Kirk Lynn

Kirk Lynn is a novelist and playwright living in Austin, Texas with his wife, the poet Carrie Fountain, and their children. Lynn is one of five artistic directors of the Rude Mechs theatre collective and head of the production area in the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin. Lynn likes to read, run, meditate and hunt.

Areas of Expertise

Contemporary performance, arts entrepreneurship, writing


Devised Theatre, Performance of Prayer, Playing and Writing

Recent Publications

  • Rules for Werewolves. A novel.
  • Your Mother's Copy of the Karma Sutra. A play.
  • Fixing Timon of Athens. A play.
  • Fixing King John. A play.
  • How Much Is Enough? Our Values in Question. A play, with Melanie Joseph.
  • Method Gun. A play, with Rude Mechs.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the UT Theatre and Dance community?

I like students. I hide among them to protect me from experts and expertise. I like research and experimentation. I like new work. I like feral performance and unexpected grace. I rely on my colleagues to encourage and inspire me.

What is your favorite thing about Austin?

The Rude Mechs are my people and when I can get away from school long enough I like to work with them to make Austin more unreasonable and passionate through performance. We have a secret clubhouse that everyone who's anyone in Austin knows how to find.