Kelly Handerek

Theatre Department

Office: RC 272
Phone: 306-585-5565

Research interests
Theatre and Performity as a Pluralistic Practice and The Chaotic Acceptance of Identity and Self.

A professional actor, director, writer, and theatre educator, Kelly Handerek teaches Acting, and Voice and Text for the Actor as well as directing departmental productions at the University. He has served as Guest Artist at The University of Alberta, Dalhousie University, The Banff Centre of the Arts, and Acadia University. From 1995-97, he served as National Vice-President for the Association of Canadian Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA). In 1998, Handerek accepted an invitation to study with the legendary Uta Hagen in New York City. Handerek returned to the University of Regina in 2001 after spending two years as the Artistic Director of The Grand Theatre in London, Ontario. His 35 year national and international career has forged a collaboration with Rose Bruford College in London, England.

  • MFA (University of Alberta) 1984
  • BEd (University of Alberta) 1982
  • BFA (Acting - University of Alberta) 1980


  • 2013 Publication of "Small Boy DREAMS" in the book Out-Spoken
  • 2006 Director of Gail Bowen’s Doctor Dolittle:  A Canadian Fable
  • 2006 Actor in Dry Streak by Leanne Minogue at Persephone Theatre
  • 2005 Actor in film What Remains Human by Maureen Bradley
  • 2005 Director of Caryl Churchill’s Far Away for Curtain Razors
  • 2005 Stage Director of the inaugural ”Alumnae Crowning Achievement Awards.”
  • 2005 Invited to Royal Scottish Academy
  • 2005 Played Dr. Watson in Sherlock’s Last Case, Showboat Festival Theatre, Port Colbourne, ON
  • 2005 Actor Prelude to Munich Saskatchewan Playrites Festival
  • 2005 Actor The Tommy Douglas Story
  • 2004 Mr. Potter in the musical version of It’s a Wonderful Life directed by Bernard Hopkins (Grand Theatre, London)
  • The Grand Theatre, Artistic Director 1999-2001
  • The Globe Theatre, various productions as both Actor & Director.
  • The Citadel Theatre, Neptune Theatre, Banff Festival, Actor in various lead roles.
  • The Banff Theatre, five year association as Director and Teacher.
  • The Stratford Festival Young Company, Director.
  • Principal role in three episodes of The Incredible Story Studio
  • Appeared in David Hansen's film Shot in the Face and two CBC radio dramas produced by Kelly Jo Burke
  • Film, TV & radio, various performances