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 by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Amoralists Theater Company, 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, A Guide for the Homesick will receive its world premiere at the Huntington Theater Company in Boston (directed by Colman Domingo), and The Remains will receive its world premiere at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC (directed by Artistic Director David Muse). These plays were both developed at the Playwrights' Center during Ken's time as a Core Writer.
New theater projects include The Immortals, a drama about academia and the cellular afterlife of Henrietta Lacks, and Inappropriate Sexual Relations, an adaptation of an anonymous erotic novel found in a book store in Ithaca, NY. His TV pilot The Art of Listening about an NSA contractor was optioned by ITV Studio.
Awards include the Weissberger Playwriting Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Huntington Theater Playwriting Fellowship, MacDowell Colony Fellowships, Headlands Artist Residency, Djerassi Artist Residency, Dramatist Guild Fellowship, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship. Ken is a Resident Playwright at New Dramatists and an Affiliated Writer at the Playwrights' Center.
He wrote the screenplay for the 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 lates release The Past Will Last Forever received strong reviews—Atwood Magazine called it "formidable electro-space-post-punk beast." It is now available on iTunes.
He lives in New York City. He has taught writing at Harvard University, Princeton University, Tufts University, Davidson College, and Rutgers University. He is currently the Senior Lecturer of Playwriting at MIT.
BA, Bucknell University; Ph.D, Rutgers University.
Urban, 43, will soon be wearing that look himself: The world premiere of his play “A Guide for the Homesick’’ is scheduled for Oct. 6-Nov. 5 at the Huntington Theatre Company. But Urban has another reason to be in the Boston area: He’s been named senior lecturer in theater arts at the M.I.T.
The Remains by Ken Urban will be included in Studio Theatre's 2017-2018 season.
Ken Urban's play A Guide for the Homesick will be included in Huntington Theatre Company's 2017-2018 season.
Off-Broadway theatre group The Amoralists has announced its 2016-17 season, which will include the world premiere of Ken Urban’s dark comedy Nibbler, to be staged at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre in 2017.