Kyle Gillette writes, directs, develops performances, and leads workshops that explore sensory experience, travel, cities and memory. Recently he directed Rachel Joseph’s Antigone in the City for an international theatre festival in Fara Sabina, Italy and collaborated on writing and research for Teatro Potlach’s site-specific project Invisible Cities. He is currently developing two projects: Cities of Memory, an original performance devised by Trinity students, and La Dolce Vita 2020, a multimedia installation for the Italian Cultural Institute in Budapest for the centenary of the film director Federico Fellini (in collaboration with Rachel Joseph and Pino Di Buduo). As well as devising new work, he has directed the work of playwrights ranging from Euripides and Shakespeare to Bertolt Brecht, Samuel Beckett, Thornton Wilder, Paul Vogel and Stanislaw Witkiewicz.
Kyle's writing about theatre includes three books and a wide range of essays and creative work. His most recent book, The Invisible City: Travel, attention and performance (Routledge, 2020), forthcoming in May, interweaves travel writing, artistic criticism and exercises for artists interested in researching cities or creating site-specific work. His previous books include Railway Travel in Modern Theatre: Transforming the space and time of the stage (McFarland, 2014) and Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth (Routledge, 2016). Kyle’s essays, reviews and creative works appear in journals ranging from Performance Research and Theatre Journal to Modern Drama, Comparative Drama, Contemporary Theatre Review and Theatre Survey. Kyle’s imagined theatres and glosses appear in Daniel Sack’s book Imagined Theatres: Writing for a Theoretical Stage (Routledge, 2017).
Ph.D., Stanford University
B.A., Trinity University
Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth (London and New York: Routledge, 2016)
"My Portrait Come to Life: Visions of Self in Pirandello's Henry IV," in Pirandello's Visual Philosophy: Imagination and Thought Across Media, ed. Lisa Sarti and Michael Subialka (Teaneck, NJ: Farleigh Dickinson UP, 2016)
Railway Travel in Modern Theatre: Transforming the Space and Time of the Stage (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2014)
"Poor Things: Naturalistic Props and the Death of American Material Culture in Sam Shepard's Action," Journal of American Drama and Theatre 25.2 (Spring 2013)
"Zen and the Art of Self-Negation in Samuel Beckett's Not I," Comparative Drama 46.3 (Fall 2012)
"Improvising New Rituals for The Bacchae," Theatre/Practice 1.1 (Spring 2012)
"Upholstered Realism and the Great Futurist Railroad: Theatrical ‘Train Wrecks' and the Return of the Repressed," Performance Research 15.2 (Summer 2010)
"Modern Progressive Values: Realizing America's Potential," The Commonweal Institute (Fall 2008)
"Loco Motion: Railway Perception, Relativity, and the Stage," Performance Research 12.2 (Summer 2007)
"'A Hole in the Paper Sky': Psycho-Scenographic Rifts in Pirandello's Henry IV," Modern Drama 48.1 (Spring 2005)