At 6 years old Christy was cast in several national tours of Broadway musicals, including Annie, The Will Rogers Follies, and The Sound of Music. At 12, she made her feature film debut in Woody Allen’s Everyone Says I Love You. She continued acting in independent films with famed directors Hal Hartley in Henry Fool and Martin Davidson in Looking for an Echo. Before heading West, Romano made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning musical Parade by Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown originating the role of Mary Phagan.
On February 17, 2004, Romano began a 31-week run of playing Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Broadway. She left the production after raising ticket attendance from 30% to 99%. Romano later returned to Broadway and starred in Avenue Q, in which she puppet-mastered ‘Kate Monster’ and ‘Lucy the Slut’ and was directed by Pitch Perfect‘s Jason Moore. She continued being involved in the theater community with an off-Broadway production of White’s Lies along-side Betty Buckley, and most recently originated starring roles in musical workshops such as ‘Scary Musical’ and Martin Charnin’s (Annie) ‘Robin Hood: The Final Adventure’.
Romano became the first person to act in three Disney Channel projects simultaneously. Supplementing her on-camera work on Even Stevens, where she co-starred with Shia LaBeouf, she voiced the title animated character in Kim Possible. Romano’s voice was nominated for a Daytime Emmy and the show inspired an adventure ride at Disney’s Epcot, as well as two Disney Channel movies. She was the voice of Yuffie Kisaragi in the English version of Final Fantasy VII Advent Children, as well as in the Disney/Square game Kingdom Hearts and has continued success as a voice actor on shows like Family Guy and The Penguins of Madagascar and films like Casper’s Scare School and The Legends of Secret Pass. She has recently done scratch vocal work for Mila Kunis in To Hell and Back and is the voice of two Marvel characters in a highly anticipated video game.
Christy’s voice can be heard on the recording soundtracks of Everyone Says I Love You, Parade, Kim Possible: A Stitch in Time, Disney’s Teachers Pet, and Disney’s Princess Diaries 2. Her first album was been released by Disney Records and is titled Christy Carlson Romano Greatest Movie & TV Hits. She was signed to Atlantic records and toured with Raven Symone and Hilary Duff.
She can also be heard on many AUDIBLE.COM audiobooks such as: The Mara Dyer Trilogy, Cuckoo’s Child, Bat Six, Connie B. Jones, My Heartbeat, Pop Princess and her own book Grace’s Turn (available via iTunes). She is also the voice of Disneys Scene it: Deluxe Edition.
She hosted two seasons of the Disney Hour for the Children’s Miracle Network, Wired Teen for Tek T.V., and the 50th Anniversary of Disney Parks. She was the hosting ambassador, perfume and clothing designer for Club Libby Lu.
Romano has a long relationship with Disney ABC Television Group by starring in movies for the Disney Channel: Cadet Kelly, The Even Stevens Movie, and ABC Family: Campus Confidential, Taking Five, The Cutting Edge 2: Going for the Gold, and The Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream. Various other TV appearances include MTV’s Kaya, NBC’S Joan of Arcadia, CW’s Summerland, and TNT’s HawthoRNe.
Romano penned a novel, Grace’s Turn, published by Hyperion, which received accolades by The New York Public Library as the 2007 Teenage Book of the Year. She is currently developing a new young adult novel.
Romano’s recently completed 5 feature films – Loosies (IFC), Mirrors II (20th Cent. FOX), Infected (Universal), romantic family comedy Lucky Dog, and female thriller Where Fate Meets while continuing her BA at Columbia University with a double major in Film and Women’s Leadership.
Romano has further branched off in the industry and to date, has produced/directed two short films, and a music video, which has amassed almost 2 million views on YouTube and was selected in the 2012 Los Angeles Shorts Film Festival. Her production company is in post-production for a dramatic feature Prism that stars DIVERGENT‘s Christian Madsen.
At the GI Film Festival in Los Angeles in 2012, Christy received the ‘GI Spirit Award’ due to her work as a leading member of the Ambassadors of Hollywood Support Tour in Afghanistan and was offered a board member position. She has since traveled to the Capitol and presented Senator Chris Dodd (MPAA) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT) as well as performed the National Anthem for the GIFF’s veteran filmmakers. She was awarded the key to the city of her hometown in Connecticut and been given a day (Feb 22) commemorating her contribution as a role model with the ‘CT’s Finest Award’ at the state Capitol.
Christy has participated for many years, performing in fund-raising benefits for Equity Fights Aids, The Actors Fund, Leukemia Foundation, American Heart Association and Unicef. She dedicated the proceeds of her “Ready for Action” Mickey Statue to the Children’s Miracle Network auctioned at Sotheby’s, she has fulfilled several wishes for the Make a Wish Foundation, has done PSA’s for the Child’s Safety Network on the Internet and has sat on the board of the young Hollywood committee at St. Jude’s Hospital. Christy was also named the campaign spokesperson for The American Counseling Association to speak out against bullying. She consulted the AVIVA Center in Los Angeles and is a current volunteer at the THE ACTOR FUND’s LOOKING AHEAD program for youth in entertainment.
Romano recently spoke at Old Dominion University and is available for speaking engagements nationally. She is a participant of the National Association of Campus Activities.