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Mr. Kalinoski’s most well known play, Beast on the Moon, was chosen for the Humana Festival in March of 1995, and has since won the following: The Osborn Award (American Critics Assoc.)  the Agnouni Award (Armenian Relief Society of North America), the Garland Award (Backstage West), Best Play from the Repertory, Moliere Award (Prix Moliere) of Paris, France, May 2001 (in addition to four other Moliere Awards), and the ACE Award, Argentina, for Best Play in the year 2001 in October.


Beast on the Moon opened on 27 April, 2005 Off-Broadway at the Century Center Theatre in Manhattan. The play ran 120 performances (including 17 previews), and was named one of five “must see” plays in New York by the New York Daily News. In December of 2005, Richard Kalinoski was awarded the Khorenatsi Medal for contribution to the Arts from the Country of Armenia.  The award was given by the President of Armenia (Robert Kachadarian).


Beast on the Moon has been translated into at least thirteen languages and has had long runs at theatres in Athens, Moscow (the Moscow Art Theatre), Buenos Aires, Paris, London and New York.  In March of 2010, Beast on the Moon was installed as part of the permanent repertory of the Tallinn City Theatre, Estonia.


Mr. Kalinoski’s play, My Soldiers premiered at Eastern University (near Philadelphia) in November of 2009.  A UW Oshkosh production directed by Merlaine Angwall was chosen for presentation at the Midwest Regional American College Theatre Festival (sponsored by the Kennedy Center) in January of  2011. The play was later produced at the University of Wisconsin Fondulac, and was read publicly at William and Mary College, and at Vantage Theatre in San Diego (2012).


“Formaldehyde”, a short play, won the Jury Prize at the Fusion Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was produced professionally as part of the theatre’s THE SEVEN (seven short plays selected from international competition). “ Formaldehyde” went on to win the Audience Favorite Award at the Fusion Theatre—June, 2011.


Mr. Kalinoski’s play,  Between Men and Cattle  (Barrymore nomination, Philadelphia, 2000), was given a meticulous production at Next Act Theatre in Milwaukee  in 2004 (developed at the National Playwrights Conference and at the Bloomington Playwrights Project).  The play was also produced at the Detroit Repertory Theatre in 2007.


Front Room, a new play, was developed at Eastern University in 2010/11 and later read publicly at both In Tandem Theatre (2012) and at Next Act Theatre (2103)—both in Milwaukee.

Mr. Kalinoski is a three time veteran of the National Playwrights Conference at the O’Neill Center in Connecticut (Summers of ’95, ’96, and ’98).


In May of 2013, Mr. Kalinoski was commissioned by Fresno State University to write a new full length play, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Holocaust—scheduled to premiere in April, 2015.


Since 1998 Mr. Kalinoski has been a director and resident playwright at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Beast on the Moon
(select list - see Plays for more information)

  • Produced at the Humana Festival (1995), in Paris (2001), Argentina (2001), at Moscow Art Theatre (2004), Century Center Theatre, N.Y.(2005), Provision Theatre, IL. (2007), Nottingham Playhouse, England (2007) and the Obala Art Center, Bosnia-Herzegovina (2008)

  • Awarded the Osborn Award (American Critics Association), Agnouni Award (Armenian Relief Society of North America), the Garland Award (Backstage West), Best Play from the Repertory, Moliere Award (Prix Moliere), ACE Award (Best Play of 2001, Argentina)

  • Has been translated into 17 languages

Between Men and Cattle

  • Developed at National Playwrights Project (1995) and Bloomington Playwrights Project (1995). Produced at InterAct Theatre (2000), Next Act Theatre (2004), OXArt Community Center (2006), Detroit Repertory Theatre (2007)

  • Awarded the 1995 Riva Shiner Award. Nominated for a Barrymore Award.

A Crooked Man

  • Read at the Salt Lake Acting Company for the Play Sounding Series (2003), Dayton Future Fest (2004), Alianak Productions, Toronto and New Repertory Theatre, MA. (both 2006)

  • Produced at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (2007), Alianak Productions, Toronto (2008), Teatro del Nudo, Argentina (2008)

  • Awarded the Paul Playwriting/Screenwriting Award (Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance, 2007), Playwrights First Award (NYC, 2007)

The Thousand Pound Marriage

  • Read at the New American Plays Festival (Utah Shakespearean Festival, 2007)

My Soldiers

  • Public reading at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with guest actors and director Mark Hallen (2009)

  • Production at Eastern University, PA. in Nov., 2009

  • Production at Detroit Repertory June, 2010

Skin of a Lawyer

  • Read for the Basement Works Playreading Festival at Capital Repertory Theatre, NY (2002)

  • Awarded The Stanley Drama Award (Wagner College, 2003)


University of Wisconsin Whitewater – BS

Carnegie-Mellon – MFA


1995: National Playwrights Conference

1998-99: Dramaturg under Lloyd Richards at the O’Neill Center

1998-current: Associate Professor, Director and Playwright at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

  • Directed Pygmalion (2008), The Glass Menagerie (2007)

  • Received the 2003 and 2007 Wisconsin Arts Board Literary Fellowships, the Distinguished Teaching Award and Kerrigan Endowed Professorship (both 2005), McNaughton Rosebush Professorship (2007)

  • In 2005, President of Armenia Robert Kachadarian awarded Kalinoski the Khorenatsi Medal for contribution to the arts from the country of Armenia

  • Named a judge of the 2004-5 Literary Fellowship Awards for the Wisconsin Arts Board, asked to be a judge at the 2006 Heartland Theatre’s Annual Playwriting Festival

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