As an actor/comedian, writer and producer, Kellyann Chippendale made her directorial debut with the short film ‘Getting Meisnered’. This compelling glimpse of actors practicing the technique of noted teacher Sanford Meisner originated at Playhouse West in North Hollywood, California, where she had been studying improv, film, and The Meisner Technique.
Directing is an outgrowth of Chippendale’s work in standup comedy, which began at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City. She has performed at The Improv, New York Comedy Club, and Comedy Cellar in Manhattan, while also appearing in Los Angeles at The Comedy Store, Flappers and HA!. and in Las Vegas at Laugh Factory and Harrah’s in Sam’s Town Casino, where she was a major hit in front of an SRO crowd of 500. Chippendale was also writer, producer and actor in ‘Tumor Humor: He’s Malignant, She’s Benign’, an Off- Broadway play in The New York Int’l Fringe Festival. She played 8 parts in the 90-minute ‘dramedy’ about surviving cancer, which was noted by Broadway World and The New York Times.
In the Internet realm, Chippendale also Co-Created and Executive Produced ‘…And The Winners Are’ a yearly show featuring entertainment reporter/film critic, David Sheehan and his 40-year library of interviews with Hollywood’s biggest stars at The Academy Awards.
Born and raised in Kearny, New Jersey and graduated from St. John’s University as an NCAA Division I scholarship soccer athlete and Big East Champion, she now resides in West Toluca Lake, CA. She completed her first documentary, a reality tribute to Sanford Meisner where she captures her short film, ‘Getting Meisnered’, inside the personal documentary, ‘Meisnered’.
Her newest documentary idea, Meisnered, was welcomed and commissioned by the founders of the Monaco International Film Festival and shot when her film opened the festival. She and her film has since earned six awards including Independent Spirit Award, Best Producer, Best Cinematography, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and a Distinguished Women Filmmaker Award.
She was inspired by the idea of the first non-violent film festival in the world that was created after 9/11 because it encouraged filmmakers to create heart-warming, beautiful stories that captured the positive aspects of humanity. Her current ambition is creating stops on ‘The Possibility Tour’ with her film, ‘Meisnered’, to create the possibility for listening, inspiration and dialogue while being enlivened, enlightened and energized for the youth of the world. The film’s other message about ‘how one great teacher can change your whole life’ was evident in her own life with Sanford Meisner’s technique and being a former teacher herself.
It has since transformed her life and her acting and she hopes it can transform the world; especially for today’s youth. ‘The Possibility Tour’ began in Templeton, CA at The Inner Child Training Symposium with Lucia Cappacchione, and has since inspired others at LA’s PTAFF Social Justice Film Festival, LA’s New York Film Academy, Kearny High School, Kearny, NJ and most recently at The Esalen Inspirational Film Festival in Big Sur, CA.