Beth Kennedy is a 2008/2009 Ovation Nominee for Acting Ensemble and as a producer for AS U2 LIKE IT and ALICE IN ONE-HIT WONDERLAND 2: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS for the Troubadour Theatre Company.
As an Ovation Award Nominee, LA Stage asked Beth the following questions:
What was the moment that first inspired you to pursue working in the theatre?
Sixteen years old.Â First trip to NYC with my Mom.Â Sitting in a theater watching Lena Horne, The Woman and her Music.Â I felt awe and fear of all there was to feel.
What do you feel made the production you were nominated for particularly successful, either overall or for you specifically?
The people, the music, the words.
What project or projects are you currently working on?
Frosty the Snow Manilow at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank. And those swirling around in my head.
What do you love most about theatre in Los Angeles?
How it surprises you.
What’s your dream project?
I’ve been doing them for years with the Troubies.
BIOGRAPHY: BETH KENNEDY received the Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle (LADCC) Natalie Shaffer Award for Emerging Comic Actress.Â Recent and upcoming film appearances include Andy Fickman’s, Race to Witch Mountain and this year’s new Disney release, Valentine’s Day directed by Garry Marshall along with featured roles in a handful of independent films. Beth also performed in Garry Marshall’s opera directing debut, The Grand Duchess,Â at the Los Angeles Opera as well as in numerous main stage productions at Mr. Marshall’s Falcon Theatre in Burbank, California. Television appearances include a recurring role on The Gilmore Girls and guest-starring and co-starring roles on Brothers & Sisters, Judging Amy, The Practice, Boston Public, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Party of Five and Picket Fences.Â Her numerous theater credits include frequent appearances with Troubadour Theater Company (www.troubie.com) of which she is a producing associate.Â She is currently performing in and co-producing their sold-out production of Frosty the Snow Manilow at the Falcon Theatre.Â This summer she co-produced and performed in Oedipus the King, Mama! (the classic story of Oedipus to the music of Elvis Presley) first commissioned by and performed at the Getty Villa in Malibu and then remounted at the Falcon Theatre.Â This production was named # 4 in LA Weekly’s Top Ten Shows of 2009.Â Previously, she played the lead role of Alice in Alice in One-Hit-Wonderland 2: Through the Looking Glass as well as the role of the melancholy Jaques in As U2 Like It for which she won a LADCC Featured Performance Award.Â She is also the recipient of a Backstage West Garland Award for her performance in Troubadour Theater Co’s Much Adoobie Brothers About Nothing as well as an Orange County Weekly Award for Best Supporting Female Performance in The Comedy of Aerosmith. Beth can be seen on numerous national television commercials and webisodes, most recently Toyota, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Grape Nuts.Â She received her MFA in Theatre from California Institute of the Arts and lives in Los Angeles.
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