KELLY YOUNGER is a screenwriter and award-winning playwright with work staged off-Broadway, regionally, and internationally.
Younger has spent the past two years developing and writing a forthcoming Disney Animation Feature film, and continues work as a Story Consultant for the studio. He has been a member of the Disney Animation Story Trust since 2016, working on such films as Moana, Frozen 2, Wreck-It Ralph 2, and others in development including the live-action Tinkerbell (prod. Reese Witherspoon) and the live-action Aladdin (dir. Guy Ritchie); and a participant in the Pixar Animation Brain Trust on Cars 3, Incredibles 2, Toy Story 4, and other forthcoming films.
He co-wrote the hit comedy Kalamazoo with Michelle Kholos Brooks (Dramatists Play Service, 2016; Riva Shriver Comedy Award.) Other theater projects include Banished Children of Eve (commissioned and produced by New York’s Irish Repertory Theatre); and Ink (finalist for the Joanne Woodward/Paul Newman Drama Award.) His play Tender was nominated for Best New Play IRNE award, was a finalist for the prestigious Laurents/Hatcher Award, and was part of Manhattan Theatre Club’s “7@7” series, directed by Lynne Meadow, starring David Harbour.
Younger’s short play, Mandate (Samuel French, 2015) won the 39th Samuel French Off-Off- Broadway Short Play Festival and has received productions as far away as Dubai. Other short plays include Let’s Get Physical (Hollywood; Miami; Edinburgh Fringe Festival), and Best Lei’d Plans (Hollywood, starring Markie Post and Mindy Sterling; Barrington MA; Miami.) These short plays are playing around the world as part of City Theatre’s “Shorts on Ships” series on Royal Caribbean Cruises.
Younger is currently developing a feature film with Josephson Entertainment (Enchanted), having previously developed with Mandeville Films; Gil Netter Productions; DreamWorks Animation; Disney Channel; as well as individual projects with Robert Lawrence (Clueless), Jon Turtletaub (National Treasure), and Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning (Pirates of the Caribbean).
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Younger earned an MA in Classics at Loyola University Chicago and PhD in Drama Studies from University College Dublin in Ireland. He is currently the resident playwright in the Department of English at Loyola Marymount University. He is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild of America and the Writer’s Guild of America.
He resides in Los Angeles with his wife, two children, and a dog named Sean Solo.