This lecture will focus on the SoulPancake program. SoulPancake develops thought-provoking content and creative engagement opportunities that encourage people to explore what it means to be human. Founded in 2008 by actor Rainn Wilson, SoulPancake is fast-becoming a leading catalyst for interactions around Life’s Big Questions—topics such as art, philosophy, creativity, and spirituality.
Rainn Wilson starred in long running NBC Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award winning series for “Best Comedy,” “The Office,” alongside Steve Carell, John Krasinski, and Jenna Fisher. Over the years, he has endeared himself to millions and earned two Emmy nominations with his portrayal of ‘Dwight Schrute,’ an eccentric paper salesman whose ego knows no bounds, dreams of being “#2,” and fervently torments his colleagues in his own lovable, pathetic fashion.
Prior to his fame from “The Office,” Wilson was best known for his role as ‘Arthur Martin,’ the pitiable mortician’s apprentice on the HBO’s Emmy Award winning television series “Six Feet Under.”
Wilson honed his theatre skills on the stage in New York for years before making the trip to Los Angeles to pursue on-screen work. His credits include performances in two Broadway plays, “London Assurance” and “The Tempest,” as well as off-Broadway productions of “The New Bozena” (a piece he created), “Plunge,” “Venus,” “Titus Andronicus,” and “Twelfth Night.” He attended the graduate acting program at New York University.
In 2008, Rainn and two of his friends, Joshua Homnick and Devon Gundry, created the program SoulPancake to create a space where people from all walks of life could discuss and question what it means to be human—a place to wrestle with the spiritual, philosophical, and creative journey that is life. Today, SoulPancake spans multiple distribution channels, from web to print to video to live events. In 2010, the SoulPancake book, SoulPancake: Chew on Life's Big Questions, was released with thought-provoking essays, bold questions and mind bending art.
Wilson currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, fiction writer Holiday Reinhorn, their young son Walter, and their three pit bulls, Oona, Barry and Pilot.
Free with WFU ID | $20 General Admission (at the door- limited seating available)
I loved that SU brought in a speaker that was clearly loved by so many students here, but also that is moving beyond his career in television and comedy to do something bigger in the world.