ABOUT the filmmaker: ken davenport
KEN DAVENPORT (Writer, Director, Producer) is a Broadway and Off-Broadway producer. Recent Broadway productions include Oleanna starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles, Speed-the-Plow starring Raul Esparza, Will Ferrell's You're Welcome America, Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury, and 13. Ken is the only independent producer to have had three shows running simultaneously Off-Broadway - Altar Boyz, The Awesome 80s Prom and My First Time. He was recently featured on a national commercial for Apple's iPhone, named one of Crain's "Forty Under 40" in 2008, and was dubbed the "P.T. Barnum of Off-Broadway" by The New York Times. He has written articles for Forbes, Mashable, Imedia and others.
Combined, Ken's productions have grossed more than $100 million worldwide and are being produced internationally in over 25 countries, including Germany, Mexico, France, and Korea.
While Ken has enjoyed the global success and enthusiasm surrounding his long-running productions of Altar Boyz, which he co-conceived, and The Awesome 80s Prom, which he wrote and directed, he raised the bar when he wrote and directed My First Time - the first-ever example of 'Theatre 2.0.' My First Time is an industry pioneer - it is the first play to rely on user-generated content, bringing to life some of the hysterical and heartbreaking "first time" stories submitted to a popular website of the same name. The "Virgins Get in Free" promotion Ken created for the opening received international attention from major media networks worldwide.
Ken's blog, TheProducersPerspective.com, has been featured in Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, The Gothamist, and many other online and print publications. He is also a founding member of the ITBA (Independent Theater Bloggers Association), and his company, Davenport Theatrical Enterprises maintains several industry go-to websites, including DidHeLikeIt.com, BestofOffBroadway.com, and YourBroadwayGenius.com.
In September 2010, Ken created www.PeopleOfGodspell.com and announced that his upcoming Broadway revival of Godspell will be the first ever “Community-Funded” Broadway musical. His recently released iPhone app, At The Booth™, was on Entertainment Weekly's "Must List" after they called it "ingenious! The best thing to happen to New York theater since, well, the introduction of the TKTS booth." Other current projects include bringing the first ever revivals of both Godspell and A Few Good Men to Broadway, adapting the novel and film Somewhere in Time into a Broadway musical, and launching his latest creative collaboration Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage. For more information on Davenport Theatrical's projects, click here.
A Sturbridge, Massachusetts native, Ken was a child theatre actor who moved behind-the-scenes as a Broadway production assistant while he attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
After graduating from Tisch with honors, Ken held management roles on shows including Broadway's My Fair Lady with Richard Chamberlain, Grease with Rosie O'Donnell, Damn Yankees, On The Waterfront, and Buskers; Tony Award-winning Broadway productions of Show Boat, Candide, Ragtime, Parade, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Gypsy starring Bernadette Peters; as well as the national tours of Jekyll & Hyde, Chicago, A Grand Night for Singing, and Cinderella starring Eartha Kitt, Deborah Gibson, and Jamie-Lynn Sigler.
Ken recently accepted the 2010 Award of Distinction from the Musical Theatre Society. He has also received the 2008 Spirit of Theatre Award from Theatre Resources Unlimited and the 2003 Acclaim Screenwriting Award for his television pilot, "I.C.A." He is a senior member of The Off-Broadway Alliance, a town hall-like forum for dialogue amongst the Off-Broadway community at large, as well as a member of The Broadway League (where he serves on the Digital Task Force) and The Off-Broadway League of Theatres and Producers. Ken also received a Tony nomination for You're Welcome America.
Throughout his career, Ken has been asked to speak to a variety of organizations on theatrical marketing and producing including the Word of Mouth Marketing Association, the Center for Communication Studies, The Commercial Theatre Institute, Ticket Summit, The Independent Presenter's Network, The TAMY Awards, and Columbia University's Graduate Program for Theatre Management and Arts Administration.
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