Kohl Sudduth began as a writer at Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism before devoting himself to the flourishing mid-90’s DIY hardcore punk scene. He founded the post-punk band Edison, writing songs, playing guitar, singing a little and screaming a lot. He then turned his attention to acting, performing in various black box productions of new plays around campus.
Upon graduating with a B.A. in English, he moved to New York City to commit himself to acting. Work came quickly with small parts in “Illuminata”, “Sex and the City”, “54” and “Rounders” among others before landing a strong supporting role in the Steve Martin film “Bowfinger”. This breakout role led to work as a series regular on the critically acclaimed TV show “Grosse Pointe”. In addition to appearing in such films as “Road Trip”, “Table One”, “The Banger Sisters” and “The Notorious Bettie Paige”, he made guest appearances on “Law & Order: SVU” and “Law & Order: CI” . He also played opposite Regina Taylor in the PBS/Masterpiece Theater film “Cora Unashamed”. He’s known for his recurring role as Officer “Suitcase” Simpson in the long-running Jesse Stone series of TV movies on CBS. He recently appeared with Jonah Hill in the upcoming Rupert Goold film “True Story” and opposite Bridget Moynihan on “Blue Bloods.” He also had a supporting role Jayce Bartok’s award-winning film “Fall To Rise”.
Kohl works extensively in theater, originating roles in the Tony Award winning play “Take Me Out”, Stephen Adly Guirgis’ seminal hit “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” playing opposite Sam Rockwell and directed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and as the lead in Cusi Cram‘s “Radiance”. He engaged in rigorous conservatory training with Maggie Flanigan with whom he continues to work to this day.
As a writer, his plays have received workshops and readings as part of the LAB’s Barn Series at the Public Theater, the LAB’s Summer Intensives and many others. He trained extensively as a writer under the guiding mentorship of Cusi Cram and Brett C. Leonard. In addition to writing, he has developed numerous new plays as a director and actor as a member of the LAByrinth Theater Company. He wrote, produced, and acted in the forthcoming short film “The Empty Street” directed by Snorri Sturluson, shot in Red Hook, Brooklyn. He continues to write, develop, shoot, and edit new work.
For some years, Kohl has studied the shakuhachi in the Dokyoku-style with accomplished master Marco Lienhard. He also makes shakuhachi under Perry Yung at Yungflutes. He trains Xing Yi Quan under Tom Bisio. He is also a longtime student in the Mountains and Rivers Order of Zen Buddhism, training first with John Daido Loori, Roshi and currently with his successor Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei.