Kyle J. McCloskey

Kyle J. McCloskey

KYLE J MCCLOSKEY (He/Him/His/Anything Respectful) is a playwright originally from Philadelphia, PA now residing in Los Angeles, CA. His work has been seen at The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, The Great Plains Theatre Conference, American Theater Company, Victory Gardens Theater Company, Collaboraction Theatre Company, Stage Left Theater Company, the University of California - Los Angeles,...
KYLE J MCCLOSKEY (He/Him/His/Anything Respectful) is a playwright originally from Philadelphia, PA now residing in Los Angeles, CA. His work has been seen at The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, The Great Plains Theatre Conference, American Theater Company, Victory Gardens Theater Company, Collaboraction Theatre Company, Stage Left Theater Company, the University of California - Los Angeles, and Loyola University Chicago.

WHERE THE LOVELIGHT GLEAMS is the recipient of the 2019 Paula Vogel Prize from the Kennedy Center, a Semifinalist for the Relentless Award from the American Playwriting Foundation and a 2020 Semi-Finalist for the Blue Ink Award from the American Blues Theater, and was named an official selection for the 2020 Great Plains Theatre Conference.

HUNGRY HEARTS is the recipient of the 2016 American College Theater Festival - Region 3 Award for Best New Play.

Kyle is the recipient of the James B. Pendleton Foundation Prize and the George Burns & Gracie Allen Fellowship in Comedy.

Kyle is a former Artistic Fellow at American Theater Company under Will Davis and Sarah Slight.

Kyle is currently an MFA candidate at UCLA and a graduate of Loyola University Chicago.

Plays

  • The Great Toronto Clown Riot of 1855
    Toronto, 1855 - When Toronto experiences an influx of immigrants during the Potato Massacre of the 1800's, Queen Victoria sends a decree to The Orange Order and Mayor William Allen to hold a festival in commemoration of William of Orange. There's only one problem: they've hired an Irish American Clown Troupe from Chicago. As tempers rise and the events unfurl, the entire city ramps up towards one...
    Toronto, 1855 - When Toronto experiences an influx of immigrants during the Potato Massacre of the 1800's, Queen Victoria sends a decree to The Orange Order and Mayor William Allen to hold a festival in commemoration of William of Orange. There's only one problem: they've hired an Irish American Clown Troupe from Chicago. As tempers rise and the events unfurl, the entire city ramps up towards one of the most ridiculous riots in the history of Toronto.
  • Where the Lovelight Gleams
    Wiiner, Paula Vogel Award, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, 2019
    Semi-Finalist, The Relentless Award, American Playwriting Foundation, 2019
    Semi-Finalist, Blue Ink Award from American Blues Theater, 2020
    Official Selection - Great Plains Theater Conference

    CHRISTMAS EVE - Three Incarcerated women battle Forest Fires in the Woods of Southern California. The...
    Wiiner, Paula Vogel Award, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, 2019
    Semi-Finalist, The Relentless Award, American Playwriting Foundation, 2019
    Semi-Finalist, Blue Ink Award from American Blues Theater, 2020
    Official Selection - Great Plains Theater Conference

    CHRISTMAS EVE - Three Incarcerated women battle Forest Fires in the Woods of Southern California. The play examines faith, mass incarceration, capitalism and the continued unanswered question: what exactly is a human life worth?
  • The Association of Strong Spirited Humans Against Tyranny... And Stuff OR A Idiot's Guide to Making a Militia (FULL LENGTH)
    As the people of FUNKYTOWN mourn the loss of their jobs, a mysterious CLOWN comes to town and trains one special Boy to be a leader of the People's Resistance. But as Ayan Rand rears her ugly head, the movement turns into a monstrous beast.

    Also there is egg salad.

    Come through for a farce with as much Egg Salad, Guns, and White Face a person could possibly want!!!!
  • Give What You Can, Take What You Need
    Where are we coming from, who are we now, what do we want of the future?
    This is an immersive piece for up to ten participants on the creation of a shared utopia.
  • Smeeah the Queeah
    Two boys contemplate the game they love - Smeeah the Queeah - and their respective places in life as twelve year olds.
    Three boys look to SMASH!
    A young boy finds love.
  • Hungry Hearts
    Jessica Lawler, seventeen and overweight, is about to start her senior year of high school. But when a new, unexpected love appears, Jess’ world drastically changes, for better and for worse. In Hungry Hearts, we see how three distinct of forms of love, the love of her father, the love of her best friend, and a new, first time romantic love, push Jessica, until she is able to come to grips with what the typhoon...
    Jessica Lawler, seventeen and overweight, is about to start her senior year of high school. But when a new, unexpected love appears, Jess’ world drastically changes, for better and for worse. In Hungry Hearts, we see how three distinct of forms of love, the love of her father, the love of her best friend, and a new, first time romantic love, push Jessica, until she is able to come to grips with what the typhoon that is her life. Hungry Hearts examines obesity, shame theory, teenage angst, depression, puberty, media depictions of overweight persons, lesbian love, literature, and so much more. The play runs roughly an hour and a half, and was the recipient of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region III Award for Best New Full Length Play
  • Scores and Scenes for Socialist Quaranteens Or I’m Stuck in My Parents House on a Saturday Night and My Father is Still a Libertarian So Let’s Fuck With Him
    A guided five-hour performance for those stuck in our parents home during quarantine (or really anytime, actually)
  • The Association of Strong Spirited Humans Against Tyranny ...and Stuff OR A Idiot's Guide to Making a Militia (ONE ACT VERSION)
    As the people of FUNKYTOWN mourn the loss of their jobs, a mysterious CLOWN comes to town and trains one special Boy to be a leader of the People's Resistance. But as Ayan Rand rears her ugly head, the movement turns into a monstrous beast.

    Also there is egg salad.

    Come through for a farce with as much Egg Salad, Guns, and White Face a person could possibly want!!!!