New York-based director Kim Weild is known for her inventive stagings, radical inclusion and theatrical explorations that weave together complex matrices of movement, sound, images and languages. She specializes in the development of new plays, re-imagined classics, musicals and devised work that range from intimate chamber pieces to grand spectacle. Her work is ensemble based, deeply collaborative and grounded in narrative. She has been hailed by Backstage as “A racier cousin of Ariane Mnouchkine’s…”
Working in a variety of mediums and venues, she finds herself on stages all over the world, including nationally renowned theaters such as Lincoln Center Theater, Carnegie Hall, New York Theater Workshop, Primary Stages, New York Live Arts, The Mark Taper Forum, Williamstown Theater Festival, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center. Her production of Uncle Vanya was an official selection at the Prague Quadrennial and in Greece she leads the OYL Theater Company’s famed Summer Apprentice Program, where last year she directed the widely praised The Bacchae by Euripides and will return this summer to helm Aristophanes’ The Birds.
In 2010 she founded WeildWorks with the inaugural production of Charles Mee’s Fêtes de la Nuit which went on to be nominated for a Drama Desk Award (Unique Theatrical Experience) and seven New York Innovative Theatre Awards, including Outstanding Director.
Kim’s Broadway work includes Associate Director duties on Michael Blakemore’s productions of Deuce, Is He Dead and Blithe Spirit; and Off-Broadway on Tina Landau’s Iphigenia 2.0 and Wig Out!
A recipient of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation’s First Guest Artist Initiative which originally brought her to ASU’s Galvin Theater in 2010 to direct Big Love, Kim has been awarded directing fellowships and residencies by The Park Avenue Armory, The Kennedy Center, The Schubert Organization, Williamstown Theater Festival – Foeller Fellowship, IRT, and the Obie-winning New Georges theater company where she is an Affiliated Artist. She is a Women’s Project alumna, an Associate Artist with The Adaptations Project and member of SDC.
Currently she is working with Charles Mee on his new musical, soot and spit, about deaf “outsider” artist James Castle. She is developing a Deaf opera for Senses Askew and collaborating on projects with artists based in Paris, Istanbul and Berlin.
A 2007 graduate of Columbia University’s School of the Arts, she has taught at Yale, Columbia, Barnard, Fordham, CalArts, Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab West, and Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. She is on faculty at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Theatre Institute and Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts.
She is fluent in English, ASL and French.