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Obituary: Beloved St. Louis Stage Veteran Linda Kennedy Dies At 68

Aug 16, 2019
Linda Kennedy in 2013
File photo | Erin Williams

Linda Alton Randall Kennedy, a staple of the St. Louis theater scene for more than four decades, passed away this morning (Friday, August 16) after a battle with cancer.

Her son Terell Randall Sr. confirmed her passing via Facebook. She was 68.

“With a heavy heart, I am sorry to have to say that my mother Linda Kennedy now has her wings,” Randall said.

She was perhaps best known as an actress but contributed to the St. Louis theater scene in nearly every capacity – including director, consultant, coach, stage manager and even costume designer.

St. Louis Theater Circle Announces 2015 Nominees

Jan 30, 2015
Provided by the Actors Studio

The St. Louis Theater Circle, a group of local theater critics, released its 2015 award nominees on Friday. 

“It was, I think, a terrific year,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch theater critic Judith Newmark told “Cityscape” host Steve Potter on Friday. “It was a year in which we lost one theater — that’s always going to happen. There also are some new people on the horizon. And it was a year in which, I think Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, which is a free event that draws huge crowds, really came into its own with a double production of ‘Henry IV’ and ‘Henry V.’”

Erin Williams

Linda Kennedy is the artistic associate over education and community programs for The Black Rep, which includes coordinating their annual Summer Performing Arts program for youth ages 8-17.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 31, 2012 - Following a great 2011 with the off-Broadway optioning of artistic director Deanna Jent's "Falling," Mustard Seed Theatre also came out a big winner in this year's Kevin Kline Awards nominations. The nominations were announced tonight at an event at Tucci and Fresta Trattoria and Bar in Clayton.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 26, 2012 - I was on hand at a meeting back in the early 1990s when the Arts and Education Council came up with the idea of giving awards to honor cultural contributions by individuals and organizations in the region.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 28, 2011 - In high school, Ron Himes focused on basketball, only stumbling into theater in college. So it's no surprise he should use sports and marching-band metaphors when talking about the financial woes of the St. Louis Black Repertory Company he founded 35 years ago.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 8, 2011 - The St. Louis Arts and Education Council has released the names of its 2012 awardees in six categories. They are:

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 2, 2011 - Why do we choose so often to watch the suffering of others? I know people who subject themselves to hours of reality television purely because of the mean-hearted satisfaction generated by feeling superior to the ridiculous and debased people featured on them. Award seasons recognize tragic dramas purely because suffering itself can be so beautiful and transcendent. Others still watch hours of news coverage of natural disasters and global crises because they feel they owe it to the victims to feel for their pain.