ABOUT

Rob Kempson is a theatre artist and educator, working as a playwright, composer, performer, and director. Most recently, Rob’s play Mockingbird, which he also directed, broke box office records as the highest grossing show in the Next Stage Festival’s history. Selected Writer/Director: Mockingbird (Next Stage Theatre Festival); SHANNON 10:40 (timeshare); explicit (Rhubarb Festival); #legacy (Harbourfront Centre); In My Own Skin (YRDSB); The HV Project (Community); Intersections (TDSB Arts Co-Op). Director: Violet’s the Pilot, Rose’s Clothes (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Songs for a New World (Claude Watson). Assistant Director for The Magic Flute (COC); The Wizard of Oz (YPT); You Are Here, Into The Woods, Dear Johnny Deere, She Loves Me (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Auditing Director for Shakespeare’s Nigga (Obsidian). As a performer, he was most recently seen starring in his Dora-nominated musical The Way Back To Thursday (Theatre Passe Muraille). Selected performer credits: Mekwon (or the other) (Buzz Festival, TPM); Hero and Leander (Common Descent, SummerWorks – NOW Outstanding Ensemble). He was a member of the 2014 Stratford Festival Playwrights’ Retreat, the 2015-16 Storefront Theatre Playwrights’ Unit, and is the past Artistic Producer of the Paprika Festival and the past Associate Artistic Producer at Theatre Passe Muraille. As an artist-educator, Rob has worked for a number of major school boards as well as Young People’s Theatre, Canadian Stage, Theatre Passe Muraille, Pleiades Theatre, Opera Atelier and Casa Loma. He works regularly as a community arts facilitator and curator, collectively creating performances and interactive exhibits with community members. He is currently the Associate Artistic Director at the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque, ON and a Resident Artist Educator at Young People’s Theatre. Upcoming: Writer/Director for Trigonometry (timeshare) and Director of Million Dollar Quartet and Maggie and Pierre (Thousand Islands Playhouse). Find him on twitter at @rob_kempson.