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HAMLET THE CLOWN
Kirk R. Miles is a clown, a writer
and an arts administrator. He has had extensive training as a performer including: European Street theatre techniques
from Richard Fowler of Odin Theatre in Denmark, clowning from Jan Henderson of Edmonton, Alberta, and movement
from Denise Clarke of the University of Calgary.
As Hamlet the Clown, he has enjoyed a fifteen year career as a professional entertainer. "The Prince of Clowns"
has participated in a myriad of festivals and special events with highlights including: Expo ’86, the Calgary Olympic Festival, the Edmonton Street Performers’
Festival, the Calgary and Edmonton First Night Festivals, the Calgary International Children’s Festival and the
Calgary Winter Festival. From 1984-86 he
performed in Alberta schools and has taught workshops in clowning, juggling, and acting, both for the school system
and the community.
Kirk Miles' poems have been produced on CBC’s Alberta Anthology and hispoetry and short stories have been published
by several journals in western Canada. As a playwright and as a member of One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre’s
writing team he has had eight plays professionally produced and has earned recognition for his work including a
playwriting award from Alberta Culture for co-writing the critically acclaimed Juggler on a Drum. Kirk has had
numerous writing grants and four play commissions, his most recent being an adaptation of The Little Prince
into a libretto for the Calgary Boys Choir. He recently finished his first novel entitled The Pentacle of Pan
and is currently working hard on a full length historical play called The
Last Stand of the Lubicon Cree.
Kirk teaches playwriting to junior high school students and poetry to grades four to six under the Artist in Schools
Residency Program funded by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. I also teach in the schools through the ArtsSmarts
Program sponsored by the Calgary Arts Partners in Education Society.
Kirk has a list of references and reviews on his web site:
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