Katelynn Kenney

Katelynn Kenney

KATELYNN KENNEY (she/her) is a mixed race Filipinx American artist last from South Dakota, who grew up running around Air Force bases across the US and overseas. Her plays have been produced and developed by The Tank, Primary Stages’ Einhorn School of Performing Arts, the Skeleton Rep, Monstrous Little Theatre Company, FEAST at Under St. Marks, the Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective, Cohesion Theatre...
KATELYNN KENNEY (she/her) is a mixed race Filipinx American artist last from South Dakota, who grew up running around Air Force bases across the US and overseas. Her plays have been produced and developed by The Tank, Primary Stages’ Einhorn School of Performing Arts, the Skeleton Rep, Monstrous Little Theatre Company, FEAST at Under St. Marks, the Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective, Cohesion Theatre Company, Augustana University, Thin Space Productions, and the Claire Donaldson New Play Festival. Kenney was a semi-finalist for Ars Nova’s 2018 Play Group, a finalist for the 2018 Greenhouse Residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm, and her play, VOID, was a 2017 Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist. Kenney has also written a short film, Queen's Knight, which is in post-production, and co-wrote two short films that were listed in the top 40 of the 2015 and 2016 Asian American Film Lab's 72-hour Shoot-Out (’15 judged by playwright David Henry Hwang). She studied at Primary Stages (Rockwell Scholar ‘17-’18) and received her B.A. from Augustana University in Theatre and English. She is attending Brooklyn College, pursuing an MFA in playwriting (expected May 2021), and runs The Tank’s TV-writing group, the Pilot Program. Her works share a dark comedic bite and a healthy dose of magic.

Plays

  • Hollowman
    A one-hit wonder director is haunted by the entity from his horror movie after the former child actor from the film goes missing. A fever dream of reconstructed memories and a sleep-deprived present that begs the question "What sins will we commit to create our art, and what price shall be paid?"
  • Tornkid
    "Pizza or spam. Important, not important. Bad half, good half. American, Immigrant."

    Tornkid just wants to belong: at school, at home, in their own skin. But that's a lot harder than it seems. So what does Tornkid do? Literally tear themself in two. Tricky thing is, their Other Half runs away with their voice, deep into a land both achingly familiar and unfamiliar. Be a part of...
    "Pizza or spam. Important, not important. Bad half, good half. American, Immigrant."

    Tornkid just wants to belong: at school, at home, in their own skin. But that's a lot harder than it seems. So what does Tornkid do? Literally tear themself in two. Tricky thing is, their Other Half runs away with their voice, deep into a land both achingly familiar and unfamiliar. Be a part of Tornkid's elemental journey to literally find themself.
  • Goblin Girls
    Mr. Bell was a walking cliche looking for a story to write, and he found one in an unlikely place —a panhandling performer named Puck. The story he was given: the origin and adventure of two girls raised by a goblin in a magical world hidden among New York City's underground. When Puck disappears, two girls find their way to Mr. Bell's doorstep, claiming Puck as their guardian. Their mission: to find...
    Mr. Bell was a walking cliche looking for a story to write, and he found one in an unlikely place —a panhandling performer named Puck. The story he was given: the origin and adventure of two girls raised by a goblin in a magical world hidden among New York City's underground. When Puck disappears, two girls find their way to Mr. Bell's doorstep, claiming Puck as their guardian. Their mission: to find their Puck at all costs. And, when a secret goblin plot unravels, maybe save humanity in the process.

    Goblin Girls is a contemporary fairytale, coming-of-age story, and morality play, about the misfits of the world and how humans can often be more monstrous than the monsters in their own stories.
  • Wendell & Pan
    11-year old Wendell Barnes and his family arrive at his ailing grandpa’s home, and he is welcomed by his best friend and 12-year old dead aunt, Pan. When Pan concludes that what may be best for Grandpa is to put him out of his misery, Wendell faces the choice of being at odds with his best friend or his own budding beliefs. Father and Mother desperately hope they can use this trip to mend the breaks within...
    11-year old Wendell Barnes and his family arrive at his ailing grandpa’s home, and he is welcomed by his best friend and 12-year old dead aunt, Pan. When Pan concludes that what may be best for Grandpa is to put him out of his misery, Wendell faces the choice of being at odds with his best friend or his own budding beliefs. Father and Mother desperately hope they can use this trip to mend the breaks within their family, and Kayla, Wendell’s older sister, finally tries to connect with the grandfather she never really knew and the brother she fears she may never truly understand. WENDELL AND PAN is a play about loneliness, the strange nature of grief, and that moment in your childhood that reverberates with every step you take into the adult world.
  • Void
    A timeless room, a little white stone, a wish.
    Helen, an aspiring actress stuck in her hometown, stumbles upon a stranger’s suicide attempt in her own bedroom. And Joan, suicidal Filipino folklore enthusiast and self-proclaimed relative, knows that Helen is at a fork in the road herself.
    With evocative spectacle and a dusting of dark humor, Void delves into the relationships formed between...
    A timeless room, a little white stone, a wish.
    Helen, an aspiring actress stuck in her hometown, stumbles upon a stranger’s suicide attempt in her own bedroom. And Joan, suicidal Filipino folklore enthusiast and self-proclaimed relative, knows that Helen is at a fork in the road herself.
    With evocative spectacle and a dusting of dark humor, Void delves into the relationships formed between strangers and with family, and the unsettling ease and complexities of both. The journey of these two women weaves a tightening loop of destiny and choice, of death and revival.