Kyle A. Thomas has traveled the world acting, directing, and researching the art of theatre. Some of his most memorable directing credits include Ah, Wilderness! at the International Drama Conference in Beijing, China; Absence With Pictures for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival; the Play of Antichrist, a Mellon Foundation grant recipientfor the “Performing the Middle Ages” Symposium at the University of Illinois; and The Music Man for the Urbana Parks District Youth Summer Theatre. Kyle also created and directed the King’s Players, a youth social issues theatre group in Miami, Florida where he also worked as a professional actor, receiving critical praise for his portrayal of the role of Andrew in the world premiere of Robert Caisley’s Kissing. He is currently a doctoral student at the University of Illinois where, in addition to his research on theatre history, he is in the process of developing a directing technique called “Contextual Layering.” His work in developing this technique and its practical applications has taken him to conferences around the United States and Canada. Kyle received a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre from Ouachita University, where he was the Presidential Scholar for the Department of Theatre and he holds a Master of Arts in Theatre from the University of Illinois.