Ken Prestininzi

Ken Prestininzi
Artistic Director

2007 boom
2008 In Spite of the Devil
2012 Reunion
2013 Melena


Artistic Director and Apprentice Director of BTPR, Kenneth Prestininzi is also the Associate Chair of Playwriting at the Yale School of Drama and a resident playwright at New Dramatists. His play, Birth Breath Bride Breath Elizabeth was a featured show in Boston's The Next Thing Festival (2013), alongside shows by Mike Daisy, Richard Maxwell, The Debate Society and Daniel Fish. He has taught playwriting and performance courses at ACT of San Francisco, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Cornell University, Intersection for the Arts, Northwestern University, University of Iowa, West Coast Playwrights and here at Brown University. At BTRP he directed boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Reunion by Greg Moss and In Spite of the Devil by Andy Bragen. He has written and directed new plays for the last twenty years in Brighton (England), Cambridge, Chicago, Edinburgh, Kalamazoo, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York City, Philadelphia, Prague, Providence, and San Francisco and has received theatre awards from the American College Theatre Festival, California Arts Council, Djerassi Artist Program, Gerbode Foundation, Goethe Institute, LEF Foundation, Millay Arts Colony, National Endowment of the Humanities, Rockerfeller Foundation and the San Francisco Cultural Equity Office. His acclaimed play Chaste was recently produced at Trap Door Theatre in Chicago (Kate Hendrickson, director), where previously his play Beholder received a Joseph Jefferson Award for best new play. He has continued his creative working relationship with playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb and will be directing the premiere of The Totalitarians at Southern Rep, New Orleans, in 2014. He is an affiliated artist of Sleeping Weazel (Boston). His original plays include: A License to Love, AmeriKafka, As American As, Beholder, Chaste, Love in the Seventh Kingdom of Wrath, The Monkey from Zanzibar, Ria and Bobby, Ugmo and Eenie Go Down the Ruski Hole, and the chamber operas Ariadne, The Response and Servitude of a King. He has a Bachelor of Science degree (theatre) from Northwestern University, a MFA (playwriting) from the University of Iowa, and did extensive graduate work in theatre and performance studies at Brown University where he was a Pembroke Fellow.