Kyler Taustin is the co-founder of Brown Box Theatre Project and has served as the Executive Artistic Director since its founding. Originally hailing from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Kyler has first-hand knowledge of challenges faced by those living in areas where cultural opportunities are limited and distance is a barrier to access of the arts. Kyler received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts and soon thereafter founded Brown Box Theatre Project to return home to invigorate a culturally vibrant community in his hometown. For Brown Box, Kyler directed all 7 installments of Outdoor Free Shakespeare (Hamlet, Cymbeline, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and Twelfth Night). Contemporary productions Kyler directed include Brilliant Traces, Lab Rats, Echoes, Two Wrongs, The Nina Variations, Some Explicit Polaroids, and Two Rooms. As part of the Boxer Shorts series, Kyler directed Capricho, Play, and Talk to Me Like the Rain. Kyler was the co-director for both devised bilingual collaborations with Brown Box’s Mexican sister company Ícaro Compañia Teatral (When We Lived Together in the Belly of the Whale, No Soy Lo Que Soy). Kyler is honored to lead Brown Box as it strives to serve communities up and down the east coast as it has his home region.
Justin J. Sacramone interviews Artistic Director Kyler Taustin about Black Box Theatre Project’s influence on Boston’s fringe theatre scene.