University Place, Syracuse University
Kyle Bass

Department of Drama
Instructor, Playwriting

Kyle Bass is the co-author of the original screenplay Day of Days. The film stars award-winning veteran actor Tom Skerritt (Alien, Top Gun, Steal Magnolias, A River Runs Through It) and is scheduled to for release in 2016.

Bass 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 Sopelto Festival USA.

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), and a Pushcart Prize nominee. He 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. His other 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. He is drama editor for the award-winning journal Stone Canoe, for which he has edited for publication plays by Kenneth Lin, Rogelio Martinez, Chiori Miyagawa, Wendy Dann, John Cariani, Saviana Stanescu, and others. Since 2009 Bass has 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. Bass has served as production dramaturg on many Syracuse Stage productions, including August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson, Blithe Spirit, Scourged, 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, he 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 has taught in the M.F.A. creative writing program at Goddard College since 2006. He also teaches playwriting at Colgate University. He holds a B.A. in English from the State University of New York at Fredonia and an M.F.A. in playwriting from Goddard College.