Raised in the suburbs of Central New Jersey, Sutter spent most of his childhood indoors, away from 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 B.A. in Mass Media & Film, Kurt spent several years as an actor in NYC, performing in off off-Broadway theatres, 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 M.F.A. 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 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 last episode, finishing up the last two seasons as Executive Producer.
Kurt continues his relationship with FX, having created the critically acclaimed drama series Sons of Anarchy.
Kurt ventures into reality programming this year with a new documentary series set up at the Discovery Channel, called Kurt Sutter's Outlaw Empires.
Along with his TV work, Sutter has feature projects in development at MGM, Sony and Warner Bros. His script, Southpaw, written as a starring vehicle for Eminem, has Antoine Fuqua attached to direct.
Sutter and his wife, Katey Sagal, live in Los Angeles with their three children, Sarah, Jackson and Esme'.