FLLOYD KENNEDY Australian actor/writer/director, folk and jazz singer and voice/acting coach has trained and worked in Australia, UK, USA, Nigeria, New Zealand and Russia. As well as performing in cabaret and satirical revues, she toured folk clubs in England and Scotland, and helped to run the Singers’ Club and the Croydon Come All Ye in London at the height of the folk revival, and the Ceilidh Grill in Tiree, Scotland (she was also the chef)
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While based in Scotland, she raised two sons, ran drama workshops for the Port Glasgow Association of Tenants’ Groups, performed street theatre, cabaret and fringe theatre, was lead vocalist with The Black Diamonds Havana Band (trad jazz) and Chorde en Bleu (modern jazz). After three years as deputy wardrobe mistress for the King’s Theatre, Glasgow, Flloyd returned to her performing career, touring Scotland with Annexe Theatre, Shared Boat, Cahoots and several one-woman plays under the auspices of the Scottish Arts Council. She established Performance Exchange, coordinating workshops and inter-disciplinary skills training for theatre practitioners in Scotland, and was founding Artistic Director of Golden Age Theatre (Glasgow), directing and performing in classic and contemporary plays, touring to festivals, theatres, schools and community halls (with workshops) around Scotland. Flloyd was invited to join the collaborative ensemble VoiceTheatre NY during their residency at the Columbia (Maryland, USA) Festival 1992, before visiting Russia to train with the Maly Drama Theatre of St Petersburg. She established the Voice Studies elements of the Acting Courses at Langside College, and Coatbridge College, and taught Verse Speaking at the RSAMD.
Since returning to Australia in 1997, Flloyd has directed opera and theatre productions (professional, student and youth theatre), including Madame Butterfly for the 4MBS Festival of Fine Music, A Life in the Theatre for Trocadero Productions and Brave New World Order for Dianne Gough Productions. She regularly performs with independent theatre and film companies, including Elizabeth Boleyn in Crossbow Theatre’s production of Anne of the Thousand Days, Mme de Roussilion in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and Lola in Lola the Magnificent. Her ensemble company Off The Planet performed mask and physical street theatre in national parks, banqueting halls and on street corners. Her musical play Blame it on Your Mother was first performed in Scotland by The Wicked Ladies, then by The Girls at the Empire Church Theatre, Toowoomba, and received creative development as part of the Metro Art Creative Arts Festival 2007, under the mentorship of Therese Collie. Her latest play, The Fall of June Bloom, received creative development at the Magdalena Brisbane Easter Gathering 2008, and was performed at the ADSA conference in Dunedin, NZ in July 2008, Performing the World in New York in October 2008 and VASTA – Original Voices in New York in 2009.
Flloyd is a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland, her research topic being “Theory of the Voice in Performance”. As well as her performing and directing work, she runs voice and acting workshops for individuals, and professional, community and corporate organizations through her private studio Being in Voice. She is artistic director of Thunder’s Mouth Theatre, presenting theatre of poetry, passion and philosophy.
Flloyd also makes and sells jewelry, which you can find at www.handmadebyflloyd.com and also at her ETSY shop (featured below). All proceeds from sales of jewellery go towards production costs for Thunder’s Mouth Theatre.