Margaret Laurena Kemp
Associate Professor of Theatre & Dance
Margaret Laurena Kemp 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 worldwide praise for her starring role in the film Children of God. Her latest film, the supernatural thriller, The Dark Rite, is slated for a 2016 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. She holds memberships in One Union (SAG-AFTRA) and Actors Equity Association (AEA).
Research Interest Within her performance practice she is questioning the how systems of scientific and social engineering manipulate voice, breath, flesh, communities 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, Movement Theory, Accents-Dialects, Contemporary and Classical Heightened 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
Voicing with Archetypes, Janet Rodgers
Balanced Body Comprehensive Pilates