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A Personal History of the Huntington Playwriting Fellowship
Samuel H. Levine and McKinley Belcher, III in A Guide for the Homesick by Ken Urban
Samuel H. Levine and McKinley Belcher, III in A Guide for the Homesick by Ken Urban. Photo T. Charles Erickson.

For me, it started with a phone call twelve years ago. Ilana Brownstein, then literary manager, called to ask if I wanted to be a Huntington Playwriting Fellow. I had just moved from New York to Boston for a teaching gig. I knew no one in theatre there and I felt cut off from the ecology of off-off Broadway theatre that nurtured my early years as a writer. The call was truly a surprise. In those days, writers didn’t apply to become a fellow. The fellowship found you. Or more accurately, Ilana and former Artistic Director Nicky Martin found you. In any case, I was found.

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Ken Urban

’s plays include A Guide for the Homesick (Huntington Theatre Company, Boston; Trafalgar Studios, West End, London) and The Remains (Studio Theatre, Washington, DC). Awards include the Weissberger Playwriting Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, MacDowell Colony Fellowships, and Dramatists Guild Fellowship. Ken is a Resident Playwright at New Dramatists.