Associate Professor, The John Wells Directing Program
Area Chair | The John Wells Directing Program
Kim Weild oversees the graduate and undergraduate students in the John Wells Directing Program. A Drama Desk Award nominee for Unique Theatrical Event and the recipient of the NY Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Performance Art Production, Kim’s work has also been recognized with the Eliot Norton Award and two IRNE Awards.
Weild is Artistic Director of New York based, Our Voices, an innovative live performance company dedicated to investigating themes of “otherness”, creating and producing original theatrical experiences that give voice to marginalized populations while offering up alternative ways for society to organize itself in an ever changing world. Squarely placing the human condition front and center, Our Voices believes, “Innovation happens when diversity is cultivated and embraced.” To date, the company has been nominated for nine NY Innovative Theater Awards, winning three.
Possessing an extensive knowledge of new play and musical development, Weild is known for creating visually stunning, physically fluid, ensemble based productions—ranging from intimate chamber pieces to grand spectacle—her work has been called “masterful,” “wildly imaginative,” “thought provoking,” “entertaining,” “beautiful,” and “heartbreaking” and has been seen at: Shakespeare’s Globe London, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, New York Theater Workshop, Cherry Lane Theatre, ArtsEmerson, Red Bull Theater, Beckett Theater, Goodspeed Musicals, Primary Stages, New York Live Arts, Pittsburgh City Theater, The Mark Taper Forum, Williamstown Theater Festival, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, The Beall Center for Art and Technology, The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, The New Ohio Theater (NYC), Teatro alla Scala, and Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center. Her production of Uncle Vanya was an official selection at the Prague Quadrennial and in Greece she has directed The Bacchae as well as The Birds.
She is a longtime collaborator of acclaimed playwright Charles Mee and has developed new work for the stage with artists such as Charles Strouse, JC Lee, Alex Beech, Keith Hamilton Cobb, Ted Malawer, Liza Birkenmeier, Edward Beck, Elizabeth A. Davis, Harrison David Rivers, Andrea Lepcio and Michi Barrall among others.
On Broadway, Weild worked as associate director to multiple TONY Award winning director Michael Blakemore on the world premiere of Deuce by Terrence McNally with Dame Angela Lansbury and Marian Seldes; the world premiere of Mark Twain and David Ives’ Is He Dead? starring Norbert Leo Butz and Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit with Dame Angela Lansbury, Rupert Everett, Jayne Atkinson and Christine Ebersole. She was also associate director for the world premiere of the Broadway musical Amazing Grace.
Her formative years were spent training at the School of American Ballet and dancing for 10 years in the children’s corps with the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center. She went on to receive her BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and spent time as an actor working with directors such as Robert Wilson, Anne Bogart, Mike Nichols, Paul Sills, George Morrison and Diane Paulus. Weild received her MFA in Directing from Columbia University.
Before coming to CMU, Weild was Associate Professor of Theater at Wesleyan University and served on faculty at The Eugene O’Neill’s National Theater Institute and Primary Stages’ Einhorn School of Performing Arts as well as Columbia University, Yale University, Fordham University, California Institute of the Arts, Atlantic Theater School National Theater Workshop of the Handicapped, New York Conservatory of the Arts and at LACHSA where she held the David Parsons Chair.
Fellowships and residencies include: The Park Avenue Armory, The Kennedy Center, The Schubert Organization, Williamstown Theater Festival – Foeller Fellowship, Luna Stage, The Archive Residency – New Ohio Theatre, Annandale Center for Writing, IRT and the Obie-winning New Georges. She is the recipient of two commissions from NYC’s High Line and the first recipient of SDC Foundation’s Guest Artist Initiative. Member SDC.