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Michael J. Kenmir

LARP - Religious
Michael Kenmir started in Northwest Fandom in the mid 70’s but prior to entering NW Fandom Michael was a Theatre Geek; theatre was and still is his first love. He has been a professional actor, a small theatre director, lighting designer, set and costume designer (He had also designed and built parade floats for the Lacey International Music, Art and Dance Festival and received several awards over the years for his designs)..
THEN, Michael got into Science Fiction Conventions and brought all of that knowledge to NW fandom. It all started with Puget Sound Star Trekkers, then on to Norwescon and the creation of the Star Dance and Opening Numbers. While bringing theatre to Norwescon ‘we’ (the tech crew) turned its attention to the Costume Contest (later known as the Norwescon Masquerade) and full theatrical lighting and sound were added to the event.
The Elan Empire who at the time of formation were the NPC in a LARP game being presented by another LARP group called Constar. It was at this time we thought the Elan Empire needed to up its game and so at a Westercon in the Bellevue Red Lion we performed the first formal Court of the Elan. Awards were given out, new friendships were forged. But in all things, people’s paths change, people move on and so the Empire of the Elan was finally shut down after 23 years of performing at the NW Conventions.
RustyCon became Michael’s home convention and so he went back to doing technical support at the convention, he worked his way up from Assistant Program Director, to Program Director, Special Events, Operations, and Vice Chair. After RustyCon 30 he was voted in and became Chairman and would lead RustyCon for the next 4 years and through two hotel changes. After January 2018 Michael stepped down and went into semi-retirement from conventions. Michael is still very active in the Celestial Convention as Chairman for the Memorial Service of those in NW fandom who have passed through the veil.