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Margaret Laurena Kemp

Guest Artist



While most people are thinking about the form that theatre will take post
pandemic, I am more focused on how theatre performance and training will
shift to incorporate everything that we are learning during this time to be
useful in the aftertime of the pandemic.
During this workshop actors will be immersed (my explorations over the
past year) in an evolving hybrid processes where actors access live
performance practices and filmmaking practices to serve the still evolving
new narrative that will emerge post-pandemic. The participating actor will
be empowered as creators and collaborators in live and digital platforms.
-Margaret Laurena Kemp

Margaret Laurena Kemp, is an actor, a multi-disciplinary performing artist, writer, and teaching artist. Her research explores authorship and spatial politics through performance. Her film Surveillance Like a Hollywood Movie is currently being screened at the New School for Social Research (NYC). AntigoneNOW (co-directed with Sinead Rushe) Cairo International Festival of Experimental Theatre, Northwestern University’s Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts, London School of Sound, Michael Chekhov Association USA, Valparaiso University, and SPE Media Festival.

Her latest work CITE, was shown at the Elaine Jacobs Gallery in Detroit, Michigan (2020). Her recent feature films include Ten Cent Daisy (2021 release) and Blood Bound (2019), recent stage work included The Christians at B Street Theatre. As a solo actor she has toured her work in Australia, South Africa, and the United States. She was recently awarded the 2019 Kennedy Center American College Theatre award for directing, the 2019 MICHA Michael Chekhov Artist Scholar Award, and the 2019 VASTA Featured Artist Award. Other awards and residencies include Montalvo Arts Residency (2019), The Headlands (USA) 2017, Bundanon Trust (Australia) 2017. She is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance at University of California, Davis and has been a guest artist at several institutions including The Shanghai Arts Academy, University of Cape Town. She holds an MFA from the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC, is apart of the MICHA Michael Chekhov Institute and is a designated Fitzmaurice Voicework Master Teacher (Actors’ Equity, SAG/AFTRA).