Kay Kostopoulos: Jazz Artist & Lecturer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business

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What do you do best?

I direct and teach acting, acting pedagogy, voice, speech, and Shakespeare in the Department of Theater and Continuing Studies Program at Stanford University. I teach “Acting with Power” at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and has coached for the Knight Fellows Journalism Program, the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, and the Department of English.

I have created and directed training programs for Stanford’s School of Medicine and co-taught a class for Symbolic Systems in the development of facial recognition for the treatment of autism.   I’ve also taught private seminars for live and on-line presentation for Twitter, Genentech, Cisco, Hitachi, Lippincott, Ernst and Young, First Republic, Stand and Deliver Consulting, The National Association of Speakers, Fripp & Associates, Stanford’s Executive Program for Women and Women in Entrepreneurship Program, eBay’s Global Women’s Conference and Women In Cable Telecommunications. 

My work has been featured in “O” magazine. http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Body-Language-Signs-Body-Language-of-Women/2.  I’ve also been featured on NPR’s  Philosophy Talk radio program http://philosophytalk.org/shows/faces-feelings-and-lies for my work on understanding facial emotions in the treatment of Autism.   My work with the Stanford Knight Fellow Journalists is here listed:  http://knight.stanford.edu/talks-events/2012/speaking-with-power-and-learning-to-lead/  

Articles have appeared about me in STANFORD BUSINESS MAGAZINE ON LINE: http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/news/bmag/sbsm2010/sbsm1005actingpower.html .

I most recently did the coaching for the faculty videos from the Voice & Influence program by Stanford's Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research and Lean In: http://stnfd.biz/jtwdA   

I am also a jazz artist who performs and records with some of the finest musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area.  www.blackolivejazz.com




What makes you the best?

I use theater and music techniques to coach in business, law and medicine for accessing communication skills—I make the arts accessible to the non-artist who has a creative calling.

What are your aspirations?

Personal: To expand my music and teaching around the globe

Business: To have my band perform and illustrate the connection between business and creative collaboration.

What fascinates you? 

The Crossover between the arts, business and sciences.  My work in the jazz world and business appears in this newsletter: http://standanddelivergroup.com/3-essential-skills-that-leaders-can-learn-from-jazz-musicians/

Favorite Motto: 

“Beyond Category” …Duke Ellington

Favorite People: 

Maya Angelou, Barbara Boxer, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Irene Krall, Anita ODay

Favorite Places: 

San Francisco, Italy, Greece, Baltimore, Washington, Sonoma Coast

Favorite Products:  

Anything organic and sustainably raised…cruelty free.

Current Passions:  

BLACK OLIVE JAZZ:  Stanford teacher and actress, Kay Kostopoulos conceived Black Olive Jazz draws from her acting background and her Mediterranean heritage to establish a unique sound in Jazz, bringing this vision to audiences all around the San Francisco Bay Area.  Featuring Kay on vocals with master musicians from the local jazz scene, Kay performs songs from film and the Broadway stage to jazz standards, culminating in an homage to such enduring masters as Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie and their groundbreaking offerings to the “world music” genre. www.blackoliveazz.com     

“Beautiful voice with a wide range... Ms. Kostopoulos is equally skilled on ballads and uptempo material... Makes a strong case for being considered a major jazz singer” - Jazz Critic Scott Yanow

“Quintessential San Francisco Jazz” - Wayne Saroyan, Jazz West

“Wonderful lyrical imagery that transports the listener to another... Velvety vocal work” - Billboard

“Kay is a singer with good technique and beautiful tone” - Jazz Times