"I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart." - Vincent Van Gogh
Travis Kendrick is a professional director, choreographer, actor, and teaching artist, currently serving as the Director of Education at Mill Mountain Theatre and Adjunct Faculty Member at Hollins University. He received his MFA in Directing from the University Of California-Irvine in 2016 and his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Point Park University in 2008.
Travis was born in Hopewell, Virginia, and grew up singing in choir and playing in band at school. He was first on stage at five years old, playing the title role in Peter Rabbit for his kindergarten musical. In middle and high school, Travis gained invaluable experience performing in a myriad of plays and musicals at the Fort Lee Playhouse. It was there that he found his love of the theatre, and knew he would be a lifelong theatre artist. When he was fifteen, he was in his first regional production, playing Enoch Snow Junior in Carousel at the Barksdale Theatre in Richmond, Virginia.
Travis knew he wanted to pursue musical theatre in college, and was accepted into Point Park University's prestigious Conservatory of Performing Arts, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. While at university, Travis studied directing, and was one of only four students accepted into the Advanced Directing Program. He is a founding member of the Experimental Theatre Project at Point Park, a theatre ensemble geared towards collaborating to create exciting new works in the arts. Travis had an active role in many projects with ETP, and he and artistic collaborator Ashley Laverty co-wrote the book and lyrics to DOTTY DOT: A Children's Musical. It had a staged reading and workshop production with Experimental Theatre Project, toured local elementary schools in Pittsburgh, and premiered in NYC at The Secret Theatre - a production that was extended and ran over a year.
Upon graduating from Point Park, Travis moved to New York City, and has worked both in NYC and regional theatre across the country. He was a company member at the Roxy Regional Theatre for two seasons, performing in numerous productions; founding and teaching musical theatre dance for the Roxy Regional School Of The Arts program; and serving as director, assistant director, and choreographer for many productions. Additionally, Travis is a certified yoga instructor, having completed his 200-hr training in Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga from Frog Lotus Yoga and 500-hour advanced teacher training with Frog Lotus Yoga International. Travis has taught and assisted in yoga teacher trainings for Frog Lotus Yoga, Ra Yoga, and In-Balance Yoga. He has previously taught yoga in Tennessee, Massachusetts, California, and New York City. He currently teaches yoga in Virginia.
In the fall of 2013, Travis moved to southern California to begin his studies at the University of California - Irvine, pursuing his Masters Of Fine Arts in Directing. At UCI, he directed Baby The Musical, Fifth Of July, Oleanna, The Tempest, Happy Journey..., Blood Wedding, Reverberation, and Evita.
Travis is humbled and full of gratitude for the people along the way that have supported and shaped him into the theatre artist he is today, and the rich and varied experiences that have given him his distinct vision and voice.