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Teaching Philosophy

Kevin has taught in a range of BA, BFA, and MFA programs, as well as national, international, and regional workshops and conferences.

Since 2012
My teaching blends liberal arts synthesis and context with practical skills that can help put students on the path toward a professional performance career. I approach concepts through multiple lenses, incorporating in my performance classes elements like the thoughtful analysis of Stanislavski and Adler, supplemented by the imagination and joy of Michael Chekhov, the physical discovery and play of Lecoq, the specificity and rigor of Margolis Method, and Meisner’s genuine, extra-textual exchanges between scene partners. Special contexts like stage combat, intimacy, screen work, or devised physical theatre make more explicit the need to balance technical and artistic aspects of performance. Ultimately, actors need to understand the story we’re trying to tell, know how to translate that into playable actions, and despite all that analysis and planning, still be able to listen and respond to those with whom we share the stage.
I think the same can be said of all students, whether they aspire to literal or metaphorical performance.
National Michael Chekhov Association
Certified Teacher
Society of American Fight Directors
Certified Teacher & Theatrical Firearms Instructor
Theatrical Intimacy Education
Assistant Faculty, training with Chelsea Pace and Laura Rikard
Margolis Method
Instructor Level I, still training with Kari Margolis
Integrated Skills for Sustainable Change
Graduate Certificate from Antioch University Seattle
Lecoq system
Trained with Jonathan Becker (, Dody DiSanto (Center for Movement Theatre), Aaron Anderson (Virginia Commonwealth University), and Arne Zaslove (School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts)

Student Work

Examples of student work in mask, stage combat, and more.


Research interests include pedagogical innovation, motion capture, and performer/object interaction.

Example of current/ongoing project:  

Grants Awarded
Committees Served
Books Published


Kevin has two books in print, a book chapter, and numerous articles and images in The Fight Master (for which he now also serves as an Associate Editor). He has been interviewed in The New York Times, National Public Radio, Variety, and more, and presented at conferences and workshops around North America.

The Sixth Sense in Action

The Fight Master

Headshot of Kevin Inouye

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Sample Classes

Other previously taught classes and topics include Public Speaking, Intro to Drama, and Writing Seminars.

Various levels, drawing on Stanislavsky, Chekhov, Meisner, and others. Also includes Acting for the Camera and Acting Styles.
Drawing on Lecoq, Chekhov, Margolis and others, including finding neutral, mask work, mime, physical subtext, devised nonverbal theatre, motion capture, movement analysis, puppetry, and other topics.
Stage Combat
SAFD certification courses, special topics, and intro survey classes.