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Kelly Quinnett

Kelly Quinnett

Head of Acting, Professor

Office

Shoup 219

Phone

208-885-5017

Mailing Address

Theatre Arts Department
University of Idaho
P.O. Box 2008
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2008

Kelly Eviston Quinnett is a professor and head of acting at the University of Idaho. As an actor, she has extensive experience in professional theatre and film.

  • M.F.A., Acting, University of Idaho, 1997
  • B.F.A., Musical Theatre Performance, Northern Kentucky University, 1990

Kelly Eviston Quinnett is a professor and head of acting at the University of Idaho. She attended Northern Kentucky University where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre, then went on to earn a master's degree in acting from the University of Idaho. She has performed regionally at Flat Rock Playhouse, New York Theatre Lab, Coeur D’Alene Summer Theatre and Mill Mountain Theatre.

In 1990, Quinnett won the National Irene Ryan Acting Competition presented by the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, which led to her being placed under a development contract with ABC. Quinnett also won the regional Irene Ryan in 1995.

Quinnett appeared on “All My Children” as Maria Monterey (1990, 1991) and on “One Life To Live” as Blaine Adams (1991). Her films include “The Absent” with Sam Ball; “Home of the Brave,” directed by Irwin Winkler (with Samuel L. Jackson, 2006); “Mozart and the Whale” (with Josh Hartnett, 2005); “The Basket” (with Peter Coyote, 1998); “Mr. Write” (with Paul Reiser and Martin Mull, 1994); “Brothers and Sisters” (with Franco Nero, 1991); and “Frank” (with John Gries, 2006). She has performed most recently in “Bus Stop” (with Ellen Travolta and Jack Bannon), directed by Scott Allen Smith at Interplayers Theatre; “The Lake” (with Rob Estes) by writer and colleague Rob Caisley; and “Same Time Next Year” (with Rob Estes). Quinnett has also performed in the musicals, “The Full Monty,” “Oklahoma,” “Annie” and “The King and I” with Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre and “Grace and Glorie” for Idaho Repertory Theatre in summer 2006.

In April 2009, Quinnett was honored at the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival as a National Faculty Fellow and performed in the New Plays Festival Readings.

She is the Chair of Region 7 Kennedy Center American College of Theatre Festival.

  • Acting master class with Slava Dolgachev from Actor’s Center
  • Acting master class with Kari Margolis
  • Acting methodologies of Stanislavski, Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, Uta Hagen, Michael Chekhov with particular focus on objectives and atmospheres

Scholarship Projects/Creative Activities

  • Respondent - Irene Ryan Acting Competition, Quarter-Finals, Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Region VII: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009
  • “Coach ”- Erica Curnutte, Regional Winner - Irene Ryan Acting Competition, Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, Region VII, 2004. “Coach ”- Katie Carey - Irene Ryan Acting Competition, KCACTF, Region VII, 2001. “Coach ”- Nancy Lee-Painter, Irene Ryan Acting Competition, KCACTF, Region VII, 1999.
  • “The Art of Stage Kissing” Workshop, Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Region VII: 2004, 2005, 2007
  • “The Art of Stage Kissing” Presentation - Interdisciplinary College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences Colloquium
  • “The Business of Acting” Guest Lecture - Washington State University, Department of Theatre. Team taught with Professor Robert Caisley, Spring 2004

Professional Theatre

  • 2009, “High School Musical One Act,” Director, Idaho Repertory Theatre
  • 2008, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” Director, Idaho Repertory Theatre
  • 2007, “The Rainmaker” as Lizzie, Producer, Interplayers and Lake City Playhouse
  • 2007, “Full Monty” as Pam, Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre
  • 2006, “The Rainmaker” as Lizzie, Interplayers Theatre, Producer – Ellen Travolta
  • 2005 “Grace and Glorie” as Glorie, Idaho Repertory Theatre
  • 2004, “Same Time Next Year” as Doris, Idaho Repertory Theatre (with guest artist, Rob Estes)

Film and Television

  • 2009, “The Snakes of Justice” as Lisa (television spec pilot), Blake Facente and Jonathan Rau – Snakes of Justice, LLC.
  • 2008, “The Absent” as Marge Jackson (film), Last Night Productions (with Sam Ball, Yvonne Zima and Vanessa Zima)
  • 2005, “Home of the Brave” as Jane Pooks (film), Directed by Irwin Winkler and starring Samuel L. Jackson
  • 2004, “Mozart and the Whale” as Dr. Jennifer Trask (film), Robert Lawrence Productions (Directed by Peder Naess and starring Josh Hartnett)

  • Director, Idaho Repertory Theatre’s production of “High School Musical One Act.“ Provided professional training and performance experience to 16 area high school students. Summer 2009
  • Host/Mentor, Job Shadow Day – Moscow Junior High School, Spring 1998-Present
  • Coordinator, Summer Fine Arts Camp, 2001-Present
  • Artist in Residence, McDonald Elementary School, 2006
  • “Proof” as Catherine, Moscow Community Theatre, 2004
  • Departmental Representative, University of Idaho Vandal Vision, 2004
  • “Trust and Connection” Workshop Presenter/Departmental Representative. Borah High School and West Junior High School, Boise, 2004
  • Creator/Coordinator, Freshman Theatre Weekend, Department of Theatre & Film, Spring 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

Memberships

  • Member of Screen Actors Guild (SAG), Date of Initiation: 1992
  • Member of Actors Equity Association (AEA), Date of Initiation: 1990
  • Member of American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), Date of Initiation: 1990
  • Member of Society of American Fight Directors, Date of Initiation: 1990
  • Stage Combatant certification in: Rapier & Dagger, Quarterstaff, Hand to Hand

  • Faculty Fellow, Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, 2009
  • Spokane Spokesman – Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre’s Camelot voted best regional theatre production, 2001
  • Northwest Inlander – Best Actress Nomination for The Rainmaker, Michael Bowen
  • Jackie Award for Outstanding Feature Performance in Dracula: The Untold Story – Cincinnati Inquirer, 2003
  • Woman of Distinction, Girl Scouts of America - Inland Empire Council, 2000
  • Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award, Presented by Inter-Fraternity and Panhellenic Councils, 1999
  • Member of University of Idaho cast of Top Girls, National Finalist, Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Washington D.C., 1996
  • Regional Winner, Irene Ryan Acting Competition - Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, Region VII, 1995
  • Voted Outstanding Senior - Northern Kentucky University, 1990
  • National Winner, Irene Ryan Acting Competition - Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, Region II, 1990
  • Regional Winner, Irene Ryan Acting Competition - Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, Region II, 1990
  • Travel Grant Recipient to attend Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, Region VII, Bellingham, Washington, 2002

Physical Address:
Corner of 6th and Rayburn Shoup Hall - 2nd Floor

Mailing Address:
Theatre Arts Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2008
Moscow, ID 83844-2008

Phone: 208-885-6465

Fax: 208-885-2558

Email: theatre@uidaho.edu

Web: Theatre Arts Department

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