About Athena Reich
new york, NY
Athena Reich is a singer/songwriter, actress, TV Host/Personality, and Songwriting Teacher. She has performed and taught in schools, performance halls, colleges, and on radio & TV across North America. Athena is originally from Toronto, but is currently based out of New York City.
Most recently, Athena appeared on the Food Network as host and contestant in a new Cooking/Dating Reality Show called $12 Challenge. In the show, Athena hosted her segment, created her storyline, competed, and won! Also recently, Athena booked an ADVIL commercial in which she talked about pursuing her dreams, and sang one of her original songs, LITTLE GIRL DREAMS.
In October 2009, Athena is set to officially release her 5th CD, LITTLE GIRL DREAMS, produced by the Emmy/Grammy Winning Cynthia Daniels (Melissa Etheridge, Dave Mathews Band, “Producers” on Broadway, etc.) Athena’s music is storytelling pop, and can be compared to Annie Lennox, Sarah McLaughlin, and Regina Spektor.
This past fall, Athena was hired to write the theme song for LIVING IN CAPTIVITY, a TV pilot currently being shopped to networks. The theme song was animated by Emily Hubley (who did the animation for Hedwig and the Angry Inch). LIVING IN CAPTIVITY was an Official Selection of the New York Television Festival and is currently represented by KTA, Kolstien Literary and Talent Agency.
Earlier this year, Athena produced a documentary entitled ‘LISA LOEB SONGWRITING’ in which Athena and Lisa Loeb taught songwriting to a group of girls at a public school in Brooklyn. Lisa Loeb had no experience in teaching, so Athena’s role was to teach Lisa how to work with kids, and to guide the songwriting workshop. The documentary premiered at Tribeca Cinemas.
Athena has been teaching songwriting, music and drama since the age of 19. She has worked for the Manhattan New Music Project, The Brooklyn Museum, Oregon State University, Lincoln Center, and dozens upon dozens of public schools, organizations and workshops across the tri-state area. She has taught songwriting to every age level (4 to adult), ability level (autistic to gifted), socio-economic background (Bronx to Manhattan Private schools), and ability level (beginner to professional). Athena’s ability to connect with children of all backgrounds, encourage them to open up about their thoughts and feelings, and translate them into song has moved countless teachers, parents, and community members to laughter and tears.
As a host and arts correspondent, Athena has worked for PBS, Air America Radio, 103.9 FM in Toronto, and Here! TV. Her ‘How To’ videos on Songwriting and Acting on ExpertVillage.com and YouTube.com have garnered over 100,000 hits.
As an actress, Athena has appeared in numerous commercials, Film, TV and Off-Broadway productions including Love Sucks at the New York Musical Theater Festival (which was adored by the NY press), Fran in The Day They Shot John Lennon and principle roles on the History Channel, CNN, etc. She won Best Comedy at Canada's YTV Achievement Awards (Judge Eugene Levy). In 2002, she was commissioned by WCS to write a poem for the new NY Aquarium. Her poetry and music is currently displayed at the Museum for Peace in Uzbekistan.
Athena has thousands of fans across North America. She has toured across the continent 3 times, released 4 CDs (not including the upcoming LITTLE GIRL DREAMS), performed on countless TV & Radio shows, and been featured in dozens of newspaper articles. She has shared the stage with Jim Carrey and Sarah McLaughlin, and is set to appear with Jeannine Garofalo in the new year.
Athena’s sense of humor, insight, ability to connect with children, and overflowing talent continues to touch lives across North America.