Kyle Bass

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

Email
kyle.bass@goddard.edu

Biography

Kyle Bass is the co-author (with director-writer Kim Bass) of the original screenplay Day of Days. The film stars award-winning veteran actor Tom Skerritt and is scheduled for release in 2016. Kyle is the author (with National Medal of Arts recipient Ping Chong) of Cry for Peace: Voices from the Congo, which had its world premiere at Syracuse Stage and was subsequently produced at La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York City. He is currently working with acclaimed visual artist and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Carrie Mae Weems on Grace Notes: Reflections for Now, which will have its world premiere at the 2016 Spoleto Festival USA. Kyle is a two-time recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, for fiction in 1998 and the 2010 fellowship in playwriting (for Name in the Street), a finalist for the Princess Grace Playwriting Award (for Wind in the Field), and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Kyle is currently writing a new play titled Possessing Harriet, commissioned by the Onondaga Historical Association, and the screenplay adaptation of the novel Milk by Darcy Steinke.

Education

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

Areas of Expertise

Dramatic Writing, Screenwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction

Personal Statement

I am the co-author of the original screenplay for Day of Days. The independent film, starring award-winning veteran actor Tom Skerritt (Alien, Top Gun, Steel Magnolias, A River Runs Through It), was released by Broad Green Pictures in 2017. I am a two-time recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (for fiction in 1998 and 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, a semi-finalist for the O’Neill Playwriting Conference, and Pushcart Prize nominee. Name in the Street was produced as a staged reading by the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company and featured TONY nominee and Hollywood actor Stephen Henderson (Fences, A Doll’s House Part 2, Lincoln, Manchester by the Sea, Lady Bird). My play Possessing Harriet, commissioned by the Onondaga Historical Association, will receive its world premiere in 2018. I am the author of Separated, a piece of documentary theatre about student military veterans, which was most recently presented at the Paley Center for Media in New York City. My one-acts and short 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 his dramatic monologues: 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. I am the co-author (with National Medal of Arts recipient Ping Chong) of Cry for Peace: Voices from the Congo, which had its world premiere at Syracuse Stage and was subsequently produced at La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York City. I worked with acclaimed visual artist and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Carrie Mae Weems on her theatre piece Grace Notes: Reflections for Now, which had its world premiere at the 2016 Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina, and was subsequently produced at Yale Rep and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. I am currently writing the screenplay adaptation of Darcey Steinke’s novel Milk. My prose and other writings have appeared in the journals Folio and Stone Canoe, 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. In addition to serving on many arts and writing competition panels, I have been visiting writer at State University of New York at Oswego and have been a guest on National Public Radio’s “Tell Me More,” discussing race in American theatre. I also teach playwriting at Syracuse University, Colgate University, where I have been appointed Burke Chair for Regional Studies for the 2018-19 academic year. I have also taught playwriting at Hobart & William Smith Colleges. I am Associate Artistic Director at Syracuse Stage and a proud member of the Dramatist Guild of America.

Publications

  1. Day of Days (Screenplay)Bass Entertainment Pictures2017
  2. Separated (Play)Syracuse Stage, Paley Center for Media2017
  3. Cry for Peace: Voices from the Congo (Play)Syracuse Stage, La MaMa Theater2013
  4. Carver at Tuskegee (Play), Syracuse Stage, 2009
    Carver at Tuskegee (Play)Syracuse Stage2009
  5. NortheastCallaloo2008
  6. The Heart of Fear (Play), Stone Canoe, 2007
    The Heart of Fear (Play)Stone Canoe 2007
  7. Tender Armory Square Playhouse1997