November 5, 1958|
Key West, Florida, U.S.
|Alma mater||American Academy of Dramatic Arts|
|Occupation||Actress, acting coach|
Elizabeth Kemp (born November 5, 1958) is an American actress and acting coach.
Kemp was born in Key West Florida, the daughter of Nancy Jean (Haycock) and Joseph Clifton Kemp, a business executive and Navy Officer/Test Pilot who was stationed at the Pentagon. Kemp showed talent as a child painter from the ages of 13 to 16, graduating from High School with a special award for Creative Achievement. At 16 Kemp traveled to the Rhode Island School of Design but was told to wait a year. She instead went to New York City and studied at The Art Students League and American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Kemp was in the original cast of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, which began at The Actors Studio. Her great mentor, Elia Kazan, took Tennessee Williams to see Kemp in this production and when Williams was looking for the actress to play Baby Doll in the world premiere of one of his last plays, Tiger Tail. After the performance Williams gave her the part; an experience that proved to be most extraordinary, in that she worked closely with Tennessee Williams daily in developing the role. Kemp's career has included playing opposite Christopher Reeve, Tom Hanks and Kevin Kline. Kemp has worked across the country at The California Actors Theatre in San Francisco, Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C., Center Stage in Baltimore and Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia.
As a director Kemp was responsible for many productions at The Actors Studio including "The Glass Menagerie", The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh and the world premier of Free Gift Inside by Edward Allan Baker. Kemp is directing the 2013 production of Waiting For Godot.
Off Broadway Kemp directed La Magnani at The Arclight Theater.
Internationally Kemp directed The Stronger and Homesick at Strindbergs Original Intima Theater in Stockholm and Dreamstories at The Claude LeLouche Theatre Cine 13 in Paris and at La Spazia Teatro in Rome.
Kemp became a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio in 1975.
Kemp was interviews by Martin Scorsese alongside Al Pacino and many others for his Peabody awarding winning documentary film honoring the legendary Elia Kazan.
|2015||Emperor of the Free World||Olympias||Filming|
|2014||Welcome to New York||Florence|
|2013||Manito: Brother's Sacrifice||Lori||Short, completed|
|2013||A Crack in Everything||Constance Marshall|
|2012||Thanks Dad||Mom||Winner Final 8 "TROPFEST" 2012|
|2005||Pills||Margaret Nolan||Short Film|
|2003||Law & Order||Debbie Grimes||Television Series - Episode "Blaze"|
|2001||Law & Order||Laila Jacobs||Television Series - Episode "School Daze"|
|1995||Animal Room||Shelly's Mom|
|1992||Mom I Can Do It||Jane Morris|
|1991||L.A. Law||Maggie Barnes||Television Series - Episode "The Nut Before Christmas"|
|1991||Murderous Vision||Ellen Green||T.V Movie|
|1990||Thirtysomething||Kate||Television Series - Episode "The Distance"|
|1990||Challenger||Jane Smith||TV Movie|
|1990||Family of Spies||Kay|
|1988||Police Story: Burnout||Patricia||TV Movie|
|1988||Vietnam War Story||Lynn||Television Series - Episode "Dusk to Dawn"|
|1982||The Clairvoyant||Virna Nightbourne|
|1981||I Can Jump Puddles||Receptionist||Television Series - Episode "Getting Your Breath"|
|1980||He Knows You're Alone||Nancy|
|1979||Skyways||Rosemary||Television Series - Episode "Bird Strike"|
|1973-1977||Love of Life||Betsy Crawford|
- "Elizabeth Kemp Biography (1957-)". filmreference.com.
- Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 278. ISBN 0-02-542650-8.
- Leopold, Todd (2012-02-13). "Actress' role of a lifetime: Being a mentor - CNN.com". CNN. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
- Kershaw, Sarah (2009-05-06). "Actors Use Dreams to Understand Characters They Play - The Role of Their Dreams - The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
- Hornaday, Ann (2009-02-22). "Special Affects: If the Stars Make You Forget Who They Are, That's Greatness - washingtonpost.com". The Washington Post. Gold Standard. Retrieved 2015-11-11. Print page M01.
- "Elizabeth Kemp". IMDb.
- Elizabeth Kemp at the Internet Movie Database
- Elizabeth Kemp at the Internet Broadway Database
- Elizabeth Kemp at the Internet Off-Broadway Database