Known for his innovation and risk-taking in professional theater, Mr. Kimbell has received the Elliot Norton Award and the New England Theatre Conference Award for Outstanding Achievement in the American Theater, Salem State College’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Spotlight People’s Choice Award and the Moss Hart Award for his musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol in addition to several awards for his work promoting tolerance and diversity.
As Artistic Director for North Shore Music Theatre for 25 years, he led development of over 60 musicals, including Memphis, winner of four 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Kimbell produced Langston in Harlem, an original musical that opened Off-Broadway winning four 2010 Audelco Awards including Best Musical. Audelco Awards celebrate excellence in Black Theater.
A champion of new works, Kimbell served as Vice Chair for the New York Music Theatre Festival and on the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s New Works Committee. He has served as a panelist and evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts, New Hampshire Commission on the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Maine State Council on the Arts and Humanities, Ohio Arts Council, and the Cultural Arts Council of Houston.