Eliza Schneider

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Eliza Schneider
Born Eliza Jane Schneider
(1972-02-03) February 3, 1972 (age 42)
Other names Blue Girl
Eliza Jane Schneider
Occupation Actress, Singer-songwriter, Historian, Dialectologist, Playwright
Years active 1992–present
Website
http://www.elizaschneider.com/

Eliza Jane Schneider (born February 3, 1972) is an American actress, singer-songwriter, playwright, dialect coach and dialectologist, historian and voice artist. She has appeared on television, and as a voice over actor on videogames and cartoons. She performs various musical, and stage shows.

Life and career[edit]

Schneider spent her formative years on a Chippewa Reservation with her two older brothers. Her father was a math and drama teacher at the School of Arts High School in Rochester, New York,[1] where she graduated as salutatorian. Her mother was a attorney for the Reservation. She started playing violin, after seeing El Shenkar, and when she was sixteen, she had started her first musical group.[2] She also participated in a theater program at Northwestern University's National High School Institute and graduated from UCLA as a world arts and cultures major.

While in college she began going to auditions, and got the role of 'Sheila Brentwood' in the television series The Amazing Live Sea Monkeys, where she got to be the best friend of the three human size Sea Monkeys, a form of brine shrimp. For the show she got to pick the actors who played her parents. After the show got cancelled, she got to be the replacement of Alanna Ubach, in Beakman's World, for the shows second and third seasons. [3]

For her senior thesis, she made a cross-country road tour in a former ambulance studying regional dialects.[4] From the interviews she created a one-woman show called "Freedom of Speech", in which she tells the stories of 34 people, in their voices.[5] The various quotes are combined into a story.[6] When interviewed by The Western Front, a Western Washington University newspaper about the shows, she explained that "People in America today are scared to speak up and tell their perspective on what our nation is or where it is going... I wanted to repeat the peoples' words verbatim so the audience could develop their own perspective."[1]

After hearing about death of Mary Kay Bergman, the voice of many South Park characters, she was approached by a friend, whom asked her to contact her agent to try and get Eliza the role of doing those various voices.[3] She alongside Mona Marshall were the lead female voice actors on the animated cartoon series. This was a position she held until 2003, when she left over a contract dispute. "I asked for a union contract, played hardball and walked," she told a journalist.[1] She was replaced by April Stewart.

In 2006 she was involved in a car accident, resulting in a head injury, and a broken hand. She is also a political activist.[2]

Voice over[edit]

Television[edit]

Character voices[1][edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hancock, Jaynie. "In Her Own Voices". Western Washington University. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "About, Eliza Jane & the Barnyard Gypsies". SonicBids. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Cloverleaf Radio Presents: Actress Eliza Schneider "South Park"! (Audio podcast). Interview with Jimmy Falcon, Gremlina, and Eliza Jane Schneider. 29 March 2011. Cloverleaf Radio. Retrieved October 25, 2014. 5:09 [I got to] "be the best friend of these three life size sea-monkeys..." 6:58 "They showed me a bunch of headshots and were like 'Pick your parents'. 7:15 "Luckily I got to do a audition for the replacement show which was Beakman's World. 13:42 "He brought me in his room, and locked the door behind me, and said 'I don't want South Park to go off the air. I know you can do those voices. Don't you have an agent?'" 14:23 "He forced me to call my agent at ICM, from his room. And so I called, if they need anybody I can do that." 
  4. ^ "Eliza Jane Schneider talks about traveling the country in an ambulance". San Diego Reader. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Woman of 1,000 voices - Eliza Jane stops by Night & Day on U-T TV". U-T San Diego. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Weber, Bruce. "Critic's Notebook; A Spiritual Search And a Noir Comedy". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 

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Preceded by
Mary Kay Bergman
South Park lead female voice
1999–2003 (together with Mona Marshall (1999–present))
Succeeded by
April Stewart