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Gus Kaikkonen’s plays and translations have been produced at Playwrights Horizons, the Mint Theatre, the Production Company, and the Juilliard School in New York; at the New End Theatre and the Theatre Museum in London, and the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, England; and at Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Peterborough Players and numerous regional theatres across the US. Awards include the Lecomte du Nouys Playwriting Award, a New York State Council on the Arts CAPS Playwriting grant, a Michigan Arts Council Award, and a MacDowell Fellowship. The American Theatre Critics Association selected his play, Time Steps, produced at the BoarsHead Theatre, as one of the ten best plays to open outside of New York. His musical Cindy Reilly won Michigan’s Thespie Award for Best New Play. His musical People Like Us, written with Todd Almond, won the 2002 New Hampshire Theatre Award for best new play. He was chosen the 1995 James Thurber Playwriting Fellow by the Ohio State University and the 2002 Murphy Foundation Visiting Fellow at Hendrix College. He has taught playwriting and acting at NYU, OSU, Hendrix, Connecticut College, the University of Houston and Louisiana College. For the last eight years he has been a visiting artist at Julliard’s School of Drama.

He made his Broadway acting debut in the original cast of Equus. Other New York acting credits include Tommy Tune’s American premiere production of Cloud 9, The Country Girl with Hal Holbrook and two plays at the NY Shakespeare Festival. On television he co-starred in the PBS production of Willa Cather’s Paul's Case with Eric Roberts, and has had continuing roles on ABC’s All My Children and One Life To Live. He has performed at the Long Wharf, Folger, Goodman, Asolo, GeVa, Arden, American Heartland, Aspen and BoarsHead Theatres, and the Coconut Grove Playhouse, where he was nominated for a Carbonell Award by the Southeastern Theatre Critics Association. He received Vermont’s 2000 Bessie Award for Best Actor for his performance as Richard III at the Lost Nation Theatre.

2011-12 directing credits include THE PHILANDERER for the Pearl at City Center, ART for the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, a workshop of LINCOLN IN LOVE at the York, THIS VERSE BUSINESS starring Gordon Clapp at Merrimack Rep, THE CRUCIBLE and WILD OATS at the University of Houston, JANIE CONDON: RAW AND UNCHAINED at St. Luke’s Theatre Off Broadway, IVANOV at Juilliard. He received the New Hampshire Theatre Award for Best Direction for FREUD’S LAST SESSION and again for MEASURE FOR MEASURE at Peterborough.

2010 directing credits include his new translation of Jules Romains’ Dr. Knock Off Broadway at the Mint Theatre, David Friedman and Peter Kellogg’s new musical Lincoln in Love at Goodspeed, The Merchant of Venice at Juilliard, and the world premieres of Andrew Dolan’s This Verse Business starring Gordon Clapp, and his own new verse translation of Tartuffe, both at Peterborough. Highlights of regional work include Trying starring James Whitmore at Ford’s Theatre in DC, 12th Night at the Asolo (2002 Sarasota Magazine and Handy Awards as Best Production), Theodore Bikel in About Time at the Coconut Grove Playhouse and A Streetcar Named Desire at GeVa. Off Broadway directing credits include productions of Barker’s The Madras House with Roberta Maxwell and George Morfogen, Macbeth with Stephen McHattie, Candida with Laurie Kennedy, Richard III with Austin Pendleton, the New York premieres of Wycherly’s The Gentleman Dancing Master at the Pearl, and of Harley Granville-Barker’s The Voysey Inheritance and St. John Hankin’s The Charity That Began At Home both at the Mint. He has also directed at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, the Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival, BoarsHead Theatre, Cohoes Music Hall, the Springer Opera House, and Glassboro Summer Theatre. From 1990-93 he was the Artistic Director of Riverside Shakespeare Company in NYC, during which time he produced three seasons of works by Shakespeare and Shaw, as well as the world premiere of Iron Bars, Arpad Goncz, the President of Hungary. Since 1996 he has been the Artistic Director of the Peterborough Players, a 77-year-old theatre in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

In 1998 he produced and directed a tribute to Louis Armstrong starring Wynton Marsalis at the Colden Center, Queens College for First Lady Hillary Clinton and the White House Millenium Council. In his 16 seasons at Peterborough he has staged over 50 plays, including the American premiere of David Hare’s The Breath of Life, Mary Beth Hurt in Six Degrees Of Separation, James Rebhorn in Later Life, and James Whitmore in Our Town, About Time, The Man Who Came to Dinner, About Time and You Can't Take It With You.

When not on the road, he lives in Greenwich Village.

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Gus Kaikkonen Productions

[Off-Broadway, 2013]
[Off-Broadway, 2012]
[Off-Broadway, 2011]
[Off-Broadway, 2006]
[Off-Broadway, 2005]
[New York, 2005]
[Off-Broadway, 2005]
[Off-Broadway, 1991]
Artistic Director
[Off-Broadway, 1991]



Gus Kaikkonen News

The Florida Premiere Of BETTER LATE Comes to Sarasota Jewish Theatre

Sarasota Jewish Theatre will present the Florida premiere of M*A*S*H writer Larry Gelbart's “Better Late,” a comedic riff on a December-December-December romance, March 13-21 at The Players Centre Studio.

Lisa Bostnar to Star in Gus Kaikkonen's TEN MINUTES, PLEASE at Chain Theatre's One Act Festival

New York-based actress Lisa Bostnar will star in Gus Kaikkonen's new play Ten Minutes, Please, which was selected for its debut at the One Act Festival at the Chain Theatre. Learn more about the production here!

Sarasota Jewish Theatre Adds a Performance of FULLY COMMITTED

Sarasota Jewish Theatre (SJT) announces that, due to “Fully Committed” by Becky Mode being nearly sold out three weeks prior to opening, they have added a twilight matinée performance to the schedule on February 4 at 5:30 p.m.

Sarasota Jewish Theatre Reveals 2023-2024 Season

Sarasota Jewish Theatre has announced its 2023-2024 season. Learn more about the full season lineup and how to get tickets here!

Review: MEMORY EXAM at 59E59 Theaters is Compelling Theater

Now is the time to see a play that has great significance about people dealing with the aging process. The Memory Exam by the Oberon Theatre Ensemble will be performed at 59E59 Theaters through September 25th in Theater C. Get your tickets. The show is already selling out!

Interview: Steven Fechter & Terrence O'Brien Talk Importance of Memories & More in THE MEMORY EXAM World Premiere

The world premiere of The Memory Exam, written by Steven Fechter and directed by Terrence O'Brien s now in previews at 59E59 Theaters in Theater C. Set to open on September 10, The Memory Exam will run through September 25, 2022. Read BroadwayWorld's interview with Fechter and O'Brien here!

Cast Announced for THE MEMORY EXAM Playing at 59E59 Theaters This September

59E59 Theaters and Oberon Theatre Ensemble announced casting for The Memory Exam by Steven Fechter and directed by Terrence O’Brien. The cast of The Memory Exam will include Alfred Gingold (Equus) as Hank, Gus Kaikkonen (House of Mirth) as Tom, Bekka Lindström (The Sky Inside) as Jen and Vernice Miller (Eve’s Song) as Dale. 

Last Weeks To Catch Free Streaming Of Mint Theater's Acclaimed Production Of HINDLE WAKES

Mint Theater Company will return to live performances in February 2022 with a new production of The Daughter-in-Law by D.H. Lawrence, first produced by the Mint in 2003. 

Mint Theatre Company Will Return With Live Performances in 2022

Mint Theater Company will return to live performances in 2022 with a new production of The Daughter-in-Law by D.H. Lawrence, first produced by the Mint in 2003.

Final Week to See A PICTURE OF AUTUMN and THE FATAL WEAKNESS Presented by Mint Theater

Mint Theater Company announced that the Silver Lining Streaming Series, the on-demand streaming of the three-camera archival recordings (filmed in HD!), will conclude on June 27th with two of Mint’s most acclaimed hits:  A Picture of Autumn by N.C Hunter, directed by Gus Kaikkonen and The Fatal Weakness by George Kelly, directed by Jesse Marchese.

Final Week to See YOURS UNFAITHFULLY Starring Max von Essen

Yours Unfaithfully by Miles Malleson directed by Jonathan Bank is available on demand through June 14th only! Part of  the Mint Theater Company's Silver Lining Streaming Series of on-demand streaming of the three-camera archival recordings (filmed in HD!).

Helen Cespedes, Christian Coulson and More Star in A PICTURE OF AUTUMN Presented by Mint Theater

Mint Theater Company will continue the highly popular Silver Lining Streaming Series with the on-demand streaming of the two-camera archival recording (filmed in HD!) of A Picture of Autumn by N.C Hunter, directed by Gus Kaikkonen beginning Monday April 19th, and continuing through June 13th.

Max von Essen, Todd Cerveris and More Star in YOURS UNFAITHFULLY Stream Presented by Mint Theater Company

Mint Theater Company will continue the Silver Lining Streaming Series with the on-demand streaming of the three-camera archival recording (filmed in HD!) of Yours Unfaithfully by Miles Malleson directed by Jonathan Bank beginning Monday, March 22nd, and continuing through May 16th.

Mint Theater Company Continues Silver Lining Streaming Series With WOMEN WITHOUT MEN

Mint Theater Company will continue its Silver Lining Streaming Series with the on-demand streaming of the three-camera archival recording (filmed in HD!) of Women Without Men by Hazel Ellis, directed by Jenn Thompson beginning Monday, February 22nd, and continuing through March 21st.

Lisa Bostnar and Gus Kaikkonen to Star in Park Theatre Play Readings

Valentine’s Day will have a little extra love this year with The Park Theatre producing a live-streamed reading of two powerful and witty one-act plays from acclaimed British playwright Alfred Sutro (1863-1933). Beloved actors Lisa Bostnar and Gus Kaikkonen will read “A Marriage Has Been Arranged” and “The Open Door” live on February 13 at 7pm EST.

Mint Theater Continues Silver Lining Streaming Series With KATIE ROCHE by Teresa Deevy

Mint Theater Company will continue its Silver Lining Streaming Series with the on-demand streaming of the three-camera archival recording (filmed in HD!) of Katie Roche by Teresa Deevy, directed by Jonathan Bank, beginning February 1st and continuing through March 28th The price of admission is FREE.

Mint Theater Kicks Off Silver Lining Streaming Series With DAYS TO COME

Mint Theater Company will kick off its Silver Lining Streaming Series today with the on-demand streaming of the HD recording of Days To Come by Lillian Hellman (The Little Foxes, Watch on the Rhine, Toys in the Attic, The Children's Hour), directed by J.R. Sullivan, beginning January 4th and continuing through February 21st. 

Mint Theater Company Continues Free Streaming Series With DAYS TO COME, KATIE ROCHE and More

Mint Theater Company Artistic Director Jonathan Bank today announced the line-up for Mint’s popular Streaming Series for 2021, featuring HD recordings of past productions: Days To Come by Lillian Hellman, directed by J.R. Sullivan (will begin airing January 4th and continue through February 21st); plus much more!

Register Now For Peterborough Players Next Interactive Theatrical Workshop

Peterborough Players pulls back the curtain on Shakespeare in the next offering of their interactive theatrical workshop series, Playgroup. The two-session workshop will occur online on November 13th and 20th at 7:30pm EST.

Register Now For Peterborough Players Interactive Theatrical Workshops 

While onstage offerings are on hiatus, the Peterborough Players has been keeping connected with their treasured patrons and community through entertaining, engaging, and original digital programming under their Players Online umbrella.


Gus Kaikkonen has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

Gus Kaikkonen has not appeared in the West End.

Gus Kaikkonen has written 1 shows including People Like Us (Bookwriter/Lyricist).

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