Kestutis Nakas

Kestutis Nakas
Kestutis Nakas
Professor Emeritus of Theatre
Chicago College of Performing Arts
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Kestutis Nakas is a writer, performer, director, and teacher whose work has been presented at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Yale Rep, La Mama, Dixon Place, P.S. 122, St. Mark's Church in the Bowery, 8BC, The Kitchen, Highways, Prop Theatre and numerous other national venues. Performance works and plays include RIP, No Bees for Bridgeport, Railroad Backward, Remembrance of Things Pontiac, My Heart, My President, Hunger and Lightning, and The Andrew Carnegie Story. In the 1980's, he was active in New York's East Village performance scene and was Artistic Director of Gates of Dawn, which showcased New York performers. He has taught at NYU, UCLA, CUNY, and the University of New Mexico. He is a Professor of Theatre at The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago. His performance text about urban beekeeping, No Bees for Bridgeport, was published in Animal Acts, Performing Species Today, an anthology of new performance edited by Una Chaudhuri and Holly Hughes, University of Michigan Press. A bilingual edition of his critically acclaimed tragi-comic cycle: When Lithuania Ruled The World was published by Aukso Zuvys (Gloden Fish), Vilnius , in February 2017. In Decemeber 2017, he performed Channel D a new solo show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. In 2018 he presented  a staged reading of all four parts of When Lithuania Ruled the World at HOWL Happening, NYC .


Topics of Expertise
  • Acting
  • Perfromance Art
  • MFAActing — Tisch School of the Arts, NYU 1979
  • BAFilm and Performing Arts — Justin Morrill College Michigan State University, 1975
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