Adrienne Kennedy

Adrienne Kennedy

1995-96 Residency 1 Playwright

Adrienne Kennedy has been a force in American theatre since the early 1960s, influencing several generations of playwrights with her hauntingly fragmentary lyrical dramas. Frequently produced, read and taught, Kennedy’s work holds a significant place among playwrights of the past 50 years. She is a three-time Obie award winner, including for Funnyhouse of a Negro in 1964, June and Jean in Concert in 1996 and Sleep Deprivation Chamber which she co-authored with her son Adam Kennedy, also an Obie award winner in 1996. Among her honors are the American Academy of Arts and Letters award, a Guggenheim fellowship, an Anisfield-Wolf Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 and a Modern Language Association Honorary Fellow in 2005. Kennedy has been commissioned to write works for the Public Theater, the Royal Court Theatre, The Juilliard School and by Jerome Robbins. The Signature Theatre devoted their entire 1995-96 season to her work. She has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard University, among other universities. Kennedy graduated in 1953 from The Ohio State University and received an honorary doctorate in 2003 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of her graduation. 


Funnyhouse of A Negro
A Movie Star Has to Star in Black and White
June and Jean in Concert
Sleep Deprivation Chamber
The Alexander Plays...Suzanne In Stages

Adrienne Kennedy photo courtesy of  STC.

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