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Dr. Jamee Kennedy

The Temple College Humanities Series is presenting an Acting Workshop for Beginners on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jackson-Graeter Backstage Theatre. The workshop is free and open to people of all ages who want to improve their communication skills, understand the actor’s craft, and have fun while exercising their creative thinking abilities. No theatre experience is necessary, but even seasoned local actors are welcome and encouraged to participate.

The workshop will be led by Dr. Jamee Kennedy. Kennedy was a long-time theatre instructor for both Austin ISD and Austin Community College, and currently teaches theatre classes for Temple College in Temple and Taylor.

Kennedy also has more than 20 years of experience in the theatre world in Austin. She has directed productions of “Having Our Say,” “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” “Wings,” “Shadow Box,” “Godspell,” “Grease,” “The Miracle Worker,” “Our Town” and “The Crucible,” as well as many other classics and original productions.

Kennedy also has been active in the Austin film industry for many years. She is the founder and executive director of the Attic Film Fest, which is held in Austin each spring, and has produced and directed two documentaries. She has served as a casting assistant for several large-budget films including “Secondhand Lions,” “Spy Kids III” and “Bad Santa.”

Kennedy holds a BFA in theatre from The University of Texas at Austin, as well as a master’s degree and doctorate in higher education with an emphasis in performance.

The Temple College Humanities Series has been sponsored by a gift from Baylor Scott & White Health and has hosted a variety of events since 2008. The events are designed to educate and entertain the Temple community while enhancing the humanities emphasis at Temple College. The spring 2018 Humanities Series event will feature composer, conductor and orchestrator Julie Giroux, and will include outreach events for the Temple community.

The Jackson-Graeter Backstage Theatre is located in the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center. For more information on the Humanities Series or other events sponsored by the Temple College Fine Arts Division, call 254-298-8555.