There is an awful lot about Kathy Lingo’s story left on the cutting-room floor of Stuart J’s Lens. In particular, at the request of Italy’s Under Secretary of Finance, she taught Business and Professional Speaking for the Department of Economics at the University of Verona. She also has a bona-fide “woman cave” in her Plano residence complete with luxury seating, a big screen TV and entertainment system, not to mention several over-sized items of gym equipment usually reserved for the likes of Lifetime Fitness.
“If I would have been smart, I would have bought my first home there (McKinney).”
Lingo is an Assistant Director of Theatre at the University of Texas at Dallas. While this might seem a surprising venue for Theatre study, Lingo sees her role as helping prepare a lot of very smart students for the lives ahead of them.
“A good actor is smart,” she said. “Most of my students are not theatre majors. They have majors from Cognitive Science to Computer Science to Engineering. These kids come in and they learn how to stand up. They learn how to speak. They learn how to think on their feet. People are dying to stand up and express themselves. I just teach them it won’t kill them.”
Lingo has many strengths but one of her biggest weaknesses is she suffers from McKinney Envy.
“If I would have been smart, I would have bought my first home there,” she said. “My dream is to sell this puppy (home) and buy one of those beautiful older homes in McKinney where I can have my green houses in the back where I can grow my herbs and a studio where I can continue to teach.”
Check out the video. We also discussed a super secret, not-yet released film in which Lingo plays a “lovely” role!
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