In the last of our series featuring some of the people behind this year’s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, we meet theatre professional and filmmaker, Kayvon Kelly.
Kayvon next finds himself on stage as Iago in the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival production of Othello. Visit http://bardonthebeach.org for tickets and information.
Meet Kayvon Kelly
Kayvon Kelly was born and raised in Saskatoon. Kayvon is half Iranian and half Irish-Canadian, his father was a mathematician and his mother was a nurse … so he clearly went into the arts. At the age of 17 he moved to Halifax, where he studied at Dalhousie University. After cutting his teeth with dinner theatre in Halifax, he moved to Victoria where he trained at The Canadian College of Performing Arts. Kayvon has been living and working in Vancouver for the last seven years. He is the artistic director of Sum Theatre in Vancouver, where his company has produced the popular Pull Festival: A 10 minute play festival five years running. Kayvon just returned from working at the National Arts Centre where he was a member of the English Theatre Ensemble for the season. He is a four-time Jessie nominee … never a bride. In addition to his theatre work, Kayvon’s film company, Candidate Films, has produced the web series Long Live The King, which he created and starred in. You can follow Kayvon on Twitter @kayvonkelly.
20 Questions with Kayvon Kelly
1. Your first job.
Mr. Big & Tall.
2. The job you always wanted as a child.
Actor, or enhanced super hero.
3. Your pet peeve.
Chewing. I seem fine with my own, but I often have trouble listening to other people chew.
4. Your hero.
Charlie Chaplin, and Robin Williams.
5. Your biggest indulgence.
Orange cheddar. Like really cheap cheese for five year olds.
6. One thing no one knows about you.
I have three.
7. Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.
A map. A phone. A towel.
8. The one word your best friend would use to describe you.
9. If you were not pursuing a career in theatre, what would you be doing right now?
Paying off my second home, and considering my holiday plans to the south of France.
10. Hero or villain?
Can it be both?
11. Your life’s motto/mantra.
Oh, that’s what I’m missing.
12. Your favourite playwright.
Changes a lot. At present I am very interested in Owen McCafferty. Also, a young up and comer has been on my shelf a lot lately, Bill Shakespeare.
13. The last book you read.
The Legend of Deathwalker by David Gemmell. Yes, I am that cool.
14. If you were a cartoon character what cartoon character would you be and why?
Roger Rabbit. Great artist.
15. What will it say on your grave marker?
Thinking of getting made into a tree, so… “leaf, leaf, leaf, branch, bark.”
16. Who would you most like to have dinner with?
YOU! Yes, you the person reading this!
17. Your idea of happiness.
18. The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.
My ability to travel back in time to make casual remarks.
19. If you could go back in time, what would you tell your 20-year old self?
20. To be or not to be?