Barry Kyle (Professor of Theatre Arts)
Mr. Kyle is an Honorary Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He was the first Artistic Director of the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, and has directed more than 30 productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company. These include Love's Labour's Lost, Measure for Measure, The Two Noble Kinsmen, The Taming of the Shrew, Richard II, Edward Bond’s Lear, Marlowe's The Jew of Malta, and Dr Faustus, plus numerous world premiers of new British plays. His work has been seen elsewhere in London, as well as Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Jerusalem, Moscow, Warsaw, Melbourne, Singapore, Los Angeles, and many other places around the world. He has been twice nominated for the British Olivier Award as Best Director, both times for his RSC productions of Shakespeare's comedies in London. In New York he directed an off-Broadway production of Henry V at Theatre For A New Audience, which was awarded the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Revival. Regionally in the US he also directed To Kill a Mockingbird at Actor's Theatre of Louisville and Romeo and Juliet at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC. Also in New York City, he adapted and directed Shakespeare’s Henry VI, which received a Drama Desk for Outstanding Revival. He has been privileged to direct many major British actors including Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons, Patrick Stewart, Kenneth Branagh and Ben Kingsley. Barry Kyle was also the first Western director to direct at the National Theatre in Prague where his production of Shakespeare's King Lear (in Czech) played for two years, just after the 'velvet revolution'. Mr Kyle later directed a ground-breaking all-female production of Richard III at Shakespeare's Globe in London, where he also directed his second production of King Lear. This production went on to play at the Tokyo Globe, in Japan. In 2006, he returned to England to direct The Coventry Mysteries- a modern version of the medieval Christian cycle, and set it in the bombed-out cathedral in Coventry. The Guardian newspaper in the UK ranked the production as one of that year's 5 star productions, and he was awarded "Director of the Year" by Britain's Daily Mail newspaper in 2006 for the same production. He is also the founding Artistic Director of Swine Palace Productions in Louisiana.
He is a frequent guest at Clwyd Theatr Cymru, the national theatre of Wales, where he has directed An Inspector Calls and his own adaptation of Nikolai Erdman's The Suicide. At the same theatre he has recently directed the English and Welsh premieres of The Drawer Boy. In 2007, Mr. Kyle directed Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream in Singapore in a landmark production on a 5 acre hillside site, with an international Asian cast. He has just directed the world premier production of Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, adapted by Emmy-Award winner Ron Hutchinson, which began its life at UMKC in 2009.