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, 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. His new play A Guide for the Homesick will receive its world premiere at the Huntington Theater Company in Boston in 2017-18.
New projects include The Immortals, a drama about academia and the cellular afterlife of Henrietta Lacks (developed with The Civilians), The Remains, a play about the divorce of a gay couple in Boston and the idea of the tragic, and Inappropriate Sexual Relations, an erotic novel for the stage with a cast of four.
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. In addition to being a Core Writer, Ken is also a Resident Playwright at New Dramatists.
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’s new album The Past Will Last Forever is released on vinyl and digital in October 2016.
He lives in New York City. Education: BA, Bucknell University; Ph.D, Rutgers University.
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.
First Floor Theater (FFT) is thrilled to announce the second show of their fourth season, the Chicago premiere of THE AWAKE, Ken Urban's lyrical and highly theatrical exploration of interrogation, government control, and the compulsive power of dreams, directed by Josh Altman.