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Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival
Kitt was recently named Artistic Director of the Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival. The festival is devoted to expanding the canon of plays that meet the needs of production in a university setting, as well as to provide training for student actors in the skills and ethics specific to working on new plays with a living playwright. Submissions for the Summer 2021 Festival are now being accepted. Details can be found here.




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The New Normal
This November, Kitt directed The New Normal, a collection of short plays set during COVID, as part of the Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance production season. In order to keep the production COVID-safe, the show was filmed in a three-camera set-up without a live audience and streamed. As part of the process, Kitt trained a team of Design/Tech students to perform all the roles of a television camera and control room team. His play Bank & Trust was included in the evening.




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Dramatists Guild
This fall, Kitt was elected as the Dramatist Guild’s Regional Representative for St. Louis/Kansas City. He looks forward to working with the playwrights in the region to create new opportunities for development and production, provide mechanisms for mentorship and support among members of the playwriting community, and bolster support and skills for new play development among the broader theater-making community.





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Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University
This summer, Kitt was named Coordinator of the Acting and Musical Theatre Training Programs at the Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance at the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts at Southeast Missouri State University, where he is Assistant Professor of Theatre: Acting and Directing.






The poster for Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened A Film by Lonny Price. Dreams don't die. The original cast of teen actors of Merrily We Roll Along line the stage for curtain call.

Fair, Kind & True
Kitt recently wrote and directed a short film based on Shakespeare's Sonnet 105 for The Sonnet Project, a collaboration between the New York Shakespeare Exchange and the Globe Theatre in London aimed at commissioning short films featuring the text of all 154 of Shakespeare's sonnets. The film is available to view at globeplayer.tv and here.





The poster for Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened A Film by Lonny Price. Dreams don't die. The original cast of teen actors of Merrily We Roll Along line the stage for curtain call.

Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened
Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened, a documentary about the original Broadway cast of the 1981 Stephen Sondheim-Hal Prince musical Merrily We Roll Along, which Kitt produced and co-wrote, is now available on iTunes, Netflix, and other digital platforms.

"Superb"
Los Angeles Times
"A triumph!"
Entertainment Weekly
"Electric"
Hollywood Reporter

New York Times’ Ten Best Films of 2016
Newsweek’s Favorite Documentaries of 2016
Slate’s Best Films of 2016
The Wrap’s Best Films of 2016
Playbill’s Top Five Theater Documentaries
Esquire’s 20 Best Documentaries of All Time


"Touching, sweet and altogether exuberant! There have been other backstage documentaries over the years, but Best Worst might well be the best."
Huffington Post

"You don't have to be a fan of Broadway musicals to love every minute of Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened...This movie is more than good, pal. It's indispensable."
Rolling Stone

See the trailer here!

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