About Kevin Dowling

American Director, Producer and Writer

K evin Dowling is an American director, producer and writer of features, television and theatre. His film debut, The Sum of Us, starring Russell Crowe and Jack Thompson, won 17 awards including “Best Feature” at the Montreal and Sydney Film Festivals, four Australian Critics Awards including Best Picture, and six A.F.I. nominations. His second feature, Mojave Moon, a dark romantic comedy, starred Angelina Jolie, Alfred Molina and Anne Archer. His third film, the psychological thriller, Last Rites, starred Randy Quaid and Embeth Davidtz.

For television, he directed the pilots of Necessary Roughness and Valentine, and he has produced and directed NBC’s Ed, CBS’s Close to Home, Fox’ K-Ville, the CW’s Valentine, and now, a new series he developed for the USA network, Necessary Roughness. He has directed more than 100 TV episodes.

On stage, Mr. Dowling directed the award winning New York premiere of The Sum of Us, starring Tony Goldwyn. That production opened to critical acclaim at the Cherry Lane Theatre and was awarded both an Obie and the Outer Critics Circle Award. He also directed the New York premiere of Jay Tarses’ play Man in his Underwear at Playwrights Horizons; the critically acclaimed New York revival of David Mamet’s comedy A Life in the Theater starring F. Murray Abraham; and Ralph Waite in Eugene O’Neill’s Anna Christie. At the Williamstown Theatre Festival, he directed Inge’s Picnic starring Blythe Danner, Tony Goldwyn, and Gwyneth Paltrow; O’Neill’s Moon for the Misbegotten, starring Christine Lahti, Jamey Sheridan, and Pat Hingle; and an earlier production of The Sum of Us. He produced the musical Buddy, at the Shubert Theatre and was the maintaining director of The Nerd on Broadway, where he directed, among others, Peter MacNicol, Robert Joy, and Peter Riegert. Prior to The Nerd, author Larry Shue and Mr. Dowling were collaborating with composer Alan Menken on a Broadway musical based on Jackie Gleason’s The Honeymooners.

Mr. Dowling was a Founding Member and, for eight years, the Artistic Director of The Actor’s Ensemble. During this time, he directed more than 20 plays, including the first full scale New York production of Lanford Wilson’s This Is The Rill Speaking, the New York premiere of Dan Lauria’s Game Plan, his own A Child’s Piece, and revivals of plays by Harold Pinter and Sam Shepard. He later produced Mr. Shepard’s comedy hit True West, which ran for two years at the Cherry Lane Theatre and featured during its run such actors as: John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, James Belushi, Gary Cole, Randy Quaid, & Dennis Quaid. He also served as Artistic Director of the Cherry Lane Theatre from 1982 to 1995.

  • Won 17 awards including “Best Feature” at the Montreal and Sydney Film Festivals, four Australian Critics Awards including Best Picture, and six A.F.I. nominations

    The Sum of Us

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The director, Kevin Dowling, has found a seamless dramatic rhythm for all of the dialogue. It is a rhythm that finds serious undertones beneath the lightest chatter and a spiritual buoyancy underlying the gloomier reflections.

N.Y. TIMES REVIEW of THE SUM OF US

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Kevin Dowling

KEVIN DOWLING

Director – Producer – Writer


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Bosch (2015)
3 episode

Extant (2014)
1 episode

Rizzoli & Isles (2014)
1 episode

The Night Shift (2014)
1 episode

Royal Pains (2014)
1 episode

The Americans (2014)
1 episode

Resurrection (2014)
1 episode

Nashville (2013)
1 episode

Necessary Roughness (2011-2013)
8 episodes

Army Wives (2007-2013)
6 episodes

Wedding Band (2012)
1 episode

Go On (2012)
2 episodes

Free Agents (2011)
1 episode

Outsourced (2011)
1 episode

Sons of Tucson (2010)
2 episodes

Memphis Beat (2010)
1 episode

Drop Dead Diva (2010)
1 episode

Past Life (2010)
1 episode

Heroes (2009)
1 episode

Valentine (2008-2009)
3 episodes

Reaper (2008-2009)
3 episodes

The Mentalist (2009)
1 episode

K-Ville (2007)
1 episode

Jericho (2007)
1 episode

Close to Home (2005-2007)
6 episodes

Just Legal (2006)
1 episode

The Jake Effect (2006)
1 episode

CSI: NY (2006)
1 episode

Related (2006)
1 episode

E-Ring (2006)
1 episodes

One Tree Hill (2005)
2 episodes

Joan of Arcadia (2003-2005)
6 episodes

Inconceivable (2005)
1 episode

Dragnet (2003-2004)
3 episodes

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2004)
1 episode

The District (2001-2003)
4 episodes

Judging Amy (1999-2003)
8 episodes

Dead Like Me (2003)
2 episodes

Touched by an Angel (2001-2002)
3 episodes

That Was Then (2002)
1 episode

Gilmore Girls (2002)
1 episode

Ed (2000-2002)
6 episodes

Dead Last (2001)
3 episodes

The Magnificent Seven (2000)
1 episode

Early Edition (1999-2000)
2 episodes

Four Corners (1998)

The Last Dance (2000)

Silk Hope (1999)

Last Rites (1999)

Mojave Moon (1996)

The Sum of Us (1994)

Necessary Roughness (2011-2013)
executive producer – 38 episodes

Valentine (2008-2009)
supervising producer – 8 episodes

K-Ville (2007-2008)
supervising producer – 10 episodes

Close to Home (2006-2007)
producer – 13 episodes

Ed (2001-2002)
producer – 3 episodes

Mojave Moon (1996)
executive producer

The Sum of Us (1994)
co-executive producer

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