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Patrick Kennelly

Director / Cross-disciplinary practitioner 
Patrick Kennelly is a cross-disciplinary practitioner who works in film/video, theater, performance and the visual arts. Kennelly’s diverse practice across these disciplines involves writing, producing, directing, designing, editing, performing and curating. In his highly stylized and darkly surreal genre-infused works, Kennelly explores issues of social, cultural and personal identity and subjectivity.

Hailed as a “wunderkind” by esteemed critic Debra Levine, Kennelly’s 2012 creation, PATTY – a multi-platform project that included an album, website, music video, commercials, clothing, and a Pop! Musical event (featuring an all-female cast) recently received 5 L.A. Weekly Theater Award nominations including "Best Musical." It was cited in that same publication as "one of the most exhilarating eviscerations in L.A. this year. Don't miss it. GO!".
Kennelly was a recipient of the 2008 Princess Grace Award for Theater, and has received fellowships and grants from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the City of Santa Monica, and the Center for Cultural Innovation. He received his BFA in Film/Video at CalArts and an MFA in Theater Direction at UCLA.

Kennelly is Co-Artistic Director at Highways Performance Space, as well as serving on their board of directors. He is the founder and producer of U-N-M-A-R-K-E-D, a project dedicated to live and remote Outer-disciplinary spectacle, horror, glamour, and social justice.
Kennelly's most recent projects included the experimental short-form documentary video ten minutes is two hours, shot in South Sudan (distributed by OneCloudEntertainment); a music video for the single "Body & Blood" off of noise-rap group Clipping.'s debut album on the SubPop label; and the feature film Excess Flesh, premiering at SXSW in March 2015.

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