KELLY YOUNGER is an award-winning playwright with work staged off-Broadway, regionally, and internationally.
This World We Know
won the New American Play Festival and premiered at The Firehouse Theatre in Richmond, VA. It was also a finalist for the National New Play Network Showcase of New Plays and received development support from Naked Angels/Furious Theatre.
He co-wrote a hit comedy with Michelle Kohlos Brooks called Kalamazoo
that won the Riva Shriver Comedy Award and premiered for a sold-out, extended run at Bloomington Playwrights Project. Pacific Resident Theatre in Los Angeles followed with a 5 month extended run.
won the 39th Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival, premiered at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood, participated in the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, ran in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, was turned into a radio play by for Utah Public Radio, was a finalist for the Heidemann Award from the Actor's Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival, ran at the Barrington Stage Company, and has thus far received productions as far away as Dubai, UAE.
New York’s Irish Repertory Theatre commissioned Younger to write the stage adaptation of the novel Banished Children of Eve
by Peter Quinn, the production of which ran 57 sold-out performances off-Broadway in Fall 2010.
He is also the author of The Rorschach Play
which was a finalist for the Joanne Woodward/Paul Newman Drama Award and received development support from Rogue Machine Theatre in Los Angeles.
His play Tender
was nominated for Best New Play IRNE award, was a finalist for the $150,000 Laurents/Hatcher Award, and was selected for Manhattan Theatre Club’s “7@7” reading series, directed by Lynne Meadow.
Once a Marine
was a featured play in Playfest at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre with development from The Blank Theatre in Hollywood. I Think You Think I Love You
has received numerous productions over the years, including translations and performances at international venues, is published by Playscripts, and was included in the Smith and Kraus anthology "Best Plays of 2005." Forgive me, Father
and Lady Gregory’s Ingredients
are published by JAC publishing, the latter winning Ireland's National Lady Gregory Playwriting Award.
was developed by Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA and won of the John Gassner New Play Award; Epiphany Cake
was developed by Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA and Moving Arts, and Why Wyoming
was performed by Three Graces in NY.
Several monologues from Younger’s plays appear in various "Best of" anthologies from Playscripts and Smith & Kraus, and an excerpt of Younger’s translation of Trojan Women
appears in Beth Henley’s play Revelers
(Dramatists Play Service).
Younger is also working in the television and feature worlds, developing with Walt Disney Animation Studios, Josephson Entertainment, Mandeville Films at Disney Studios, DreamWorks Animation Studios, as well as projects with Robert Lawrence (Clueless
) and Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning (Oscar Nominated Kon-Tiki
). Younger placed in the top 10% in the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, and in the top 5% in the Warner Brothers Television Writers Workshop.
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 an associate member of Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, CA.
Younger is managed by Washington Square Arts and Film in New York, and represented by The Gersh Agency in Los Angeles and New York.
He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, two children, and a dog named Sean.
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