Stevens” and Christy’s portrayal of the meticulously perfect Ren, she became a role model for young people across the country and in many other parts of the world. Christy, much like Ren Stevens herself, is exceptionally motivated and focused in her efforts to balance her career, her education, as well as being a normal teenager.
In 2002, Christy became the first actress ever to star in three Disney Channel projects: a live-action series, “Even Stevens,” an original movie, “Cadet Kelly,” which is the highest rated Disney Channel original movie for viewing audience in the channel’s history, and an animated series, “Kim Possible.” She reprised that record again in 2003 with “The Even Stevens Movie,” which surpassed “Cadet Kelly” in viewing audience ratings.
Christy was chosen by VARIETY in 2000 as one of the “Top 10 Talents to Watch.” She was also awarded “Leading Actress Comedy Series” by Young Talent Awards in both 2000 and 2001.
Christy spent the summer following her freshman year at Barnard College doing a Congressional Internship for Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd. After completing a course on International Diplomacy at American University while participating in a National Student Leadership Conference in the summer of her junior year of high school, she recognized how important it was to be politically aware as well as to be involved as a young voice in this country. She feels even though she may not equipped to save the world like her animated alter ego “Kim Possible,” she would like to help as much as she can.
Christy began her career in musical theatre and has also lent her talents to commercials, voiceover work, books on tape and musical theatre. She took dance lessons, voice lessons and trained in ice skating and numerous other sports and has won many awards and medals in many different areas. She earned her Screen Actors Guild membership at age six and her Aftra and Equity membership at age seven.
At age 12, she was fortunate to sit in holding with three former commanders-in-chief at The Presidents summit for America’s Future where all three informed her they had lived in her hometown of Milford, Connecticut while attending Yale. She was later honored when President George Bush Senior and his wife Barbara Bush came to watch her performance in Agatha Christy’s “Spider’s Web” in the role of Pippa at The Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine.
By the age of 14 she had performed extensively in three Broadway plays and had traveled across the United States and Canada twice.
A veteran of both stage and screen, Christy’s extensive theater work includes Mary Phagen, the Lana Turner role in the Hal Princes production of “Parade” at Lincoln Center. “Parade” was nominated for nine Tony Awards and won best musical score. She played Marta in “The Sound of Music” with Marie Osmond under the direction of James Hammerstein. She also played James Rogers in “The Will Rogers Follies” with Keith Caradine and Mac Davis under the direction of Tommy Tune. Other theater work includes “Ruthless” as Tina Denmark,” “Stars in Your Eyes” as Jo, Agatha Christy’s “Spider Web” as Pippa, “Annie” as Molly, “The Night of the Hunter” as Mary, “Just One World” as Zoe, “Tatiana in Color” as Antonia, and as a soloist in “Broadway Kids Sing Broadway.” Christy has also performed Thesis work of students of NYU Graduate Studies Musical Theater Writing Program before professors and the NYC Theater Community.
Christy also has an impressive list of feature films including Woody Allen’s “Everyone Says I Love You” as Chiquita Banana, Hal Hartley’s Sony Classic’s release “Henry’s Fool” as Pearl and “Looking for an Echo” as Armand Asanti’s cancer-stricken daughter.
She has performed in Dr. Seuss Children’s Opera with composer Rob Kapilow at the Ravinia Music Festival in Chicago, with the Kansas City Symphony in Kansas City, at Jordan Hall in Boston, and with the New Jersey State Opera. Again with Rob Kapilow, she sang the role of Princess Lenore in “Many Moons,” a children’s opera based on the famous children’s book, both in Boston with the Bank of Boston Pop Family Series and at Princeton University with the New Jersey State Opera.
Her voice can be heard on the recording soundtracks of “Everyone Says I Love You,” “Parade,” “Broadway Kids Go to the Movies,” “Broadway Kids Revisit Broadway” and the “Say The Word” track on the Kim Possible CD. Christy is currently working with song writers and music producers to release her first solo vocal album. Christy was accepted into Julliard’s pre-college voice program in 2001, but due to her California commitments with the “Even Stevens” series, declined. Christy’s voice can be heard on the Random House Listening Library Books on Tape Series; “Cookoo’s Child,” “Bat Six,” “Connie B. Jones” and “My Heartbeat.”
Christy has also made National Television singing appearances on the Rosie O’Donnell Show and the NBA All Star Game at Madison Square Garden. This September 2003, she will travel to the United Kingdom to be a presenter on the Disney Channel Kids Awards. This past spring, Christy hosted “The Disney Hour” for the “Children’s Miracle Network.”
Christy has participated for many years performing in fund-raising benefits such as Equity Fights AIDS, The Actors Fund, Leukemia Foundation, American Heart Association, UNICEF 50th Anniversary and the Professional Children’s School Musicale and Spring benefits.
Christy has studied at The School of American Ballet and is a graduate of The Professional Children’s School, both in New York.