BIOGRAPHY

Tyler Kent is a native of Tiburon, California and grew up on the San Francisco peninsula. In 2015, he received an MFA in Classical Acting from The Old Globe / University of San Diego. He also studied at American Musical Theatre (San Jose), the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theatre, the British American Drama Academy, SITI Company, and CAP21 at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and received a BA in Theatre with Honors from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.

In two seasons as an Old Globe company member, he appeared in ten productions, including Othello (starring Blair Underwood), Pericles, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, Comedy of Errors, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Antigone, Reckless, and Trelawny of the Wells.

Regionally he has appeared in classical works, world premieres, and revivals of plays and musicals at theatres including TheatreWorks, The Old Globe, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory, Pacific Repertory Theatre, 42nd Street Moon, Playwrights Foundation, the Eugene O’Neill Tao House, Broadway by the Bay, and Woodminster. Tyler is an associate member of PlayGround, the Bay Area’s leading playwright incubator, developing original short and full length plays and supporting emerging playwrights’ growth and risk-taking.

Tyler is also a cabaret writer and performer. His tributes to the Great American Songbook, Nobody’s Hart and Give Me The Simple Life played in San Francisco in 2008 and 2009 before touring to China where they played in Shanghai and Beijing.

Mr. Kent was one of the American participants in Kevin Spacey and Sam Mendes’ Richard’s Rampage, in association with their Bridge Project production of Richard III and The Old Vic.

Tyler spent the spring of 2006 in Florence, Italy, where he studied Commedia dell’Arte, performed Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew – in English and Italian, and was the assistant director to Vivien A. Hewitt on the world premiere opera Biancaneve (Snow White) by Luigi Zaninelli at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

Mr. Kent is a two-time co-recipient of the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award (Best Ensemble, for Vera Wilde, 2008; Arabian Nights, 2009). He is also the recipient of a 2015 Darlene Shiley Scholarship for service and outreach.