Kukish on January 8, 2012
|Born||Kiril Jacob Kulish
February 16, 1994
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, dancer, singer|
Kiril Jacob Kulish (born February 16, 1994) is an American actor, dancer, and singer who is best known for portraying the title role in the original American production of Billy Elliot the Musical.
Kulish was born in San Diego, California on February 16, 1994. His parents, Raisa Kulish and Phil Axelrod, are Jewish immigrants from the Ukraine. His older brother, Victor, is a singer/songwriter and recording engineer, and his older sister Beata is a TV/film producer. He grew up speaking Russian, Ukrainian, and English. He started studying ballet at age five and ballroom dancing at age 8. He studied at the San Diego Academy of Ballet, and was the youngest male to be admitted to their junior company. Kiril was the winner of the Junior division Grand Prix at the Youth America Grand Prix in 2006, 2007, and 2008  and won the Hope Award in the Pre-Competitive division in 2006. Kiril Kulish won first place in Latin Ballroom at the USA National Dance Championships in 2006 and 2007. In 2012 and 2013 Kiril Kulish became the Youth USA Champion in Latin Dance Sport and will represent USA in Beijing and Paris .
Billy Elliot the Musical
At a press launch in New York on April 22, 2008, it was announced that Kulish would be one of three boys to play the title role in the original Broadway production of Billy Elliot the Musical, along with David Álvarez and Trent Kowalik. Kulish performed in the musical's first preview performance on October 1, 2008. On June 7, 2009, Kulish, along with Trent Kowalik and David Álvarez, won for the Tony Award for best leading actor in a musical. In all, Billy Elliot was nominated for 15 Tony Awards, and won 10, including Best Musical and Best Book. Kulish’s last performance in Billy Elliot was on Saturday October 3, 2009.
In late 2009, Kulish performed the lead role in the ballet The Nutcracker. In 2010, he attended the ballroom championship at USA Dance Southwest Regional Championship in Long Beach, CA. On October 27, 2012, Kiril performed alongside Jon Secada, Debbie Gravitte, Liz Callaway, and a host of award-winning singers from around the world in Loving the Silent Tears: A New Musical at the Shrine Theater in Los Angeles. Kulish currently resides in San Diego, Los Angeles, and New York.
3 October 2009
||The Nutcracker||Occidental Grand Aruba||
||Loving the Silent Tears||Shrine Auditorium||
|2009||Tony Award||Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical||Billy Elliot||Billy Elliot the Musical||Won|||
- Kulish Official site kirilkulish.com, accessed March 11, 2009
- Youth America Grand Prix listing, 2007 yagp.org
- Youth America Grand Prix listing, 2006 yagp.org
- Kulish Official site kirilkulish.com, accessed December 25, 2012
- "‘Billy Elliot’ Leads Tony Nominations". Retrieved 10 March 2012.
- "Tony Awards Official Website - Past Winners 2009". TonyAwards.com. Retrieved November 11, 2011.