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Ken Weitzman
Ken Weitzmann

Associate Professor
MFA, University of California, San Diego
Dramatic Writing
Humanities 2089

  • Biography

    Ken is a playwright whose work has been produced and developed at theatres across the country and internationally.  His current play,  Halftime with Don, just received a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere, which included three different productions of the play in the 2017-18 calendar year.  Previous productions include, among others,   The Catch  (The Denver Center Theatre Company),   Fire in the Garden (Indiana Repertory Theatre),   The As If Body Loop  (Humana Festival of New American Plays), and   Arrangements  (Atlantic Theatre Company). His collaborative/ensemble-created work includes   Memorabilia (Alliance Theatre),   Hominid  (Out of Hand Theatre/Theatre Emory/Oerol Festival Netherlands) and Stadium   360  (Out of Hand Theatre).

    National awards for Ken's works include The L. Arnold Weissberger Award for Playwriting for   Arrangements, a TCG Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award for   The Catch, the Fratti/Newman Political Play Contest Award for   Fire in the Garden, and South Coast Repertory's Elizabeth George Commission for an Outstanding Emerging Playwright. 

    Organizations who have commissioned Ken's work include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Arena Stage, the Alliance Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Theatre Emory, Out of Hand Theatre, and South Coast Repertory Theatre.

    Ken's plays have been published by Samuel French, Playscripts, Smith and Kraus, and Blackbird.

    Ken has served in many capacities for major new play development organizations across the country, including six years on the board of the New Harmony Project chairing their script selections process.  

    He has taught at, among others, University of California San Diego (UCSD), Emory University, and Indiana University (Head of the MFA in Playwriting).

    At SBU he received the Godfrey Teaching Excellence Award – chosen by students from across the College for faculty who they felt "demonstrate a warm spirit, a concern for society and the individual, and the ability to impart knowledge while challenging students to independent inquiry and creative thought." 

    MFA: UCSD.  BA: University of Michigan

    Areas of interest: In his writing, Ken often use sports as a lens through which to examine issues in culture, politics, history, and current events.  Additional areas of interest his writing include explorations into acts of extreme and/or heroic self-sacrifice.

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  • Recent Courses Taught

    Introduction to Playwriting

    Intermediate Playwriting

    Documentary Theatre Creation

    The Theatre of Baseball

    Student New Works Festival

    Introduction to Screenwriting

    Text Analysis

    Introduction to Theatre