Media for the Performing Arts
B.S. June 2011 cum Laude
Home College: Hunter College
Mentor: Prof. Joel Zuker, Film and Media, Hunter
Thomas W. Smith Academic Fellowship
CUNY BA International Study Abroad Scholarship
Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and Cambridge
Overseas Trust Scholarship
If Daniel Kennedy looks familiar to you, it might be that you were a fan of the ABC soap opera All My Children. Kennedy landed the plum role of Petey Cortland on the show in 2008, and won many devoted fans. He later left the program when filming moved to from New York to Los Angeles.
Kennedy, a Mexican-American born in Arizona, left his hometown of Tuscon in 2003 bound for New York; after surviving the intense 13-hour round of auditions, he became one of only 20 students selected to study at the prestigious Julliard School’s Drama Division, where he completed two years of study. After his first semester, he decided to pursue his other passion – opera. With special permission from the Drama Division, he was accepted into the opera studio became The Juilliard School’s first double major in Drama and Vocal Arts.
While simultaneously auditioning for new roles, he also returned to academic studies, enrolling in CUNY’s Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies, with a full academic scholarship.
Kennedy completed his self-designed degree in Media for the Performing Arts having taken his courses at Hunter, Baruch and the School of Professional Studies. In his final semester, he studied in Argentina thanks in part to earning CUNY BA’s International Study Abroad Scholarship. While there he completed an internship at El Teatro Colón, the renowned national opera house in Buenos Aires, and an Independent Study in Advanced Spanish with Prof. Eva M. Fernández, Linguistics, Queens College.
His particular focus is to bring the arts to the widest audiences possible through the use of film and other new media; he says, “The union of traditional theater with new media will ensure broader access to the arts, unencumbered by geographic barriers or prohibitive costs of attendance. Such accessibility is crucial as indicated by the National Endowment of the Arts, which found in its 2008 art participation survey that audiences of the arts had declined as much as 58% since 1982.”
During CUNY BA, Kennedy completed 7-month leadership program with Landmark Education, a training and development organization. He also completed an Internship as an assistant to the Commissioner of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA). DCLA is the largest funder of culture in the country. His internship allowed him to contribute to, and play a part in behind-the-scenes work for New York’s amazing cultural institutions. He became the spokesperson for La Raza’s Youth Leadership, filming a commercial spot recently for the cause; La Raza is the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States.
After graduating, Kennedy, a Fulbright finalist, was accepted to Clare College of Cambridge University for an M.Phil. degree in Arts, Culture and Education on a scholarship fully funded by The Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and the Cambridge Overseas Trust. He graduated in 2013, with Distinction, and the likelihood of his dissertation being published. One of his mentors for his Masters was Brian Josephson, a Nobel Prize winning physicist. He was also a member of Footlights, one of the most famous comedy troupes in the UK; Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, and Emma Thompson were members when they were at Cambridge. In the photo below, Kennedy and other recipients of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust funding met with Price Charles, who is one the scholarship’s patrons.