Michael Kennard – Biography
For the past twenty-three years Michael has been a co-creator (with John Turner), performer and producer with internationally acclaimed clown duo Mump & Smoot. Michael is a graduate of the University Of Guelph Drama program and studied physical comedy, clown, mask, improv and movement with Richard Pochinko, Ian Wallace, Fiona Griffths, Philippe Gaulier and The Second City. He has taught at The Yale School of Drama, Tel Aviv University, California State University, University of Colorado, Guelph University, Bishops University, Equity Showcase, The SPACE, The Humber College Comedy program and currently is on Faculty at the University of Alberta. Michael’s directing credits include: The Christmas Carol, The Hobbit and The Wizard of Oz at The Globe Theatre in Regina, The Second City’s Family Circus Maximus and Insanity Fair in Toronto and co-directed Embryo’s on Ice in Chicago, Half a Sixpence and Alice Through the Looking Glass at Bishops’ University, The Hollow (independent) at Berkeley St Theatre and The Royal Pardon at The University of Alberta. Michael has been recognized for his work with a Dora award, two Canadian Comedy awards, a Boston Theatre award and a Drama Logue award (California) for his work.
Michael Kennard, Associate Professor, (B.A. Drama, University of Guelph, 1982-5, Theatre Resource Centre/Toronto, Clown and Mask, 1986-9) Michael Kennard brings his expertise in Physical and Performer Created Theatre to the Department of Drama at the University of Alberta. His remarkable professional career as co-creator of the clown duo Mump and Smoot, has toured to international acclaim for over 23 years. Awards for Mump and Smoot include Dora Awards (Best Production, Best Director), Canadian Comedy Awards (Best New Comedy Play), L.A. Drama Logue Awards (Best Actors), Boston Theatre Awards (Outstanding Production by a Small Visiting Company). He is known as an inspiring teacher and an influential researcher in all forms of physical theater including; performing internationally with Mump & Smoot, originating self created solo performances and directing and collaborating on new productions with other artists.
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