Kimille Howard

Kimille Howard

Kimille Howard is a New York based director, deviser, writer and filmmaker. Currently, she leads as the appointed Artistic Director of the Lucille Lortel Theatre’s NYC Public High School Playwriting Fellowship, a co-founder of the Black Classical Music Archive, and the new co-captain of Programming and Production for The Fled Collective.  Kimille was awarded Best Director at the 2016 Thespis Festival for It’s All About Lorrie by Joseph Krawczyk (Hudson Theater) which received a commercial run at The American Theater of Actors in 2017. She is a current member of The New Georges’ Jam, a participant in New York Stage and Film’s inaugural 2021 NYSAF NEXUS project, and a former Resident Director at the Flea Theater. She was the Series Producer for American Opera Project’s first season of Music As the Message.

She first joined the Metropolitan Opera in 2019 as the Assistant Stage Director in the “Splendid” (New York Times), and “Exhilarating” (Washington Post) new James Robinson production of Porgy and Bess.  She also made her Broadway debut as Assistant Director on the 2019 Tony Award winning musical Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations.

Calendar

Event Date
Oct 31
to
Dec 12
Porgy and Bess
Assistant Director
The Metropolitan Opera
New York, NY
Event Date
Dec 2
to
Dec 18
Tosca
Assistant Director
The Metropolitan Opera
New York, NY
Dec 11
to
Dec 11
Night Trip
Director
Opera NexGen
Virtual
Event Date
Feb 4
to
Feb 12
An Evening of William Grant Still
Director
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN
Event Date
Mar 2
to
Mar 12
Tosca
Assistant Director
The Metropolitan Opera
New York, NY
Mar 26
to
Mar 27
Making Micheaux
Director
59E59 Theater
New York, NY
Event Date
Apr 23
to
May 1
Quamino's Map
Director
Chicago Opera Theater
Chicago, IL
Event Date
Jun 17
to
Jun 18
Junteenth Fire Island 2022
Director
Brown and Black Equity Coalition
Cherry Grove, NY
Jun 23
to
Jul 9
B.R.O.K.E.N code B.I.R.D switching
Director
Berkshire Theatre Group
Stockbridge, MA
Event Date
Jul 20
to
Jul 23
American Apollo
Director
Des Moines Metro Opera
Indianola, IA
Event Date
Aug 5
to
Aug 13
The Passion of Mary Caldwell Dawson
Director
Glimmerglass Opera
Cooperstown, NY

Artist Bio

Kimille Howard is a New York based director, deviser, writer and filmmaker. Currently, she leads as the appointed Artistic Director of the Lucille Lortel Theatre’s NYC Public High School Playwriting Fellowship, a co-founder of the Black Classical Music Archive, and the new co-captain of Programming and Production for The Fled Collective.  Kimille was awarded Best Director at the 2016 Thespis Festival for It’s All About Lorrie by Joseph Krawczyk (Hudson Theater) which received a commercial run at The American Theater of Actors in 2017. She is a current member of The New Georges’ Jam, a participant in New York Stage and Film’s inaugural 2021 NYSAF NEXUS project, and a former Resident Director at the Flea Theater. She was the Series Producer for American Opera Project’s first season of Music As the Message.

She first joined the Metropolitan Opera in 2019 as the Assistant Stage Director in the “Splendid” (New York Times), and “Exhilarating” (Washington Post) new James Robinson production of Porgy and Bess.  She also made her Broadway debut as Assistant Director on the 2019 Tony Award winning musical Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations.

This season, her opera engagements include a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Assistant Stage Director for Porgy and Bess and Tosca.  In addition, she will direct productions of William Grant Stills Highway 1, USA for Indiana University, the World Premiere of Errollyn Wallen’s Quamino’s Map commissioned by Chicago Opera Theater, Carlos Simon’s Night Trip for Opera NexGen, will reprise The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson for the Glimmerglass Festival, and will direct a workshop of a new modern opera called Echos of the Great Migration by Vince Di Mura for Catapult Opera Company.  Theatre engagements include B.R.O.K.E.N Code B.I.R.D Switching for the Berkshire Theatre Group as well as readings of Ghost Story for New Jersey Repertory Theatre, Pelican Bar at The Gural Theatre produced by Theatre Now, and a concert presentation of select excerpts from Making Micheaux, a new musical produced by Prospect Theater Company at 59E59.  She will also direct an 8-part film series adapting BIPOC classic pieces for New Camerata Opera called Refractions.

Recent operatic engagements have included L’Amant Anonyme for Wolf Trap Opera, Death By Life: a virtual opera for White Snake Projects, and The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson, a new play with music, celebrating the founder of the historic and groundbreaking National Negro Opera Company with original music composed by Carlos Simon for the Glimmerglass Opera.

Theatre credits include Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morisseau for TheatreSquared, TRIGGERED by Gabriel Jason Dean for Cherry Lane Theatre, Soil Beneath by Chesney Snow for Primary Stages/59E59, $#!thole Country Clapback by Pascale Armand for the Loading Dock Theatre, A Light Staggering by Jeesun Choi and Low Power by Jon Kern for the Ensemble Studio Theatre, BLACK GIRLS ARE FROM OUTER SPACE by Emana Rachelle for the National Black Theatre, The Visit for East Carolina University, In The Open by Mona Monsour for Western Connecticut State University, and Tidwell: or the Plantation Play by Rodney Witherspoon II, winner of the Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival.

Her work has also been seen at MultiStages, The Circle in the Square Theatre Circle Series, The Queens Theatre, Juilliard, The Flea, The Lark, JAGFest, NYU, Sea Dog Theater, and Atlantic Acting School, CLASSIX/The Lewis Center, among others. She has worked with Des McAnuff, Rebecca Frecknall, Ruben Santiago Hudson, Emily Mann, Stephen Wadsworth, Lorca Peress and more.

Recent Fellowships include New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellowship and the Manhattan Theatre Club Jonathan Alper Directing Fellowship. She has produced shows at the HERE Arts Center, FIAF, and more.

Updated 2.9.22

Video

“Death By Life” Interview

“Death By Life” Prison Yard Preview

“Death By Life” Highlights

Press

"Kimille Howard directed a[n]...effective production." – Washington Classical Review

L’Amant Anonyme – "Kimille Howard directed a minimal but effective production. Technicolor costumes situated the action in the 18th century, with some of the character dynamics further fleshed out by a zany dumbshow staged during the overture."

"...a testament to the power of clear vision." – I care if you listen

Death by Life – "Based on original writings by incarcerated authors and their families, Death by Life is a testament to the power of clear vision. The 90-minute live digital opera is the latest production from White Snake Projects, an activist opera company committed to transmedia work and partnerships with non-musical activist communities. Using a custom software Tutti Remote, engineers Jon Robertson and Paul Deziel mixed live feeds of four singers located in California, Nebraska, Illinois, and New York and integrated Unreal Engine’s 3D environments into a live YouTube stream. At the May 20, 2021 premiere, singers Aaron Blake, Lucia Bradford, Nicholas Davis, and Tiana Sorenson were impressively synced, tuned, and compelling."

"Strip away the remarkable visuals and technological wizardry, and Death by Life is the stuff of which opera is made. " – Seen and Heard International

Death by Life – "Strip away the remarkable visuals and technological wizardry, and Death by Life is the stuff of which opera is made. Death by Life is great theater with an activist edge that brings to mind Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart or Jonathan Larson’s Rent. Just as those authors made AIDS real for audiences with no personal experience of the disease, Death by Life does it for the twin evils of systemic racism and mass incarceration. And, like the other two plays, Death by Life left me with tears in my eyes, as well as the unsettling realization that Orange Crush is not just a soft drink."