Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
Louisa Burns-Bisogno to Jason Carter
Kay Carney Biography (1933-)
Addresses: Home: 396 Bleecker Street, New York, NY, 10014; Office: c/oTheatre Department, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY, 11210.
"Ever since my La Mama work, my interests have lain with alternative theatreand new plays. When I do classics, I like to work with them as springboards,responses to the plays, so that they are about our artistic responses to today. I like to set aside the traditional in order to see old truths in light ofour times. I'm interested in psycho-physical work, yoga, and tai-chi, healing and breaking through our self-imposed barriers."
- actress, director, teacher
First Stage Work
- Directed, King of Hearts, Circle Players, Northampton, MA, 1955.
New York Debut
- Wife/Mother, The Coach with Six Insides, Village South (now the Van Dam Theatre), 1962-63.
- one-woman show, Off Off-Broadway, New Arts Lab, 8 performances, 1970.
Principal Stage Appearances
- Joan, St. Joan/Joan of Lorraine, Henry Street Playhouse, New York,1962; Gittel Mosca, Two for the Seesaw, Asheville, NC, 1965; workshopensemble, Spring Street Loft, NY 1965-67; ensemble, Viet Rock, Martinique, NY, 1966; Sue, The Next Thing, La Mama, E.T.C., NY, 1966; Angry Arts Agst War, Negro Ensemble Company, NY, 1966-67; Miss Prism, Earnest in Love, Penn State Festival, PA, 1967; La Mama Plexus, La Mama E.T.C., NY, 1968-69; Mrs. Ortega, Calling in Crazy, Fortune (now E. 4th Street Theatre), NY, 1969; Mary, Life with Father, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, 1972; one-woman show, New Roots, Interart Theatre, NY,1977; Californi' Kate, El Bandido, El Teatro Campesino, San JuanBautista, CA, 1979; Esther Johnson, Captive Rites, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, San Francisco, 1980; Cora Groves, Rimers of Eldritch, La Mama E.T.C., NY, 1981; Sonya, The Wedding, Theatre-in-Works, Amherst, MA, 1981; lead, Behind a Mask, Theatre of the Open Eye, NY, 1982; one-woman show, Off Off-Broadway, St. Clements, NY, 1982.
- Wife/Mother, Coach with the Six Insides, U.S. and Canada, 1964-65;Daisy, Rhinoceros, APA-Phoenix Theatre tour, 1967-68; Mariane, Dr.in Spite of Himself, APA-Phoenix tour, 1967-68; Edie, Lullaby, 1968; one-woman show, Off Off-Broadway, U.S. major cities and universities and internationally, 1970-present.
- Thomas Wolfe Playhouse, Asheville, NC: Thurber Carnival, Typist and the Tiger, An Evening with Thomas Wolfe; Christophe Colombe, Hunter Playhouse, NY, 1972; A Difficult Borning, Cubiculo, NY, 1973; Mourning Pictures, Lyceum, NY, 1974; Ordinances, 78th Street Theatre Lab, NY,1977; Interart Theatre, NY: A Pretty Passion, A Roomful of Salamanders(staged reading), Reflections in a Window (staged reading), 1982; Quilt Pieces, Theatre of the Open Eye, NY, 1983.
U.S. Steel Hour.
Principal Television Appearances
All My Children; Search for Tomorrow; As the World Turns; Look Up andLive; ABC-Scope; The Nurses; Secret Storm.
- Instructor, adjunct lecturer, Hunter College, 1961-72; associate professor, State University of New York at Purchase, 1972-77; visiting professor, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1977-80; associate professor, Smith College, 1980-83; associate professor, Brooklyn College, 1983-present.
- "Exodus," Theatre Journal, 1977; "Plastiques," Theatre News, 1976; "Wroclaw/Paratheatrical Experiment," Alternative Theatre, 1976.
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