Prior to assuming the role of associate director, Dr. Kevin Bott was the director of IA’s PAGE program, and the director of events and publications for Imagining America, positions he held since 2008. In addition to consulting nationally with IA member institutions and partners, Kevin is the artistic director of IA’s local community arts project, The D.R.E.A.M. Freedom Revival. His action research dissertation, entitled “A Ritual for Return: Investigating the Process of Creating an Original Rite of Passage with Formerly Incarcerated Men,” examines the ethical challenges he confronted while creating theater with four men transitioning between incarceration and freedom. Kevin continues to develop A Ritual for Return with formerly incarcerated men in Syracuse and New York City.
Bott is the former director of education for the New York State prison-arts non-profit, Rehabilitation for the Arts, and has been facilitating theater workshops and original productions in various New York State prisons since 2006. In addition to his work in U.S. prisons and with formerly incarcerated men, Kevin has implemented applied theater initiatives in public schools, drug rehabilitation clinics, and at a minimum-security prison in northern Uganda.
He holds a BA from Rutgers University and received both his master’s and doctoral degrees in educational theater from New York University’s Steinhardt School. Kevin lives in Syracuse, NY, with his wife, Aimée Brill, and their two sons, Valor and Lev.