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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).
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 acting career, touring Scotland with Annexe Theatre, Shared Boat, Cahoots and several one-woman plays under the auspices of the Scottish Arts Council. She helped establish 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 for “The Homecoming Project”, during their residency at the Columbia (Maryland, USA) Festival 1992, before visiting Russia to train further 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.
On returning to Australia in 1997, Flloyd formed Off The Planet, which performed mask and physical street theatre in national parks, banqueting halls and on street corners. She has directed opera and theatre productions (professional, student and youth theatre), including “Madame Butterfly” for the 4MBS Festival of Classics, and “Brave New World Order” for Dianne Gough Productions. 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. Her play, “The Fall of June Bloom (or What You Will”, received creative development at the Magdalena Brisbane Easter Gathering 2008, and at the ADSA conference in Dunedin, NZ in July 2008, at Performing the World in New York in October 2008, and VASTA conference in New York in 2009. In 2010 it received its world premiere at the Geoffrey Rush Drama Studio in Brisbane, Qld, and was subsequently presented in Phoenix, Arizona as part of the Phoenix Fringe Festival 2011. In 2012 Flloyd performed the role of the Fish in Across the Pond (Seattle)’s production “Man Catches Fish” at the Nanaimo Fringe Festival (Canada). In her latest play, “Yes! Because…”, Dame June Bloom returns from a world lecture tour to reminisce and cogitate upon life and mothers with the help of Shakespeare’s sonnets, a ukulele and Bessie, her personal clown. “Yes! Because…” has been performed in Brisbane, Southend, Liverpool, New York (United Solo Performance Festival.) and at the Bread & Roses Theatre, South London.
Other recent performances include Juliet, in Full Circle Theatre’s “A Tender Thing”, Hannah Kennedy in “Mary Stuart” with Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble and the Nurse in “Romeo + Juliet” with THAT Production Co.
As well as her performing and directing work, Flloyd has taught voice and performance studies at RSAMD, Coatbridge and Langside Colleges, Queensland University of Technology (Creative Industries), guest lectured at Uni of Otago, NZ, Arizona State Uni, Phoenix AZ, Rutgers Uni, Camden NJ and ACU, Brisbane. For the past year she has been deputising for Head of Voice at E15 Acting School, Southend Campus, and MGA Academy of Performing Arts in Edinburgh, Scotland. She provides voice and acting workshops for individuals, and professional, community and corporate organisations through her private studio Being in Voice and is artistic director of Thunder’s Mouth Theatre, presenting theatre of poetry, passion and philosophy.
Oh, and there’s an app – Being in Voice – for warming up your voice for performance, public presentation, in the iTunes App Store.