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Keith Wharton



Keith Wharton has garnered one of the most challenging roles in Nicholas of Myra--as Epiphanes--father to young Nicholas and husband to Nonna. A faithful and upright man known for his love of the sea, this essential character and his relationship with his son provide some of the most compelling and dramatic moments in the story.

Keith’s professional career began in local theatres while he attended college at the University of Buffalo. Since then he has become an accomplished and award-winning stage actor who has performed dozens of roles in theater productions, as well as cable television and independent-film appearances. In 2002, Keith and three other business partners, created Kaleidoscope Theatre Productions (KTP). His dream of creating a theatre company came to fruition with the initial performance of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare.

After just two years of operating KTP, Keith was invited to join an acclaimed group of theater producers for Western New York’s premier theater extravaganza, Curtain Up! Seven years after its founding, KTP has produced over twenty shows. Keith wears many hats in the company beyond owner and resident actor--he directed the Western New York premieres of The Smell of the Kill, Dinner with Friends, and Something to Hide. He also received an Artie Nomination for his lighting design for KTP’s production of Deathtrap.  His experience as a corporate trainer has helped him pass along his love for acting to the next generation as a teacher of Theatre. He has given instruction at Theatre of Youth, Studio Arena Theatre School, Arts in Education, Medaille College, Kenan Center, and local high schools, as well as private lessons.

As an actor, Keith’s most notable and memorable roles include the character of Adam in the Western New York premiere of Searching for Eden: The Diaries of Adam & Eve; playing the part of Paris in Romeo & Juliet; and as Ready Money in Threepenny Opera; and now the important role of Epiphanes in the feature film Nicholas of Myra.