"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 fourteen plays presented in eight 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 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 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, for his continued dialogue, support, and encouragement.

Education

2002  B.A. in Drama Studies - The State University of New York at Purchase College.

2004  M.A. in Theatre History & Criticism - The City University of New York at Brooklyn College.

Awards

 

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  USArtists 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 at Brooklyn College.

2000  Best Essay Award in the Humanities. State University of New York at Purchase College.

Premieres

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.

Commissions

2020  Svaneke - Bornholms Teater. Rønne, Denmark.

2017  PMURT - Vooruit Arts Center. 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

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

Residencies

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.

Grants

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.

Website design - Wilson McGrory.

Main page photo - copyright Otto Väätäinen.

All original writing and project descriptions on this website are Copyright 2021 Kevin Doyle, unless noted otherwise.

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

Thanks! Message sent.