Kristin Chenoweth, award-winning actress and singer, announced as RootsTech keynote speaker

Chenoweth will share her family story and showcase her famous soprano voice with a few musical performances during the 3-day global family history conference

Kristin Chenoweth, an Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer known for her work in musical theater, television and film, is coming to RootsTech 2024.

Chenoweth will share her family story and showcase her famous soprano voice with a few musical performances as a keynote speaker on Saturday, March 2, FamilySearch announced on

RootsTech, a three-day global family history conference, is scheduled for Feb. 29 through March 2 in Salt Lake City and virtually at Registration for RootsTech is available at

Ron Jarret, Kristen Chenoweth and Kristin Chenoweth talk during a press conference.
Ron Jarret, then-president of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, left, and Mack Wilberg, music director of the choir, sit with guest artist Kristin Chenoweth during a press conference at the Relief Society Building in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Chenoweth was a guest artist at the choir’s Christmas concert in 2018. She will be a keynote speaker at RootsTech 2024. | Steve Griffin, Deseret News

Meet Kristen Chenoweth

Born in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, young Kristin was adopted by her parents Junie and Jerry Chenoweth, both chemical engineers, shortly after birth. Kristen’s adoption story has fueled her passion for supporting various charities that aid children needing loving, adoptive families. 

She graduated from Oklahoma City University with a degree in musical theater and earned a master’s degree in opera performance.

While visiting a friend in New York City in 1993, Chenoweth auditioned for the musical, “Animal Crackers,” and was cast as the lead role, launching her career.

Since then she has performed for audiences worldwide and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Chenoweth is well known for her performances on Broadway, notably her role as Sally Brown in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” which earned her a Tony Award in 1999, and her original role as Glinda in “Wicked,” for which she received a Tony nomination in 2004.

She has played notable roles in several television series, including “The West Wing,” “Pushing Daisies” (won an Emmy Award in 2009), and “Glee.” She has also appeared in various films, including “Bewitched,” “The Pink Panther,” and “Four Christmases.” She also played Velma Von Tussle in NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” in 2016.

Chenoweth said performing with the Tabernacle Choir as its guest artist for annual 2018 Christmas concert was a “bucket list” item, the Church News reported.

Her next major project is as a producer for the new musical “The Queen of Versailles”, based on the 2012 award-winning documentary.

Other RootsTech 2024 keynote speakers

Chenoweth joins a short list of keynote speakers at RootsTech 2024:

Learn more at

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