Kim Renders – Professor

Over the last three decades, Kim Renders has earned a reputation as one of the most original and  daring theatrical practitioners in Canada. She is highly respected as an actor, director, writer and designer and as an award-winning teacher at the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo.

Shortly after graduating from the University of Ottawa Drama program in 1977, Kim co-founded Nightwood Theatre, which would go on to become Canada’s foremost feminist theatre company. As a founding member of Nightwood, Kim was also involved in the formation of the Theatre Centre in Toronto.

As an actor, Kim has appeared in theatres right across the country from the Belfry Theatre in Victoria, B.C., to the Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg, The Grand Theatre in London, Ontario, Tarragon Theatre, Canadian Stage Company, Necessary Angel Theatre and, of course, Nightwood Theatre in Toronto, and LSPU Hall in St John’s, Newfoundland. She has twice been nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award; first for her performance in Franz Xaver Kroetz’s Staller’s Farm at Theatre Passe Muraille, and again for her performance in Building Jerusalem for Volcano. Kim has also performed her own one-woman show, Motherhood, Madness, and the Shape of the Universe (one of NOW magazine’s top 10 picks for 1994) at many venues in Canada and Britain, and has adapted and performed the script for CBC Radio.

Kim was the Artistic Director of Theatre Kingston for 4 years (20o7 – 2011) and continues to work with the Queen’s Drama TYA company, the Barefoot Players as both playwright and director (since 2007).  She worked for ten months with inmates housed in a federal correctional institution towards the creation and performance of an original theatrical presentation.  She is also a member of Chipped Off Performance Collective, creating and producing artistic presentations from a Queer and Feminist perspective.

Kim’s awards and distinctions include an Honorary Membership in the Association for Canadian Theatre, the 2006 Maggie Bassett Award, for sustained and significant contribution to the development of theatre in Ontario, and the 2006 Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Guelph.

The Year of Magical Thinking,
for Theatre Kingston, April 2010


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