photo by Shawn Fillion, Pepper Apple Photography

photo by Shawn Fillion, Pepper Apple Photography

email: kendra@impelartists.com 

KENDRA JONES

A director, creator, and dramaturg, Kendra Jones graduated with Distinction from the MA Text & Performance at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), London, and holds a BA(Hons) in Theatre Performance from the University of Winnipeg where she has also been guest faculty. Favourite directing credits include Sea Wall4.48 Psychosis (Theatre By the River), Sweet Mama and the Salty Muffins (Alumnae Theatre), Drunk Enough To Say I Love YouSeagulls (selardi theatre), Clever Little Lies (Assistant director to Steven Schipper, RMTC,) and Richard II (Assistant Director, Zone41). Her company impel theatre is home to her more experimental theatre creations including  Dear Mama, Tonight at Eight, and Autel, which has been shown at RADA, The Gas Station Arts Centre, and The University of Toronto's FOOT and a new promenade theatrical happening Do You Know This Place? which is under development and was first tested at Theatre Passe Muraille’s Crapshoot.

Her academic writing focuses on the performer-audience relationship and the ethics of performance, and has been published by Common Ground Publishing, Brunel University and the Humanities Education Research Association. She is a company member of Theatre By The River, Artistic Director of her own company impel Theatre, and has been an instructor at Prairie Theatre Exchange School and the University of Winnipeg Department of Theatre & Film.

Kendra is a member of the Directors Lab North.


IMPEL THEATRE

Impel theatre is a company created by Kendra Jones in 2009 with a focus on re-thinking the way women and gender roles are portrayed in existing works in the theatre & film cannon through the creation of new work in response, which amplifies the voices and perspectives of female characters and re-thinks the role of gender. Over time, this has taken many forms, from dance to immersive theatre, to audio installations, and has expanded to work that challenges our understanding of how we relate to other people and the urban physical environments we find ourselves in.

Previous works include:
Lavinia (dance - produced 2009 @ Sarasvati FemFest) - created and performed by Kendra Jones

Dear Mama (theatre - produced 2013 @ RMTC SondheimFest) - written & performed by Kendra Jones, directed by Megan Andres

Tonight at Eight (immersive theatre - produced 2015 @ RMTC CowardFest) - conceived and directed by Kendra Jones and Stephanie Plaitin, performed by Rodrigo Beilfuss, Daina Leitold, Karl Thordarson

Autel (audio installation - produced 2012 @ RADA, re-mounted 2012 @ Gas Station Arts Centre, remounted 2017 @ University of Toronto Festival of Original Theatre) - conceived, created, and performed by Kendra Jones

The First Time (promenade audio play - produced 2013 @ MEME) - conceived, written, and created by Kendra Jones, performed by Pamela Roz with John Norman

popART: Project Vapour (sound installation - produced 2015 @ Winnipeg Fringe Festival) - conceived and produced by Kendra Jones, with John Norman and Chris Morley

popART: Intersection (sound & video installation - produced 2015 @ Nuit Blanche Winnipeg) - conceived and produced by Kendra Jones, with Ali Khan and jaymez *Nuit Blanche “Illuminate the Night” Official selection

Works in progress include:

Our Sister Duchess (adapted from The Duchess of Malfi, and read in workshop at Carol Shields Festival of New Work 2016).

DO YOU KNOW THIS PLACE? (a new site-specific promenade theatre experience) - conceived & directed by Kendra Jones, created & performed by Kendra Jones, Liz Whitbread, and Justin Otto. First shared at Theatre Passe Muraille Crapshoot 2018


AWARDS & PUBLICATIONS

Re-Imagining Expectation For The Theatrical Event . Immersive Theatre: Engaging The Audience. Common Ground Publishing, ed. Josh Machamer - 2017

Body, Space, Technology Journal Vol 12. [Brunel University] - Dear Mama; An Artistic Statement by Kendra Jones - 2014

Interdisciplinary Humanities Journal. Autumn Special Edition [Humanities Education Research Association] - Approaching Antigone: A Critical and Performative Analysis of Sophocles’ Antigone, Spurring the Creation of a New Post-Dramatic Work, No More Prayers by Kendra Jones - 2015

Nuit Blanche Official Selection for Illuminate the Night - 2015

Manitoba Arts Council Professional Development Grant Recipient - 2014

Recipient of Jean Murray/Moray Sinclair Scholarship from Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre – 2004, 2005, 2011

Shortlisted for Bluma Appel Mentorship for emerging directors at The Globe Theatre, London, UK - 2015

Recipient of the Jean Murray/Moray Sinclair Apprenticeship from Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre - 2015

Shortlisted for Academic Residency at York St John University (UK) - 2014

Manitoba Arts Council Student Bursary Recipient – 2011

Recipient of University Gold Medal for achievement in Honours Theatre, University of Winnipeg – 2006 Spring Convocation


REVIEWS

“The subject matter is enhanced by some very smart choices by director Kendra Jones” — CBC on 4.48 Psychosis (July 2017)

“It drowns you in the twisted, isolated, and bittersweet mindset that comes with major depression.” — Mooney on Theatre on 4.48 Psychosis (July 2017)

“pushes past the surface of the script to transcend Kane’s words.” — The Theatre Reader on 4.48 Psychosis (July 2017)

“A master-class in the art of tragedy” — CBC Manitoba on Sea Wall (July 2015)
“Modern Marlowe has the power to shock audiences” — Winnipeg Free Press on Edward II (Oct 2015)
“bringing a more than 400-year-old play about a king dead for almost 700 years into an intriguingly modern context . . . fascinating and sure to generate discussion about how far we have -- or haven't -- come in the arena of gender politics.” — CBC Manitoba on Edward II (Oct 2015)
"Loved the performance. I could listen to Venus and Adonis over and over and never get tired. You did that so well" - Tom Hunsinger, RADA on In Secret (Dec 2011)
"Kendra brought a warmth, sensitivity, and thoughtfulness to her work." - Brian Stirner, RADA (Jan 2012)
"a thoughtful and engaged student . . . worked with enthusiasm and energy and her responses to exercises were acute and perceptive. She showed a sensitive feel for text" - Adrienne Thomas, RADA (Jan 2012)
"the thorough and deeply considered work on directing scenes to the performance project and the highly sophisticated Autel exhibition piece. Superior work throughout." - Andrew Visnevski (Mar 2012)
"carefully considered and rich. Well done." - Lin Coghlin, RADA on Trying (April 2012)
"a very clear and comprehensive understanding of the LABAN approach. . . her ability to share her understanding was excellent" - Darren Royston, RADA (April 2012)
“from an aesthetic point of view, this is a remarkably well-composed piece of theatre; from the design to the costuming to the very structure and sound, there’s a strong sense of unity. There’s great pleasure derived simply from the rhythmic progression, and in the contrasts between noise and silence.” – Kenton Smith, The Uniter onDionysus Is Getting Impatient (Feb 2011)
“you have to admire the trio’s fearless physicality and unwavering commitment to their characters; they were absolutely riveting to watch move against the stark white set” – Jen Zoratti, Uptown Magazine on Dionysus Is Getting Impatient (Feb 2011)
“Jones’ Performance is brave and tragic” – Joff Schmidt, CBC Review of Dear Mama (Jan 2013)