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Kurt Sutter

Screenwriter, director, producer, and actor

Raised in the suburbs of Central New Jersey, Sutter spent most of his childhood indoors, avoiding people, three feet from a TV screen. That’s where he learned the essentials of storytelling and that extreme violence, if performed by animated, slightly absurd characters, could be fun and informative.<br /> <br /> After graduating from Rutgers University with a BA in Mass Media & Film, Kurt spent several years as an actor in NYC, performing in off off-Broadway theatres, meatpacking warehouses, indiscriminate lofts and NYPD holding cells. His theatre training led to teaching and directing and in the mid-nineties he joined the faculty of The Gately-Poole Acting Studio on Theatre Row, teaching the Sanford Meisner Technique and directing productions at The Nat Horne Theatre. <br /> <br /> In 1997, Kurt was awarded an MFA Fellowship to attend Northern Illinois University. In Chicago, Kurt's exposure to the dramatic masters - Strindberg, O'Neill, Genet - inspired him, and he began writing unproducible plays and cultivating ideas for the screen. After graduating with a Master of Fine Arts, Sutter moved to Los Angeles where he began writing. In 2001, he landed a gig on FX's The Shield. Starting as a staff writer on the first episode, he stayed on The Shield until the end of the series, finishing up the last two seasons as an Executive Producer. <br /> <br /> In 2008, Kurt created the critically acclaimed drama series Sons of Anarchy. Its seven-year run has proven to be the most successful episodic series in the history of the network. Kurt follows up SOA with a new series, The Bastard Executioner. Set in the 14th century and filmed on location in Wales. The pilot just wrapped and is expected to go to series in July with a September premier date.<br /> <br /> Kurt recently ventured into reality programming with a documentary series on the Discovery Channel, Kurt Sutter’s Outlaw Empires.<br /> <br /> Along with his TV work, Sutter has feature projects in production and/or development with Cross Creek Pictures, TWC and Warner Bros. <br /> <br /> Sutter and his wife, Katey Sagal, live in Los Angeles with their three children, Sarah, Jackson and Esme’.

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