Oscar-winning actor, writer and producer Bradley Cooper is returning to his roots to headline the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry’s 39th Annual PA Chamber Dinner.
The dinner, a “Celebration of Pennsylvania,” will be held Oct. 2, at the Hershey Lodge and will feature a fireside chat with Cooper, who was born and raised outside of Philadelphia.
Following the conversation with Cooper, and for the first time in PA Chamber Dinner history, the program will include a musical performance by another Pennsylvania native – award-winning and multi-platinum recording artist Gabby Barrett, who was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area.
“As the Pennsylvania Chamber strives to showcase what sets our state apart and attract top talent to market the commonwealth, Bradley Cooper stands out as one of the most well-known and respected Pennsylvanians and entertainers in the world, said PA Chamber President and CEO Luke Bernstein. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to chat with him about his ongoing connections to his home state, his incredible film career and lessons in leadership, his love for PA sports teams like the Philadelphia Eagles, and how we can all work together to elevate Pennsylvania on the national and global stage.”
Cooper, a nine-time Oscar nominee, is currently in production on Maestro, a story he co-wrote and is directing, producing, and starring in.
Cooper graduated with honors in the English program at Georgetown University. After moving to New York City, he obtained his Masters in the Fine Arts program at the Actors Studio Drama School.
“Gabby Barrett hails from western Pennsylvania, and from her breakout appearance on American Idol to the steady stream of top hits she’s released since, there’s no doubt that she is one of the fastest rising stars in the country,” Bernstein said. “We can’t wait to have her launch our dinner’s inaugural musical performance and showcase Pennsylvania’s incredible homegrown talent.”d