We are beyond thrilled to have Rob share his wealth of experience and knowledge with us to open our virtual conference.
About Rob Kempson:
Rob Kempson is a director, writer, and educator who has 15 years of experience in the non-profit professional arts sector. He was recently appointed as the new Artistic Producer at the Capitol Theatre in Port Hope, ON. He has served in various artistic leadership positions, including as Associate Artistic Director at the Thousand Islands Playhouse (Gananoque, ON) and as Associate Artistic Producer at Theatre Passe Muraille (Toronto, ON). Earlier this year, he was named Co-Artistic Producer of ARC, an ensemble-based company dedicated to producing international work. He was also the founding Artistic Director of timeshare performance, a multi-award-winning Toronto-based collective, and has worked across the province as a freelance director and playwright.
With experience as both an artistic and administrative leader, Kempson is well-known for his commitment to community engagement. His career has been marked by an integrated approach to arts education, finding opportunities for participation and engagement in professional theatre-making with audiences of all ages.
Trigonometry (timeshare/Factory); Mockingbird (Next Stage Theatre Festival); SHANNON 10:40 (timeshare/Videofag); explicit (Rhubarb Festival); #legacy (Harbourfront Centre); The HV Project (Community). Selected Director: Box 4901 (timeshare/Buddies), The Places We Are (Theatre Erindale), The Snow Queen (Canadian Children’s Opera Company), Electric Messiah IV & V (Soundstreams), The Little Mermaid (St. Lawrence College), 9 to 5: The Musical (Randolph College), The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom (Sudbury Theatre Centre), Box 4901 (SummerWorks, foldA Festival); The Canadian, Maggie and Pierre, Million Dollar Quartet, Daisy Amazed Me, Violet’s the Pilot, Rose’s Clothes (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Robert (co-directed with Briana Brown, Toronto Fringe); Songs for a New World (Claude Watson). Writer/Composer/Performer: The Way Back To Thursday (Theatre Passe Muraille/Touchstone Theatre – Dora Award Nomination).
He has been a member of the Stratford Festival Playwrights’ Retreat, the Storefront Theatre Playwrights’ Unit, and has been a Resident Artist Educator at Young People’s Theatre and the RBC Intern Director for The Musical Stage Co. He is the past Artistic Producer of the Paprika Festival, the past Associate Artistic Producer at Theatre Passe Muraille, and the past Associate Artistic Director at the Thousand Islands Playhouse. In 2021, Rob was one of two Intern Directors at the Shaw Festival.
As an artist-educator, Rob has worked for a number of major school boards as well as Young People’s Theatre, Canadian Stage, Pleiades Theatre, Opera Atelier, and Casa Loma. He is also a part-time instructor at Humber College, Randolph College, and Centennial College. Rob also works regularly as a community arts facilitator and curator, collectively creating performances and interactive exhibits with community members. He is a graduate of Queen’s University. More info at robkempson.com or on twitter at @rob_kempson.
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