Kurt Sutter

In 2008, Kurt created the critically acclaimed drama series Sons of Anarchy for FX. Its seven-year run is the most successful episodic series in the history of the network. Kurt followed up SOA with the series, The Bastard Executioner. Set in 14th century Wales and filmed on location, the series stars Katey Sagal, Lee Jones, and Stephen Moyer. Up next at FX, Sutter is working on the highly anticipated Mayans MC, the next chapter in the Sons of Anarchy saga. Set to release in early 2018, the series takes place on the Cali/Mexico border where motorcycle club and Mexican cartel clash.Read More

Raised in the suburbs of Central New Jersey, Kurt 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, slightly absurd characters, could be fun and informative.

After graduating from Rutgers University with a BA in Mass Media & Film, Kurt spent several years as an actor in NYC, performing in 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 for FX. Its seven-year run is the most successful episodic series in the history of the network. Kurt followed up SOA with the series, The Bastard Executioner. Set in 14th century Wales and filmed on location, the series stars Katey Sagal, Lee Jones, and Stephen Moyer. Up next at FX, Sutter is working on the highly anticipated Mayans MC, the next chapter in the Sons of Anarchy saga. Set to release in early 2018, the series takes place on the Cali/Mexico border where motorcycle club and Mexican cartel clash.

Kurt recently announced a new comic book collaboration with award-winning BOOM! Studios. Kurt previously partnered with BOOM! to create a Sons of Anarchy comic books as well as the original series, Lucas Stand, about a veteran turned hit man for Hell. Their newest collaboration, Sisters of Sorrow, centers on victims of abuse who spin their pain into vengeance through the cover of vigilante nuns.

Kurt made his feature debut with Southpaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams.  Written by Sutter and directed by Antoine Fuqua, The Weinstein Company released the film in July 2015 by the Weinstein Company. Previously, Kurt ventured into reality programming with a documentary series on the Discovery Channel, Kurt Sutters Outlaw Empires.

Kurt and his wife, Katey Sagal, live in Los Angeles with their three children, Sarah, Jackson and Esme.