"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 theatre, film, and interdisciplinary performance 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 an unnecessary sports stadium. The author of sixteen plays and seven solo performance texts, his work has been presented in eleven countries and 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 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 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 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, England.
His theatre, film, and interdisciplinary 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 recent 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 and premiered at the TONY Award-winning La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club to launch their 2018-2019 season.
His current (and ongoing) 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 recently returned to Bangladesh to resume rehearsals with six Tazreen survivors, supported by a grant from the Global Connections IN THE LAB program funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Theatre Communications Group.
Doyle was selected as the sixth 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 (1927-2022), for his sustained dialogue, support, and encouragement during their 20-year dialogue and correspondence.
2002 B.A. in Drama Studies - State University of New York at Purchase College.
2004 M.A. in Theatre History & Criticism - City University of New York at Brooklyn College.
2022 Art Prospect Network Residency. CEC ArtsLink (New York) + Art & Creative Solutions Public Foundation. Almaty, Kazakhstan.
2018 Saari Invited Artist Fellowship. Kone Foundation. Mynämäki, Finland.
2018 Global Connections IN THE LAB Grant Award. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation /
Theatre Communications Group. New York, NY. (Bangladesh, host nation)
2018 Lauréats Spectacle Vivant. Artist Residency. Cité internationale des arts. Paris, France.
2017 Global Cultural Fellowship. Institute for International Cultural Relations.
University of Edinburgh. Scotland, United Kingdom.
2017 Shortlist. Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting. Royal Exchange Theatre. Manchester, UK.
2017 IMPACT Residency Award. Laguardia Performing Arts Center. New York, NY.
2016 Bicentennial Exchange Fund Award. Swedish Institute. Stockholm, Sweden.
2016 Artist Fellowship. Asian Cultural Council. New York, NY. (Bangladesh, host nation)
2016 ArtsLink Project Award. CEC ArtsLink. New York, NY. (Croatia, host nation)
2016 Honorable Mention. 2016 Saroyan/Paul Playwriting Prize for Human Rights. Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance and William Saroyan Foundation. Los Angeles, California.
2014 Saari Residence Fellowship. Kone Foundation. Mynämäki, Finland.
2013 Swing Space Award. Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. New York, NY.
2013 Emerging Leaders Fellowship. Association Performing Arts Presenters. Washington, DC.
2012 Cultural Exchange Fund Award. APAP/Andrew Mellon FDN. Washington, D.C.
2009 US Artists International Award. Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. Baltimore, MD.
2009 Swing Space Award. Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. New York, NY.
2008 Thornton Wilder Fellowship. The MacDowell Colony. Peterborough, NH.
2007 Performance Development Award. N.E.A. / chashama. New York, NY.
2005 Space Grant Award. BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Brooklyn, NY.
2002 Fellowship Stipend. Theatre Department. City University of New York, Brooklyn College.
2000 Best Essay Award in the Humanities. State University of New York, Purchase College.
2021 Svaneke - Bornholms Teater. Rønne, Denmark. Jens Boutrup, director. (**)
2018 THE AЯTS - La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club. New York, NY. (*)
2017 PMURT - Vooruit Arts Center. Gent, Belgium. (**)
2017 KONZUM | CONSUME - KNAP Center for Culture. Zagreb, Croatia. (**)
2013 not from canada - Monty Kultuurfaktorij. Antwerpen, Belgium. (*)
2010 ATM or this is [not] new york - Monty Kultuurfaktorij. Antwerpen, Belgium. (*)
2009 Behind The Bullseye - Ontological Theater. New York, NY. (*)
2009 W.M.D. (just the low points) - Game Is Up! Festival. Vooruit. Gent, Belgium. (*)
2007 Les années amputées (French translation/production). Les nuages en pantalon. Québec City, Canada. Jean-Philippe Joubert, director.
2006 FOX (y) FRIENDS - TALR Festival at HERE Arts Center. New York, NY. (*)
2005 The Position - Ice Factory Festival at the Ohio Theatre. New York, NY. (*)
2004 Compression of a Casualty - Re-Orient Festival, California. Laura Hope, director.
2004 Styrofoam - Trilogy Theatre. New York, NY. Brian Snapp, director.
2020 Svaneke - Bornholms Teater. Rønne, Denmark.
2017 PMURT - Kunstencentrum Vooruit. Gent, Belgium.
2010 ATM or this is [not] new york - Monty Kultuurfaktorij. Antwerpen, Belgium.
Readings / Workshops
2020 “8:46” - Bornholms Teater. Rønne, Denmark.
2019 The Amputated Years - MASSIA. Jan Ritsema Working Group. Massiaru, Estonia.
2018 Autopsy of Laysan Albatross for Dramatic Purposes - Seaside Rep Theatre. Seaside, FL.
2017 when after all, it was you and me - Royal Exchange Theatre. Manchester, England.
2017 THE AЯTS - LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. September 13-30, 2017. Queens, NY.
2015 when after all, it was you and me - Monty Kultuurfaktorij. Antwerpen, Belgium.
2012 katabasis - The Living Theatre. New York, NY. (**)
2012 these words [a study in lying] - Danscentrum Syd. Malmö, Sweden. (**)
2008 W.M.D. (just the low points) - Ice Factory Festival. Ohio Theatre. New York, NY.
Other Selected Productions
2022 Svaneke - national tour of Denmark. Team Teatret (Herning); Bornholms Teater (Rønne); Svanekegaarden (Svaneke); Teater Momentum (Odense); Teater Vestvolden (Copenhagen); Teater Katapult (Aarhus). October 31 to November 17, 2022. (**)
2020 Les années amputées - Théâtre Périscope. Les nuages en pantalon. October 21-30, 2020. Jean-Philippe Joubert, director. Québec City, Canada.
2018 PMURT - Dixon Place. May 11, 2018. New York, NY. - US premiere (**)
2016 THUIS: The First Season of Frank - w/ Boris Van den Eynden. Live Works Vol. 4. Centrale Fies. July 23-25, 2016 Dro, Italy. (Kevin Doyle, director) - world premiere.
2013 these words are written on my body by Kajsa Sandström. MDT. March 18-20, 2013. Stockholm, Sweden. (Kevin Doyle, director/designer) - world premiere.
2012 The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard. Franklin Stage Company. Franklin, NY. (Kevin Doyle, director)
2011 Americans n’ Indians by Matthieu Sys. 3LD Art & Technology Center. Aug. 20-23, 2011. New York, NY. (Kevin Doyle, director)
2011 The Position - Godot Teatru. Apr 7-Dec 8, 2011. D. Popa, director. Bucharest, Romania.
2009 Compression of a Casualty - ReOrient Festival. Golden Thread Theatre Company.
Nov. 19 - Dec. 13, 2009. Mark Routhier, director. San Francisco, CA.
2009 W.M.D. (just the low points) - De Baile. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (*)
2009 W.M.D. (just the low points) - Monty Kultuurfaktorij. Antwerpen, Belgium. (*)
2009 W.M.D. (just the low points) - Beursschouwburg. Brussels, Belgium. (*)
2009 W.M.D. (just the low points) - De Braakland. Leuven, Belgium. (*)
2008 Compression of a Casualty - Moving Arts Company. Lyric Hyperion Theatre. Michael Shutt, director. June 4-28, 2008. Los Angeles, CA.
2003 11 september 2001 by Michel Vinaver - Medicine Show Theatre. New York, NY. (Kevin Doyle, director) - US premiere.
(*) = playwright/director
(**) = solo performance/playwright
2021 Svanekegaarden / Bornholms Teater. Svaneke, Denmark / Rønne, Denmark.
2019 Back Apartment Residency. CEC ArtsLink. Saint Petersburg, Russia.
2019 The Anderson Center. Minneapolis, MN.
2018 Escape To Create. Seaside, Florida.
2018 Back Apartment Residency Fellowship. CEC ArtsLink. Saint Petersburg, Russia.
2017 ARC Residency. Romainmôtier, Switzerland. (w/ The University of Lausanne)
2017 Regina Barnes Fellowship for Social Justice. Mesa Refuge. Point Reyes, CA.
2016 Hill House at the Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology. East Jordan, MI.
2016 Jentel Foundation. Banner, WY.
2016 ARC Residency. Romainmôtier, Switzerland. (w/ Swiss Institute of Technology Zurich)
2015 IMPACT15 Active Ingredients. PACT-Zollverein. Essen, Germany.
2014 Playa. Summer Lake, OR.
2014 Willapa Bay AiR. Oysterville, WA.
2014 Escape To Create. Seaside, FL.
2014 Director's Project Residency. The Drama League of New York.
2013 Corporation of Yaddo. Saratoga Springs, NY.
2012 Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts. Saratoga, WY.
2012 Wooda Farm (Bursary + Residency). Cornwall, England.
2012 Danscentrum Syd (w/ choreographer Kajsa Sandstrom). Malmo, Sweden.
2012 Fundación Valparaiso. Mojácar, Spain.
2011 Subtopia (w/ film director Delphine Dhilly). Norsberg, Sweden.
2011 Edward F. Albee Foundation. Montauk, NY.
2010 The Residency at chashama. National Endowment for the Arts/chashama. New York.
2010 Artist-in-Residence. Performance Project at University Settlement. New York, NY.
2010 Corporation of Yaddo. Saratoga Springs, NY.
2010 Artist-in-Residence. The Watermill Center. Southampton, New York.
2010 Resident Artist. Mabou Mines/Suite Program. Mabou Mines. New York, NY.
2022 Turnéteater / Danish Arts Foundation Grant for touring of "SVANEKE". Ballerup, Denmark.
2021 Bridge Fund COVID-19 Grant Award. Foundation for Contemporary Arts. New York.
2020 COVID-19 Emergency Grant Award. Foundation for Contemporary Arts. New York.
2018 Project Grant Award (THE AЯTS). Puffin Foundation. Teaneck, NJ.
2017 Emergency Grant Award (THE AЯTS). Foundation for Contemporary Arts. New York.
2017 PEN Writers’ Emergency Fund Award. PEN America. New York, NY.
2016 Kesselring Grant Award. The Dramatists’ Guild Fund. New York, NY.
2016 Grant Award. The Mayer Foundation. New York, NY.
2016 Grant Award. Carnegie Fund for Authors. New York, NY.
2016 Grant Award. Authors League Fund. The Authors League of America. New York, NY.
2015 Travel Grant. IETM/international network for contemporary arts. Brussels, Belgium.
2012 Travel Grant. IETM/international network for contemporary arts. Brussels, Belgium.
2010 Project Grant Award (ATM or this is not new york). Puffin Foundation. Teaneck, NJ.
2009 Project Grant Award (Behind The Bullseye). Puffin Foundation. Teaneck, NJ.
2009 Emergency Grant Award (Behind The Bullseye). Foundation for Contemporary Arts. New York, NY.
2009 Project Grant Award. Greenwall Foundation (via Ontological Theater). New York, NY.
2008 Strategic Opportunity Stipend. NYFA / East End Arts Council. New York, NY.
2008 Project Grant Award + Residency (W.M.D. just the low points). Puffin Room. New York, NY.
2007 Strategic Opportunity Stipend. NYFA / East End Arts Council. New York, NY.
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All writing and project descriptions on this website are Copyright 2022 Kevin Doyle, unless noted otherwise.
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Photos and video of Kevin Doyle in England (2017) are credited to The Other Richard.
Photos and video of Kevin Doyle in Finland (2018-2019) are credited to Otto Väätäinen.
Photos of Kevin Doyle in Denmark (2020-2021) are credited to Jacob Jepsen.
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