Kev W Wood
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama)
Bachelor of Theology (Arts/Bible)
Master of Visual and Performing Arts (Theatre)
Bachelor of Social Work
(Kev's a Registered Social Worker)
"Not only does Kev use the medium of mime effectively to communicate spiritually significant issues, Kev is, himself, a deeply committed Christian. Kev does not perform for applause, but uses mime as a vehicle for honouring his Lord and Saviour."
Kev Wood has acquired knowledge and skill in Mime, Musical Sign, Drama and other areas of the arts from training and experience.
After graduating from Tyndale University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Theology in Bible and Arts, Kev joined Steadfast, a dramatic arts ministry team from Tyndale, that same fall. When the group recessed for the summer Kev auditioned for and joined 4 Crying Out Loud (that had formerly been called Neon), a Christian physical arts troupe founded and led by Bruxy Cavey.
Kev has also received training as a Mime that has included an emphasis on the Classical style of, and training from, the legendary French Mime Marcel Marceau. In June, 1994 he received an invitation for a personal (1:1) two week course in Classical and Expressive Mime at the Youth With a Mission (YWAM) Academy of Performing Arts in Cambridge, Ontario. Kev has also trained with Mimeistry International (now Innovo Physical Theatre) where he studied under Todd and Marilyn Farley, Mimeistry's co-founding directors, both at a summer workshop in Michigan and then in the Journeyman class at Mimeistry's residential school in Pasadena, California. Todd and Marilyn both studied at Marcel Marceau's International School of Mime in Paris. Kev also attended Master workshops taught by the legendary French Mime Marcel Marceau in New York City ('99 [2 weeks], '00 [1 week]) and Ann Arbor, Michigan ('99 [1 week]). In October, 2004 Kev also trained for one week under Gregg Goldston out of New York City. Gregg has performed with Marcel Marceau.
Kev began signing songs (Musical Sign - which is based on American Sign Language) when he worked at Ontario Pioneer Camps in 1985. Since then he has been signing at different venues throughout North and Central America, Europe and Australia. He is often asked to teach Musical Sign (The Wood Method) to adults, youth and children.
Kev also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama) from Providence University College, Master of Visual and Performing Arts (Theatre) from Charles Sturt University, and a Bachelor of Social Work from Booth University College. He taught as Adjunct Faculty at Providence University College from 2001-2007 when he taught and directed the physical arts ministry troupe Speechless - founded by Heather Neufeld.
Ministry opportunities have included Kev performing and teaching in nine Canadian provinces, approximately 35 U.S. states, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Ireland and Australia.
Kev has choreographed over 100 Mime pieces, interpreted over 100 songs in Musical Sign, and written over 100 Drama sketches, a number of one act plays and scripts for Christmas and Easter church productions.
Currently serving as a Social Worker in child welfare, Kev's passion is to facilitate the betterment of the lives of others. Kev's wife, Becky, is also a talented performer and often performs with Kev and From The Top. Becky loves her vocation as an early years school teacher in which she has served for over 15 years. At his home church Riverwood Church Community church Kev serves as a video director, photographer, and small group leader. Becky enjoys serving and teaching in the children's ministry Riverwood Kids. Becky and Kev are grateful to God for the two wonderful children that they have.
"The range of communication by way of mime, musical sign language, media presentations and drama is a refreshingly creative helm in our people's ability to worship. Kev's performances are always warmly welcomed and consistently communicate spiritual truth in a powerful and memorable way. His presentations are sincere and authentic and are filled with passion and effort. Kev's passion to serve Jesus Christ and to minister to people is easily read in the sincerity in his face every time he delivers his message. Kev's presentations are profoundly spiritual and inspiring and are an effective contribution to our worship experience."