Kathy Connell

Birth Name: Kathy Connell

Kathy Connell produced the Screen Actors Guild Awards® since its inception, serving the first two years as chair of the SAG Awards® Committee and as one of the producers for Screen Actors Guild. In 1996, she stepped down from her position on the SAG Board of Directors to become the first full-time producer of the Screen Actors Guild Awards.In 2007, Connell was appointed executive producer, national programming for Screen Actors Guild. An advocate for the environment, she helped SAG and the SAG Awards adopt green practices. As a result, in 2011 the SAG Awards were honored with the Environmental Media Association's Green Seal for the third consecutive year.A strong supporter and activist for actors' rights, Connell served fourteen years on the Board of Directors of Screen Actors Guild, finishing her term of service as SAG's national recording secretary. While an elected official of the SAG Board, she spearheaded the idea for an awards show in which actors would honor actors for outstanding performances each year. Connell led the small group of SAG Board members who devised the entire Awards program - from the categories, rules and design of the award to the sit-down dinner club ambiance - in 14 months, resulting in the highly successful debut on NBC in 1995 of very first Screen Actors Guild Awards. She initiated the concept of the ensemble award.Additionally, in 1998, she co-produced Annie McGreevy's critically acclaimed The Sheetcake for the American Film Institute.A second-generation actor, Connell performed in television, commercials and on stage for over 25 years. Among her numerous theater credits are the national tour of The Royal Family with Eva La Gallienne, and appearances at the Syracuse Stage, the Pennsylvania Stage and off-Broadway.She is the daughter of John Connell and is married to actor Daryl Anderson.

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