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Kevin Kautzman

For playscript synopses and character breakdowns, see Kevin’s New Play Exchange &
Playwrights’ Center profiles.

About

Kevin is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter originally from North Dakota. He holds degrees from the University of Minnesota (BA, History & Philosophy ’03) and the University of Texas at Austin (MFA, Creative Writing, Michener Fellow ’13). His work is published by Broadway Play Publishing, Oberon and Playscripts. and has been reviewed in a variety of outlets including the Dallas Morning News, the Guardian, Time Out London and the Pioneer Press.

Kevin first studied playwriting at the Royal Court’s young writers program and has received both the Jerome and Michener fellowships as well as a number of awards and scholarships, including the UK International Student Playscript (COYOTE), the Kernodle and the Southwestern Playwriting awards (DREAM OF PERFECT SLEEP) and the Sewanee and Kenyon playwriting scholarships. His IRIS with Red Eye in Minneapolis was named best playwriting by Lavender Magazine’s year in review, 2010. He has been a finalist for the Yale Drama Series (THEN WAVES), the Pen Center USA (THEN WAVES, WOLF CRY WOLF), and the Princess Grace (DREAM OF PERFECT SLEEP) awards in addition to the Lila Acheson Wallace program at Juilliard (MODERATION). His drama DREAM OF PERFECT SLEEP was nominated for an Offie and is available from Oberon. His work has appeared in the UK and US in collaboration with the Finborough, History Theatre, the Living Theatre, Page 73, the Playwrights’ Center, Red Eye, Spooky Action Theatre and Theatre503. In 2017 Kevin worked on BBQ Films Emmy-nominated live theatrical ECoin Launch Party, in support of MR ROBOT.

Most recently his new play MODERATION received a Zoom workshop with Spooky Action Theatre, a public Zoom reading with UP Theatre in Manhattan, and was named a semi-finalist at the Austin Film Festival. In collaboration with London-based director Abbie Lucas, he’s at work on three original feature screenplays and a concept for television. He co-hosts a podcast about the dark side of creativity called ART OF DARKNESS and is co-founder of the experimental theatre writers Cut Edge Collective.

He lives in Saint Paul.

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October 2021

GREY DUCK Hamilton Film Fest Finalist

The first feature screenplay I wrote with Abbie Lucas, GREY DUCK, is a finalist with the Hamilton Film Fest. Check it out. Here’s a synopsis:

“After a brutal separation leaves her ostracized from family and community in the run up to the holidays, a hitherto impeccable (but depressed) Texas empty-nester decides to finally seek her Minnesotan biological mother before it’s too late. Only when she meets an unlikely new friend, a Lakota woman named Aglai, does she realise that blood isn’t thicker than water.”

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