Who Are the Playwrights

Ken Urban

Resident Playwright

2016 — 2025

Ken Urban is a playwright and screenwriter. His plays include A GUIDE FOR THE HOMESICK (Huntington Theatre Company, Trafalgar Studios in the West End), THE REMAINS (Studio Theatre), SENSE OF AN ENDING (59E59 Theatres, London’s Theatre503), NIBBLER (The Amoralists and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), THE CORRESPONDENT (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), THE AWAKE (59E59 Theatres, First Floor Theater), and THE HAPPY SAD (The Public Theatre/Summer Play Festival). Awards include EST/Alfred P. Sloan Science & Technology Project Commission, Weissberger Playwriting Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Independent Reviewers of New England’s Award for Best New Script, Headlands 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. Ken wrote the screenplay for the feature-film adaptation of THE HAPPY SAD, directed by Rodney Evans. His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service and Methuen Drama. He leads the band Occurrence and their new album I HAVE SO MUCH LOVE TO GIVE releases in August. He is the Senior Lecturer of Dramatic Writing at MIT and has taught writing at Harvard University, Princeton University and Davidson College. His first TV pilot THE ART OF LISTENING was optioned by Madison Wells Media. Ken went to Bucknell University to study Chemical Engineering and left with a degree in English and a creative writing habit. He earned his Ph.D in Literature from Rutgers University. He lives in Washington Heights with his partner Johnny.