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 an Affiliated Writer at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis.
Recent and Upcoming: A Guide for the Homesick premiered at the Huntington Theater in Boston in October-November 2017, and Nibbler was produced in New York with The Amoralists at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in February-March 2017. The Remains will premiere at Studio Theatre in DC in May-June 2018.
His band Occurrence will release their new album Everyone Knows The Disaster Is Coming on June 15th. Their 2016 album The Past Will Last Forever received strong reviews with critics calling it “a formidable electro-space-post-punk beast” and “the near perfect synthesis between the universe of David Lynch and industrial music.” It is available on iTunes, and on limited edition vinyl (available on Bandcamp). In December, the band released a holiday single “The Time of Year” which Notes from Left of the Dial called “an acerbic counterpoint to the glut of holiday music” from a band that “explores intimacy and circuital beauty in a way that few other artists could manage.”
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. Ken is currently the Senior Lecturer at MIT leading the Playwriting track in the school's Music and Theatre Arts Program.
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