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Ken Urban is a playwright based in New York. 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 Weissberger Playwriting Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, the 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 an affiliated writer at the Playwrights’ Center. Ken wrote the screenplay for the feature-film adaptation of THE HAPPY SAD. His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service. He leads the band Occurrence and teaches dramatic writing at MIT.

Ken Urban News

Gabby Beans, Samuel Henry Levine & More to Star in JONAH at Roundabout Theatre Company

Roundabout Theatre Company has revealed the complete cast for the world premiere of Jonah by Rachel Bonds, directed by Danya Taymor.


The A is For Playwriting Contest and ONE ACT Festival engages playwrights who support abortion rights and reproductive justice. Tickets are on sale for the 3rd annual festival featuring readings of the winning plays at Signature Theatre in NYC on Dec 9-10.

Workshop Production of COME HERE TO ME to be Presented at Theater Lab

The Mill Theatre and Theaterlab present a workshop production of Come Here to Me, a new play by Dianne Nora and directed by Jaclyn Biskup. Performances begin November 1st, running through November 5th.

COME HERE TO ME Comes to TheaterLab in November

The Mill Theatre and Theaterlab present a workshop production of Dianne Nora's COME HERE TO ME, directed by Jaclyn Biskup, running November 1-5, 2023, in a limited engagement at Theater Lab (357 W. 36th St., 3rd Floor) in New York City. Performances begin November 1st.

163 Artists Awarded MacDowell Fellowships

An international group of 163 talented artists working in multiple disciplines have been awarded Fellowships at MacDowell, the nation’s preeminent artist residency program. Learn more about the new fellows here!

Listen: Dave Harris' FREEDOM FREEDOM FREEDOM ET CETERA Released as part of Soundstage Podcast

Listen to Dave Harris’ Freedom Freedom Freedom Et Cetera presented by Playwrights Horizons.

New Ohio Theatre to Present NOW IN PROCESS 2023 in February

The shows, conceived and produced by a diverse group of NYC-based artists, are Untitled Ukraine Project by The Mill (Feb 1-2), Embodied by Jaime Sunwoo / Free Rein Projects (Feb 4-5), Rubalee by Caborca (Feb 8-9), and Longing Lights by Deniz Khateri and Bahar Royaee (Feb 11-12).

Mckinley Belcher III & Miles G. Jackson to Star in Industry Presentation of A GUIDE FOR THE HOMESICK

Following productions in both Boston and London, Ken Urban’s play A Guide For The Homesick will have an industry presentation directed by Shira Milikowsky and executive produced by David Norwood on November 17, 2022.

Theatre Rhinoceros Announces 2022-23 Season IN THE CASTRO!

 It's the Rhino's 46th Anniversary Season with an exciting line-up of new, in-person evenings of entertainment. Plus, our stellar reading series! Plus, surprises and pop-ups along the way! Plus, John Fisher's on-going Essential Services Project (aka E.S.P.) And all of it in the funnest neighborhood anywhere: The Castro! We are the ONLY live theatre in the most queer hood in the universe.

Playwrights Horizons and The Parsnip Ship to Launch THE DETOUR SERIES Site-Specific Audio Journeys

Playwrights Horizons and play development company The Parsnip Ship present The Detour Series, are premiering two commissioned, site-specific audio journeys through Hell's Kitchen, Playwrights Horizons’ neighborhood, September 1-25.

Ken Urban's Play DANGER AND OPPORTUNITY Will Receive Reading This Week

 Jacob Stuckelman announced that Award Winning Playwright Ken Urban will receive an industry reading of his new full-length play Danger and Opportunity directed by Jack Serio (This Beautiful Future) on Thursday, August 4th at TheaterLab (357 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor). 

Flint Repertory Theatre Presents The 2022 New Works Festival

Flint Repertory Theatre presents 2022 New Works Festival April 29-May 1. Flint Rep's annual New Works Festival is a three-day event presenting staged readings of new plays. Audience members will get a chance to experience this new work before anyone else and participate in post-show discussions with the playwrights.

Ensemble Studio Theatre & the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Announce the 2022 First Light Festival

ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATRE along with The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation have announced the lineup for the 2022 First Light Festival, part of the EST/Sloan Project to develop plays exploring science and technology.  

Occurrence Releases New Video for 'The Happy Years'

Occurrence’s swoon-worthy and heartbreaking new album I Have So Much Love To Give wasn’t supposed to happen. But making music is sometimes a lot like binging a television show. When you’ve got a good storyline, it’s hard to stop.

Tenth Annual R&D Group FINDINGS Series to be Presented by The Civilians

The Civilians will present the tenth annual R&D Group FINDINGS Series. The R&D Group is comprised of writers, composers, and directors who worked with the Civilians for nine months to develop seven original pieces of theater through the creative investigation of a pre-selected subject. 

THE CORRESPONDENT Will Be Performed on Zoom by Theatre 40 on April 26

Theatre 40 presents a Zoom reading of a play by Ken Urban, The Correspondent, on Monday, April 26, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. PDT.

Theatre 40 Presents Spring Seminars Series

Theatre 40 presents its popular Adult Education Theatre Appreciation Spring Seminar Series, conducted for Beverly Hills Unified School District's Adult Education. This year, the series is being presented virtually via Zoom. There will be readings and discussions of contemporary plays.

Neukom Institute Announces 2021 Playwriting Shortlist

Dartmouth's Neukom Institute has announced the playwriting shortlist for the 2021 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards.


Keen Company Artistic Director Jonathan Silverstein today announced his plans for Keen’s Playwrights Lab, including readings from the 2020 participants as well as the playwrights for the 2021 Lab. Join Keen Company on Tuesday January 26th at 4pm for a discussion with the 2020 Playwrights Lab writers.

Mark Brokaw Directs Ken Urban's DANGER AND OPPORTUNITY for Kane Rep

Ken Barnett (Off-Broadway's Too Much Sun, Amazon's Mozart in The Jungle), Kyle Beltran (Broadway's The Cherry Orchard and In the Heights), and Emily Bergl (Dirty John, Shameless) will star in a virtual workshop of Ken Urban's new play Danger and Opportunity on October 28, 2020 as part of Kane Repertory Theatre's New Play Lab.


Ken Urban has written 2 shows including Nibbler (Author), A Guide for The Homesick (Playwright).

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