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PR: Meta Con adds Ellen McLain, John Patrick Lowrie

By Petrea Mitchell| June 9, 2013 | Comments Off on PR: Meta Con adds Ellen McLain, John Patrick Lowrie

The Minneapolis Comic Con is excited to announce that the voice of the infamous artificial intelligence GLaDOS, Ellen McLain, and her husband sci-fi author John Patrick Lowrie will be appearing at the comic convention in Minneapolis, Meta Con. Meta Con will be held August 30 – September 1, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.

About Ellen McLain

Ellen McLain, the voice of GLaDOS, the artificial intelligence antagonist in Portal (for which she won an AIAS Interactive Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance) and Portal 2, hails from Nashville, Tennessee. She has worked in theater and opera for over thirty years. Her professional career began on Broadway with Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady and with the legendary Peggy Lee in her show, Peg. Ellen’s credits range from Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman to Mimi in La Boheme. McLain provides voices for many characters in several video games from Valve. Among them are the announcer in Team Fortress 2, and the voice of the Combine overwatch for the Half-Life 2 series.

McLain is the only person to have her voice in all the games in the Orange Box. She sang the ending credits song to Portal, “Still Alive” and Portal 2, “Want You Gone”, both written by Jonathan Coulton, and sang the Turret Opera by Mike Morasky featured at the end of Portal 2.

McLain now lives in Seattle with her husband, fellow voice actor John Patrick Lowrie, who insisted she get a voice demo for years and is therefore responsible for her subsequent fame as the much loved and hated GLaDOS.

About John Patrick Lowrie

John Patrick Lowrie was born in 1952 in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Boulder, Colorado. At 16 he left home to make his way as a singer/guitarist/flautist/trombonist in a rock ‘n’ roll band, sleeping in parks and communes and getting to know several hippies. Surviving the draft, he graduated with highest distinction from the Indiana University School of Music and for a few years managed to make a living as a composer and guitarist in his acoustic fusion duo The Kiethe Lowrie Duet, garnering critical acclaim and opening for people who were much more famous than he was. He then decided to become an actor
because the pay was better and the work was steadier. To this day he remains the only person he knows of who has done this. He met Ellen McLain, his wife of twenty-four years, in Arnhem, Holland on a European tour of a Broadway show and started his acting career in Palermo, Italy telling jokes to an opera house full of Sicilians who didn’t speak English. Success continues to dog his heels like an angry Pekinese. John and his wife now reside in Seattle, where they divide their professional time between acting in live theater and voice acting for computer games and radio.

About Meta Con

Meta Con is a three-day celebration of geek and nerd popular culture, including anime, video games, and comic books. The convention features numerous events throughout the weekend, in addition to its massive exhibit space. Events include concerts, all-night dances, video game tournaments, discussion panels, and beyond. Major events can be found listed at http://metaconvention.com/events.

Individuals who need a room can book a room at the Hyatt Minneapolis for only $99 per night at http://metaconvention.com/location.

Attendance requires the purchase of a registration and receipt of a special convention badge. Individuals can register online for $30 at http://metaconvention.com/register.

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