"Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."
- ALBERT EINSTEIN
LAURA THEODORE is a recognized television personality, vegan chef, radio host, compassionate cookbook author and award-winning recording artist. Laura Theodore/Jazzy Vegetarian are recent inductees into the 2015 TASTE HALL of FAME and a 2015 Taste Award winner for "Best Health and Fitness Program (Food and Diet)."
Ms. Theodore is author of Laura Theodore's Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a Plant-Based Diet, Jazzy Vegetarian Classics: Vegan Twists on American Family Favorites and Jazzy Vegetarian: Lively Vegan Cuisine Made Easy and Delicious. She is one of featured "All-Star" chefs in the The China Study All-Star Collection: Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes from Your Favorite Vegan Chefs.
Laura is the on-camera host, creator, and co-producer of the highly successful plant-based cooking and healthy lifestyle series, Jazzy Vegetarian on Public television and PBS. The show presently airs nationwide. and is available in nearly 90% of American households. In addition, Laura hosts the weekly podcast radio show, Jazzy Vegetarian Radio, a talk/music format focusing on plant-based recipes, eco-friendly tips, vegan celebrity interviews, and upbeat music, served up with a bit of music on the side. A few of Ms. Theodore's recent guests on her radio and television shows include: Dr. Pam Popper, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Neal Barnard, Ed Begley Jr., Rachelle Carson-Begley, Emily Deschanel, Rickey Medlocke, Rich Roll, Belinda Carlisle, Jim Brickman, Michael Feinstein, Paul Winter, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. John McDougall and hundreds more.
Laura has made guest appearances on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX, and she was recently featured on The Talk on CBS, Insider/Entertainment Tonight, News 4-NBC, Fox News 8, Better TV, and WCBS Radio. Laura writes a weekly recipe column for Mother Earth Living (online), and she has been featured in the New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, USA Today, People Magazine, Time Magazine, VegNews, Family Circle, Readers Digest, PBS Food, Naked Food and Healthy Aging, among other highly respected news, food and lifestyle-related journals.
As an internationally recognized, award-winning recording artist and songwriter, Laura has recorded six solo CDs, with her newest offering, a pop CD entitled "Organic Love," to be released in 2016. Her debut disc, “Tonight's the Night,” received a Musician Magazine Award and her critically acclaimed duo CD release with the late, great Joe Beck entitled "Golden Earrings," was selected to appear on the 52nd Grammy Award list, in the category of “Best Jazz Vocal Album.” Laura has toured throughout the country, performing at numerous major events, such as Night of 100 Stars, Fire and Ice Ball, and The American Film Awards.
On the acting side of things, Laura has appeared in over sixty plays and musicals including Off Broadway for two years in the hit show Beehive, which earned her a coveted Backstage Bistro Award. She was honored with the Denver Critics Drama Circle Award as “Best Actress in a Musical,” for her starring role as Janis Joplin in the World Premier Production of “Love, Janis.” Laura is the title cut vocalist on producer Jim Steinman’s cult classic Original Sin (which has since been covered by artists such as Meatloaf and Taylor Dayne) and her first starring film role was in the Indie film Paradise Cove, with Ben Gazzara.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Laura grew up in the theatre and developed a passion for film and musical theatre as a young girl. She was often seen in the East Ohio Gas television series based on popular fairy tales, and decided at the ripe old age of ten that she would move to New York City to become a stage actor and rock star when she grew up.
Laura studied acting and improvisation for three years with Marilyn Bianchi (co-founder of Cleveland’s infamous Dobama Theatre) and acted at the Heights Youth Theatre with director Jerome Leonard for seven years. It was there that she appeared in over forty dramas and musicals in such diverse roles as Jo in Little Women, Maria in The Sound of Music, Lucy in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Winnifred in Once upon a Mattress, Peter Pan in Peter Pan and Nancy in Oliver.
Laura then moved on to the Big Apple to try her hand at becoming a stage actor and recording artist. She became noted in both fields, performing regularly in New York's hottest spots, including Sweetwaters, The Bottom Line, Dangerfields, Town Hall (with Mercer Ellington) and a three month sold out run at The Cookery opening for the late, great singer/composer, Alberta Hunter. Laura then landed her trademark role as Janis Joplin in the Off Broadway hit Beehive, which earned her a Backstage Bistro Award. The subsequent cast album won critical acclaim, and gave Laura her first national television exposure.
It was while doing a local television spot in New York City, that Laura was discovered by manager Sid Bernstein (remember the Beatles at Shea Stadium?), with whom she signed for three years. She appeared as a guest artist on many records and soundtracks, including Jim Steinman’s Pandora’s Box (on the title track, Original Sin), and in the 1995 film, The Shadow. She also became a fixture in the jingle world, singing the Jordache Jeans jingle, among others.
In the 1990's Laura co-founded the hard driving all original rock group, "Q, " with star guitarist Larry Mitchell, which quickly developed a loyal cult following. "Q " played all the NYC rock hot spots including the Cat Club, CBGB’s and the Bitter End.
It was out of the Beehive project that Laura was first introduced to superstar songwriter Jerry Ragovoy (Piece of My Heart, Cry Baby, Try, Get it While You Can, Time is On My Side, and other hits). She recorded many projects with Mr. Ragovoy over the years, and worked with him in the world premiere production of Love Janis, for which she received the Denver Drama Critics Circle Award. The following year she co-starred again at the Denver Center for Performing Arts in the premiere production of It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues.
A love for good food, compassion for animals, and enthusiasm for great music has created a joyous life path for Laura Theodore.