Katelynn Kenney

Katelynn Kenney

Katelynn Kenney is a Filipino-American playwright from the Midwest who grew up running around Air Force bases across the US and overseas. Her produced plays include VOID (The Skeleton Rep), ASWANG (Claire Donaldson New Play Festival), GAMES (Augustana Collaborative Theatrical Society’s Nightmare on Student Street), and MUSE (Manhattan Repertory Theatre). Her full-length plays VOID and GOBLIN GIRLS both had...
Katelynn Kenney is a Filipino-American playwright from the Midwest who grew up running around Air Force bases across the US and overseas. Her produced plays include VOID (The Skeleton Rep), ASWANG (Claire Donaldson New Play Festival), GAMES (Augustana Collaborative Theatrical Society’s Nightmare on Student Street), and MUSE (Manhattan Repertory Theatre). Her full-length plays VOID and GOBLIN GIRLS both had readings at Primary Stages’ Einhorn School of Performing Arts. GOBLIN GIRLS and WENDELL & PAN were further developed as a part of The Skeleton Rep's Salon Series. VOID was a 2017 Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist and had a Workshop Production at The Tank (dir. Benjamin-Ernest Abraham) in June of 2018. Her plays share a dark comedic bite and a healthy dose of magic. Kenney was also a semi-finalist for Ars Nova’s 2018 Play Group and a finalist for the 2018 Greenhouse Residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm.

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 having been judged by playwright David Henry Hwang.

She continues her studies at Primary Stages (Rockwell Scholar '17-'18), with industry professionals including Leah Nanako Winkler, A. Rey Pamatmat, Melissa Ross, and Edwin Sanchez, and received her B.A. from Augustana University, with majors in theatre, English, and a minor in journalism.

Plays

  • 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.