“Once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will long to return.”

—Leonardo da Vinci

In a former life, Dep Kirkland practiced law, in private practice and as a prosecutor, serving as the Chief Assistant District Attorney in Savannah, where he assembled and tried the murder case that gave rise to an international best-seller and Clint Eastwood film: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. That astounding case, involving four murder trials over nine years, is dissected in Dep’s non-fiction work: LAWYER GAMES: After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

Dep was also cross-designated as a federal prosecutor, chaired various subcommittees of the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association, and later designed, built, and ran the first Anti-Piracy Task Force for the satellite television industry (including HBO, Showtime, Turner, DIRECTV, and others), supervising a national network of former FBI agents. He was admitted to practice before various state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

But…. eventually, he came to his senses.

Law School was his mother’s idea. She should have gone, instead. She’d have made a good one.

Dep finally woke up, left the law, and took off for New York City to pursue his lifelong (previously secret) dream of working in the creative arts. He studied for a half-dozen years with the legendary Fred Kareman at Kareman/Handman Studios in Carnegie Hall and has studied extensively in both New York and Los Angeles (Fred Kareman, Chuck Jones, William Alderson, Ivana Chubbuck, The Beverly Hills Playhouse, and elsewhere), where his work as an actor, writer, and director has been seen on stage, screen, and television.

Most recently, he appeared in the Off-Broadway production of his own play, MsTRIAL, at New World Stages in New York CIty. MsTRIAL is currently in pre-production as a feature film, among a dozen or more film and television projects.

Chairman of Isle of Hope Entertainment, Dep acts, writes, and directs for stage, film, and television.

He is typically found in Los Angeles, New York, or wherever work takes him. That is currently the Atlanta area.