John Kuntz

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General Info



John Kuntz joined the Conservatory in 2005. He is an award-winning actor, playwright, director, and solo performer as well as the author of more than 15 full-length plays, including The Hotel Nepenthe, The Salt Girl, Starfuckers, Jasper Lake, Sing Me to Sleep, The Annotated History of the American Muskrat, and Necessary Monsters.

Kuntz is a founding company member of the Actors' Shakespeare Project and has worked with the Huntington Theatre Company, American Repertory Theater, New Repertory Theatre, Lyric Stage Company, Company One, Nora Theatre Company, and others. He has devised, written, and directed more than 10 world-premiere productions with his students at Boston Conservatory. He also directed Boston Conservatory’s productions of The Balcony and Red Noses. Other directing credits include the Boston premiere of Blasted with Off the Grid Theatre Company.

Kuntz earned a B.A. in acting from Emerson College and an M.A. in playwriting from Boston University. He has taught at Emerson College, Suffolk University, and Concord Academy. 

Professional Awards and Recognitions

  • MCC Fellowship Award in Dramatic Writing (2015)
  • IRNE Award (2003, 2011)
  • Elliot Norton Award (1999, 2010, 2011)
  • Michael Kanin National Playwriting Award (2005)
  • Paula Vogel National Playwriting Award (2005)
  • New York International Fringe Festival Award (2002)

Recent Engagements

  • Bootycandy (SpeakEasy Stage Company, 2016)—Clint, Roy, etc.
  • The Annotated History of the American Muskrat (Ice Factory, New York City, 2016)—Playwright
  • Othello (Actors' Shakespeare Project, 2015)—Iago
  • Necessary Monsters (Speakeasy Stage Company, 2015)—Playwright, performer
  • God's Ear (Actors' Shakespeare Project, 2015)—Flight Attendant, GI Joe