Ken Womble is the Head of Acting and Professor of Theatre at the University of Northern Colorado.
His book, Inside Act: How Ten Actors Made It—and How You Can Too (Hansen Publishing Group), was hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a 2014 book that flew under the radar.”
Ken’s adaptations of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Importance of Being Earnest, published with Eldridge Publishing, have been produced throughout the U.S. Arms and the Man is his third adaptation for Eldridge.
Ken wrote and directed the first-ever documentary film on novelist James Michener, James A. Michener, An Epic Life, for which he was named UNC Scholar of the Year. He also directed and co-produced the short film An Equal Opportunity, which was named Best Inspirational Short at the Olympus Film Festival Los Angeles.
As an actor, Ken has appeared in two Off Broadway premieres and was the voice of a BBC radio announcer in the world premiere of Freud’s Last Session. He has had recurring roles on Guiding Light, General Hospital and All My Children, and is a member of Actors Equity and SAG/AFTRA.
Ken has directed over sixty plays, including Lobby Hero, Proof and First Date at Colorado’s Little Theatre of the Rockies, and award-winning productions of August: Osage County, Clybourne Park, and The Cherry Orchard at UNC.
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Arms and the Man is a satire on the glorification of war and the folly of basing one’s affections on an unreal love. Set in the 1880s, Raina Petkoff, a Bulgarian whose father and fiancé Sergius are both serving in the war, is warned that enemy soldiers may be nearby. Soon Captain Bluntschli, a war-weary enemy, breaks in and holds her hostage. Over the course of the evening, they start to connect. Raina provides him with one of her father’s coats and some chocolates, giving him the nickname “my chocolate-cream soldier.” When the war ends, Sergius and ...
Here is Shakespeare's classic comedy condensed without losing the passion, humor, and magic that has made the play a theater favorite. This adaptation, while remaining true to the original, is cut to about an hour and a half performance time, making it ideal for junior and high school productions. This timeless story remains the same: two young couples are all in love, but with the wrong people. They chase each other in a fantasy world, a forest filled with fairies, love potions and even a donkey. Their journey makes for an outrageous romp that advances perfe...
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“The Importance of Being Earnest” is Oscar Wilde's most perfect, and most popular, play. Since its premiere in 1895, it has given joy to generations of theatergoers. The play is often called a "comedy of manners," because in the world Wilde knew and wrote about, late 19th century British high society, manners were everything. In this play, young Jack Worthing and his good friend Algernon find themselves in a ridiculous situation after their fiancées learn they are coincidentally engaged to the same man. A glorious rendition of mistaken identity, Wilde's play ...