25th Anniversary

“I was raised to go to heaven. That was the main thing…” – Mimi Kennedy.

With both humor and savvy, Kennedy reveals the complex and inescapable forces that pushed her onto the stage even as a child. Born into an eccentric but practicing Irish-Catholic family, a young Mimi dreamed of becoming an actress or a saint. She turned to the stage as a place to live passionately without consequences, but sex and ambition ruined her chances at canonization and she traded heaven for earthly pursuits.

A must read for those considering a career in performing. 

Mimi Kennedy, “TAKEN TO THE STAGE: The Education of an Actress,”
Title page image: The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson appearance.

“While attending parochial school in upstate New York, Kennedy formed a lofty goal: to join her beloved saints in heaven by way of Broadway. As she explains in her good-humored, vivacious, combined growing-up-catholic/showbiz memoir, she embraced the theater because it was spiritually safe, a place where she could act out earthly  temptations without endangering her soul…grace and joy—qualities in abundance in this spirited reminiscence.” – Publishers Weekly.

To order an autographed copy of Taken to the Stage visit Mimi’s shop.

“Anyone who has ever dreamed of acting must read this book. In fact, anyone who has ever acted must read it. Mimi Kennedy is hilarious, acute, sympathetic, and a genuine daughter of the theater. This is one of those great theatrical memoirs!” – WENDY WASSERSTEIN, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award Winning Playwright

“I loved Mimi’s book! She is a wonderful and original voice and I hope to play her in the movie!” – TERRI GARR

“When I first met Mimi Kennedy and heard her talk, I knew I had met a philosopher…not just an actress. I am delighted that she has written a book and recommend it highly.” – ABIGAIL VAN BUREN

Mimi Kennedy in 2021 recording the audio version of “Taken to the Stage: The Education of an Actress.”

From PopCulture: ‘Mom’ and Allison Janney Receive Big Emmy News Despite CBS Cancellation

Mom received three major nominations for the 2021 Emmy Awards this year following the CBS show’s cancellation. Mom ended back in May after Season 8 came to a close, and many fans and critics praised the show in hindsight. Now, the people behind the series — including co-star Allison Janney — are seeing that praise come to fruition.

Janney is nominated for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance on Mom this year, alongside Aidy Bryant for Shrill, Kaley Cuoco for The Flight Attendant, Tracee Ellis Ross for Black-ish and Jean Smart for Hacks. Mom is also nominated for Outstanding Directing For a Comedy Series for the episode “Scooby-Doo Checks and Salisbury Steak,” directed by James Widdoes. Finally, the same episode is nominated for Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series, highlighting editor Joe Bella.

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Going Places’ Adds Alysia Reiner, Mimi Kennedy & Miranda Rae Mayo

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“Kennedy will play Sue, the free-spirited owner of an eccentric, rundown desert retreat.”

Mimi and the cast of Mom on Ellen

Join actress MIMI KENNEDY as she discusses Gage’s critique of politicized religion with Gage Director SALLY ROESCH WAGNER. 

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These two friends chat as they explore Gage’s warning about the conservative Christian attempt to take over the government in her DANGERS OF THE HOUR along with Gage’s vision of a “true” religion of freedom and justice in PUTTING THE FEMALE BACK INTO GOD. 

As relevant today as they were when Gage wrote them over 100 years ago, these writings provide the framework for celebrating Gage’s 195 birthday.  If you would like to read these provocative readings before the event, order here

Mimi will be joined by composer/singer COLLEEN KATTAU, presenting her original musical tributes to Matilda Joslyn Gage. 

Then come back for a special chat* (Purchased as an add on to the regular admission.)

Join Mimi and Sally as they explore Mimi’s journey to both acting and activism and how she came to know Gage. 

Followed by a Q and A and brainstorming with participants about how to bring Gage’s ideas into a theatrical performance.