Ken Kaissar

Ken Kaissar’s adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales was commissioned by Columbia University in 2008. His ten-minute play Ceasefire (written in response to Israel’s war with Hezbollah in 2006) was an official selection in the 2012 New Works Festival at the Fusion Theatre Company in Albuquerque, and the 2015 ReOrient Festival at Golden Thread Productions in San Francisco. His play The Victims or What Do You Want Me To Do About It was a runner-up for the 2009 Princess Grace Award and was honored by Middle East America: A National New Plays Initiative, a partnership of Golden Thread Productions, Lark Play Development Center, Silk Road Rising. His other plays include Creativity (a past finalist in the Ashland New Plays Festival), The Man Stanley and Nude Study. He holds a BFA in directing from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA in playwriting from Columbia University. He teaches playwriting and theatre history at Rider University and Stockton University.