Rob Kempson

Rob Kempson is a theatre artist and educator, working as a playwright, composer, performer, and director. Most recently, Rob’s play Mockingbird, which he also directed, broke box office records as the highest grossing show in the Next Stage Festival’s history. Selected Writer/Director: Mockingbird (Next Stage Theatre Festival); SHANNON 10:40 (timeshare);#legacy (Harbourfront Centre); In My Own Skin (YRDSB); The HV Project (Community); Intersections (TDSB Arts Co-Op); explicit (Rhubarb Festival). Director: Rose’s Clothes (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Songs for a New World (Claude Watson). Assistant Director for She Loves Me (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Auditing Director for Shakespeare's Nigga (Obsidian).As a performer, hewas most recently seen starring in his Dora-nominated musical The Way Back To Thursday (Theatre Passe Muraille). Selected performer credits: Mekwon (or the other) (Buzz Festival, TPM); Hero and Leander (Common Descent, SummerWorks – NOW Outstanding Ensemble). He was a member of the 2014 Stratford Festival Playwrights’ Retreat, the 2015-16 Storefront Theatre Playwrights’ Unit, and is the past Artistic Producer of the Paprika Festival and the past Associate Artistic Producer at Theatre Passe Muraille. As an artist-educator, Rob has worked for a number of major school boards as well as Young People’s Theatre, Canadian Stage, Theatre Passe Muraille, Pleiades Theatre, Opera Atelier and Casa Loma. He works regularly as a community arts facilitator and curator, collectively creating performances and interactive exhibits with community members. He is currently the Associate Artistic Director at the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque, ON. More info at or @rob_kempson on Twitter.