Kim Blackwell

      Managing Artistic Director  – 4th Line Theatre 

      Kim’s   Words :          Vivid          Wicked         Unstoppable

      Kim’s  Story :

      I am a veteran 4th Line director/producer – 2018 will mark my 24th season with 4th Line Theatre where  I have directed 16 productions including seven world premieres.

      Selected credits include: Artistic Director (2014 – Present), Artistic Producer (2009 – 2014), Artistic Associate (2001-2009), directing: The Shadow Walk of Millbrook (2016), The Hero of Hunter Street(2016), The Bad Luck Bank Robbers (2015, 2016), The Real McCoy (2013), Queen Marie, St. Francis of Millbrook (2012), The Berlin Blues (2011), The Right Road to Pontypool (2009, 2010), Schoolhouse (2007, 2008), The Art of Silent Killing, That Summer, Crow Hill, The Cavan Blazers, Attrition, Gimme That Prime Time Religion and many development workshops; stage managing: The Cavan Blazers, Crow Hill, 1837: The Farmer’s Revolt, Moodie Traill, The Farm Show, Stone Angel, Winslows of Derryvore, The Orchard.

      I recently directed Maja Ardal’s HER2, a Nightwood/Buddies in Bad Times Theatre co-production, Pocket Rocket (Lost and Found Theatre), Les Soeurs (The Sisters) at Erring 2014 and Chicken Grease is Nasty Business at the Summerworks Festival for which I received a NOW Magazine nod for Outstanding Direction.

      Selected other directing credits include Once A Flame, Fire in the Stable, The Shadow of Genius (Heritage Pavilion); Getting Lucky (Rhubarb!, 2005); Unlucky(Summerworks, 2003); The Ugly Man; Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet); Poor Super Man; Unidentified Human Remains… 

      I  also directed a sold-out run of Freedom 85! in the 2008 Fringe Festival and at the 2009 New York City Frigid Festival where it received excellent critical attention and the Audience Choice Award and the See It Twice Award.

      I have been nominated for the John Hirsch Award for Directing Excellence in 2009 (Canada Council) and 2014 (Ontario Arts Council).

      I was the winner of a 2013 KETS Award for “People Who Rock Our World.”

      I am the only Canadian invited to train with Felix Barrett, the renowned Artistic Director of Punchdrunk (Sleep No More) in his immersive and promenade theatre style.

      I was inducted into Peterborough’s Pathway of Fame in September 2016.

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