A Work of Heart

For six years, Rosie O’Donnell served as host and executive producer of the critically acclaimed and Emmy Award-winning nationally syndicated talk/variety series The Rosie O’Donnell Show. In her first season on the air, she won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host. She continued her success for five consecutive seasons by winning Daytime Emmy’s for both Outstanding Talk Show Host and Outstanding Talk Show. Rosie was also seen on daytime television as moderator on the tenth season of ABC’s The View, and hosted the satellite radio show, Rosie Radio on SiriusXM. She returned to television hosting in the fall of 2011 with The Rosie Show on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network through spring 2012.

We’re passionate about growing kids’ skills for a bright future – building self-confidence, discipline, and poise that will serve them well in whatever their chosen careers may be.Valerie Norton, Broadridge Financial; Secretary, RTKids Board of Directors

Rosie made her dramatic television debut in CBS’s Hallmark Hall of Fame production, Riding the Bus with My Sister, and has made guest appearances on Will and Grace, All My Children, Suddenly Susan, Spin City, Sesame Street, The Nanny, The Larry Sanders Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Nip/Tuck, Queer as Folk, Happily Divorced, Bomb Girls, and Showtime’s Web Therapy. O’Donnell has also executive produced and hosted Stand Up Spotlight on VH1, and hosted Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards from 1997–2003. Rosie executive co-produced, co-wrote, and starred in the 2009 Lifetime Original Film, America. Rosie has also been involved in several HBO documentaries. She was the co-executive producer of Rosie’s Family Cruise, A Family Is a Family Is a Family: A Rosie O’Donnell Celebration, and “Don’t Divorce Me.”

On the big screen, O’Donnell has starred in A League of Their Own, Sleepless in Seattle, Another Stakeout, The Flintstones, Exit To Eden, Now and Then, Beautiful Girls, Harriet the Spy, Wide Awake, and was the voice of “Turk” in Walt Disney’s Tarzan.

When critics claimed that Broadway was on the decline and the networks threatened to stop broadcasting the Tony Awards, Rosie, an ardent fan of the theater, came to the rescue. Not only did she agree to host The 51st Annual Tony Awards, but she also did a week-long tribute to the Great White Way on her show leading up to the event. Following her heart to the stage, the multi-talented Rosie starred as ‘Rizzo’ in Tommy Tune’s 1994 revival of Grease. Her other stage credits include the Broadway productions of Seussical and Fiddler on the Roof; Love, Loss and What I Wore; and the Encores! production of No, No, Nanette. In 2004, Rosie combined her love of Broadway with 80s pop musical sensation Boy George and produced the musical Taboo, based on his life.

Rosie O’Donnell has taken her popularity and put it to good use. As a tireless crusader for children, she established Rosie’s For All Kids Foundation in 1997. The foundation raised more than $60 million and awarded more than $27 million dollars in grants to over 1,400 child-related non-profit organizations to benefit low-income families across the country. In 2003, Rosie established Rosie’s Theater Kids in order to provide a Broadway experience to children who might otherwise not have the opportunity.

I Introduce You to RTKids

just a few of the thousands we’ve reached since 2003

they started in our ps broadway program
where we go into the fifth grades
of the city’s neediest elementary schools
and teach them song – dance – drama
for 15 weeks
and we send them to their first broadway show

then we take the ones
who so want to work
it lives in their bloodstream
their heart pulses to the beat of the bass drum

they can’t help it
and we give them free training
at maravel arts center
after-school and in the summer
and homework help
until they graduate high school
…that’s ACTE II

beautiful children
our nation’s best
the long shots
watch them soar