Kevin Gillese (born 24 December 1980) is a Canadian actor, writer and improvisor from Edmonton, Alberta. He started as a performer with the improv company Rapid Fire Theatre and also works regularly with the Atomic Improv and performs annually at the Die-Nasty Soap-A-Thon. He was the Associate Artistic Director of Rapid Fire Theatre from 2005-2007, then Artistic Director until December 2009. In January 2010, Gillese began his term as Artistic Director of Dad's Garage Theatre Company in Atlanta, Georgia.
Gillese left college to take up improv. In 2004 Gillese was nominated for an AMPIA award for best director for his first film Turnbuckle. He performed a spoken-word show "Wisdom Teeth" directed by Chris Craddock at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival in 2009 and hosted a cabaret night at the fringe with Amy Shostak.
Gillese has toured across Canada and internationally with the show Hip Hop 101, as well as with his improv show: Scratch, which played twice weekly in Edmonton when not touring. He appeared with Arlen Konopaki in Scratch at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival in 2008, and they toured Europe for six weeks at the end of 2009. In 2010 they wrote "Fairy Tales Scratched", a modern surreal take on fairy tales.
He has a cousin named Amy Badun and is also related to actress Meeshelle Neal. He has 6 brothers, 1 sister, and 1 sister in law.
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