Meet the cast: Kevin Berntson of 'The Nest'

by John Moore | Jan 12, 2016
Kevin Berntson reading from 'The Nest' at the 2015 Colorado New Play Summit in February. Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.


MEET KEVIN BERNTSON
Ned Bartish in The Nest

Kevin BerntsonAt the DCPA Theatre Company: 2015 Colorado New Play Summit (The Nest). Other credits include the world premiere of Reunion (South Coast Rep), directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt (The Nest), Sideways Stories (South Coast Rep), School for Wives and Boy (La Jolla Playhouse) and most recently, PRAIRIE-OKE in Los Angeles. Partial TV credits include "Inside Amy Schumer," "Modern Family," "Kickin' It," "Private Practice," "Reno 911." He's also an instructor and performer at the Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles.

  • Hometown: Los Angeles
  • Training: MFA from UC-San Diego  
  • Website: KevinBerntson.Com
  • What was the role that changed your life: The first role that made me crave acting was one I didn’t get: Mr. McGregor in a second-grade production of Peter Rabbit. I got the mouse instead. But it was a somewhat telling insight that I loved to perform. Professionally, playing Peter in Greg Moss’ premiere Reunion meant a lot to me, working with such talented people and bringing me back to plays after so many years of TV work and improv/sketch comedy. 
  • Why are you an actor? The feeling of going on a ride in a scene with other actors, of inhabiting someone else, hopefully successfully, the joy of laughter are the main reasons I act, along with the wonderful community of artists and friends who make life richer. The magic of showtime is addictive and delightful. 
  • What would you be doing for a career if you weren’t an actor: A Buddhist monk, maybe.  Or a history teacher, like my father was.    
  • Michael CaineIdeal scene partner: This is a fun question to ponder. There are so many brilliant ones, but one actor I kept coming back to is Michael Caine. His performance in Hannah and Her Sisters especially brings me great joy. He’s truly a master, and I can’t imagine the honor it would be to act with him. (Runners-up: Christopher Lee, Viggo Mortensen, Steve Martin, Dame Judy Dench and Charlie Chaplin).  
  • Why does The Nest matter? Because Theresa Rebeck wrote it! She’s just so brilliant. And the themes of community; how men and women relate; misogyny, fear of the future - are all effortlessly entwined by a master of dialogue.  
  • What do you hope the audience gets out of it? I hope the audience gets to laugh, and relate, and feel part of a group of somewhat lonely souls who are trying to scratch that itch and figure this whole ‘life’ thing out.
  • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ..." common courtesy, creativity, tolerance, joy and compassion. And I realize those things must begin with me, if I want them.


  • The Nest

  • By Theresa Rebeck
  • Jan. 22-Feb. 21
  • Space Theatre
  • When you have a seat at the bar called The Nest, no conversation is off-limits, whether you’re speaking or eavesdropping. That is, until a stranger walks in with a lucrative proposition. Pulitzer Prize finalist Theresa Rebeck’s plays “may make you laugh or shudder (or both)” according to American Theatre, and with its feisty humor and scorching dialogue, this explosive new comedy holds a cracked mirror up to friendships, romantic relationships and families.
  • Tickets: 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

  • Previous NewsCenter coverage of The Nest:

    The Nest flies in face of national gender trends
    Five things we now know about that bar
    Cast list announced
    Theresa Rebeck is not getting angry: She's getting even
    ​American Theatre magazine: The Colorado New Play Summit Is a Developing Story

    Previous 2015-16 'Meet the Cast' profiles:
    Meet Adeoye of Lookingglass Alice and All the Way
    Meet J. Paul Boehmer of As You Like It
    Meet Molly Brennan of Lookingglass Alice
    Meet Courtney Capek of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Tad Cooley of Tribes
    Meet Allen Dorsey of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Kevin Douglas of Lookingglass Alice
    Meet Napoleon M. Douglas of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Isabel Ellison of Tribes
    Meet Kate Finch of Tribes
    Meet Ella Galaty of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Ben Heil of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Carolyn Holding of As You Like It
    Meet Drew Horwitz of As You Like It
    Meet Maurice Jones of As You Like It
    Meet Geoffrey Kent of As You Like It and All the Way
    Meet Emily Kron of As You Like It
    Meet Nick LaMedica of As You Like It
    Meet Andrew Pastides of Tribes
    Meet Shannan Steele of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Samuel Taylor of Lookingglass Alice
    Meet Lindsey Noel Whiting of Lookingglass Alice
    Meet Jake Williamson  of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Matt Zambrano of As You Like It

Kevin Berntson at the first day of rehearsal for 'The Nest' in January. Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

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Award-winning arts journalist John Moore has recently taken a groundbreaking new position as the DCPA’s Senior Arts Journalist. With The Denver Post, he was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the US by American Theatre Magazine. He is the founder of the Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that raises money for local artists in medical need. John is a native of Arvada and attended Regis Jesuit High School and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Follow him on Twitter @moorejohn.

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