KEVIN McCOY

Artistic Director, Théâtre Humain
writer-director-actor

Kevin McCoy / photo : Hélène Bouffard & Stéphane Bourgeois

Born and raised in the United States, Kevin McCoy received his bachelor’s degree in acting and directing from Illinois State University. He then began his theatre career in Chicago, where over a period of 11 years, he worked as writer, director and actor, appearing on stage in more than 30 productions.

In 1996, he moved to Quebec City, Canada and immediately began studying French at a language school for immigrants. Since then, he has become an active player on the vibrant Quebec cultural scene, collaborating and creating with artists from the theatre, music, dance, circus and visual arts milieux. Notably, Kevin McCoy worked with director Robert Lepage as co-author and performer for THE GEOMETRY OF MIRACLES and THE BUSKER’S OPERA, two productions that enjoyed extensive world tours. He has also participated in the creation of many other original works as author, co-author and director, and he is a familiar presence in Quebec City theatres, having performed there in many French language productions, including: THE CHERRY ORCHARD by Chekhov, STILL LIFE IN DITCH by Fausto Paravidino, Shakepeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT, KLINIKEN by Lars Norén and THE LARAMIE PROJECT by Moisés Kaufman and the Tectonic Theatre Project.

In 2006, Kevin McCoy founded Théâtre Humain, for which he is the artistic director and principal creator. During the 2006/07 season, he wrote, directed and performed in AILLEURS, a documentary theatre work about immigrants in Quebec City. Winning accolades from audiences and critics alike, the play was remounted in both Quebec City and Montreal in 2011. Throughout the play’s fifty-some performances, Kevin McCoy and his company actively promoted intercultural dialogue, understanding and tolerance, participating in events such as Black History MonthQuebec Intercultural Week, Action Week against Racism and the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

From 2012 to 2014, Kevin McCoy was artist-in-residence at Quebec City’s Théâtre du Trident, where he began creating NORGE, a very personal work inspired by the story of his grandmother’s immigration from Norway to the United States. In March 2015, the play had its world premiere at the Grand Théâtre de Québec, running for 21 performances in a co-production by Théâtre du Trident and Théâtre Humain.  NORGE was a hit with the audience, and Kevin McCoy was awarded the Trident’s Prix des abonnés (audience’s choice award) for his performance.