Professor Judy French Kelly and Professor Patrick Kelly
Judy Kelly is a highly respected independent producer/writer/director whose credits include nationally broadcast PBS documentaries, live entertainment specials, news segments, re-enactments and live satellite feeds for ABC, NBS, CBS, CNN, FOX, HBO, Discovery, The Learning Channel, The History Channel, E! Entertainment & Lifetime Networks. She regularly serves as Field Producer of segments for nationally televised programs like “Good Morning, America,” “America’s Most Wanted,” and “Inside Edition.” She also produces high school and college recruiting videos, technical/medical films, fund-raising and tribute videos.
She has won special recognition for her cultural documentaries for PBS: her program Frozen Music: The Making of a Concert Hall, about I. M. Pei’s design and construction of the Meyerson Symphony Center, won an Emmy and a Matrix Award, and she was awarded a Texas Commission on the Arts grant for the production of Art Behind Bars about the art produced in American prisons, which also won a Bronze Apple Award from the National Educational Film & Video Association.
Judy Kelly has produced performance specials, The Dallas Observer Music Awards, for the local ABC-affiliate, WFAA-TV, as well as Impressions of Dallas, a multi-cultural community awareness documentary for which she led a collaboration between the Dallas Independent School District, the Dallas Museum of Art (which exhibited student photos), the Dallas Morning News and WFAA-TV. Her documentary on The Pegasus Project, produced for the Central Dallas Association, won Questar and Videographer Awards of Excellence. Her tribute videos for The Catholic Foundation’s annual Awards banquets have won Telly, Videographer and Communicators Awards. Kelly has created “The Spirit of Ceramics” series for NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) which has been broadcast on local PBS stations in Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas and Indiana. For those programs, she has won Davey (Gold & Silver), Communicators, and Corporation for Public Broadcasting Awards.
Patrick Kelly has taught and directed plays at The University of Dallas since 1967, where he served as Professor of Drama until retiring. Mr. Kelly directs professional productions across the US, concentrating lately on Shakespeare plays in Dallas, Fort Worth, California and most frequently at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival on the campus of University of Colorado in Boulder. He has directed three productions of The Tempest, most recently in 2006 at Boulder.
He and Judy lecture and conduct Shakespeare workshops in a variety of places, including in 2005 and 2006 Oxford, England and in the Dolomite Alps for the travel and study group, MindTreks. He is a graduate of Jesuit High School in Dallas with a B.A. from Notre Dame University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts where he was in the first class of graduate students.