as of June 2022

KENNETH MORALEDA is an actor, director, writer, and creative producer of Filipino descent. He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and has lived in Seattle, Manila, Los Angeles, and Sydney. He started training at Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) before being accepted into the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) graduating with a Bachelor of Acting in 1995.

His recent theatre credits include An Enemy of The People with Belvoir Street, and Kasama Kita for 25a, the Global Creatures national tour of Muriel’s Wedding The Musical, and its premiere season at the Sydney Theatre Company. Also, with STC he has appeared in Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, Talk – a satire written and directed by Jonathan Biggins doubling the roles of Ashley Jarman and David Sendrige, Australian Graffiti– a debut play from Disapol Savetsila playing Boi, and creating the role of Roger Chan in Nick Enright’s A Man With Five Children.

Other theatre credits include playing Banzai in Disney’s The Lion King Musical Australian/Asian Tour under the direction of Julie Taymor, touring Australia with The National Theatre Of Great Britain and Global Creatures’ production of War Horseplaying Kulygin in Sport for Jove’s critically acclaimed Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov,  playing Bin Mahomet at Black Swan State Theatre Company in Hilary Bell’s The White Divers of Broome, at Ensemble Theatre in David Williamson’s  Cruise Control,  Chester in the regional tour of the satirical comedy Australia Day written and directed by Jonathan Biggins, and as Frank/Billy Yellow Moon-The Ballad of Leila and Lee directed by Susanna Dowling for B-Sharp. His Philippine stage debut was with Repertory Philippines as Bill Fordham in the Pulitzer Prize Winning Play August: Osage County.

Recent television includes a leading role in the new TV drama Significant Others for Fremantle & ABC (still to air), a guest regular in Bureau of Magical Things for Jonathan Schiff Productions, and a 4 episode arc in the third season of the acclaimed ABC TV drama Janet King.

Notable film roles include Arun in the iconic Australia comedy Lucky Miles which has won him the Best Actor Award at the Cinemanila International Film Festival, Monsod in Miramax’s The Great Raid directed by John Dahl, and most recently roles in Australian Features Christmess and Locusts, both directed by Heath Davis.  He led the short films, screening in festivals worldwide, Perfection by Jane Eakin, The Fence by Lucy Gaffy, Banana Boy by Steven Woodburn and Legacy by Josh Mawer.

Numerous television credits include playing Winata in Channel 9′s controversial TV Event Schapelle, featured in the second season of the award winning SBS drama East West 101, Tim Young in the SBS series Bondi Banquet, Michael Lee in City Life for South Pacific Pictures and appearances on Water Rats, Wildside, White Collar Blue, City Homicide, various characters in Comedy Inc., voicing C-Mor in Jay’s Jungle, and presenting on Playhouse Disney.

His directing debut was an immersive theatrical and cinematic music show They Say She’s Different writtenand starring Cecilia Low. After a showing at Ding Dong Lounge in Melbourne, it was picked up by the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and was a highlight of the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2015 for a season at Gasworks receiving rave reviews.

In 2021 he directed Chop Chef, a satirical opera by Blush Opera at Riverside Theatres, and Eat Me: Blowback with the graduating cohort at NIDA.

In 2022, under his production company kwento, he directed Ate Lovia for Redline Productions/Old Fitz and is in preparation to direct two plays at KXT/bAKEHOUSE – The Marriage Agency by Saman Shad and One Hour No Oil which he has co-written with Jordan Shea.

He was a resident artist at Sydney Theatre Company as part of the STC/CAAP Directing Initiative. Whilst there he was Assistant Director to Kip Williams on Playing Beatie Bow by Kate Mulvany, and to Paige Rattray for How to Rule the World and The Deep Blue Sea and directed Lewis Treston’s Hubris and Humiliation for STC’s Rough Draft Program

He was a leading artist in This Here. Land. – an experimental performance part of Liveworks Experimental Arts Festival in October 2017 for Performance Space. He collaborated with Paschal Berry and Anino Shadowplay Collective previously, writing and performing segments in Within and Without for Performance Space and Blacktown Arts Centre.

As teacher and facilitator, he has run Playwriting Australia’s 200 Stories High National Outreach program, The CAAP Artist Lab 2020, and recently Making A Musical 2021– a workshop by Hayes Theatre Co/CAAP..

He is a member of the NIDA Company, Hayes Theatre Co Advisory Panel, MEAA’s Equity Diversity Committee and the Management Committee of Actors Benevolent Fund of NSW.

He is a proud member of MEAA Equity since 1995.