Kendra Keller is a writer, physical performer and theatre maker, described by audiences as provocative, passionate, versatile, philosophical and absorbing: a voice that needs to be heard.
Kendra’s show ‘Yay For Cane Toads!’, an immersive tea-party experience that dishes up colonial-capitalist-barbarity with some sugar on top, was nominated for ‘Best Theatre’ and won the ‘Spirit Of Fringe Award’ for its premiere season at Melbourne Fringe Festival, 2019.
Her current investigation 'Apples' explores themes of femininity, repression and exoticism; juicing her youth as a white- Australian wanna-be-Persian-house-wife, all over the carpet.
She has presented original performance works in contexts including Woodford Folk Festival, Wonderland Festival, Malaka Performing Arts Festival, HillsceneLIVE and Melbourne Fringe, and has created site specific performances from Tasmainia’s Tarkine wilderness to North Queensland’s sugar plantations.
Artists she has trained with in the last three years include: Yumiko Yoshioka, Agung Gunawan, Yumi Umiumare, Giovanni Fusetti, Tony Yap, Anna Yen, Helen Smith, Daniel Crisp, Charlotte Roberts and Leisa Shelton.
Also known as spoken word artist Lady Longdrop, Kendra’s collection of poems 'Hey Moon!' sold out six times in its first year (2015-16).
She is the commissioned poet/lyricist on Stolen Identity project, working with singer Shirin Majd and composers from around the world to tell women’s stories of resilience in song.
Kendra was born on Kulin country, from a line of cheeky and compulsively hospitable Swiss matriarchs, and raised on Kabi Kabi country by a bunch of bohemian folkies who forgot to send her to school but gave her a different kind of education. She has a couple of University degrees and has worked in various roles in the arts and community sectors that have all connected her to good people and fed her art.
‘I love making work that layers the deeply personal with big collective social/political concerns, in ways that allow audiences space to reflect and join new dots. I often set out to make work that is political, and end up creating things that, above all, speak to the life of the human spirit. ‘