'...she has always been an incredible soundboard for me as I’ve navigated the relationship I’ve had with connecting the full body to dialogue and intention'.
Kate and I first met back in 2007, when I was fortunate enough to work alongside her on the Australian children’s television show, ‘The Saddle Club’. Kate was not only our drama coach and a fellow actress on the series, but an incredibly intuitive, intelligent and insightful mentor throughout the duration of the shoot. Ten years later, and she is still very much a mentor to me, as well as a dear friend. Kate has dedicated so much of her time and knowledge over the years to help me put down self-tapes for American projects, as well as offered detailed script analysis’ for projects that I’ve felt particularly passionate about. I remember sending a script to her whilst I was living in Los Angeles, and within an hour she had sent back a detailed emotional understanding of the character’s motivations, which I was then able to then apply to my audition. Over the years, Kate and I have had extensive discussions about the power of the body within our work and lives, and she has always been an incredible soundboard for me as I’ve navigated the relationship I’ve had with connecting the full body to dialogue and intention. Through the example of our ten year relationship, it is clear that Kate has the ability to seamlessly adapt to her client’s age when communicating her ideas, too. Regardless of what age she is working with, she maintains a sensitivity that allows her to adjust to any demographic, when teaching.
Marny Kennedy is an Australian actress. She was nominated and awarded the AFI Award for 'Best Young Actress' Award for Mortified in 2006, starred in Australian/ Canadian production The Saddle Club and most recently can be seen in Underbelly Files: Chopper, Janet King, Top of the Lake and Hoges for which she has been nominated for a Logie.
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