Week 35 | Artist 35: Created to Create 2016 | Margaret Laurena Kemp, Multi-disciplinary Performing
Margaret Laurena Kemp is a multi-disciplinary performing artist and theatre educator specializing in the areas of Voice, Speech, Movement and Acting. Her work, An Untitled Project, was recently presented at Montalvo Arts Center. She is continues to tour her other her solo performance Confluence… previously entitled A Negro Speaks of Rivers throughout the world. During the summer of 2015, she toured the work to Australia and was invited to a return engagement in 2016. 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.
Currently, she is in the initial stages of a multi-city research project aiming toward a creative non-fiction work that will explore the challenges communities face when governments decide to ‘re-brand’ neighborhoods by ‘re-naming’ the area. As a multi-disciplinary artist she is fluent in technological platforms that allow her to seamlessly fuse her creative impulses into a single cohesive and prismatic expression. 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. She holds memberships in One Union (SAG-AFTRA) and Actors Equity Association (AEA). She is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance at UC Davis.
Where were you born?
Where do you live/work?
L.A. area, California
In 2016, SUPER SPACE is serving as a vehicle to facilitate Created to Create Project.
CREATED TO CREATE
INTRODUCING ONE ARTIST PER WEEK, FOR 52 WEEKS IN 2016.
Beginning, January, 1st, 2016
ACTORS, ARTISTS, THEATRE MAKERS, FILM MAKERS, DESIGNERS, TEACHING ARTISTS, STUDENTS all chosen because they spend a part each day creating. Artists will be chosen in no particular order.
Introduce artists from different parts of the world. People who use different mediums and whose practice is at a different skill level. A thing they all have in common is unique sense of style and self-expression.