The arts. Public policy. Labor. The history of public funding of the arts and culture.
Kevin Doyle [IE/US] works as a writer and director of interdisciplinary theatre and film between the European Union and his native New York. He has won several honors for his work including: the Thornton Wilder Fellowship at The MacDowell Colony; a USArtists International Award from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation; a Saari Residence Fellowship at the Kone Foundation; and as Artist in Residence at The Watermill Center. His full-length play examining the history of Western governments' responses to genocide in the modern era -- when after all, it was you and me (or the genocide play) -- was recently Shortlisted for the 2017 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, England.
Doyle grew up next to a New York prison and lives in the shadow of an unnecessary sports stadium. The author of twelve plays and screenplays, his texts have been translated into French, Romanian, and Swedish; receiving productions in seven countries. His writing has been supported by residencies at the Corporation of Yaddo (2010/2013), the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2009/2013), the Edward Albee Foundation, Playa, the Mesa Refuge, Willapa Bay AiR, Escape To Create (2014/18), the Fundación Valparaíso (ES), Wooda (UK), and Arc in Switzerland (2016/17); in addition to grants from the Asian Cultural Council, CEC ArtsLink, the Svenska Instituet (SE), the Puffin Foundation (2009/2010), the East End Arts Council / NYFA (2008/2009), and a Kesselring Grant from the Dramatists' Guild Fund.
Doyle conceived, wrote and directed the interdisciplinary theatre project W.M.D. (just the low points), which premiered at The Game Is Up! Festival in the Vooruit (Gent), and received a national tour of Belgium and The Netherlands. Previous works: ATM or this is [not] new york at Monty Kultuurfaktorij (Antwerpen); Behind The Bullseye at the Ontological Theater (New York); THUIS: The First Season of Frank (w/ visual artist Evelyn Brosi) at Centrale Fies in Italy; Compression of a Casualty at Golden Thread (San Francisco); PMURT at the Vooruit Arts Centre; and KONZUM | CONSUME at KNAP (Zagreb). Doyle is currently developing two new interdisciplinary theatre projects: TRIANGLE/TAZREEN, an exploration of the garment industry focusing on survivors of the 2012 Tazreen Factory Fire in Bangladesh and contrasts it with the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York; and THE AЯTS, a deconstruction on the history of public funding of the arts and culture, that will premiere in the European Union and New York during 2018. Doyle's writing on intersections between the arts and politics have been published in Belgium, Finland, France, Scotland, and The Netherlands.