Bryn found directing in high school when she lead a production of ‘Night Mother in the SEARS Drama Festival. She had to figure out how to get an entire kitchen/living room set on and off the stage in under 10 minutes and she loved every second of it. This production won an Award of Excellence in Directing and Producing, but more importantly, it showed Bryn directing was something she could actually do. And although not a single one of her play’s have had nearly as realistic a set or staging since then, it was ‘Night Mother that sparked Bryn’s lifelong love of direction and design. She is fascinated by issues of gender and mental health and each of her subsequent productions have worked to reveal the characters’ inner, emotional lives onstage rather than their lived reality. No more moving refrigerators for Bryn.
Since that first production, Bryn has trained in directing with Richard Rose at Tarragon Theatre and as a member of Paprika Festival’s Director’s Lab under Clare Preuss. Bryn is proud to have assistant directed and assistant produced for her mentor, Ali Joy Richardson, on both the Canadian Stage Workshop and the Next Stage Theatre Festival premiere of her new play A Bear Awake In Winter, for which Bryn lugged band instruments on the subway, rather than kitchen appliances.
“Bryn Kennedy’s direction is tight, purposeful and creative.” – Jennifer McKinley, Mooney on Theatre
“Darkly funny, deeply human and candid, Vitals is an up close look at the collision of a paramedic’s personal and professional responses to the serious, sometimes tragic, situations she’s called upon to attend.” – Cate McKim, Life With More Cowbell
“Thanks to a strong performer and some unique staging elements, the company proves that this urgent script doesn’t need an elaborate production to remain vital… Anna’s use of chalk on the black floor to highlight moments and numbers is very effective.” – Ilana Lucas, Mooney On Theatre
“Director Bryn Kennedy and Rachel VanDuzer collaborated to bring Antigone to life, using Jean Anouilh’s translation and a striking aesthetic.” – Kathelene Cattell-Daniels, The Medium