Professionally, Professor Kundert has worked as a producer, director, vocal coach, and actress. In academia, she has taught in theatre programs across the country from Duke, to William and Mary to Indiana State University, where she headed the Graduate and Undergraduate Acting Programs, to Los Angeles and finally, happily embracing UGA. Recently Ms. Kundert has served as the dialect coach for Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors: Circle of Love and Step Up: High Water. Recently, she directed the premiere reading of The Bronte Sister: Summer of Love for the Bechdel project in NYC. Ms. Kundert experiments in the integration of media and theatre and has directed many productions using varying forms of media including a production of Pinter's New World Order which was presented at the International Pinter Festival in London, a production of Cabaret with Theatre X from Manheim, Germany, and Death of Salesman at The Warehouse Theatre. Some of her favorite acting work includes playing Constance in The Madwoman of Chaillot for The Lunar Stratagem Theatre, Christine in Doll's House and Mrs. Webb for The Warehouse Theatre and Emer in the world premiere of Sword Against the Sea, which toured to The International Yeats Festival in Sligo, Ireland. While in L.A, she was instrumental in founding the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival serving as vocal coach, pre-show director and actor. She has been extensively involved in KC/ACTF as a member of the Region III Executive Board. After spending a year acting and teaching with Karamu House Theatre, Ms. Kundert has been drawn to multicultural theatre work and has directed African American productions for The Warehouse Theatre, UNC-Asheville and Clemson University. When teaching, Ms. Kundert focuses both directing and acting on the work of Sanford Meisner. As a believer in the interaction of the breath, voice, body and emotions, she incorporates work such as Alba Emoting, Transactional Analysis and Bioenergetics into the classroom. Her voice classes focus on the work of Kristin Linklater and Edith Skinner. She is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. In all disciplines, she hopes to teach students to value their instincts, trust their impulses, and celebrate their humanity.
M.F.A., Ohio State University
Awards, Honors, and Recognition
M.G. Michael Award for Excellence in Research
Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award