- FMS Courtesy Faculty
Laura Kirk is an award-winning filmmaker with credits as a producer and actor in many films including The Stylist (2020), Andrea Arnold’s American Honey: Cannes (2016), The Sublime and Beautiful: Slamdance (2014). A veteran on the independent film festival circuit, Kirk co-wrote and starred one of the first digital films: Lisa Picard is Famous: Cannes (2000). It is included in John Gaspard’s book “Fast, Cheap and Under Control ...Lessons Learned from the Greatest Low Budget Movies of All Time.” Kirk began her career on stage in New York off-Broadway and regionally where she was also a teaching artist in homeless shelters and in schools for Dreamyard Drama Project. Major training in Meisner was with Wynn Handman and Suzanne Esper and improvisation with Alan Arkin. Commercials include national campaigns for Block Advisors, Verizon, Wrangler Jeans, Jeep and Dr. Pepper. Laura is a co-founder of the mentoring group “Women of Lawrence Film” where she puts into practice her interests in remedying gender inequity in film. Her research on Eve Unsell and Bella Spewak is featured in "When Women Wrote Hollywood" (McFarland) Runner-up Susan Koppelman Award for Best Anthology, Multi-Authored or Edited Book in Feminist Studies in Popular Culture or American Literature (2019).
Selected Publications —
Essays on Eve Unsell and Bella Spewak in "When Women Wrote Hollywood" (McFarland)