Kenneth Jones

Kenneth Jones is a New York City-based playwright, librettist and lyricist. His play Alabama Story was a 2016 nominee for the Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award and 2014 Finalist in the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference. It had its world premiere by Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City in 2015, where it set a box office record, following readings by Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Pioneer and Off-Broadway’s TACT/The Actors Company Theatre. By May 2018, it will have been produced in at least seventeen cities around the U.S. His play Two Henrys, a two-time Semi-Finalist in the O’Neill NPC, had developmental presentations by Pioneer Theatre Company, Hudson Stage Company in Westchester County, NY, and Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, CA. His Hollywood, Nebraska was developed in Off-Broadway’s 2016 NewTACTics New Play Festival and received a workshop production by Wyoming Theater Festival in summer 2017. He is working on a new musical and several new plays, including one that is a current Semi-Finalist in the 2018 O’Neill NPC. With Karen Azenberg, he co-conceived the holiday musical It Happened One Christmas (Pioneer 2015). His darkly comic Christmas revue Naughty/Nice (with composer Gerald Stockstill) was performed at Caroline’s On Broadway and is published by stagerights.com. His musical Voice of the City (with composer Elaine Chelton) was developed by York Theatre Company and Human Race Theatre Company. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, BMI and The 72nd Street Gang Playwrights Collective. He writes about his own plays and advocates for other playwrights, new plays and theatre makers at his website ByKennethJones.com.