Ken's theatrical career began at a very early age. Growing up in Madison, Wisconsin, he was cast as a newsboy in a local production of Gypsy at the age of 10 and continued to work on every production for the next five seasons. At the beginning of his sixth season, the company hired him to direct a production making him the youngest director ever hired to direct on the Mainstage.
Since then, he has gone onto serve as director, actor, guest artist and dramaturg internationally and throughout the United States. He received his BFA in Acting from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point and his MFA in Directing from the prestigious Actors Studio Drama School.
Prolific in a number of styles and genres, from large musicals including Chicago and The Producers, to intimate dramas such as The Shape of Things and Never the Sinner, Ken’s aesthetic is to incorporate multi-media, including projections, live musicians, and cinematic staging to breathe life into the narrative of strong theatrical pieces. His vast experience in stage design, along with his three years of vigorous training with actors at ASDS allows him to create completely theatrical pieces where the environment tells as much of the story as the actors do.
New York directing credits include Worth House, Amicable Parting, Getting Behind, Kidnapping Laura Linney, and Gay Camp. Regional credits include Never the Sinner, Always…Patsy Cline, Mamma Mia!, The Producers, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). In the summer of 2014, he directed the world premiere of The House of Murgatroyd, an adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddygore, which opened at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Harrogate, England, where it received rave reviews.
Ken was hired by Colby College in the Fall of 2016 to pilot an arts incubator program for new musicals. He mentored the writer and composer of Lost With You: The Musical. He then directed the production, which featured choreography by Andrew Cao and music direction by Kimberly Grigsby. Songs from the show were featured a Jazz at Lincoln Center later that year.
While studying at the Actors Studio Drama School, he directed productions of Bent, Fallen Angels, Red Light Winter, Fabuloso, and three original works. Home of Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio, he had the pleasure of attending master classes with Jim Carey, Hilary Swank, Brad Pitt, James Cameron, Robert De Niro, and Bradley Cooper, among others.
Ken has taught workshops in Design, Collaboration, Acting and Devising at Baruch College, Gonzaga University, Pacific University, Interplayers Theatre, and at the Actors Studio Drama School, where he is currently the Director of Professional Development and a member of the Acting and Directing faculty of the MFA Program. He and his work have been featured on Playbill.com, Broadwayworld.com, NYTheatre.com, in StageLight Magazine, Time Out New York, Next Magazine, Out Magazine, and All That Chat.