Kyle Gillette is a writer, director and teacher of performance. He creates theatre pieces and leads workshops that explore cities and memory. Recently Kyle directed Rachel Joseph’s Antigone in the City for the FLIPT festival in Fara Sabina, Italy and collaborated on writing and research for Teatro Potlach’s site-specific project Invisible Cities. As well as devising new work, he has directed plays from Euripides to Will Eno.
Kyle's writing about theatre includes 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), as well as several essays, reviews and creative works in journals ranging from Performance Research and Theatre Journal to Modern Drama and Comparative Drama. Kyle’s imagined theatres and glosses appear in Daniel Sack’s book Imagined Theatres: Writing for a Theoretical Stage (Routledge, 2017). He is currently finishing The Invisible City: travel, attention and performance; this book interweaves travel writing, artistic criticism and exercises for artists interested in researching cities or creating site-specific work.
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)