ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, DRAMATIC WRITING
BA, University of Michigan
MFA, University of California, San Diego.
Ken is a playwright whose work has been produced nationally and internationally at such venues as The Denver Center Theatre Company, Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Humana Festival for New American Plays, Atlantic Theatre Company, the Alliance Theatre Company, and the Oerol Festival in the Netherlands.
For two years Ken was the writer-in-residence for the Atlanta-based Out of Hand Theatre Company, a company developing and producing devised, site-specific, and ensemble-created theatrical works.
Ken’s plays have received national awards including The L. Arnold Weissberger Award, a TCG Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, the Fratti/Newman Political Play Contest Award, and the Elizabeth George Commission for an Outstanding Emerging Playwright. His plays have been published by Samuel French and Playscripts.
Ken’s plays frequently explore ideas and stories about heroic self-sacrifice; exploring what it means to be heroic in this day and age, in order to ask the question: how do we become better, more evolved human beings? How do we become more conscious, more aware, more outraged, more active, more connected, more responsible, more loving, more selfless, more forgiving.
He is currently a Core Writer at the Playwrights Center and a board member and chair of script selection for The New Harmony Project. He has taught at, among others, UCSD, Emory University, and Indiana University (Head of the MFA in Playwriting).
Classes begin August 27th
Auditions for fall shows: Sept. 1 and 2nd
Welcome meeting: September 7th, campus lifetime
What your faculty did this summer:
Izumi Ashizawa remounted "Mysterious Lake" at Long Island Children's Museum, was in on-going rehearsals for "Le Chemine des Reves" in Montreal, and served a guest tutor at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
Elizabeth Bojsza taught a workshop in Community Performance for the Pre-College Institute, and look forward to leading a similar workshop at the Stage The Change conference in November http://www.stagethechange.org/.
Mallory Catlett is working on: Circling the Center by Nene Humpphey to be performed on October 12, 13, and 14 in NYC and DECODER 2017 with text by William Burroughs to be performed December 3rd at La Mama in NYC.
Amy Cook finished her manuscript on casting and an essay on Shakespeare, language and cognition.
Steve Marsh worked with scientists across the country leading Improvisation workshops and Media training for the Alda Center in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Philadelphia, Denver, at UC Santa Barbara, Cornell University and Cold Spring Harbor Labs.
Deb Mayo acted in "After," a yet- to- be released web series written by and starring one of our graduates, Joshua Schubart.
Ken Weitzman was a writer-in-residence at the New Harmony Project where he developed two new plays and then co-lead a two-week workshop with playwright Naomi Iizuka at the Sewanee Writers Conference at the University of the South.
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