Kenneth Prestininzi

Resident Playwright

2012 -- 2019

Playwright Kenneth Prestininzi is Artistic Director of the Brown/Trinity Playwrights Repertory Theatre (playwrightsrep.com) and an associate artist with Sleeping Weazel. He is currently working on his two person musical, TOM VISITS HIS SISTER ROSE ONE LAST TIME, music by Katya Stanislavskaya, that was workshopped at New Dramatists, May 2014. HIs play UGMO AND EENIE GO DOWN THE RUSKI HOLE received unanimous praise when performed in Boston, June 2014. His COOKIE PLAY will be done in Chicago, January 2015 at Trap Door Theater. He is also working on a commission from Trinity Rep. His play BIRTH BREATH BRID E ELIZABETH Birth was featured at The Next Thing Festival in Boston in 2013. His plays have been seen in Brighton, Boston, Chicago, Edinburgh, Kalamazoo, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York City, Philadelphia, Prague, Providence, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. BEHOLDER, produced by Trap Door Theatre (Chicago), received a Joseph Jefferson Award for best new play 2008-2009. New York City’s Frank Theatre Company recently produced his play, LOVE IN THE SEVENTH KINGDOM OF WRATH. He has received theatre awards from ACTF, California Arts Council, Christina Crawford, Djerassi Program, Gerbode Foundation, Goethe Institute, LEF, Millay Arts Colony, National Endowment of the Humanities, Rockefeller Foundation and the San Francisco Cultural Equity Office. Ken is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Connecticut College, where he directs and teaches acting, playwriting and dramatic literature. He was the Chair(Acting) and Associate Chair of Playwriting at the Yale School of Drama 2008-2013. He has taught at ACT of San Francisco, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Brown University, Charles University (Prague), Cornell University, International Literary Arts (Mexico), Intersection for the Arts, Northwestern University, University of Iowa and West Coast Playwrights. He is also a long time teacher of the Creative Ensemble and began writing for specific ensembles with Jospeh Chaikin and Tracy Ward on the play TOUCH ME in San Francisco. Wearing multiple performance and theatre hats, Ken is also a director of new plays and has a long collaboration history with Charlotte Meehan, Geg Moss and Pater SInn Nachtrieb. THis year, he is directing the premiere of Peter's play THE TOTALITARIANS in New Orleans and San Francisco. He has also directed new plays by Andy Bragen, Jennifer Haley, Quiara Alegría Hudes, and Emily Young and revival productions of plays by Migdalia Cruz, Sarah Ruhl and Paula Vogel. He has done dramaturgy for modern dance companies, been a resident artist at Perishable Theatre, and served as treasurer of Performance Studies international. In his younger years, Ken studied with Maria Irene Fornes in Mexico and San Francisco.

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  • Composer-Librettist Studio

    Composer-Librettist Studio

    Our annual Composer-Librettist Studio focuses simultaneously on music-theatre development and the principles of collaboration, teaming five writers with five composers and five performers to develop brand-new works of musical theatre. At the end of the Studio, each playwright has worked with each composer and 25 new music-theatre pieces have been created by the group.

Playwright Buzz

January 26, 2013

The Next Thing: Prestininzi

Ken Prestininzi's lecture-play Birth Breath Bride Elizabeth is in The Next Thing Festival in Boston. ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage, in association with The Center for the Theater Commons and The Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival, presents a combustible combination of theatre, film, music, workshops and live-streamed events. Completely housed in ArtsEmerson’s Paramount Center in downtown Boston, The Next Thing (TNT) Festival (FEB 15-24) creates an unprecedented opportunity to dive deep into the world of contemporary performance.

August 10, 2012

This month: Love in the Seventh Kingdom of Wrath

I'm ecstatic and proud to be collaborating with New York City's dynamic and new theatre company FRANK on my new play that explores the joy, anger, fear and sorrow in the life of Caravaggio: Love in the Seventh Kingdom of Wrath. In this bravado love story, the painter Caravaggio stumbles through prayer and barroom brawls confronting flesh, desire, and a threatening chorus of angels. FRANK's ensemble creates a dangerous, lustful world of images, song and movement for the play about an artist, his model, and their wrathful secrets.

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