Meet the Gang
Kurt "Vile" Schneiderman
Kurt is just your average flat-footed commie atheist Jew whose love affair with
political theatre began at the age of fourteen when he first read Clifford
Odets' WAITING FOR LEFTY. In the years since, he has worked for Studio Arena, Shakespeare in the Park, New Phoenix,
Kavinoky, Lightsedge, the Buffalo Ensemble Theatre, Theater of Youth, and Indigo Productions as
everything from director, lighting designer, stage manager and even
of the University at Buffalo's Theatre Department, Kurt is first and foremost a playwright who has
also been known to pimp himself out as a dramatic critic for Outcome,
Buffalo Beat, Blue Dog, Nightlife, and -- most recently -- the
Buffalo Jewish Review Magazine.
As an educator, Kurt has taught the craft of playwriting
at Canisius and Empire State Colleges as well as the Just Buffalo Literary Center.
As a lighting designer, he has crafted lighting-scapes for over twenty
different productions and won the 2007 Artie Award for Outstanding
Lighting Design for the New Phoenix Theatre's production of METAMORPHOSIS.
Subversive Theatre has produced five of Kurt's original plays. The first, MANIFEST DESTINY BLUES
(performed 2003), was nominated for
Outstanding New Play at the 2004 Artie Awards. The second, A FUNNY
THING HAPPENED ON MY WAY TO SHOOT THE CZAR, was one of the eight plays chosen
to make up the international component of the 2004
Toronto Fringe Festival. The third, MOTHER
an international world-debut tour spanning from Montreal to New York City in
the summer of 2005. His original work FOUNDATIONS
made its debut in January of 2007 to rave reviews and was recently performed
at Chicago's Stage Left Theatre (2008). Most recently, his all TOO
topical work WATERBOARDING
BLUES made its world debut at our Manny Fried Playhouse in April of
But above all, Kurt is an activist and a
revolutionary. He has always wanted to find a way to bring together
his theatrical talents and his political beliefs. As the Founder of
Subversive Theatre he is excited to play a small part in the revival of the
august tradition of American Protest Theatre.
Kurt has directed the lion's share of Subversive
Theatre's productions including THE
ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST (2002), BURY
THE DEAD (2003), PAUL ROBESON SPEAKS OUT
(2004, Artie-nominated), PATRIOT ACT (2005), SINCERITY FOREVER
(2006), and THE EXCEPTION AND THE RULE
HAMMER (2008), HAIRY
APE (2009), and -- most recetnly -- WIDOWS (2009) to name only a few.
We were even
able to get Kurt to make his first stage appearance in March of 2006 in our
presentation of WHAT I HEARD ABOUT IRAQ to mark the third anniversary
of the U.S. Invasion of Iraq.
In 2008, Kurt at long last got
the chance to direct his
all time favorite "subversive" play WAITING FOR LEFTY as a
collaboration between Subversive Theatre and the New Phoenix Theatre in
Jan-Feb of 2008.
This production was an extraordinary success that would later win the Award
for "Outstanding Production" at the 2008 Buffalo Artie
Up next, Kurt will be directing our version of Langston Hughes' HARVEST
in February-March of 2010.
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