Speaking and Presentations

Orlando_speaking_candid_2 Whether speaking to a rapt audience of high school students at his alma mater, Brooklyn’s  Poly Prep, leading a workshop at Homewood,  IL’s Reflections Yoga Center or engaging a  conference room full of NYC Service officials  and employees in downtown Manhattan, Orlando combines his comedic storytelling and  his thought leadership in the area of personal  performance to create an experience that  audience members and participants describe  as “powerful,” “inspiring” and “hysterical.”  While challenging his audience to answer  tough questions for themselves, Orlando leads  by example, sharing some of his own tales of  tragedy and triumph in bite-sized chunks that  leave everyone present laughing… and thinking.  As for his ability to make folks laugh, Orlando  developed his skills performing stand-up in  clubs throughout the LA area, most notably  The Comedy Store, Jon Lovitz Comedy Club and  The Hollywood Improv (where he produced a  show in the club’s famous Main Room). He’s  also performed in various venues across the  country including the New York Comedy Club  and Hon-Dah Casino (AZ), where he headlined.  When asked to describe the experience, he  laughs, “I believe KRS-One called it ‘edu-tainment.'” He grins and continues, “Not many  consultants out there quoting KRS-One, huh?”  Perhaps not. But perhaps it is that melding of  the tough streets of Flatbush, the ivory tower of  Yale University and a “Ph.D from the School of  Hard Knocks” that make Orlando and his message equally unique and universal.

 

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Sample Engagements:

  • Polytechnic Preparatory Country Day School
  • NYC Service
  • Reflections Yoga Center (Homewood, IL)
  • METRO (Los Angeles) on behalf of ARTICULATE
  • Housing Authority City of Los Angeles on behalf of ARTICULATE
  • Los Angeles Unified School District on behalf of ARTICULATE
  • Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit on behalf of realize

 

Sample Performances:Orlando_speaking_candid_3

  • Rogue Machine Theatre (featured on iTunes podcast)
  • The Comedy Store
  • The Hollywood Improv
  • The Ontario Improv
  • New York Comedy Club
  • Hon-Dah Casino (Headliner)
  • The Queen Mary (Long Beach, CA)

 

Sample topics:

  • From Impossible To I’m Possible (Daring To Dream And Be The Greatest Version Of Who You Are)
  • Get Up (The Power Of Why)
  • Shifts And Transitions And Changes, Oh My! (How To Maintain Your Direction Through A Storm Of Uncertainty)

 

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“Orlando is a seriously gifted vocal storyteller with that rare skill of being able to bring the listener to really deep, gut-wrenching places but with such passion, humanity and humor that we go along, unquestioning.  And emerge better from the experience.”

John Pollono (Actor & Playwright – Lost Girls, Small Engine Repair)

 

 

Please contact us to find out more or book a speaking engagement.