Ken Urban

Resident Playwright

2016 -- 2023

Ken Urban’s plays include Sense of an Ending, The Correspondent, A Future Perfect, The Awake, and The Happy Sad. His plays have been produced in New York at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Amoralists, 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. In 2017-18, his play A Guide for the Homesick will receive its world premiere at the Huntington Theater Company in Boston, and The Remains will premiere at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC.

Awards include the Weissberger Playwriting Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Huntington Theater Playwriting Fellowship, Headlands Artist Residency, Djerassi Artist Residency, Dramatist Guild Fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship, and MacDowell Colony Fellowships. He is a Resident Playwright at New Dramatists and Affiliated Writer at the Playwrights’ Center.

He wrote the screenplay for feature-film adaptation of The Happy Sad, which screened internationally at over 25 film festivals, and is now available on iTunes, Hulu and Amazon.

His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service in the United States and Methuen in the United Kingdom and Europe, and they have been featured in numerous monologue anthologies.

His band Occurrence is currently recording its sixth album. Their 2016 release 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 vinyl edition (available on Bandcamp).

He has taught at Harvard University, Princeton University, Tufts University, Davidson College and Rutgers University. He is currently the Senior Lecturer of Playwriting at MIT.

He lives in New York City.

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    The Creativity Fund blends the flexibility of a one-day play reading with the intensive focus of a two-week workshop, providing ten to fifteen playwrights per year the opportunity to program three to five day workshops on an ad hoc basis. Creativity Fund workshops are structured according to each writer's needs at any stage of development and are funded through a lead grant from the Andew W. Mellon Foundation.

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In the United States and Canada:
Max Grossman
Abrams Artists
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New York, NY 10001
mgrossman@abramsartsny.com

In the UK and Europe:
Nick Quinn
The Agency
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London W11 4LZ UK
nquinn@theagency.co.uk

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