Who Are the Playwrights

Ken Urban

Resident Playwright

2016 — 2025

Ken Urban is a playwright and screenwriter. His audio play VAPOR TRAIL was selected for the 2022 Tribeca Festival’s Audio Storytelling series and released as part of Playwrights Horizons’ Sound Stage this fall. His stage 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 three MacDowell Colony Fellowships. He is a resident playwright at New Dramatists and an 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. He leads the band Occurrence and their latest album I HAVE SO MUCH LOVE TO GIVE dropped in August 2021, with new music coming soon. He is a Senior Lecturer of Theater Arts at MIT and has taught writing at Harvard University, Princeton University, Tufts University and Davidson College. His first TV pilot THE ART OF LISTENING was optioned by Madison Wells Media. He lives in Washington Heights with his partner Johnny.