Lauren Kennedy

Actor, Songwriter
An attractive blonde singer-actress, Lauren Kennedy began her career as a toddler when, at age five, she was tapped to appear in a local production of "Carousel" in her native North Carolina. Encouraged by her parents ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1972 in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Filmography

Actor (2)

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 2004 (Movie)

Young Velma (Actor)

Biography

An attractive blonde singer-actress, Lauren Kennedy began her career as a toddler when, at age five, she was tapped to appear in a local production of "Carousel" in her native North Carolina. Encouraged by her parents, she spent seven years studying at the North Carolina Theatre's Summer Arts Theatre School, eventually landing major roles in the NCT productions of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (1987), "Peter Pan" (1988), "Evita" (1993) and "Chess" (1994). After graduating high school in 1991, Kennedy enrolled at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music but her studies were cut short when a an agent spotted her and arranged for an audition for the 1993 American premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Sunset Boulevard." She was cast as a Marilyn Monroe-type in the ensemble and landed the understudy job to Alice Ripley who had the ingenue role of Betty Schaefer. When the production transferred to Broadway in 1994, Kennedy went along as well and was eventually tapped to display her lovely soprano voice as Betty in the show's first national tour.

Relationships

Sibling
has three Kennedy is the third of four

K D Kennedy

Father

Sara Lynn Kennedy

Mother

Alan Campbell Actor

Companion
met while performing together in "Sunset Boulevard"

EDUCATION

University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music

Cincinnati, Ohio
spotted by agent who sent her on audition for "Sunset Boulevard"

North Carolina Theatre's Summer Theatre Arts School

Raleigh, North Carolina
attended for seven years

Needham Broughton High School

Raleigh, North Carolina 1991

Milestones

2001

Headlined the Royal National Theatre's tour of "South Pacific"

2001

Had lead female role in the world premiere of "The Last Five Years", a musical by Jason Robert Brown

2000

Co-starred in "The Rhythm Club"; premiered at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia

2000

Had featured role in the premiere of a stage musical based on "White Christmas", produced at the Muni Theater in Missouri

1998

Returned to North Carolina Theatre to play the Narrator in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"

1998

Appeared in Houston and Seattle productions of the Australian musical "Hot Shoe Shuffle"

1997

Understudied Emily Skinner's role of Daisy Hilton in the musical "Side Show"; played role approximately 35 times

1996

Had featured role of Carla, the mistress of a film director, in "Nine" at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey

1996

Played Betty Schaefer in the national tour of "Sunset Boulevard"

1994

Returned to NCT to play Florence in "Chess"

1993

Had lead role in NCT production of "Evita"

1993

Appeared in the ensemble of "Sunset Boulevard" and understudied Alice Ripley in role of Betty Schaefer; also appeared in the ensemble; made Broadway debut in 1994 when production was transferred to NYC

1988

At NCT, played Wendy in "Peter Pan"

1987

Played the Narrator in the North Carolina Theatre (NCT) production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"

1978

At age five, made stage debut in production of "Carousel" at Meredith College (date approximate)

Raised in Raleigh, North Carolina

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