Associate Professor, The John Wells Directing Program
Kim Weild is a Drama Desk Award-nominated director and winner of two New York Innovative Theater Award nominations (seven nominations).
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 Robert Wilson, Anne Bogart, Mike Nichols, Paul Sills, George Morrison, Diane Paulus and Ianthe Demos.
A graduate of Columbia University School of the Arts (MFA), Weild is founding artistic director of Our Voices Theater a company dedicated to diversity, inclusion and innovation. The company disrupts and challenges contemporary perceptions about what is “normal” by highlighting the advantages of difference and cultivating diversity through examination of themes of otherness including culture, language, gender, ability, sexual orientation/identification and race.
Weild’s directing ranges from intimate chamber pieces to grand spectacle, is ensemble based, deeply collaborative and grounded in narrative. Recently Our Voices Theater produced the world premiere of Soot and Spit by acclaimed playwright Charles Mee which became a New York Times Critic’s Pick. Her work has been seen at Lincoln Center Theater, Carnegie Hall, Teatro alla Scala, The New York Theater Workshop, Off Broadway’s Beckett Theater, Goodspeed Musicals, Primary Stages, New York Live Arts, The Mark Taper Forum, Williamstown Theater Festival, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, The Beall Center for Art and Technology, ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, The New Ohio Theater (NYC) and Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center. Internationally, she has helmed productions in Greece.
On Broadway, Weild has been the associate director for three Michael Blakemore productions: Deuce with Dame Angela Lansbury; Mark Twain’s 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 also acted as associate director for the world premiere of the musical Amazing Grace. Off-Broadway she has been associate director to Tina Landau on Iphigenia 2.0 at Signature Theatre and Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Wig Out! at The Vineyard Theater.
Weild also has comprehensive experience developing new work for the stage with artists such as Charles Strouse, JC Lee, Alex Beech, Keith Hamilton Cobb, Ted Malawer, Edward Beck, Elizabeth A. Davis, Harrison David Rivers, Andrea Lepcio and Michi Barrall among others.
Before coming to CMU, Weild was Associate Professor of Theater at Wesleyan University and had been on faculty at The Eugene O’Neill’s National Theater Institute and Primary Stages’ Einhorn School of Performing Arts. Additionally, she’s taught at 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. For two years she served as education director for One Year Lease Theater Company. She trained extensively with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company in both the Suzuki Method of Actor Training and The Viewpoints and taught both disciplines for many years on the west coast and in New York.