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Kenn Adams is a professional playwright, performer, and teaching-artist, with over 23 years of experience creating and performing innovative theater for children and adults. As a playwright, he is the author of more than a dozen plays and musicals that have been produced from coast to coast. As a professional improviser, he began his career in 1991 with New York City's Freestyle Repertory Theater. He spent the next ten years with Freestyle, teaching, creating and performing improvisation. He is the inventor of the classic short-form improv games "Sit, Stand and Kneel" and "Ding / Buzz, or The Family Dinner". His career exploration into dramatic structure and the art of long-form improvisation has lead to his innovative method of improvising full-length plays as well as his creation of the "The Story Spine", a simple tool for understanding and practicing sound dramatic structure that has been embraced by improvisers, school teachers, and writers the world over. Much of his time during the "Freestyle years" were spent as a professional children's performer and teaching-artist, bringing assembly performances and theater education, to kids in grades K-12, all over New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Rochester.
After moving to California in 1999, he worked with the innovative improv group LILA Theater Company, and went on to direct their Long-Form Narrative Conservatory Program. He then spent three years as the Director of Education for the East Bay's Willows Theater Company. With the Willows, he brought low-cost, professional-caliber theater enrichment programs to the under-served public schools in Contra Costa County, in addition to directing their SummerStage Summer Theater Conservatory.
Kenn likes teaching and performing for adults, too! He is the Artistic Director of Synergy Theater, the San Francisco Bay Area's innovative improvisational theater company (www.SynergyTheater.com), and the author of the book How to Improvise a Full-Length Play; The Art of Spontaneous Theater. (Allworth Press, 2007.) He lives in Lafayette with his beautiful daughter, Heather, and his sometimes-annoying-but-ultimately-very-lovable kitten, Smokey.
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