Kirk Dunn

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    Kirk Dunn is an actor, writer, textile artist and corporate coach. Kirk's writing for television includes multiple episodes of The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon (YTV, TVO and PBS), Ants In Your Pants and Fuzzpaws (Treehouse), and Hello Mrs. Cherrywinkle (OWL TV for PBS). He currently has two kids' show concepts under option by Magee TV, which he co-created with Claire Dunn: Space Cadets, about a group of tweener kids who build their own rocket and unwittingly blast themselves out into space, and The World According to Theo, about a young Ferris Bueller-type who gets into all kinds of trouble by 'just wanting to have fun.' Kirk has written three plays for young audiences, including The Lost Land and Derek the Viking, both of which were awarded first prize in StoryBook Theatre's playwrighting competition and have been produced across North America. Kirk was also awarded a Canada Council grant to adapt Midsummer Night's Dream into a puppet and live action play. Supported by the Toronto Arts Council, Kirk co-wrote a modern adaptation of Wycherley's Restoration comedy The Country Wife called Forest Hill Cares, which enjoyed a successful staged reading at Theatre Passe Muraille. Kirk trained as an actor and has been seen on screens both large and small, as well as on stage. TV highlights include playing the eight-foot-tall green dragon lead on The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon. During his three seasons playing Dudley, the show earned a Gemini Award for Best Children's Series. Kirk also appeared in CBC's Chasing Cain, Traders, and Showtime's Street Time. On film, Kirk has appeared in 20th Century Fox's Trapped in Paradise, Brick Red for Tiger Lily Films, and the critically acclaimed short film The Mario Lanza Story, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival and in which Kirk starred. Kirk's stage credits include the 2003 and 2005 tours of Billy Bishop Goes to War for Toronto's skazmos theatre, Merlin and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People; Dads! The Musical at Charlottetown, Stirling, and Drayton; Romeo and Juliet at the Ford Centre; More Munsch for The Grand Theatre in London; The War Show, A Flea in Her Ear, Don't Dress for Dinner, and The Affections of May for Drayton Entertainment. Throughout the 1990s, Kirk worked extensively with Shakespeare in Action, a theatre-in-education company whose mandate was de-mystifying the Bard for high school students. Kirk has adjudicated for many theatre festivals over the years, including ITS (the American International Thespian Festival) and the Ontario Sears Drama Festival. Kirk is also a corporate coach. For the last 7 years, he has coached many people at all levels of the corporate world, often in the financial sector, in customer service and feedback. Kirk's other love is knitting. He has been knitting since 1988, and in 1996, began designing. In 1998, Kirk apprenticed at the Kaffe Fassett Studio in London, England. Kirk has designed several sweaters, afghans and pieces of knitted art. His "Thousand Cranes" sweater design is award winning. In 2003, Kirk was awarded a significant Chalmers Foundation Fellowship in support of "Stitched Glass," an installation of four 6' x 9' panels, knit in the style of stained glass. Kirk has been a guest speaker for several Southern Ontario knitting guilds, and has given several "Knitting without Fear" workshops at the Textile Museum of Canada. He has been interviewed on CBC Radio, and featured in Enroute Magazine, Family Circle Knitting, Vogue Knitting, The National Post, Maclean's Magazine, The Presbyterian Record, Knit 1 magazine, and the on-line knitting magazine Knitnet. A half-hour documentary film by Todd Witham called "The Threads of Abraham" has been created about Kirk and Stitched Glass. Kirk graduated from York University's Theatre Performance Program in 1987. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two children.moreless