Storyteller, author and playwright Kevin Kling grew up in Osseo, Minnesota, and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College. For the last three years he has written and narrated the Minnesota Orchestra's "Home for the Holidays," conducted by Sarah Hicks and conceived and directed by Peter Rothstein. Last year he joined the Orchestra for his own rendition of Benjamin Brittan's A Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra to celebrate the New Year.
His plays have been performed locally, in regional theaters throughout the country, and off Broadway at Westside Arts and Second Stage Theater. He takes great pride in his work with Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts.
Composer Victor Zupanc and Kevin were commissioned by the Dakota Valley Symphony to create “The Burning Wisdom of Finn McCool” and by the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and the St. Olaf Orchestra to create "The Twelve Dancing Princesses". Kevin and Mr. Zupanc also collaborated with new music quartet Zeitgeist on their acclaimed piece, "For the Birds."
Kevin appears often on TPT's "Almanac" and was featured in the Regional Emmy Award winning documentary "Kevin Kling: Lost and Found." A frequent commentator for National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” Kevin also collaborated with Minnesota Public Radio on three original productions featuring Chastity Brown, Mason Jennings, Haley Bonar and Steve Kramer. He has performed his annual Guthrie Theater Christmas show, featuring Dan Chouinard, Simone Perrin and the Brass Messengers since 1995.
Kevin spins yarns at storytelling festivals around the country and abroad, including the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Kevin was named the Minneapolis Story Laureate by Mayor RT Rybak in 2014.
His website is: www.kevinkling.com