Kyle Bass

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



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.


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

My plays include Cry for Peace: Voices from the Congo with Ping Chong, which had its world premiere at Syracuse Stage and subsequently produced at La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York City; Grace Notes: Reflections for Now with Carrie Mae Weems, which will have its world premiere at the 2016 Spoleto Festival USA; Name in the Street; Wind in the Field; 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 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.

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 for which I have edited for publication plays by Kenneth Lin, Rogelio Martinez, Chiori Miyagawa, Wendy Dann, John Cariani, Saviana Stanescu, and others.

Since 2009 I have been the resident dramaturg for Syracuse Stage and worked with Ping Chong on the creation of Tales from the Salt City, which had its world premiere at Syracuse Stage. I have served as production dramaturg on many Syracuse Stage productions, including August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson, Blithe Spirit, Scorched, The Whipping Man, The Glass Menagerie, 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.

In addition to serving on many arts and writing competition panels, I have been a visiting writer at State University of New York at Oswego and have appeared as a guest on National Public Radio’s “Tell Me More,” discussing race in American theatre.

I have taught in the MFA Creative Writing program at Goddard College since 2006 and also teach playwriting at Syracuse University and at Colgate University.


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