Master Teacher of Acting and Directing
BA, New York University and Prescott College
Additional training with William Esper (Meisner), Jerzy Grotowski, Joseph Chaikin, Ada Brown Mather (Shakespeare) and Mary Overlie (Viewpoints)
Devising original theater pieces based on texts from cultural studies, primarily philosophy, psychology, and sociology; Interfacing Viewpoints Theory with Stanislavski, Grotowski, and Brecht
Kevin Kuhlke is an Arts Professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts' Department of Drama, specializing in acting (advanced scene study), directing, improvisation, and physical theatre.
He has acted with Anne Bogart, Robert Wilson, Mabou Mines, the Builders Association, the Iowa Theatre Lab, and the Holderness Company regionally and in New York including Lincoln Center, the Public Theater, PS 122, Danspace, MOMA, the Franklin Furnace, the Culture Project, and La Mama.
Directing work includes over 30 productions in various venues including the Atlantic Theater Company, Seattle Rep, the Huntington Theater Company, Theater for a New Audience, ICA (London), Warsaw Theater Festival, Moscow Arts Theater School, the City Theater (Iceland) A.R.T. Institute, and theatre schools in New York, the Netherlands, and Greenland.
Work ranges from classics such as Romeo and Juliet, The Bacchae, The Seagull and Miss Julie to contemporary plays The Swan, Fool for Love, The Mud Angel, Footfalls, as well as several original plays and devised pieces. His production of O, Pioneers! with Mary McDonnell was televised nationally by American Playhouse PBS. His play Winesberg: Small Town Life was produced at the Perseverance Theater. He has taught master acting and directing classes in Cuba, Iceland, England, Switzerland, Holland, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Greenland and in several American Universities and training programs including CalArts, Naropa, A.R.T, University of Wisconsin, Yale, and Playwrights Horizons.
He has served as a mentor for the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Lab. He was the director of the Experimental Theatre Wing at Tisch Drama from 1991-2001 where he produced more than 100 productions. He was also chair of the Drama Department from 2001-2008. He is the founder and director of the Tisch International Theatre Summer Training program in Amsterdam and the Tisch spring actor training program in NYU Berlin.