About Ken Cerniglia (Dramaturg – Magda)

Ken Cerniglia is a professional dramaturg based in New York City whose credits span plays, musicals, operas, symphonies, and films. His work is currently represented on Broadway by the 2012 Tony-winning productions of NEWSIES and PETER AND THE STARCATCHER. Other stage credits for Disney include ALADDIN, THE LITTLE MERMAID, TARZAN, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, and twenty musicals for young performers. With the Seattle-based Fisher Ensemble, he has developed and/or directed several chamber operas, including STARGAZER, THE PASSION OF SAINT THOMAS MORE, PSYCHE, and KOCHO. Ken is an associate artist with American Records Theatre Company, whose RE-ENTRY, a critically acclaimed documentary play about Marines returning from war, has toured theatres and military bases throughout the U.S. and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded Two Turns Theatre Company and directed a site-specific production of THE TURN OF THE SCREW in a sold-out run at the Merchant’s House Museum in the East Village. Current works in development include an operatic film about Magda Goebbels, a symphony based on THE CRICKET IN TIMES SQUARE, young performers’ versions of THE LION KING, and a television series about the art world. Ken is a published scholar with a Ph.D in theatre history and criticism, past convenor of the International Federation for Theatre Research’s historiography working group, and founding co-chair of the American Theatre Archive Project.

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