Kurt Sutter | Creator, Executive Producer, Writer, Director | Sons of Anarchy on FX

Kurt Sutter

Creator / Executive Producer / Writer / Director

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, brightly colored characters, could be fun and educational.

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.

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.

In 2008, Kurt created the critically acclaimed drama series Sons of Anarchy. It has proven to be the most successful episodic series in the history of the network. SOA is entering its seventh and final season. After Sons, Kurt will continue his relation with FX and Fox21 with a new series, The Bastard Executioner. Set in the 14th century, the pilot will shoot in the UK in the spring of 2015.

Kurt recently ventured into reality programming with a documentary series on the Discovery Channel, Kurt Sutter’s Outlaw Empires. But those motherfucking pussies didn’t renew it because it didn’t have fake drama or dudes fishing. Along with his TV work, Sutter has feature projects in development at TWC and Warner Bros. His script, Southpaw, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Forest Whittaker, directed by Antoine Fuqua, filmed this summer in Pittsburgh, with a potential Christmas release. Sutter and his wife, Katey Sagal, live in Los Angeles with their three children, Sarah, Jackson and Esmé.

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John Linson

Executive Producer