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* Need motivation to create something? Bad Theater Fest is it.

* Have writer's block and need to step back from a current project? Bad Theater Fest is the cure.

* Don't live near NYC? Don't have the resources to produce your own work?
Bad Theater Fest will mount your work or perform a staged reading (contact us for details).

* Always wanted to express your creative side but felt too embarrassed? Be not afraid.
Bad Theater Fest says, "Go for it!".

GAVIN STARR KENDALL is from Texas. Feel free to call him Gavin or Starr. Just call him at the least. He’s made theater mostly at The Brick Theater and Incubator Arts Projects with the good people at Piper McKenzie (The Granduncle Quadrilogy; The Bubble of Solace), Dreamscape Theater (Whale Song), Ten Directions (...and the fear cracked open), Old Kent Road (The Protestants; Emancipatory Politics), The Internationalists (OD@C), Red Handle (Iph.Then; Yellow Electras), Sneaky Snake Productions (A Brief History of Murder), Gemini CollisionWorks (Spell; A Little Piece of the Sun), Nosedive Productions (Monkeys), films with Charred Oak Films (The Ballad of Lance and Bill; The Widowers) and East 3rd Productions (Tapeworm) and with Shawn Wickens founded the sock-puppet comedy group Afternoon Playland (afternoonplayland.com).

He received his BFA from the University of Oklahoma, trained as a Journeyman at The Warehouse Theater under Jack Young and studied improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. He likes cats.


Gavin Starr Kendall, co-founder
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SHAWN WICKENS is a graduate of the Second City Cleveland Conservatory. He has written an award winning horror screenplay (unproduced) and had his writing rejected by Troma Films, Blue Man Group and Comedy Central.

For over 5 years he performed with one of the Magnet Theater's favorite improv house teams, Junior Varsity, and has performed at comedy festivals across the U.S. and Canada.

His book, “How to Lose Your Virginity (…and how not to)” is a collection of first sexual experiences that he acquired by interviewing over 1,000 strangers across the United States. His second book, Haiku Circus highlights his comic strip series that appeared in over 30 newspapers around the world. Both books are available on Amazon.

Shawn Wickens, co-founder
MICHAEL MCFARLAND came to New York City by way of Philadelphia where he studied drama at The Actors’ Center and performed in several long form improv ensembles. During his time in Philadelphia Michael also founded and produced the Philadelphia Improv Festival. He continues to serve on the Advisory Board for the Philadelphia Improv Theater (PHIT) and co-produces PHIT’s Duofest. In New York Michael has been an active part of the improv and comedy scene performing in improv and sketch shows all over the city. He is also Founder and Executive Producer of the New York City Improv Festival. He can be seen teaching, coaching or performing regularly all over NYC and beyond.

Michael McFarland, co-founder

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Submit Anything. * Drama * Theater of the Absurd * Clowning * Storytelling * Film * Improv * Sketch * Stand-Up * Dance * Musicals * Podcasting * and etc.  


1st Annual Bad Theater Festival
Oct 22-24, 2012
Oct 29-31, 2012

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* Drama * Theater of the Absurd * Clowning * Storytelling * Film * Improv * Musicals * Stand-Up * Dance * Musicals * Podcasting * and etc.