Ken Urban

Ken Urban

Ken Urban is a playwright and director. He was born in New Jersey in 1974. He now divides his time between Cambridge, Massachusetts and New York City. He teaches at Harvard University. He is a graduate of Bucknell University and holds a Ph.D. in English literature from Rutgers University.

His work has been published in [ New York Theatre Review] and [ Plays and Playwrights 2002] , in addition to numerous monologue and scene compilations.

Urban is the Founding Artistic Director of [ The Committee] , a New York-based theatre company that produces “catastrophic theatre.”

He was recently commissioned by Target Margin to adapt Aristophanes’ "The Wasps" and the Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty Foundation to write a play about immigration for visitors to Ellis Island. Urban maintains a [ website] with information on his theatre and music.


His critical essays have appeared in:
*Performing Arts Journal
*Theater (Yale University)
*New Theatre Quarterly
*Modern Drama
*Theatre Journal
*Out of Silence: Censorship and Self-Censorship in Theatre and Performance
*Cool Britannia: British Political Drama in the 1990s
*A Concise Companion to Contemporary British and Irish Theatre


*"I (Heart) Kant"
*"The Absence of Weather" (winner of the 2004 Moving Arts Premiere One Act Competition)
*"The Female Terrorist Project"
*"2 Husbands"
*"Sense of an Ending
*"The Happy Sad"
*"The Private Lives of Eskimos"

Ken Urban’s plays have been produced and developed by
* [ The Flea]
* [ Moving Arts]
*Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab
* [ Soho Rep]
* [ Theatre of NOTE]
* [ Rude Guerrilla]
* [ Annex Theatre]
* [ Target Margin]
* [ Son of Semele Ensemble]
* [ The Chocolate Factory]


*2007-2009 Huntington Playwriting Fellowship
*2008 MacDowell Residency
*2006 Tennessee Williams Fellowship at the Writers Conference
*2004 Moving Arts Premiere One Act Competition
*2008 finalist at PlayLabs Festival at the Playwrights’ Center
*2001 finalist for Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship.

External links

* [ Ken Urban]
* [ The Committee Theatre Company]
* [ Article on Ken Urban from Brooklyn Rail, September 2006]
* [ Interview with Ken Urban]
* [ Ken Urban on]
* [ Article on Ken Urban from Brooklyn Rail, July 2004]
* [ Plays and Playwrights 2002 anthology]
* [ Drunken Boat Pan Literary Award Finalist]

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