Monologist and playwright Kevin Kling grew up in Osseo, Minnesota, and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College. He has performed his plays in Sweden; Sydney and Perth, Australia; Edinburgh, Scotland; and the Czech Republic. His autobiographical piece Home and Away premiered at the Seattle Rep and moved to Second Stage Theater, off Broadway, under the direction of David Esbjornson, where it received a Drama Desk Award nomination.
Kling’s plays have been produced at the Goodman Theatre, the Jungle Theater, the Denver Center Theater, Seattle Rep, the Cincinnati Playhouse, the Guthrie, and regional theaters throughout the country. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Bush Foundation, and the Jerome Foundation. He is a McDowell Fellow and has received the Whiting Award, the A.P. Anderson Award, the VSA Jeahny Award, and the Eric Peterson Award.
Kling has produced five storytelling CDs, is a commentator for National Public Radio's All Things Considered, and often appears at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. He is the author of The Dog Says How, Holiday Inn, Big Little Brother, Big Little Mother and On Stage with Kevin Kling. His book Come and Get It was chosen as the 2011 Minnesota Center for Book Arts "Winter Book."