Kenneth Moraleda is an actor/director/writer/producer of Filipino descent.
He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and has lived in Seattle, various cities in the Philippines, Los Angeles and Sydney, Australia. He started training at Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) before being accepted into the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) graduating with a Bachelor of Acting in 1995.
His directing debut was an immersive theatrical and cinematic music show They Say She’s Different written and starring Cecilia Low. After a showing at Ding Dong Lounge in Melbourne, it was picked up by the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and was a highlight of the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2015 for a season at Gasworks receiving rave reviews.
In 2021 he directed Chop Chef, a satirical opera by Blush Opera at Riverside Theatres, and Eat Me: Blowback with the graduating cohort at NIDA. Under his production company kwento, he is slated to direct Ate Lovia for Redline Productions/Old Fitz and The Marriage Agency at KXT/bAKEHOUSE.
As part of the STC/CAAP Directing Initiative- he was Assistant Director to Kip Williams on Playing Beatie Bow by Kate Mulvany, and to Paige Rattray for How to Rule the World and The Deep Blue Sea at Sydney Theatre Company.
He was a leading artist in This Here. Land. – an experimental performance part of Liveworks Experimental Arts Festival in October 2017 for Performance Space. He collaborated with Paschal Berry and Anino Shadowplay Collective previously writing and performing segments in Within and Without for Performance Space and Blacktown Arts Centre.
He has directed the readings of Lewis Treston’s Hubris and Humiliation as part of STC’s Rough Draft series, Daddy by Jeremy O’ Harris and Office Hour by Julia Cho for KXTeethcutting and the developments of The Grocer by Jordan Shea (PWA/Belvoir Parsons Playwright Program) , Na’s Marriage Agency by Saman Shad (Darlinghurst Theatre – Next In Line Program)
He has several writing projects in development including One Hour No Oil co-written with Jordan Shea.
As teacher and facilitator, he has run Playwriting Australia’s 200 Stories High National Outreach program, The CAAP Artist Lab 2020, and currently Making A Musical 2021– a workshop by Hayes Theatre Co/CAAP.
As a performer his recent theatre credits include An Enemy of The People with Belvoir Street, and Kasama Kita for 25a, the Global Creatures national tour of Muriel’s Wedding The Musical, and its premier season at the Sydney Theatre Company. Also with STC he has appeared in Talk – a satire written and directed by Jonathan Biggins doubling the roles of Ashley Jarman and David Sendrige and Australian Graffiti– a debut play from Disapol Savetsila playing Boi.
Other theatre credits include playing Banzai in Disney’s The Lion King Musical Australian/Asian Tour under the direction of Julie Taymor, touring Australia with The National Theatre Of Great Britain and Global Creatures’ production of War Horse, playing Kulygin in Sport for Jove’s critically acclaimed Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, creating the role of Roger Chan in Nick Enright’s A Man With Five Children for STC, playing Bin Mahomet at Black Swan State Theatre Company in Hilary Bell’s The White Divers of Broome, at Ensemble Theatre in David Williamson’s Cruise Control, Chester in the regional tour of the satirical comedy Australia Day written and directed by Jonathan Biggins and Belvoir Street/B-Sharp in Yellow Moon-The Ballad of Leila and Lee directed by Susanna Dowling. His Philippine stage debut was with Repertory Philippines as Bill Fordham in the Pulitzer Prize Winning Play August: Osage County.
He will be performing the role of Robert Hooke in David Williamson’s Nearer the Gods at Ensemble Theatre directed by Janine Watson.
Recent television include a guest regular in Bureau of Magical Things Season 2 for Jonathan Shiff Productions and featured in a 4 episode arc in the third season of the acclaimed ABC TV drama Janet King.
Numerous television credits include playing Winata in Channel 9′s controversial TV Event Schapelle, featured in the second season of the award winning SBS drama East West 101, Matchbox Pictures/ABC TV Comedy Maximum Choppage, Tim Young in the SBS series Bondi Banquet, Michael Lee in City Life for South Pacific Pictures and appearances on Water Rats, Wildside, White Collar Blue, City Homicide various characters in Comedy Inc. and presenting on Playhouse Disney.
Notable film roles include Arun in the iconic Australia comedy Lucky Miles which has won him the Best Actor Award at the Cinemanila International Film Festival, Monsod in Miramax’s The Great Raid directed by John Dahl and most recently Aristotle Chen in Australian Feature Locusts directed by Heath Davis. He was also in Dead Europe and lead the short films, screening in festivals worldwide, Perfection by Jane Eakin and The Fence by Lucy Gaffy, Banana Boy by Steven Woodburn and Legacy by Josh Mawer.
He is a Company Member for NIDA, Advisory Panelist for Hayes Theatre Co, Committee Member for Actors Benevolent Fund of New South Wales, member of the Diversity and Pride Committees of MEAA , and a panelist for the Sydney Theatre Awards. He is a proud member of MEAA since 1995.