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Richard Kenyon is an award winning Canadian director, playwright, and journalist with over twenty-five years experience in the industry.
I am super proud of this short that I directed and co-wrote. We were spotlighted at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Film Festival which was a massive thrill. We certainly couldn’t have done it with out our fantastic crew @radmediaworx, @jetmusicmike, @luannemorrow1 and the amazing @alexisrosinsky She can speak Shakespearean verse like no one I’ve ever met. She’s a special talent! Link here.
Rich Kenyon on the carpet of Ready Player One World Premiere, Photo by Byron Burton
"I have been a professional actor and director for over 25 years. My work has included acting and directing for stage, film, television and voice over. As a director on numerous corporate media projects my ability is to bring a complex project in on time and on budget has impressed his clients and brought them back to work with him on more than one project. My first short film "Insomniac" which I wrote, directed and produced was nominated for several Rosie awards and won for best score. "Insomniac" was also one of the top finalists for Yobi TV's short film contest. My recent short "A Girl's Guide To Drowning" has received critical acclaim and has been selected for The Sunnyside Up Film Festival in Oklahoma, Cinema Los Angeles 2018, the Meraki Film Festival in Madrid ,Spain and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Film Festival in Stratford Upon Avon in England where it was a finalist. I have conceived and written several tv series including "Hacked" - a reality series on computer hackers. My extensive acting experience gives me a unique insight into the work I do as a director. Recently I traveled to Barcelona, Spain where I shot a proof of concept- a short film called Ice Cream written by AFI Graduate Dylan Pfaffe. It stars Darko Peric and is due for release in 2020.
Over the last 25 years I have also been teaching Shakespeare workshops, seminars. I was also a guest lecturer and shared the importance of the First Folio- for many different post-secondary institutions and high schools across the country.
Currently based in Los Angeles- I am very proud of being Artist in Residence at The Shakespeare Club Pasadena and I am always excited to share my love and passion for the Bard to whoever will listen."
Kenyon, a leading authority on Shakespeare, has built curriculums and lectured at workshops across the US and Canada. He currently resides in Los Angeles and is an artist in residence at The Shakespeare Club Pasadena. His next directorial effort is a World World II adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing.
Soul In Bliss Theatre Co & The Shakespeare Club Present
Much Ado About Nothing, February 15 and 16, 2020
Proceeds to Benefit College Access Plan
Pasadena CA – Soul In Bliss Theatre Co. and The Shakespeare Club present a fast and furious adaption of
William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. The one-day only performance on Sunday, February 16,
benefits College Access Plan, a Pasadena nonprofit that provides free programs in college preparedness and success.
Drawing on the Shakespeare Club’s history and use as a convalescent home for soldiers recuperating from
various injuries, this adaptation set during WW2 follows the story of betrothed Claudio and Hero, and the
repelled-by-each-other though well-matched couple, Benedick and Hero’s cousin Beatrice. Ultimately, a joint marriage is planned where Claudio is made to marry an incognito bride, and she turns out to be none other than...well that’s the surprise!
In addition to the ticketed performance, there will be a pay-what-you-can matinée dress rehearsal followed by a Q&A with cast and crew on Saturday, February 15. This performance is free for students.
Directed by Richard Kenyon, this performance features: Kristian Bruun (Orphan Black, Carter, Ready or
Not); Ryan Belleville (Workin’ Moms); Joe Dinicol (Arrow); Celina Dean (Blindspot); Ana Parsons (The
Affair, Adam Ruins Everything); Grace Lynn Kung (Mary Kills People, Star Trek: Discovery); Brandon Firla (Suits, Modern Family); Rick Howland (Lost Girl, Killjoys); Alana Johnston (Upright Citizens Brigade); Inessa Frantowski (Upright Citizens Brigade); Ayumi Iizuka (Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live). The cast and crew will also include a number of local students.
Tickets and Show Times: Saturday, February 15 at 3 pm: pay-what-you-can/free for students dress rehearsal.
Matinée followed by a Q&A with cast and crew; Sunday, February 16 at 7 pm (doors open at 6 pm for pre-show wine and cheese reception). $50 tickets available on Eventbrite.
Photo by Brad Kinnan
About Richard Kenyon & Soul In Bliss Theatre Co. Founded by Richard Kenyon, Soul In Bliss is a Shakespeare Company that specializes in the performance and training of actors.
Based in Los Angeles, Kenyon is Artist in Residence at The Shakespeare Club Pasadena, where he is always excited to share his love and passion for the Bard to whomever will listen. He has taught Shakespeare workshops and seminars for more than 25 years.
About The Shakespeare Club Established in 1888, The Shakespeare Club, is one of the first women’s clubs in the West. Originally created for literary study with Shakespeare as its first author, the women quickly became involved in civic improvement and philanthropic needs. For over a half century, the Club has presented full scale Broadway musicals and donated proceeds to many local charities.
About College Access Plan Founded in 2006, College Access Plan is an independent 501c3 nonprofit that prepares undeserved students to succeed in college. Through partnerships with PUSD, PasadenaLEARNs, Stars, the Southern California College Access Network, and other local agencies, CAP provides no-cost college readiness advisement and topic-specific workshops on site at high schools and middle schools, through program partnerships, and to PUSD graduates that attend college. CAP serves 1,600 PUSD students and graduates with college applications, financial aid, SAT preparation, and other forms of essential college preparatory and success support. For more information visit www.collegeaccessplan.org.