Name: Ali Kennedy Scott
What is your current project?
Let Them Eat Cake: An American Love Story It is a new immersive adaptation of the Greek Tragedy, Oedipus.
Where are you performing it and why is it the right fit for your piece?
We’ll be doing 5 performances in Oklahoma City in October 2017, followed up by a longer season in NYC in May & June 2017. Locations are currently secret to add to the mystery and intrigue of the piece. Spaces have been chosen for their ability to convey opulence and decay. Living in NYC, excess and degradation are constantly found side by side and this is at the core of the play.
What’s next for you?
I’ll be playing the Prince of Darkness in Calderon’s Two Dreams at La Mama Theatre in February 2017. I’m also in the process of writing my new solo show examining women in leadership.
Who is your biggest inspiration right at this moment and why?
Right now in the wake of the Democratic Convention the people inspiring me are Hilary Clinton and Michelle Obama. Michelle Obama for giving the greatest speech I have ever heard. What an incredible and inspiring women! Listening to her made me excited to be alive at this time, hopeful for the future and proud to be part of the human race. And Hilary Clinton for incredible strength, tenacity, intelligence and ability to get things done. Her ability to take the knocks and keep going is something that all artists aspire to. A creative life is not necessarily an easy road, it’s a passion, it’s a calling. And it takes bravery and courage to follow it. And my goodness has Hilary Clinton been an example of bravery and courage. It staggers me that 50% of the population have never seen their gender in that level of leadership.The impact of Hilary’s nomination will be felt around the world for generations. She is changing what is possible for all of us.
Ali Kennedy Scott is an Australian actor, writer and theatre maker based in New York. She is a graduate of Anne Bogart’s SITI Company Conservatory and is a member of the SITI Company Board of Directors. She is also a member of Magis Theatre Company and recently performed in the Sara Copia Sulam Project alongside former Poet Laureate, Rita Dove. She is an associate of immersive theatre group ‘This is Not a Theatre Company’ where her work has included Gertrude Stein in A Serious Banquet, Pool Play, Ferry Play (a New York Times critics pick) & ReadyMade Cabaret. Ali has performed at a host of venues across New York including New York Theatre Workshop, Judson Church, the SoHo Playhouse, and The Barrow Group. Other credits include: Kennedy Scott’s award winning solo show The Day the Sky Turned Black, which toured throughout Australia, to Edinburgh and New York. Called “Enthralling” by The New York Times, Kennedy Scott’s accolades include ‘Excellence in Solo Performance’ at the New York International Fringe & Sydney Fringe Festivals, as well as People’s Choice for Best Play of the Sydney Fringe.
Kennedy Scott is an experienced puppeteer playing Blanche in the sold out season of the Avenue Q styled Thank You For Being A Friend (Darlinghurst Theatre, Sydney). Further international credits include: Agent 1 in Dream Plays- It Ended working alongside David Greig (Traverse Edinburgh), Sally Forth in Poppy (Factory Space), Japanese Waitress with a Mysterious Past in Playing the Victim (Tap Gallery). In 2013, Kennedy Scott created an artist-in residence program in Western Sydney in conjunction with the Australian Business and Community Network. Funded by JP Morgan, the program has seen her work with over 200 high school students in Western Sydney to create & direct 11 new theatre works inspired by the students’ lives and stories. The work entitled Parramatta Now has been nominated for a Zest award. Kennedy Scott holds a First Class Honors Degree in Economics from the University of Sydney and is a grateful recipient of grants from The Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, Cybec Foundation, ArtsNSW and the Australia Council. Training: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School UK.
Show information: http://www.marshallexperimental.org/