Kara Kemp is a Murfreesboro, Tennessee native with a long history working in visual and performing arts, beginning with a childhood steeped in artistic endeavors and attending Governors School for the Arts. She received her BA in Theatre at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and she soon thereafter became a founding member and Managing Director of The Actors Co-op and Black Box Theatre. Kara toured the globe for 13 years bringing her creative spin to hospitality in the music industry for bands ranging from Bob Dylan to Keith Urban. Her life motto is “travel safe, eat well and live happy”.
Kitten on the Keys premiered in August of 2014 at the historic Murfreesboro Little Theatre as an evening of Kara's storytelling interwoven with the musical stylings of Jonny Gowow to sold out houses. The variety show format resonated with audiences as “a unique mix....at once sophisticated and homespun” which explored the complexities and charm of growing up Southern and what we do with our past in order to shape our futures.
The title for the show originates from a ragtime piano piece her grandmother played up until her 99th birthday. Kara draws upon her heritage of a long line of fascinating women for her stories and multimedia content dances with her as she spins the fabric of her adventurous life. “It has always been fascinating to me how each person's story transforms and creates ripple effects out to those around them. It is a powerful moment to be still and allow that wave to rush over and pass through you.”
Playful as two kittens on the keys, this show embraces the flaws and humor of Southern sensibilities and promises to have you reaching for your kleenex one moment and holding your side the next!
I weave through this life as a creative mediator, artistic miner, magnetic charmer and organizational whiz. Each career choice has strengthened my belief that creative connection is one of the most powerful tools in our personal tool boxes for professional success. I encourage my team to color outside the lines and discover their creative voice by teaching them strong organizational foundations while keeping a soft focus on the goals in front of them.
Sometimes life is a little rock-n-roll!