My name is Bobby Keniston. I grew up in Dover-Foxcroft, ME, a small town that precipitated my need for a large imagination.
I played Winthrop in a production of "The Music Man" when I was ten. It changed my life.
I was brainy in school, and often felt like an outcast, but, to be honest, I sort of wore this as a badge of pride. I didn't love school, but I excelled, and graduated Salutatorian of my high school class, and was also voted CLASS ACTOR.
(On a completely unrelated note, I was also voted "Shortest," which, when you look at it, isn't really something to be voted on. I either was or wasn't. For the record, I probably was.)
I went to Boston University's School for the Arts, where I was in the highly competitive acting program. After a year, I transferred to Bennington College in Vermont.
I didn't know what to do when I graduated from college with a degree in theater. I did know that I loved being n plays. So, I took any jobs I could, and did a ton of community theater. Just acting as much as I could. Along the way, I also started directing. I wrote several plays, but kept many of them in a drawer.
In 2010, I moved back to my home town, and, still, didn't really know what to do. I worked as an Ed Tech at a school, and, of course, got involved in community theater. I started directing a lot, including for my old high school. I showed some people my plays from a drawer, and they encouraged me to submit them to publishers. That's how I became a published playwright.
I created a curriculum for theater and playwriting at Foxcroft Academy, and taught there for five for awhile on a part-time basis. Since 2010, I have had thirty-three plays published for the youth and high school markets, and have had plays for adults appear in festivals all over New England. I have produced some of my own work, won some nifty awards, and, at the moment, an independent movie is being made of one of my plays.
I am happy am proud. Whenever I receive an email or a Facebook message from a student who is doing one of my plays, or see a production picture, it makes my day and gives me a huge sense of purpose.
I hope to keep writing plays, and have goals to publish children's books and young adult novels as well.
Writing the posts for Theater is a Sport is a lot of fun, and helps keep my mental muscles flexed. I do believe that theater is a sport, and am always happy to see your comments on the subject. So far, my most popular blog post is about stage kissing.
I get it.