Director / Producer
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Kevin Dowling is an American director, writer and producer of features, television and
theatre. His film debut, "The Sum of Us," starring Russell Crowe and Jack Thompson, won 17 awards including "Best
Feature" at the Montreal and Sydney Film Festivals, four Australian Critics Awards including Best Picture, and six A.F.I.
nominations. His second feature, "Mojave Moon," a dark romantic comedy, starred Angelina Jolie, Alfred Molina and
Anne Archer. His third film, the psychological thriller, “Last Rites,” starred Randy Quaid and Embeth Davidtz.
For television, he directed the pilots of Necessary Roughness and Valentine,
and he has produced and directed NBC’s “Ed,” CBS’s “Close to Home,” Fox’ “K-Ville,”
the CW’s “Valentine,” and now, a new series he developed for the USA network, “Necessary Roughness.”
He has also directed more than 100 TV episodes including “Heroes,” “The Mentalist,” “Dead
Like Me,” “Memphis Beat,” “Outsourced,” “Go On,” “Judging Amy,” “Joan
of Arcadia,” and “CSI:NY.”
Mr. Dowling directed the award winning New York premiere of "The Sum of Us," starring Tony Goldwyn. That production
opened to critical acclaim at the Cherry Lane Theatre and was awarded both an Obie and the Outer Critics Circle Award. He
also directed the New York premiere of Jay Tarses' play "Man in his Underwear" at Playwrights Horizons; the critically
acclaimed New York revival of David Mamet's comedy "A Life in the Theater" starring F. Murray Abraham; and Ralph
Waite in Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie." At the Williamstown Theatre Festival, he directed Inge's "Picnic"
starring Blythe Danner, Tony Goldwyn, and Gwyneth Paltrow; O'Neill's "Moon for the Misbegotten," starring Christine
Lahti, Jamey Sheridan, and Pat Hingle; and an earlier production of "The Sum of Us." He produced the musical
“Buddy,” at the Shubert Theatre and was the maintaining director of "The Nerd" on Broadway, where he
directed, among others, Peter MacNicol, Robert Joy, and Peter Riegert. Prior to "The Nerd," author Larry Shue and
Mr. Dowling were collaborating with composer Alan Menken on a Broadway musical based on Jackie Gleason's "The Honeymooners."
Mr. Dowling was a Founding Member and, for eight
years, the Artistic Director of The Actor's Ensemble. During this time, he directed more than 20 plays, including the first
full scale New York production of Lanford Wilson's "This Is The Rill Speaking," the New York premiere of Dan Lauria's
"Game Plan," his own "A Child's Piece," and revivals of plays by Harold Pinter and Sam Shepard. He later
produced Mr. Shepard's comedy hit "True West," which ran for two years at the Cherry Lane Theatre and featured during
its run such actors as: John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, James Belushi, Gary Cole, Randy Quaid, & Dennis Quaid. He also served
as Artistic Director of the Cherry Lane Theatre from 1982 to 1995.
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