Kenny Raskin returns for a third year as a resource artist for the SLAC Playwrights’ Lab, and also served in that capacity for David Kranes at the Sundance Playwrights Lab in 1996. For the past forty years, Kenny has made a name for himself as a leading physical comedian both in the United States and, delighting audiences with a unique blend of theatrical pieces and clown characters. He starred as the lead clown Everyman in Cirque du Soleil's NOUVELLE EXPERIENCE, and originated the role of Lefou, the comic sidekick of the villain Gaston, in the Broadway production of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Kenny was also featured in Cirque du Soleil's 3D IMAX film entitled JOURNEY OF MAN, and appeared as well as the Vaudeville Comedian in director Barry Levinson's film, LIBERTY HEIGHTS. This past year, Kenny won a Suzi award as best actor for his portrayal of Nat Moyer in Herb Gardener's I'M NOT RAPPAPORT.
Before joining Cirque du Soleil, Kenny performed his one-man show, THE AUDITION, for over ten years in theaters, universities, and festivals throughout the United States, as well as on television shows in Europe and South America. He has also been a frequent player in the European Variete circuit, playing in theaters such as the WINTERGARTEN VARIETE in Berlin and the APOLLO VARIETE in Dusseldorf. Kenny also teaches workshops in clowning and physical comedy.