Ken Urban is a playwright and screenwriter based in New York. His plays include Sense of an Ending, The Correspondent, A Future Perfect, The Awake, and The Happy Sad. His work has been produced Off-Broadway at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 59E59 Theatres, The Summer Play Festival at The Public, and Studio 42. His work has also been produced at Theatre503 in London, First Floor Theater in Chicago, and SpeakEasy Stage Company in Boston. He has developed new plays at Playwrights Horizons, Huntington Theatre Company, Theatre @ Boston Court, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Donmar Warehouse (London) and The Civilians R&D Group. He wrote the screenplay for The Happy Sad, which screened internationally at over 25 film festivals, and is now available on iTunes and Amazon. His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service in the United States and Methuen in the United Kingdom and Europe.
Awards include the Weissberger Playwriting Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for Playwriting, Huntington Theater Playwriting Fellowship, Headlands Artist Residency, Djerassi Artist Residency, Dramatist Guild Fellowship, and MacDowell Colony Fellowships. He is a member playwright at New Dramatists in New York, and a Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis.
Upcoming in 2017: Nibbler was produced in New York with The Amoralists at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in February. A Guide for the Homesick will premiere at the Huntington Theater in Boston, and The Remains will premiere at Studio Theatre in DC during the 2017-18 season.
His band Occurrence released their new album The Past Will Last Forever on October 7th.
Education: Bucknell University, BA with Honors. Rutgers University, Ph.D in English Literature.
Ken has taught playwriting, screenwriting, academic writing and dramatic literature at Harvard University, Princeton University, Tufts University. Bucknell University and Rutgers University. In Spring 2016, he was the McGee Visiting Professor of Playwriting at Davidson College. Starting in Fall 2017, Ken will be the Senior Lecturer of Playwriting in Music and Theater Arts Program at MIT.
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