Kenneth Moraleda is and actor, director and writer of Filipino descent. He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and has lived in Seattle, Manila, 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.
He has recently performed with the Sydney Theatre Company on three new works, Muriel’s Wedding The Musical, an adaptation of the iconic movie by PJ Hogan directed by Simon Phillips playing the role of Charlie Chan, Talk – a satire written and directed by Jonathan Biggins doubling the roles of Ashley Jarman and David Sendridge and Australian Graffiti – a debut play from Disapol Savetsila playing Boi.
He featured in a 4 episode arc in the third season of the acclaimed ABC TV drama Janet King and has recently finished shooting for the SBS comedy The Family Law.
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, and Monsod in Miramax’s The Great Raid directed by John Dahl. 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.
Theatre credits include playing Banzai in Disney’s The Lion King 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 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 in Hilary Bell’s The White Divers of Broome at Black Swan State Theatre Company, 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.
Numerous television credits include playing Winata in Channel 9′s controversial TV Event Schapelle, 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, appearances on Water Rats, Wildside, White Collar Blue, City Homicide, various characters in Comedy Inc. and presenting on Playhouse Disney.
His directing debut was an immersive theatrical and cinematic music show They Say She’s Different written and Starring Cecilia Low. After a showing 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.
He was a leading artist in This Here. Land. – an experimental performance part of Liveworks Experimental Arts Festival in October 2017. He collaborated with Paschal Berry and Anino Shadowplay Collective previously writing and performing in Within and Without for Performance Space and Blacktown Arts Centre.
Kenneth was also a teacher and facilitator for Playwriting Australia’s National Outreach program as well as a participant in Performance 4a and Playwriting Australia’s Lotus First Draft – an initiative developing Asian-Australian playwrights.
He is a proud member of Actor’s Equity since 1995.
LEGACY (short film)
Role: Richmond. Dir: Josh Mawer. AFTRS
PERFECTION (short film)
Role: Lead. Dir: Jane Eakin. Capitol Productions.
Role: Heng . Dir. Tony Krawitz. Dead Europe Productions Pty Ltd
Role: Arun (Lead role). Dir: Michael James Rowland / Blink Films.
** Winner Audience vote ‘Best Film’ Sydney Film Festival 2007.
THE GREAT RAID
Role: Monsod. Dir: John Dahl / Miramax
Role: Jake. Dir: Clinton Smith / Living Motion Pictures
SWEET AND SOUR
Role: Tony. Dir: Linden Goh / Linden Goh Pictures
THE FAMILY LAW series 3
Role: Dong. SBS
JANET KING series 3
Role: Eddie Cook (recurring). Dir: Peter Andrikidis & Grant Brown. ABC/Screentime
JAY’S JUNGLE series 2
Role: Voice of Seemore. ABC
Role: Voice of Seemore. ABC
Role: Winata. Dir: Khoa Do. Fremantle Media Australia
Role: Muhammad Hartono. Dir: Various. Seven Network.
EAST WEST – Series 2
Role: Zacchariah Noor. Dir: Peter Andrikidis / Knapman Wyld TV & SBS.
Role: Various. Manic Times Evilcorp Sketches 2007
THE BOUNTY (documentary)
Role: Edward Young. Dir: Freddie Rockenhaus & Petra Hoeffer / Colourfield Germany
WHITE COLLAR BLUE
Role: Edward Lam. Dir: Ian Watson / Knapwyld Wyld Television/Network 10
TROPICAL FEVER (documentary)
Role: Ali. Dir: Freddie Rockenhaus & Petra Hoeffer / Colourfield Germany
Role: Various (regular). Dir: David McDonald / Crackerjack / Nine Network / Comedy Channel
PLAYHOUSE DISNEY ASIA
Role: Presenter. Dir: Henrietta Clark / Disney Channel Asia and Australia/NZ
Role: Tran. Dir: Grant Brown / Simpson Le Mesurier / Nine Network
Role: Kitchenhand. Dir: Russell Burton / Southern Star / Network Ten
Role: Tim Young (Regular). Dir: Kay Pavlou, Stuart McDonald / SBS / Robyn Kershaw Prod
Role: Tinsaw Nanda (Guest). Dir: Geoff Bennett / ABC TV
Role: Kevin Gilbert (Guest). Dir: Michael Offer / Southern Star / Nine Network
AGRO’S LATE SHOW (Pilot)
Role: Chip. Seven Network / Lisa Fitzpatrick
Role: Ramon. Dir: Russell Burton / Southern Star / Network Ten
GET A LIFE
Role: Dave O’Chee. Dir: Jason Stephens / Comedy Channel
Role: Michael Lee. Dir: Peter Sharp / South Pacific Pictures / TV2 NZ
Role: Tony Nguyen (Guest) Dir: Chris Martin-Jones / Southern Star / Nine Network
ENGLISH AT WORK
Role: Henry. Dir: Mark Sanders / SBS Television
Role: Charlie Chan. Dir: Simon Phillips. STC
Role: Boi. Dir: Paige Rattray. STC
Role: Ashley/David Sendridge. Dir: Jonathan Biggins. STC
THE THREE SISTERS
Role: Kuligin. Dir: Kevin Jackson. Sport for Jove
Role: Chester. Dir: Jonathan Biggins. HIT
CRYANO DE BERGERAC
Role: Bourgeois & Bellerose as cast. Dir: Andrew Upton. Sydney Theatre Company
Role: Charlie. Dir: David Williamson. Ensemble Theatre
WARHORSE: The Australian Theatrical tour
Role: Vet Martin & ensemble. Dir: Drew Carr. Global Creatures
THE WHITE DIVERS OF BROOME
Role: Bin Mahomet. Dir: Kate Cherry. Black Swan State Theatre.2012
Various workshops held 2009/2010/2011/2012
2010 YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS’ RESIDENCY
Role: Performer. Dir: Tanya Goldberg / STC. 2010 / 2011
YELLOW MOON – THE BALLAD OF LEILA AND LEE
Role: Billy/Frank. Dir: Susannah Dowling / Whiteblackbird /B Sharp. 2010
THE CHINESE MASSACRE (ANNOTATED)
Role: Lee Tong. Dir: Marya Mazor / Circle X Theatre Los Angeles. 2008.
BELONGING – THE 7 NEEDS PROJECT
Role: James. Dir: Camilla Ah Kin / Griffin Theatre Co. 2007
THE LION KING – MUSICAL
Role: Banzai. Disney Theatrical Productions /Melbourne & Shanghai seasons 2006
THE LION KING – MUSICAL
Role: Banzai. Disney Theatrical Productions /Sydney and Melbourne Seasons 2005
THE LION KING – MUSICAL
Role: Banzai. Disney Theatrical Productions /Sydney Season 2004
A MAN WITH FIVE CHILDREN
Role: Roger Chan. Dir: George Ogilvie /Sydney Theatre Company
Role: Rick. Dir: Jocelyn Speight /Tap Gallery
Role: Michael Liu. Dir: Jon Claire-Lee /Seymour Centre/Carnivale
Role: Nonny. Dir: Victoria Longley /Staged reading /Sydney Theatre Company
MERRY CHRISTMAS PAULINE HANSON – self-devised
Role: Various. New Theatre
ATTACK OF THE GRANNY BOOMERS
Role: Xiang. Dir: Tony Sheldon / Marian St Theatre
DANGEROUSLY ASIANS – self-devised
Role: Various. Belvoir St Theatre / Asian Theatre Festival
Role: Raziel. Dir: Tony Sheldon / Marian St Theatre
ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS
Role: Dwight. Dir: Tony Knight / Parade Theatre NIDA
Role: Elia Gelvish. Dir: Ros Horin / Parade Theatre NIDA
GUYS AND DOLLS
Role: Rusty Charlie. Dir: Tony Knight / Parade Theatre NIDA
Role: The Actor. Dir: Tony Knight / NIDA Studio
TALES FROM THE VIENNA WOODS
Role: Ferdinand Von Herilenger. Dir: Marion Potts / NIDA Theatre
Role: Roger Cycle/Trader. Dir: Tony Knight / Parade Theatre NIDA
MERCHANT OF VENICE
Role: The Duke/Solanio. Dir: Peter Kingston / NIDA Theatre
Role: The Man. Dir: Michael Hill / NIDA Theatre
Role: Baron Tusenbach. Dir: Jennifer Hagan / NIDA Studio
THE WEDDING SONG
Role: Wei-Wei/Billy. Dir: Jim Sharman / Parade Theatre NIDA
INSIDE THE ISLAND
Role: Peter Blackwood. Dir: Adam Cook / Parade Theatre NIDA
Role: Antonio. Dir: Patrick Nolan / ATYP / NSW Regional Tour
WHITE PAPER FLOWERS
Role: Zhong Hua. Dir: Glenn McGillivray / Performance Space / ATYP
LE VAN TAI READINGS ABC Radio National
2008 – Cinemanila International Film Festival – Best Actor – Lucky Miles
2007 Griffin Theatre Masterclass with Kate Gaul
1995 Graduate, National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) Bachelor of Dramatic Arts
1992 Scholarship Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP)