THEATRE, FILM AND PR
In Vancouver, he worked as an actor, stage manager, publicist and producer.
Newart worked on the sold-out theatrical shows Don Juan in Hell, Oscar Wilde’s Salomé, Born Naked: Died Blond, and The X-Mas Files. He also worked on the Jessie Richardson Award-nominated play The Laundry, and the smash hit B-Average: A Musical About Passing, which he accompanied to sold-out crowds off-Broadway in New York City.
He starred as Peter Pan at Performance Works in Vancouver, for a private function with Ellie Harvie (Morticia Addams from TV's 'The New Addams Family') starring as Tinkerbell.
Newart served as a spokesperson for the United Nations (UNDP) during the 1997 APEC (Asia- Pacific Economic Cooperation) meeting in Vancouver. He also publicized the Bravo! Channel's TV movie of the month Motifs and Repetitions.
"France Nuyen taught me to not say 'May I have a minute?' if I really need five minutes," said Newart.
Newart also worked with pop culture figures Angie Bowie, Jerry Mathers ('Leave It To Beaver'), Ned Beatty and Penny Arcade (Andy Warhol's Women In Revolt).
Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Newart attended seven schools by Grade 12.
He performed in school choirs and bands, and his first paying gig as a boy was at about age 12, performing magic shows, complete with the finger-chopper act and Chinese linking rings. At age 14, he recorded an instrumental album of TV and movie theme cover-songs on keyboards for his grandmother, including the Star Wars theme.
His first job after high school was acting in murder mysteries, most notably at the historic Kilmorey Lodge in Canada's Waterton National Park. He became the youngest manager of a Levi's 1850 store at age 20, then worked an Alfred Sung fashion show, leading to a career in the magazine industry.
Newart worked in the advertising and PR departments of CinemaScope and CityScope magazines in Calgary, during which time he met legendary comedienne Phyllis Diller.
"On the set of the movie The Perfect Man, Miss Diller taught me to say '1-2-3' before taking her picture," said Newart.
He moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, to pursue a career in the arts, at age 22.
Shortly after moving to Vancouver in 1993, Curtis was taken under the guidance of old-Hollywood couple Thor Arngrim (pictured far left; Photo credit: C. Newart) and Norma Macmillan (pictured near left). Thor was known for his work as a producer, and one-time personal manager to Liberace and Debbie Reynolds.
Norma was best known as the voice of TV cartoon character Casper the Friendly Ghost. Curtis worked with Thor and Norma, and their children Stefan Arngrim ('Land of the Giants') and Alison Arngrim ('Little House on the Prairie') for many years.
His musical inspiration has come from many of the performers he's seen live in concert, including Cyndi Lauper, Marilyn Manson, Madonna, Elton John, Tina Turner, Dolly Parton, Janet Jackson, Sting, Cher, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, Sarah McLachlan, Billy Idol, Gwen Stefani, The B-52's, The Cult, Sarah Brightman, Billy Joel, Green Day, Bette Midler, Platinum Blonde and Liza Minelli.
Newart's fundraising efforts have received support from Oprah Winfrey, RuPaul, Carol Burnett, Bob Hope, Elizabeth Taylor and many others.