Glen C. Kinnaird is a playwright and author living in New York City with his best friend, Tony the Theatre Dog. Kinnaird was inspired to create the "Tony the Theatre Dog" book series in 2010 when he and Tony joined friends at rehearsals for a national tour of a well-known Broadway show. An instant sensation with the cast and crew, Tony was soon nicknamed, "Tony the Theatre Dog". Kinnaird's first adventure story was developed to educate children about the world of performing arts. Before moving to New York City in 2006 to follow a dream of becoming a playwright and author, Kinnaird earned a B. A. in Communications and Public Relations and a degree in Writing for Performace and Theatre from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He credits his parents, Leon and Clara Kinnaird, with always supporting his dreams and nurturing his imagination.Livvy Porrill began her path as an artist and illustrator when she took part in a Summer Theatre Camp in Gardendale, Alabama in 2016. It was there she met director, playwright, and author of Tony the Theatre Dog book series, Glen C. Kinnaird. Kinnaird had written an outline of his first children's book and knew he would soon need an illustrator. The two agreed to collaborate after Porrill shared with him drawings of the characters from Disney's Alice in Wonderland, Jr., the production from the Summer Theatre Camp. In the fall of that year, Kinnaird asked Porrill to draw an animated version of Tony, his dog. The rest is history! Porrill completed the illustrations for the first book in the series, Tony the Theatre Dog; Puttin' On A Show. This is the first illustrated book for Kinnaird and the second book for Porrill. In the fall of 2019, Porrill will attend the prestigious Syracuse University to study architecture and hopes to continue with Kinnaird and Tony as they finish writing the other books in the Tony the Theatre Dog Series.
Having worked with kids in Summer Theatre Camps and at Schools, this little book will explore terms and jobs involved in making theatre.
Young children get an education from hearing about what happens behind the scenes when putting on a show. They will learn and understand new words all while following the story of these colorful characters who are cats, mice, and dogs. It is a really fun way for them to learn about the arts.