Margaret Laurena Kemp
During the summer of 2015, she toured the work to Australia. In spring 2015 she wrote and directed “From the Rock” for Los Angeles Plays the River. This work brought professional and community artists together to explore the nature of ‘language and movement’ as a river that connects generations.
As an actor she has appeared on regional and international stages including Arena Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Yale Rep, South Coast Repertory, La Mama Theatre (Melbourne, Australia), Theatre of Changes (Athens, Greece), Red Pear Theatre (Antibes, France), and The Magnet Theatre (Cape Town, South Africa). She won world-wide praise for her starring role in the film “Children of God.” Her latest flim, the supernatural thriller, “The Dark Rite,” is slated for a 2015 release. She has also acted in television programs, including “The Orlando Jones Show,” “Commander in Chief” and others. Her visual work has been shown in solo and group shows at Art Share Los Angeles and The National Gallery of Art in Nassau, Bahamas.
Within her performance practice she is questioning how science and systems of engineering manipulate voice, breath, flesh and the natural world. Within actor training environments while specifically teaching voice, speech, movement and acting she incorporates and re-contextualizes, interdisciplinary topics such as Identity, Critical Race Theory, Pastoral Theory, Vernacular Dance, Colonialism, Contemporary Heightened Text and Shakespearean Text, Solo Performance and Devised Theatre.
Education and Training
M.F.A. Classical Theatre, The George Washington University at The Shakespeare Theatre
B. S. Interdepartmental Studies, School of Speech, Northwestern University
Fitzmaurice Voicework Certified Associate Instructor
Michael Chekhov Technique Certified Instructor (pending 2016)
Balanced Body Comprehensive Pilates
Archetypes, Janet Rodgers
Screen Actors Guild--AFTRA
Biever Fellowship, Loyola University (2015)
U.C. Davis, Project REACH Keynote Speaker and Guest Artist (2015)
Pomona College Travel Grant Recipient (2015)
Children of God (Feature Film) Winner of over 20 awards worldwide including- New York
LGBT Film Festival Audience Award Best, BET Top Ten Film
The George Washington University, Shakespeare Theatre Drama fellowship in Acting/Performance