as of March 2018
KENNETH MORALEDA is and actor, director and writer of Filipino descent. He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and has lived in Seattle, The Philippines, Los Angeles and Sydney, Australia. 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.
He has recently performed with the Sydney Theatre Company on three new works, Muriel’s Wedding The Musical, an adaptation of the iconic movie by PJ Hogan directed by Simon Phillips playing the role of Charlie Chan, Talk – a satire written and directed by Jonathan Biggins doubling the roles of Ashley Jarman and David Sendrige and Australian Graffiti – a debut play from Disapol Savetsila playing Boi.
He featured in a 4 episode arc in the third season of the acclaimed ABC TV drama Janet King and has recently finished shooting for the SBS comedy The Family Law.
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, and Monsod in Miramax’s The Great Raid directed by John Dahl. He was also in Dead Europe and lead the short films, screening in festivals worldwide, Perfection by Jane Eakin and The Fence by Lucy Gaffy, Banana Boy by Steven Woodburn and Legacy by Josh Mawer.
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 Horse, playing Kulygin in Sport for Jove’s critically acclaimed Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, creating the role of Roger Chan in Nick Enright’s A Man With Five Children for STC, 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 Belvoir Street/B-Sharp in Yellow Moon-The Ballad of Leila and Lee directed by Susanna Dowling.
His Philippine stage debut was with Repertory Philippines as Bill Fordham in the Pulitzer Prize Winning Play August: Osage County.
His directing debut was an immersive theatrical and cinematic music show They Say She’s Different written and 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.
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.
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, Matchbox Pictures/ABC TV Comedy Maximum Choppage, 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. and presenting on Playhouse Disney.
Kenneth was also a teacher and facilitator for Playwrtiting Australia’s 200 Stories High National Outreach program as well as a participant in Performance 4a and Playwriting Australia’s Lotus First Draft – an initiative developing Asian-Australian playwrights.
He is a proud member of Actor’s Equity since 1995.