Playhouse Square Welcomes National Geographic Live! Speaker Series

Playhouse Square Welcomes National Geographic Live! Speaker SeriesPlayhouse Square and National Geographic Live, National Geographic's touring speaker series, and are proud to announce ?a new speaker series. From the big cats of the Asian jungles, to the glacial waters of the North Atlantic, to the spectacular views from the International Space Station, the new National Geographic Live speaker series at Playhouse Square offers three unforgettable adventures. Journey with acclaimed National Geographic photographers and their breathtaking images to some of the world's most incredible places from the comfort of our beautiful and historic theaters. The new three-event series featuring National Geographic Live's speakers is sponsored by Spectrum.

National Geographic Live is the live events division of National Geographic. With a broad roster of talent including renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmaker and adventurers, National Geographic Live's critically acclaimed programs have connected with audiences worldwide for over a century. Speakers share behind-the-scenes stories from the front lines of exploration onstage alongside stunning imagery and gripping footage.

Nat Geo Live is currently presented in more than 60 cities in North America. The new series adds Cleveland to the list.

"We are thrilled to be bringing some of National Geographic's most dynamic and entertaining explorers to Playhouse Square. National Geographic Live! events are a unique opportunity for people in Cleveland to meet these visionary individuals in person, and to be inspired by the fascinating stories and breathtaking images they will share from their expeditions to the far corners of our planet," said Yulia Petrossian Boyle, Senior Vice President for Global Media and Experiences at National Geographic.

For more information, visit natgeolive.com For tickets and information, please visit playhousesquare.org/natgeolive or call 216-241-6000.

2018-2019 Speakers

On the Trail of Big Cats with wildlife photographer Steve Winter

November 7, 2018

Go around the world in search of big cats with award-winning photographer Steve Winter. A determined explorer, Winter will lead you from Asian jungles where resilient tiger populations persist, to the Himalaya, home of the rare snow leopard. Follow him into the rainforests of Latin America to view the elusive jaguar-and to Hollywood in pursuit of the American cougar. He'll share both dangerous and lighter moments: from getting stuck in quicksand to mishaps with remote-controlled cameras. Coauthor of the National Geographic book Tigers Forever, Winter's mission is to share the beauty of big cats while working to save them.

Ocean Soul with underwater photographer Brian Skerry

February 20, 2019

Voyage across the oceans with one of National Geographic's most seasoned photographers and discover a vast, hidden world beneath the waves. Using his camera to communicate, Brian Skerry has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater telling the oceans' stories. His images celebrate the mystery of the depths and offer portraits of creatures so intimate they sometimes appear to have been shot in a studio. Skerry dives eight months of the year, often in extreme conditions beneath Arctic ice or in predator-infested waters, and has even lived at the bottom of the sea to get close to his subjects. This past fall National Geographic Books published Ocean Soul, a landmark retrospective of Skerry's photographs. In the book and this presentation, Skerry takes us from the glacial waters of the North Atlantic, where harp seals face off with commercial hunters, to the balmy central Pacific, where he photographed damaged coral ecosystems rebuilding themselves. On stage, Skerry is a passionate spokesman for the oceans he loves to photograph. His riveting presentations to audiences at TED, Harvard, and London's Royal Geographic Society inspire reverence for the marine realm and offer hope for protecting the vitality of the world's oceans.

View from Above with NASA Astronaut Terry Virts

May 15, 2019

View from Above? with Terry Virts, a celebrated NASA astronaut and National Geographic author. Virts will share his unique stories and stunning photographs taken from a place many will never visit - space. As a NASA astronaut, pilot of the space shuttle Endeavour and crew member on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, Virts spent 200 consecutive days in space as commander of the International Space Station-one of the longest continuous space mission of any NASA astronaut. More recently, Virts appeared in the 2016 IMAX film ?A Beautiful Planet, ? a breathtaking portrait of Earth from space that features stunning footage-much of it shot by Virts while aboard (and outside) the International Space Station-of our magnificent blue planet and humanity's impact on it. His photography, which provides incredible aerial views of Earth and the vast space that surrounds it, is featured in a new National Geographic book, ?VIEW FROM ABOVE: An Astronaut Photographs the World, which is available wherever books are sold.

About National Geographic Live:

National Geographic Live is the live events division of National Geographic. With a broad roster of talent including renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers and adventurers, National Geographic Live's critically acclaimed programs have connected with audiences worldwide for over a century. Currently, National Geographic Live events are held in a variety of cities around the world, including, Seattle, Tampa, Los Angeles, and Calgary. In each of these cities, speakers share behind-the-scenes stories from the front lines of exploration onstage alongside stunning imagery and gripping footage. For more information, visit natgeolive.com.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic's media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children's media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers ... and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education.

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