Performing Arts Staff Profiles
People are at the heart of everything we do at UCEN Manchester. We believe that your success is intrinsically linked to the support you receive both academically and personally.
Our staff are experts in their field and hold a varied range of professional and industry experience. Their support and dedication ensure you are guided, supported and encouraged to learn and achieve within your chosen subject.
Explore staff profiles for our Performing Arts team below.
Kerry KawaiActing, Programme Lead
In her early career, Kerry was a jobbing actor and toured extensively throughout the UK and the USA. She spent four years in Japan where she started a theatre company in which she acted, directed and was producer, and also enjoyed a spell as a TV presenter in Japan.
Kerry has taught at UCEN Manchester, The Manchester College and also privately since 2006. She was working freelance as an actor alongside her role within UCEN Manchester until 2016 when she formed Out of Kilter Theatre producing and directing original work. The company undertook a tour of North West in 2019 and will be taking a show to the Edinburgh Festival in 2021.
She said: “I love acting, I love exploring texts with actors, examining human behaviours and developing characters who are fully rounded, layered and intricate. I absolutely love picking apart a new piece and putting it back together to create a show which crosses genres and is experimental whilst still being grounded in truth. I love watching actors work in any medium, theatre, film or TV. It is exhilarating to truly be taken on a journey with an actor and live their characters’ lives through them.”