Kevin Tomlinson is an actor, director and writer. He has spent 20 years performing all over the world with numerous theatre companies and has worked extensively with Keith Johonstone (author of IMPRO) in Canada.




Over the past 14 years Kevin has performed at some of the UK's most famous theatres (Scarborough Stephen Joseph, York Theatre Royal, Northampton Royal Theatre); as well as in 14 countries on 4 continents.

As an actor, Kevin trained on the Acting Course at Middlesex University (led by John Wright) and then at the Ecole Philippe Gaullier; before spending a year at the Desmond Jones School of Mime and Physical Theatre. 


He gained his Equity card by working as an actor at the Northampton Royal Theatre and then worked with Trestle Theatre Company, Trading Faces, Told by an Idiot and numerous other touring companies. He spent 4 years working closely with John Wright on numerous projects, as both an actor and as an assistant director / dramaturg.

As a writer, Kevin won the SUNDAY TIMES PLAYWRIGHT AWARD in 1992, for his absurdist play WHO?, which was performed at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs. The ROSE BRUFORD TRUST AWARD then followed for his play THE SEARCH. He then went on to work as the writer-in residence for a year at the Royal Theatre in Northampton.


Since 1997, Kevin has visited Canada on a regular basis to work with Keith Johnstone (author of IMPRO) and Keith's Loose Moose Theatre Company. On occasion he has taken the lead role in some of Keith's plays (for example: DAMIAN and THE INVITATION). At other times, he has been privileged enough to direct a couple of Keith's plays and perform a few of KEPOW's own shows at their theatre. For example, he directed the world premiere of Keith's absurdist play Open Season in 2003 to critical acclaim and co-directed Micetro, alongside Keith at the Garry Theatre in Calgary.

Alongside his passion for new scripted plays, Kevin has developed a twin passion for devised and improvised theatre. Since 1999, his company - KEPOW! - have produced 14 such shows and toured the world. Places they have taken their improvised plays to, include: Hong Kong, America, New Zealand, Canada, Holland, Norway, Germany, France, Bali, South Korea, UAE, Singapore and Hawaii.


In New Zealand, The Times called his first improvisation show On The Edge: "excellent...a must see show!".  For the past decade Kevin has worked extensively with Keith Johnstone (author of the book Impro and creator of Theatresports), in Canada and the UK on similar improvised shows (Gorilla Theatre, Micestro). 

In 1999 Kevin performed alongside the cast of Whose Line Is It Anyway? in the Royal Court Theatre show Micestro for charity at the famous Hackney Empire; directed by Keith Johnstone and Phelim McDermott (Improbable Theatre director). This was to raise money to help pay for the Royal Court refurbishment programme.

Kevin's current show Seven Ages (created with Keith' Johnstone's help and guidance) received 5 star reviews at the Edinburgh Festival and a standing ovation on the last night. It has since gone on to be seen at over 450 venue across the UK and in 14 different countries abroad on 4 separate continents.

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