Kay Cummings, talented actress, mentor

Kay Cummings of Lewes, and formerly of New York, passed away on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, peacefully with his beloved wife, Ellen McKeon, by his side in Lewes. She was born on December 15, 1940 in New York.

Kay attended the preparatory division of the Juilliard School, graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude from Elmira College, and received a master’s degree in performance from New York University. She has played leading roles off-Broadway, in national tours, actions, theater, soap operas, series and commercials and has appeared in major films as well as writing and performing in a series of shows. of highly acclaimed solo cabaret.

Kay has been a National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient, Fulbright panelist, and dance curator for Symphony Space. Despite all her successes in the theater, it was as a teacher and mentor that Kay had the greatest impact. From 1992 to 2002, Kay was chair of the dance department at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and continued to teach choreography and acting until her retirement in 2016.

In 1992 Kay founded the Tisch Dance Summer Residency Festival. In 1996 Kay received the NYU Distinguished Teaching Medal and in 2016 she received the David Payne Carter Teaching Award. Since moving to Delaware, she has enjoyed working in theater again, directing “Three Tall Women” and appearing in “Stop Kiss”, as Dr. Kitty Cochran in “Last Summer at Bluefish Cove” and as a as Rosie in “The Wedding Singer”. His most recent collaborations include a two-woman show, “The Other Shoe” with Beth Corning, presented in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and “The Home Project” with Tiffany Mills in New York.

Kay nurtured her students and changed the course of their entire lives for the better. She will be missed by many, but her brilliant spirit and brilliant legacy will live on.

In addition to his devoted wife Ellen McKeon, Kay is survived by his cherished family: his sister, Janie Messina; his nephew, Vicente; his brother and sister-in-law, William and Jennifer Feinberg; his niece, Meira; his nephew, Noah; and his brother, Jeffrey Feinberg.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, June 27, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Hwy., Lewes, where friends may visit beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Anyone unable to attend in person is invited to join the services via live stream by visiting the following link: parsellfuneralhomes.com/obituaries/permalink/10550102/LTWebcast.

Visit Kay’s Life Memorial webpage and sign her virtual guestbook at parsellfuneralhomes.com.

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