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Posted: Tuesday March 23, 2010
Kevin Kerr

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Kevin Kerr is playwright and founding member of Vancouver’s Electric Company Theatre, with whom he’s co-written numerous plays including The Wake, The Score, Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, Flop, The Fall, and Brilliant! The Blinding Enlightenment of Nikola Tesla.

In 2002 he received the Governor General’s Literary Award for his play Unity (1918), which has been produced across Canada as well as in the United States and Australia.

In 2005 he co-wrote the feature-length screen adaptation of Electric Company’s The Score for Screen Siren Pictures and CBC Television.

Other works include Studies in Motion (Electric Company Theatre) and Skydive (Realwheels). At present he is writing a stage adaptation of Pierre Berton’s children’s classic “The Secret World of Og” for Vancouver’s Carousel Theatre.

For Electric Company he’s co-directed Brilliant!, The Wake, and Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, and in 2008 he directed Jonathon Young’s Palace Grand, presented at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.

Kevin was Lee Playwright in Residence at the University of Alberta in Edmonton from 2007 to 2010. He returned to Electric Company Theatre in 2011 as Artistic Director.



LATEST Kevin Kerr NEWS

July 2014 : Our Fall 2014 Lineup!

March 2014 : Kevin Kerr Directs His Play, Unity (1918), for the First Time at UVic – On This Week

June 2013 : Kevin Kerr’s You Are Very Star in Vancouver

BOOK AWARDS

Unity (1918)

Winner of the 2002 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama

Winner of the 2001 Jessie Richardson Award for Large Theatre: Significant Artistic Achievement Nominations, Original Script (Arts Club Theatre)

Winner of the 2001 Jessie Richardson Award for Sydney Risk Award (Arts Club Theatre)

QUOTES OF NOTE

Studies in Motion

“A piece of theatre polished to brilliance, so complete and so completely satisfying that this awe-inspiring oddity should be seen on major stages around the world.”
– Vancouver Sun

“A lucid, visually compelling and forceful piece of theatre.”
– Calgary Herald

Studies in Motion is always seductive to look at … the resulting complexity is sublime.”
– Georgia Straight

“For Studies in Motion, Kerr has written a complex, thoughtfully layered script that makes us laugh and care about this deeply troubled man.”
– Globe and Mail

”Studies in Motion … takes a subject from the world of science and breathes theatrical life into it with music, movement, imagery and text … production values don’t get higher than this. Feast your eyes.”
– Vancouver Courier

QUOTES OF NOTE

Skydive

“Skydive into the giddy realms of really innovative theatre.”
Vancouver Sun

QUOTES OF NOTE

Unity (1918)

"Kerr’s splendid new creation [ Unity (1918) ] is a work of powerful and moving familiarity, a kind of secular liturgy that celebrates love, sex, death and the sorrowful mysteries of war and plague. It’s also painfully funny."
—Globe & Mail

"Unity (1918) is written with an assuredness that easily mixes profundity with hearty laughs … Kerr shows a gift for creating genuinely ordinary people who can expand on great thoughts even as they trip over their own flaws."
—Vancouver Sun

"In Kerr’s beautifully written and often very funny play … the story is told of ordinary people united and transformed in facing the fear of the unknown."
—Calgary Herald

"The play is a hard go, but worth it for the stellar writing and mesmerizing horror of being exposed to this under-told chapter in our history."
—Saskatoon Star Phoenix

an “affecting period piece”
—Huffington Post

QUOTES OF NOTE

Tear the Curtain!

“Tear the Curtain! layers illusion upon illusion, moving seamlessly between live and cinematic action.”
Georgia Straight

“A brilliant fusion of two enduring art forms.”
– Globe and Mail

“Young, Collier, and Kerr have created the kind of dazzling hybrid that has made the Electric Company a necessity of theatrical life on the West Coast – part stage play, part period film, part Hitchcock, part Artaud, and a whole lot of Robert Lepage.”
– Jerry Wasserman

“A fascinating puzzle of a production.”
NOW Magazine

“Prophetic … stunning.”
National Post


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