University Place, Syracuse University
Kyle Bass

Department of Drama
Instructor, Playwriting

​Kyle Bass 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 his play "Name in the Street"), a finalist for the Princess Grace Playwriting Award (for his play "Wind in the Field"), a semi-finalist for the O’Neill Playwriting Conference, and Pushcart Prize nominee. He is currently writing a new play titled "Possessing Harriet," commissioned by the Onondaga Historical Association.

Bass is the co-author of the original screenplay Day of Days. The film stars award-winning veteran actor Tom Skerritt (AlienTop GunSteel MagnoliasA River Runs Through It) and was released by Broad Green Pictures in 2017. He is currently writing the screenplay adaptation of the novel Milk by Darcy Steinke.

Bass is 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. He worked with acclaimed visual artist and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Carrie Mae Weems on her theater 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, D.C.

Bass is the author of Separated, a piece of documentary theater about the student military veterans at Syracuse University, which was most recently presented at the Paley Center for Media in New York City. His 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. His one-man play Carver at Tuskegee was produced as part of Syracuse Stage’s BackStory! series.

Bass's 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, and he is drama editor for the award-winning journal Stone Canoe. In 2016, Bass was named associate artistic director at Syracuse Stage. In addition to serving on many arts and writing competition panels, Bass has been visiting writer at State University of New York at Oswego and has appeared as a guest on National Public Radio’s “Tell Me More,” discussing race in American theater. Bass also teaches in the M.F.A. creative writing program at Goddard College. In addition, Bass teaches playwriting at Colgate University and has also taught playwriting at Hobart & William Smith Colleges.

Bass holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Goddard College and is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild of America.