Michael Kennedy ’19

Michael Kennedy

Theater Arts Major Feeds Off Audience Reaction 

Soon after the Tree of Life synagogue attack, Michael Kennedy ’19 and the crew of the University of New Haven’s production of the musical classic “Cabaret” decided to dedicate the show to the victims.

“I would love to live in a world where “Cabaret” is no longer a relevant musical, but it still is,” says Kennedy, who played the role of the Emcee, adding to his list of credits that has included roles in the University’s productions of “A Chorus Line,” “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” “Our Town,” and “Psycho Beach Party.”

Whether it is laughter or tears, causing the audience to feel something is a beautiful experience that we all share.

A theater arts major who plans to earn an MFA in acting and pursue a career as an actor, says his favorite part of being on stage is getting a response from the audience.

“Whether it is laughter or tears, causing the audience to feel something is a beautiful experience that we all share,” he says. “It is not something that can be replicated in film and television. The live experience of theatre is an incredible thing.”

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