Faculty, MFA in Creative Writing Program
Residency Site: Plainfield VT

Email
kyle.bass@goddard.edu

Biography

Kyle holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, where he studied playwriting with Tony award nominee Leslie Lee, Deborah Brevoort, and Mary Gallagher. Kyle’s full-length play Wind in the Field was a semi-finalist for the 2005 Princess Grace Playwriting award. His short plays have received readings at The Armory Square Playhouse in Syracuse, New York. In 2005, the Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, New York, produced Kyle’s 10-minute play Fall/Out. In 1998, he received the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFa) fellowship in fiction writing. Kyle is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis.

Education

MFA in Creative Writing, Goddard College
BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, SUNY Fredonia

Personal Statement

I am the author (with Ping Chong) of Cry for Peace: Voices from the Congo, which had its world premiere at Syracuse Stage and was produced at La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York City.

I am a two-time recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, including the 2010 fellowship in playwriting (for my play Name in the Street), a finalist for the Princess Grace Playwriting Award (for my play Wind in the Field), and a Pushcart Prize nominee (for my play The Heart of Fear).

My other plays include Fall/Out, produced by the Kitchen Theatre; The Heart of Fear, published in the journal Stone Canoe; and Northeast, which appeared in the journal Callaloo. Armory Square Playhouse produced Portraits, an evening of my monologue plays Theory of Night, directed by Playwright’s Horizons founder Robert Moss, Love Is a Blue Velvet Box, and Spoons, which was previously produced by Appleseed Productions. My one-man play Carver at Tuskegee was produced as part of Syracuse Stage’s BackStory! series.

My writing has also appeared in the journal Folio, among others, and in the anthology Alchemy of the Word: Writers Talk about Writing. I am Drama Editor for the award-winning journal Stone Canoe for which I have edited for publication plays by Kenneth Lin, Rogelio Martinez, and Chiori Miyagawa.

Since 2009 I have been the resident dramaturg for Syracuse Stage and have worked with Ping Chong on the creation of Tales from the Salt City, which had its world premiere at Syracuse Stage, and with writer Lauren Unbekant on the creation of the one-woman play Woman in a Blue Dress, produced by Syracuse Stage and the Everson Museum of Art in conjunction with the Impressionist exhibit “Turner to Cezanne.”

I have served as dramaturg on more than 15 Syracuse Stage productions, including Moby Dick, The Brothers Size, Red, Caroline, or Change, Radio Golf, No Child…, Fences, The Price, Little Women, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile.

I have been Visiting Writer at SUNY Oswego and have appeared as a guest on National Public Radio’s “Tell Me More,” discussing race in American theatre.

In addition to teaching at Goddard, I teach playwriting at Syracuse University and at Colgate University. I hold an MFA in Playwriting from Goddard College. I am a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Publications

  1. Carver at Tuskegee (Play), Syracuse Stage, 2009
    Carver at Tuskegee (Play)Syracuse Stage2009
  2. Northeast (Play), Callaloo, 2008
    NortheastCallaloo2008
  3. The Heart of Fear (Play), Stone Canoe, 2007
    The Heart of Fear (Play)Stone Canoe 2007
  4. Tender Armory Square Playhouse1997