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

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!" (for full reviews, click here)

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, and the feature film Excess Flesh, which world premiered at SXSW inMarch 2015 to much controversy and divisiveness. The Daily Beast called it “the most twisted movie at SXSW—and of the year.” Excess Flesh is distributed by Midnight Releasing and is available on VOD/DVD.

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Patrick Kennelly

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