Over the last four decades, Kim Renders has earned a reputation as an original and daring theatrical practitioner in Canada. She is highly respected as an actor, director, writer, designer, and as an award-winning teacher.
Shortly after moving to Toronto in 1978, Kim co-founded Nightwood Theatre, which would go on to become Canada’s foremost feminist theatre company. As a founding member of Nightwood, Kim was also involved in the formation of the Theatre Centre in Toronto.
As an actor, Kim has appeared in theatres right across the country from the Belfry Theatre in Victoria, B.C., to the Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg, The Grand Theatre in London, Ontario, Tarragon Theatre, theatre Passe Muraille, Canadian Stage Company, Necessary Angel and, of course, Nightwood Theatre in Toronto, and LSPU Hall in St John’s, Newfoundland. She has twice been nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award; first for her performance in Franz Xaver Kroetz’s Staller’s Farm at Theatre Passe Muraille, and again for her performance in Building Jerusalem for Volcano. Kim has also performed her own one-woman show, Motherhood, Madness, and the Shape of the Universe (one of NOW magazine’s top 10 picks for 1994) at many venues in Canada and Britain, and has adapted and performed the script for CBC Radio.
After moving to Kingston in 2006, Kim became the Artistic Director of Theatre Kingston for the following 4 years (2007 – 2011) and continues to work with the Queen’s Drama TYA company, the Barefoot Players as both playwright and director (since 2007). For ten months in 2012/13 she worked with inmates housed in a federal correctional institution towards the creation and performance of an original theatrical presentation. She is a founding member of Chipped Off Performance Collective.