24: Kevin Flanagan

Categories: 100 Creatives

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

Kevin Flanagan
Kevin Flanagan is a performance artist and ensemble member at local theater Space 55. He plays the titular character in their monthly Late Night Show, "Hollis' Traveling Treehouse and Dance Party," and is one of the shows creators.

He is also a founding member of the weird drone doomsday group, The Cult of the Yellow Sign, which has thrown birthday parties for the dead, preached at First Friday and the Phoenix Comicon, and regularly attempts to raise dread Cthulhu from his watery temple below the churning black ocean.

When he isn't attempting the wholesale destruction of the planet or hanging out with his Treehouse friends, Kevin dabbles in mixed media art, zine production and playwriting.

I came to Phoenix... with my parents when they moved here in 1998. I was 14 and stupid. I was pretty naïve and downtown was a very different place back then. When a friend showed me the light a couple of years ago, it was like something clicked and I found myself coming back to the stage over and over again. I love living in Phoenix, and I wish I could travel back in time and kick my younger self in the head for not loving it here.

Kevin Flanagan
I make art because... I'm not sure how to do anything else with myself. I've spent my adult life making traditionally "bad" decisions concerning work and education, but it's those decisions that have led me to the place in life I am now, and I'm actually happier than I ever thought possible. I get to scream at people and leap around and they actually like it. Sometimes, they even pay to see it!

I'm most productive when... I have set deadlines to meet. I also love creative freedom and collaboration. I find myself reaching out and trying new ideas when working with a group.

My inspiration wall is full of... NES games, images cut out of Ukiyo-e books, stuffed animals and old Dungeons and Dragons books. I have programs from plays or shows I saw years ago that made me rethink my preconceptions about theater.

Kevin Flanagan
I've learned the most from... the performers I've come to admire and respect, like the amazing people surrounding Space 55, who have given me tremendous opportunities to explore the stage and have supported me as I've grown as a performer. Continuously performing is the best way to learn how to do it.

Good work should always... try to reach out to its audience and communicate something that exists truly in the moment. Be it visual art or the stage, an artist who only looks inwards is only half an artist. The truth is that some of the best work I've seen on the stage was by people we might call "amateurs" but have that special balance and can truly connect with the audience- some professionals just fake it.

The Phoenix creative scene could use... more support. If you're one of those people who says "Phoenix has no culture" then it's about time you put down the XBOX controllers and leave your house. I know it's hard to confront the truth when you've spent a long time believing something, but take the chance and come out and be a part of the amazing world that we're creating. Come to the Trunk Space, come to Space 55. Just come out and play.

The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas
99. Isaac Caruso
98. Brandon Gore
97. Kelsey Dake
96. Hector Ruiz
95. Caroline Battle
94: Jennifer Campbell
93. Jeff Chabot
92. Tiffiney Yazzie
91. Daniel Germani
90. Irma Sanchez
89. Daniel m. Davis
88. Kirstin Van Cleef
87. Emmett Potter
86. Sarah Hurwitz
85. Christine Cassano
84. Fred Tieken
83. Lindsay Kinkade
82. Ruben Galicia
81. Robert Uribe
80. Heidi Abrahamson
79. Josephine Davis
78. Travis Ladue
77. Taz Loomans
76. Mikey Jackson
75. Alex Empty
74. Joe Ray
73. Carol Roque
72. Daniel Funkhouser
71. Carla Chavarria
70. Hugo Medina
69. Cavin Costello
68. Claire Carter
67. Lindsay Tingstrom
66. Catherine Ruane
65. Christopher Crosby
64. Aaron Johnson
63. Brenda Eden
62. Colton Brock
61. Ernesto Moncada
60. Benjamin Phillips
59. Brad Armstrong
58. Angela Hardison
57. Tyler Quinn
56. Andrew James Benson
55. Charles Anthony Darr
54: Tiffe Fermaint
53. Eric Cox
52. Victor Vasquez
51. John Randall Nelson
50. Lauren Lee
49. Kyle Jordre
48. Julie C. Kent
47. Sean Deckert
46. Niba DelCastillo
45. Joseph Benesh
44. Ashley Harder
43. Dan Vermillion
42. Daniel Shepherd
41. James B. Hunt
40. Lori Fenn
39. Seth Gideon Fainkujen
38. Wayne Rainey
37. Christian Filardo
36. Melissa Cody
35. Jason Rudolph Peña
34. Cindy Iverson
33. Ryan Gentry
32. Sebastien Millon
31. Andrea Beesley
30. Chris Pruitt
29. Robert Diehl
28. Rachel Malloy
27. Jonathan Simon
26. Ann Morton
25. Kim Moody

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