- Lisa Starbird
Performer Profile: Michael Pritchard
Michael Pritchard - Bread & Roses Ambassador
Nationally acclaimed motivational speaker, comedian, social worker and teacher.
Michael Pritchard is a nationally acclaimed motivational speaker, comedian, youth counselor and advocate of social emotional learning. He uses humor to inspire and educate his audiences. He regularly speaks to schools, parent groups, and corporations on the topics of communication skills, diversity, anti-bullying and conflict resolution.
He has shown his outstanding commitment and support to Bread & Roses for over 40 years! Michael was a dear friend of our founder, the late Mimi Fariña, and has been a part of the Bread & Roses family since the very beginning. For over four decades he has brought his powerful and motivational speaking programs to our youth audiences, assisted us with our fundraising efforts and acted as an emcee for several of our events. Michael is a big guy with a warm heart who truly walks his talk.
With his sensational standup comedy, he has shared the same bill with Robin Williams, Jerry Seinfeld, Dana Carvey and Whoopi Goldberg as well as opened many shows for some of the biggest comedy and music names in the business.
You may have seen him on numerous PBS specials or the movie “Happy. ” He is credited for many of the Star Wars voices.
Pritchard has been featured on CNN, NBC's "The Today Show," and "The Tonight Show," CBS "Sunday Morning" with Charles Kuralt, in Time and People magazines & more.
Michael, you are the heart and soul of Bread & Roses and it would never be the same without you. Thank you for the joy, laughter, light and timely messages that you bring to us all!
By Lisa Starbird, Program Associate/Events Producer
Photos and video courtesy of Michael Pritchard