Jason Kennedy was born in the United States and obtained a BA in studio art (Albion College, Albion, MI, 2004), a MFA in electronic art (University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2007), and a PhD in acting in performance capture (Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand, 2021). He is a Senior Lecturer and Animation Pathway Leader in the Digital Design department at Auckland University of Technology. As both an actor and an animator, his research examines how our understanding of acting is challenged by modern animation and motion capture practices. He is also interested in the role of identity and immortality vis-à-vis digital representations of self, and how animation and palaeontology have led to advances and insights across both fields.
Dr Kennedy is a practicing artist with work in 3D animation, 3D fine art, video projection, and acting.