Kevin Kling grew up in Osseo, Minnesota and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1979 with a B. A. in Theatre. He built his reputation in the Twin Cities during the 1990s with his groundbreaking plays “21A” and “Fear and Loving in Minneapolis.” His one-man show “Home and Away” premiered at Seattle Repertory Theatre and then moved to Second Stage Theatre (NYC) under the direction of David Esbjornson (also a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College.) Esbjornson, former Artistic Director of Seattle Rep, commissioned Kling to create a piece with Minneapolis-based accordionist and singer Simone Perrin. "How? How? Why? Why" was born. As of 2009, Kling and Perrin are in Seattle performing their second collaborative work "Breakin' Hearts and Takin' Names."
Kling has also become well known for his regular storytelling contributions to NPR’s All Things Considered. He has recently released yet another CD collection (a boxed set titled “Collected Stories” of 4 CDs and a DVD) and a book of short stories The Dog Says How.
A prolific writer and vigorous performer, Kling has not been slowed by a birth defect that shriveled his left arm and a motorcycle accident that completely paralyzed his right arm. He is able to play the tuba and is a proud member of the trio Bad Jazz.