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Posted January 4, 2006

Memorial Service for Kitty Newman, Beloved SF Actress

Monday, January 9 - 7 PM
Phoenix Theatre

Kitty Newman

Kitty Newman

The San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Community mourns the loss of the incomparable Kitty Newman, who passed away on November 27th. Born Kitty Leah Newman in Danville, Virginia to Mr. And Mrs. Nathan Newman, Ms. Newman first became acquainted with the world of acting by attending films at her father's movie theatre--the first to be racially integrated in the state of Virginia. Throughout her life she remained extremely knowledgeable about the personalities and work of both film and stage, remaining friends with many illustrious personalities.

A graduate of Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, Ms. Newman continued her studies at Columbia University and began her acting career in New York where she also worked at Simon and Schuster Publishing Company. A student of Ray Reinhardt, she included among her favorite roles played on the West Coast: the mother in the premiere production of Sam Shephard's True West at the Magic Theatre and as understudy to Imogene Coca in The Foreigner with Rene Auberjonois at Marine's Memorial Theatre.

She also performed at Marin Theatre Company in Arthur Miller's The Price, and in Inspecting Carol --for which she received an award from the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle--at the Phoenix Theatre in Losing Father's Body and Never Say Grace, at the Zephyr Theatre as the mother of title character in Edith Stein, at the San Francisco Repertory Theatre in Don Juan Comes Back from the War, and in George Crowes' The Longest Damn Ride I Ever Had at the Julian Theatre along with many other roles in the Bay Area. She was also a regular participant at the San Francisco Playwrights/Actors Group where she performed her final role of Alice B. Toklas in a reading of Stanley Rutherford's play about Gertrude Stein, Miss Pussy and Miss Stein.

Often working as an Equity monitor, Kitty--a long time member of Actor's Equity Association--was a multi-talented actress, always ready to share a perfectly-timed joke as well as a self-composed limerick. She also worked for many years as a substitute teacher in pre-school, beloved by her young students.

She is survived by her brother, Alvin Newman of Danville, Virginia, her cousin Marge Smith, of New Rochelle, New York, her Goddaughter, Sheila Brannon of St.Petersburg, Florida, and many friends.

A Memorial Celebration honoring Kitty's Life will be held at the Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco 94102 at 7pm on Monday, January 9th 2006.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the charity of your choice, the Actor's Fund,, the Hebrew Free Loan Association of San Francisco,, or the American Diabetes Association, www.

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