Kevin Otos serves as the coordinator of the BA program in Theatre Studies and teaches a variety of performance courses. Prior to joining Elon, Kevin was the head of acting at Oklahoma State University, where he earned a distinguished faculty award in 2003. He has also taught at Whitman College and the University of Pittsburgh and has conducted acting workshops for a number of organizations, including the Association of Theatre in Higher Education, the Portland Actors Conservatory, the Southeastern Theatre Conference, the Southwest Theatre Association and Southern Methodist University.
A member of Actor’s Equity, some favorite roles include Mark Antony in Julius Caesar, Antonio in The Merchant of Venice and Yepikhodov in The Cherry Orchard. In addition to his stage credits, Kevin has also appeared on the television series One Tree Hill and in a number of television commercials. Also a director, his directorial credits range from Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night to Ping Chong’s post-modern Kind Ness, to Rebecca Gilman’s thriller, Boy Gets Girl. In the spring of 2010, he will direct Shakespeare's Love's Labor Lost here at Elon.
Kevin’s research interests include acting pedagogy and physical comedy, particularly Clown and the Commedia dellArte. Kevin spent four weeks in Italy in 2007 at the Scuola Internazionale dell’Attore Comico where he trained in the Commedia dell’Arte with Antonio Fava and an international ensemble representing five continents. He has developed and plans to lead an Elon Winter Term study abroad course about the Commedia Dell'Arte in Italy in January 2011.
His bachelor’s degree in theatre and psychology was completed at Willamette University. His MFA in acting is from Florida State University’s Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, where he studied with an outstanding faculty including the legendary interpreter of Eugene O’Neill’s plays, the Tony award winning José Quintero.