Professor: B.A., Loyola Marymount University; M.A., Loyola University, Chicago; M.A. and Ph.D., Drama Studies, National University of Ireland, University College Dublin.
KELLY YOUNGER is an award-winning playwright with work staged off-Broadway, regionally, and internationally. Select works include: Banished Children of Eve (Off-Broadway, Irish Repertory Theatre); This World We Know (Winner, Firehouse Theatre Festival of New American Plays; Naked Angels/Furious Theatre); In the Fold (Finalist for the Joanne Woodward/Paul Newman Drama Award, Last Frontier Theatre Conference); Tender (Finalist for the Laurents/Hatcher Award, part of Manhattan Theatre Club’s 2011 “7@7” reading series, New Repertory Theatre, Gloucester Stage, IRNE nomination Best Play 2010); Once a Marine (PlayFest at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, The Blank Theatre); I Think You Think I Love You (Playscripts; Smith and Kraus anthology "Best Plays of 2005"); Forgive me, Father (JAC publishing); Lady Gregory’s Ingredients (JAC publishing), winner of the Ireland National Lady Gregory Playwriting Award; Off Compass (Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA) winner of the John Gassner New Play Award; Epiphany Cake (Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA, Moving Arts); Why Wyoming (Three Graces NY), Critics’ Choice Samuel French off-off-Broadway Festival.
Younger is also working in the television and feature worlds, developing projects with DreamWorks Animation, Mandeville Films, Junction Films, as well as a television comedy for the producer of Clueless. He placed in the top 10% in the 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, and in the top 5% in the 2012 Warner Brothers Television Writers Workshop. Professionally, he is repped by The Gersh Agency in Los Angeles and New York, and Washington Square Arts and Films in New York.
At LMU, Younger conducts workshops in play writing, teaches courses in the survey of drama, and leads seminars in modern and contemporary drama, Irish drama, classical drama in translation, performance studies, drama theory, as well as a seminar in Fairy Tales. Critical book publications include Dionysus in Ireland: Irish Adaptations of Greek Tragedies (Mellen) and Beth Henley in an Hour (Smith and Kraus). He has also published numerous interviews, book reviews, pedagogy essays, and multiple articles on plays and playwrights. For the university, Younger serves as faculty moderator of Alpha Sigma Nu Honors Society. For the department, Younger serves as the faculty advisor for the Screenwriting Minor. Prof. Younger earned an MA in Classics at Loyola University Chicago and PhD in Drama Studies from University College Dublin in Ireland. He is a member of the Pacific Residents Theatre Writers Group, The Dramatists Guild of America, and serves on the board of the international Comparative Drama Conference.