Canadian born voice-over actress Tara Strong has lent her talent to roles in many live action, animated and video game projects since her professional acting debut at the tender age of 13. Her portrayals have garnered nominations in the Annie Awards and Daytime Emmys, and an award from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences.
Following her early theatrical roles, she starred in the short-lived CBC Television sitcom Mosquito Lake. She took improv classes at The Second City in Toronto and continued acting in both animated and live-action shows and films, before moving to L.A. in January 1994. Strong made appearances in live-action television shows such as Party of Five, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Touched by an Angel and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. While her live action work brought her much notoriety, Strong began delving into the world of voice over acting, which resulted in helping bring to life many beloved characters.
Strong is the voice of numerous animated creations, including main roles in Fillmore! as Ingrid Third; The Fairly OddParents as Timmy Turner and Poof; Rugrats and All Grown Up! as Dil Pickles; The Powerpuff Girls as Bubbles; Ben 10 as Ben Tennyson, Upgrade, Blitzwolfer, and Buzzshock; Teen Titans and the second version of this show called Teen Titans Go! as Raven; Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends as Terrence; the singing voice of Meg Griffin and additional voices on Family Guy; and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic as Twilight Sparkle. Strong can also be heard in in the films Animal Crackers, Injustice 2 as Harley Quinn, Charming and the The My Little Pony Movie, reprising her role as Twilight Sparkle.
In addition to film and television, Strong has also lent her voice to English-language localizations of Japanese anime such as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, as well as several video games, including her work as Elisa and Ursula in Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops; Paz Ortega Andrade in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker; Rikku in Final Fantasy X, its sequel Final Fantasy X-2, and Kingdom Hearts II; Talwyn Apogee in Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction and its sequel, Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty; Harley Quinn in Batman: Arkham City, replacing Arleen Sorkin from the franchise; and Juliet Starling, the main character of Lollipop Chainsaw.
An avid user of social media, Strong won the Shorty Award for “Best #Actress” in 2013 thanks to a strong showing by her fans. The Behind the Voice Actors website selected her for a BTVA Voice Acting Award for Voice Actress of the Year for 2013, and nominated her for the 2011 and 2012 years.
Angela Hession has been pivotal in establishing new global products and businesses at Microsoft. She led operational, product and marketing teams to launch over 100 games on Xbox 360 and Kinect and was the co-creator of ID@Xbox. In her most recent role, one of Hession’s major focus areas to drive new capabilities to create a safer and more inclusive gaming environment for everyone who wants to play on Xbox.
She has launched multiple women leadership groups and spent two years scaling and driving Women in Gaming and Technology for Xbox. Hession is a champion for the Xbox University Recruiting and Diversity program and is a Catalyst mentor across Microsoft’s interns and new in career employees.
In her free time Angela sits on the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation technology innovation advisory board to help women across Africa to obtain access to basic health care products. Angela is also an active volunteer in her community across education, homelessness and mental illness.