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Michael Kennard

Clown/Actor, Director, Teacher

For the past thirty-six 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 (Paris), John Towsen (New York) 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 an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta’s Drama Deapartment. 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, Pandemonium, Echoes and Alice Through the Looking Glass at Bishops’ University. The Hollow (independent) at Berkeley St Theatre in Toronto. The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and The Royal Pardon and at The University of Alberta. As well as numerous independent performer created generated pieces. Michael has been recognized for his work with a Dora award (Toronto), Sterling Award (Edmonton), Jessie Award (Vancouver) three Canadian Comedy awards, a Boston Theatre award and a Drama Logue award (California) for his work.