Sarah Ann Kennedy

Sarah Ann Kennedy-Parr

Course Leader MA Animation

School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Victoria Building, VB224

+44 (0) 1772 89 3365

SAKennedy@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Art, Design, TV, Film, Media, Performance and Photography

Sarah has been an academic for 16 years. Previously to that she worked in the animation industry in a variety of roles including: director, executive producer, writer and voice artist. She still voices the character of Miss Rabbit in the BAFTA winning preschool animation, Peppa Pig. She is currently developing research into the role of women in the animation industry as well as notions of meritocracy within a freelance culture. 

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Full Profile

After graduating Sarah went on to work on various shows including ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’, ‘Eastenders’ as a researcher and Pond Life for Channel 4. Sarah wrote and directed her own show for Channel 4 in the nineties, an animated soap opera called Crapston Villas produced by Spitting Image, which is still available on 4 On Demand. She also created a series called ‘Nights’ for Channel for starring Leslie Sharpe and Nick Hancock. Recently the BFI bought and distributed one of the short films she made at the RCA called ‘Honestly it’s the Story of my Life’.  It’s available on the BFI player.

Sarah currently voices Miss Rabbit in BAFTA winning show ‘Peppa Pig’ and Nanny Plum in BAFTA winning show  ‘Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom.’ Her research looks into the role of women in the animation industry and is a personal, ethnographic study. She has presented several papers about the research both here and internationally as well as producing and directing a documentary for Sky television called ‘British Animation Women Breaking The Mold’. The documentary has also been screened at the Manchester Animation Festival Conference and she has been invited to speak at other Universities. Sarah has won several awards for her work including Best Newcomer at the Independent Television Awards,  Best Animation at the Broadcast Awards and Best Animation at The San Francisco Film Festival. She is currently a voting member of BAFTA. Sarah crosses the boundary between academia and industry and is keen to develop this symbiotic relationship to ensure exciting and innovative knowledge is exchanged.

Qualifications

  • SD2, University of Central Lancashire, 2008
  • PGCE, Institute of Education, London University, 2004
  • MA Animation, Royal College of Art, 1989
  • BA(hons) Fine Art, Newcastle Polytechnic

Memberships

  • BAFTA, Fellowship of Higher Education, Writers Guild

Publications

British Women Breaking The Mold.  Sky Channel Showcase 192 and Freesat 161.  Documentary written and directed by Sarah Ann Kennedy-Parr.

Is the Straight role in Comedy essential and why is it usually played by a woman in animation? Animation Studies 2.0.3 

Does the Current British Higher Education system really prepare graduate animation students for a developing and changing industry? European Scientific Journal. ISSN 1857-7881 

Honesty it’s the story of my life. BFI player 

More publications / ORCID

Conferences

Popular Culture Conference: ‘Has Feminism failed the British Animation Industry?’ Chicago 2010
‘Does the current Education System really prepare students for a developing and changing industry?’ San Diego 2015

Society of Animation Studies: ‘Is the straight role in comedy essential and why is it always played by a woman?  Toronto 2015

Children’s Media Conference:  Sustaining UK Animation.  Sheffield 2018

BFI, National Film Theatre: Keynote speaker.  Funny women get Animated, London, 2018

Manchester Animation Festival Conference: Key note speaker.  ‘British Animation Women Breaking The mold’ Manchester 2019

Teaching Activities

Sarah is the academic advisor and course leader for MA Animation. She has strong links with industry which inform and develop the course.

She is responsible for pedagogic development of students through seminars, lectures, visiting tutors and tutorials. 

She has developed assessment strategies to support and guide students through the course in preparation for industry or PhD research.

Projects

Sarah is about to embark on a PhD.  She has just finished a documentary called ‘British Animation Women Breaking The Mold.’.  This documentary was screened on Sky TV in 13th October as well as at various festivals, conferences and Universities.