Founder and Artistic Director of Creative Action Unlimited, Michael is a playwright and director with over 30 years of human services experience, including community organizing, counseling and creative group work. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Human Development, a Master's in Community Psychology and has completed extensive specialized training in creative action methods with individuals and groups. She is known for her compassionate, practical and insightful guidance.
Michael Kennedy is a peer who is peerless. Michael speaks truth to power and she does it so well because one of her many super powers is that she is a scrupulous listener. If you know Michael you know that look on her face when she's reading you. If you're bullshitting watch out, but if you're speaking from your heart and soul then you're in luck because you've encountered one of the last of a dying breed: someone who is fluent in the language of the dispossessed and who knows how to translate it to something that motivates us all to do better.
Steve Hellyard Swartz
Sundance filmmaker, former Poet Laureate of Schenectady County, playwright, award winning broadcaster
I’ve never felt safer and more heard as I did working with Michael. She can command a room with a look and speak volumes with a whisper. She’s fierce, impassioned, bold, empathetic, intelligent, and there’s no one I’d rather work with more than her.
"Michael Kennedy is a visionary who has built a brand, CAU, that skillfully and creatively Illuminates human issues. This is accomplished on both macro and micro levels; including important themes, voices, and meticulous theatrical detail. Under Michael’s steady artistic hand, CAU productions leave an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of audience members."
Alisa Smedley, Founder, Coach Smedley's Training Center
Michael Kennedy, the Artistic Director of Creative Action Unlimited, continues to be a stalwart touchstone of social justice activism in the arts and in the lives of those she works with throughout the New York Capital Region community. I have observed Michael's tireless hard work and creativity in my time as a performer, organizer, and collaborator on various projects now and in the past. She inspires just as much as she supports. Support her work. Support Creative Action Unlimited.
Performer, Educator, and Clown
Ragliacci and Will Kempe's Players Cooperative