"A play which no theater will produce, and no audience will care to see."

-- Wolfgang Borchert, The Outside Man (1946)

Kevin Doyle (IE/US) is a writer and director of interdisciplinary theatre and film working between the European Union and his native New York. He grew up next to a New York prison and lives in the shadow of unnecessary sports stadiums. The author of twelve plays presented in seven countries, his work has been translated into French, Romanian, and Swedish. Doyle has won several honors for his work including: a Saari Residence Fellowship in Finland,  the Thornton Wilder Fellowship at The MacDowell Colony, USArtists International Award from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, and as Artist-in-Residence at The Watermill Center. Doyle conceived, wrote, designed, and directed the interdisciplinary theatre project "W.M.D. (just the low points)," which examined American intelligence failures prior to the Iraq War. It premiered at the 2009 The Game Is Up! Festival in the Vooruit Arts Centre (Gent) prior to a national tour of Belgium and The Netherlands.

Doyle's plays have been presented in New York City at the Ontological Theater, the Brick Theater, chashama, HERE Arts Center, 3LD Art & Technology Center, and multiple productions at the OBIE Award-winning Ice Factory Festival at the Ohio Theatre. His full-length play examining the history of genocide in the modern era -- "when after all, it was you and me (or the genocide play)" -- was Shortlisted for the 2017 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, England.

His theatre and film work has received support from the Puffin Foundation (2009 / 2010 / 2018), the Svenska Instituet (Stockholm), the Mayer Foundation, CEC ArtsLink (2016 / 2018), the East End Arts Council (2008 / 2009), IETM (Brussels), the Dramatists Guild Foundation, the Drama League of New York (2014 / 2017), the PEN America Writers' Emergency Fund, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant Program (2009/2017), Carnegie Fund for Authors, The Fund for Croatian Arts and Cultural Exchange, and the Greenwall Foundation, among others.

His work has been covered in media outlets such as Time Out New York, Backstage, The New York Sun, Variety, De Morgen, De Standaard, The Irish Times, American Theatre Magazine, PBS, The Village Voice, and The New York Times. His essays on the arts and politics have appeared in publications in Belgium, Finland, France, Scotland, and as a contributing writer at Diggit Magazine in The Netherlands.

Doyle's current interdisciplinary project, THE AЯTS, is a theatrical deconstruction on the history of the National Endowment for the Arts, and explores the future role of public funding for the arts in the United States. It received the inaugural IMPACT Residency Award from the Drama League of New York and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (2017) and premiered at the TONY Award-winning La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club to launch their 2018-2019 season.

His current interdisciplinary theatre project, TRIANGLE / TAZREEN, explores the international garments industry by contrasting the experiences of workers who survived the 2012 Tazreen Factory Fire in Bangladesh with descendants of workers who died in the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. Doyle returned to Bangladesh to resume rehearsals with six Tazreen survivors, supported by a grant from the 2018-2019 Global Connections IN THE LAB program funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Theatre Communications Group.

Doyle was recently selected as the 2018-2019 Saari Invited Artist at the Saari Residence for artists and researchers, maintained by Kone Foundation in Finland. He wishes to thank his mentor and friend, the French dramatist Michel Vinaver, for his continued dialogue, support, and encouragement.

Education

1999 - 2002

B.A. in Drama Studies - The State University of New York at Purchase College.

2002 - 2004

M.A. in Theatre History & Criticism - The City University of New York at Brooklyn College.

Awards 

2018 - 2019

2018 - 2019

2017

2017

2016

2016

2016

2016

2014

2013

2012

2009

2009

2007

2005

2000

Global Connections IN THE LAB Grant. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation / Theatre Communications Group. New York, NY. (Bangladesh, host nation)

Saari Invited Artist Fellowship. Saari Residence at Kone Foundation. Mynämäki, Finland.

IMPACT Residency Award, The Drama League of New York and Laguardia Performing Arts Center. New York, NY.

Finalist. Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting. Royal Exchange Theatre. Manchester, England.

Bicentennial Swedish-American Exchange Fund Award. Swedish Institute. Sockholm, Sweden.

Honorable Mention. 2016 Saroyan/Paul Playwriting Prize for Human Rights. Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance and William Saroyan Foundation. Los Angeles, California.

Asian Cultural Council Fellowship. New York, NY. (Bangladesh, host nation)

ArtsLink Project Award. CEC ArtsLink. New York, NY. (Croatia, host nation)

Saari Residence Fellowship. Saari Residence at Kone Foundation. Mynämäki, Finland.

"Swing Space" Award. Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. New York, NY.

Cultural Exchange Fund Award. Association of Performing Arts Presenters. Washington, D.C.

USArtists International Award. Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. Baltimore, Maryland.

"Swing Space" Award. Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. New York, NY.

Performance Development Award. The National Endowment for the Arts / chashama. New York, NY.

Space Grant Award. BAX / Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Brooklyn, New York.

Best Essay Award in the Humanities. State University of New York at Purchase College.

Commissions 

2017

2010

PMURT - solo performance. Vooruit Arts Center. Gent, Belgium.

ATM or this is [not] new york - interdisciplinary theatre. Monty Kultuurfaktorij. Antwerpen, Belgium.

Premieres

2018

2017

2017

2013

2010

2009

2009

2007

2006

2005

2004

2004

THE AЯTS. La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club. New York, NY.

PMURT. Vooruit Arts Center. Gent, Belgium

KONZUM | CONSUME. Festival Prvih. KNAP Center for Culture. Zagreb, Croatia.

not from canada. Monty Kultuurfaktorij. Antwerpen, Belgium.

ATM or this is [not] new york. Monty Kultuurfaktorij. Antwerpen, Belgium.

Behind The Bullseye. Ontological Theater. New York, NY.

W.M.D. (just the low points). The Game Is Up! Festival. Vooruit Arts Center. Gent, Belgium.

the amputated years / Les années amputées (French translation/production). Les nuages en pantalon. Quebec City, Canada. Jean-Philippe Joubert, director.

FOX (y) FRIENDS. HERE American Living Room Festival at 3LD Art & Technology Center. New York, NY.

The Position. Ice Factory Festival at the Ohio Theatre. New York, NY.

Compression of a Casualty. Re-Orient Festival. Golden Thread Productions. San Francisco, CA. Laura Hope, director.

Styrofoam. The Stampede Festival at The Trilogy Theatre. Feed The Herd Company. New York, NY. Brian Snapp, director.

Readings / Workshops

2018

2017

2017

2012

2012

2008

Autopsy of a Laysan Albatross for Dramatic Purposes. Seaside Repertory Theatre. Seaside, FL.

when after all, it was you and me (or the genocide play). The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting Award Ceremony. Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, England.

THE AЯTS: Part 1-2. Laguardia Performing Arts Center. Queens, NY.

katabasis. The Living Theatre. New York, NY.

these words [a study in lying]. Danscentrum Syd. Malmö, Sweden.

W.M.D. (just the low points). Ice Factory Festival at the Ohio Theatre. New York, NY.

Residencies

2018

2018

2018

2017

2017

2016

2016

2016

2015

2014

2014

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2010

2009 - 2010

2008

Lauréats Spectacle Vivant. Artist Studio Residency. Cité internationale des arts. Paris, France.

Back Apartment Residency Fellowship. CEC ArtsLink. Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Escape To Create. Seaside, Florida.

Arc Artist Residency. Romainmôtier, Switzerland. (for THE AЯTS research in Lausanne)

Regina Barnes Fellowship for Social Justice. The Mesa Refuge. Point Reyes, California.

Hill House at the Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology. East Jordan, Michigan.

Jentel Foundation. Banner, Wyoming. 

Arc Artist Residency. Romainmôtier, Switzerland. (for WANTABLE research at ETH-Zurich)

IMPACT15 Active Ingredients Symposium. PACT-Zollverein. Essen, Germany.

Playa. Summer Lake, Oregon.

Willapa Bay AiR. Oysterville, Washington.

Escape To Create. Seaside, Florida.

Director's Project Residency. The Drama League of New York.

Rosette Lamont Residency for Emerging Playwrights. Corporation of Yaddo. Saratoga Springs, New York.

Fundación Valparaiso. Mojácar, Spain.

Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts. Saratoga, Wyoming.

Wooda Farm (Bursary + Residency). Cornwall, England.

Danscentrum Syd (w/ choreographer Kajsa Sandstrom). Malmo, Sweden.

Edward F. Albee Foundation. Montauk, New York.

Subtopia (w/ film director Delphine Dhilly). Norsberg, Sweden.

Artist-in-Residence. The Performance Project. University Settlement. New York, NY.

Corporation of Yaddo. Saratoga Springs, New York.

Artist-in-Residence. The Watermill Center. Southampton, New York.

The Residency @ chashama. National Endowment for the Arts / chashama. New York, NY.

Resident Artist. Mabou Mines / Suite Program. Mabou Mines. New York, NY.

Thornton Wilder Fellowship. The MacDowell Colony. Peterborough, New Hampshire.

Website design - Wilson McGrory.

Main page photo - copyright 2018 Otto Väätäinen.

To contact or request work samples, please email me directly -- or fill out the inquiry form below.

Kevin Doyle - writer / director

"THE AЯTS" - world premiere - September 2018 at La MaMa E.T.C. New York, NY

2018-2019 Saari Invited Artist at the Saari Residence. Kone Foundation, Finland

2018 Global Connections IN THE LAB Grant. TCG / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, USA

2017 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting Finalist. Royal Exchange Theatre, England

 

"The sting of the playwright's satire is softened only by his gift for comic absurdity." -- THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Hilarious satire of social norms that touches on everything that is wrong with America." -- TIME OUT NEW YORK

"Clearly unafraid to deal with reality, and present it unflinchingly." -- SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

"Socially critical drama without an accusing finger or a whiny political tone." -- DE MORGEN

"Doyle's clever, sparing use of language recalls Ionesco's best." -- BACKSTAGE

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