LIMELIGHT: Geena Davis
Academy Award winner Geena Davis is one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, appearing in several roles that became cultural landmarks.
Davis received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the offbeat dog trainer Muriel Pritchett in Lawrence Kasdan’s The Accidental Tourist. She was again nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her performance in Ridley Scott’s Thelma & Louise, in which she co-starred with Susan Sarandon. Davis went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her portrayal of baseball phenomenon ‘Dottie Hinson’ in A League of Their Own.
Earning the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama, Davis broke ground in her portrayal of the first female President of the United States in ABC’s hit show Commander in Chief.
Davis made her feature film debut starring opposite Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie. She went on to star in such films as The Fly, Beetlejuice, Angie, The Long Kiss Goodnight and Stuart Little. Few have achieved such remarkable success in as many different fields as Davis has: she is not only an Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actor, but a world-class athlete (at one time the nation’s 13th-ranked archer), a member of the genius society Mensa, and is now recognized for her tireless advocacy of women and girls nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments. She is the Founder and Chair of the non-profit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which engages film and television creators to dramatically increase the percentages of female characters — and reduce gender stereotyping — in media made for children 11 and under.
Davis was appointed Special Envoy for Women and Girls in ICT for the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and is an official partner of UN Women. She is also co-founder and chair of the Bentonville Film Festival (BFF), whose mission is to champion women and diverse voices in all forms of media.
Geena Davis and festival co-founder Trevor Drinkwater launched the Bentonville Film Festival in 2015 to champion content creation in film and other forms of media that reflects the diverse — and half female — world we live in. The Festival takes place in early May in Bentonville, Arkansas and is research based and commercially driven.
Most recently, Davis starred in 20th Century Fox’s The Exorcist; a serialized psychological thriller based on the 1971 book of the same name; Marjorie Prime, based on the Award-Winning play; and Dear Angelica, one of the first VR narrative films from Oculus. Davis holds honorary degrees from Boston University, Bates College and New England College.
Geena Davis is part of Tampa Theatre’s LIMELIGHT speaker series’ 2020 lineup (CLICK HERE to see the rest of the schedule). LIMELIGHT series subscriptions are available as a four-event ticket bundle for $165.00 – $225.00, plus applicable fees. A limited number of VIP packages are also available for $600.00 plus fees, which include premium show seating, photo ops with the speakers, and a pre-event cocktail reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and open bar each event night.
Geena Davis is sponsored by Film Tampa Bay and Visit Tampa Bay.
This series is presented by the Vinik Family Foundation. Support for the series is provided by the Triad Foundation; Sabal Trust; Film Tampa Bay; Visit Tampa Bay; the DeBartolo Family Foundation; Harris, Hunt & Derr, P.A.; and Oxford Exchange. Media consideration is provided by the Tampa Bay Business Journal; Tampa Bay METRO magazine; 83 Degrees Media; and WEDU-PBS.