MDC Playwright: Ry Kincaid


Ry Kincaid is a playwright, composer, and educator. Since graduating in 1999 from Rockhurst University (B.A. English) and later University of Missouri-Kansas City (M.A. Theatre), he has enjoyed success as a professional theatre artist and teacher in the Kansas City area. Kincaid published a short collection of his humor writings (Sexycash) in 2000. Shortly after, his one-act play “Death of a Moose,” a No Exit for animal mascot actors, was the sole section for the 2000 Rockhurst University Plays-in-Progress Workshop. His plays Little Bastard (2004) and In This Corner (2006) garnered “Best of The Pitch” awards in their debut productions.

Not Just for the Birds, an aviation history musical originally commissioned by Theatre for Young America, debuted in 2003. In 2006, a portion of this play was selected for the University of Idaho One-Minute Play Festival. Four years later, a revised production of Not Just for the Birds was performed at Kansas City Fringe Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

In 2009, the Kansas City Symphony commissioned Kincaid to write a script to its family holiday program, “How the Symphony Stole Christmas.” This production was directed by Sidonie Garrett and starred Cathy Barnett and Phil Fiorini. Kincaid wrote the book, music, and lyrics to Pilgrimage, a rock musical of The Canterbury Tales, debuting at 2012 Kansas City Fringe; this production, directed by Bob Paisley, was one of the most highly attended of the festival.

For over ten years, Kincaid was a lead instructor of Coterie Theatre’s Reaching the Write Minds Workshop. He introduced hundreds of area students of diverse learning and cultural backgrounds to expressing themselves through playwriting. He continues to teach creative writing and composition to middle school, high school, and adult students. He has performed as bass guitarist for many professional area theatres, from American Heartland Theatre to Unicorn Theatre, for over ten years.

He currently is completely a theatrical work for 2015 Kansas City Fringe Festival, Presidential Briefs, in which 44 original songs about 44 Presidents will be performed in 50 minutes. This summer and fall, Kincaid also looks forward to presenting Not Just for the Birds and Presidential Briefs as part of the Mid-Continent Public Library system’s entertainment program.