Jimi Kinstle was born in Clearwater, Florida and moved to Baltimore in 1985 to attend Towson University. After graduating, Mr. Kinstle spent several years working in many theaters in the region including The Round House Theatre, Everyman Theatre, Rep Stage Company, Centerstage, The Vagabond Theatre, Cockpit in Court and many others, acting, teaching, directing and doing technical theatre with set construction and hanging lights.
In 1993 he joined a The Flying Tongues, a comedy improv that performed at a variety of venues from The Kennedy Center to Winchester’s Comedy Club, and in 1996, traveled to Phoenix, Los Angeles, Waterloo (WI) and returned to Baltimore for the “Tongues Across America” tour. It was on the principles learned from improvisation that he began to develop programming to help improve communication and listening skills.
In 2000 he became Artistic Director for Baltimore Shakespeare Festival leading the company until 2008. He established BSF as the third resident professional theater company in Baltimore and established an endowment near a million dollars. The education programs created at the Shakespeare Festival reached over 75,000 children during his tenure and in 2006 received the Honored Alumnus Award in Theater from Towson University’s Theatre Department.
In 2009 he became Artistic Director at Pumpkin Theatre where he produces children’s theater and began serving as President of the Board for Baltimore Theatre Alliance.
For the past 15 years, He has conducted workshops for Lockheed Martin, Kraft, Northrop Grumman, PW FEATS, NISH, the Baltimore Opera Company, Arts Education in Maryland Schools and has lead professional development for Baltimore City Schools on several occasions. Work in schools also includes teaching at the Carroll, Howard and Essex Community Colleges, Peabody Conservatory as well as directing productions for high school and middle schools.