Ken Cunningham is a multiple Gemini Award–winning director with experience in series animation, live action narrative, and documentary. His prior career as a professional dance artist informs his passion for filming physical culture.
He is privileged to have won Best Direction on an Animated Series in both 2010 and 2011 for Michael Eisner’s animated sitcom “Glenn Martin, DDS”. The project also won the 2010 Gemini for Best Animated Series, as well as receiving a 2009 Annie Nomination, alongside the Simpsons, for Best Animated Series, and a 2011 Gemini Nomination for Best Animated Series.
Previous to his work in film and television, Ken spent 11 years as a professional dance artist, performing internationally with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Le Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault (Montréal), Toru Shimazaki Dance (Japan) and Dancemakers (Toronto), under artistic director Serge Bennathan.
He is currently in production on a documentary about how a Toronto man, Peter Mackendric built a community rink for 12 years as a political statement, and how that rink is now continuing on and has become a memorial to him after his passing from lung cancer in the summer of 2012.
He is also in development on “Bodies of Grace and Wisdom”, a dance documentary film celebrating the mature dance artist.
He lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter.