Ken ElliottKenneth Elliott, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Theater 
Chair, Department of Fine Arts

Fine Arts Building Rm. 205
Office: (856) 225-6244
Fax: (856) 225-6330
Email: elliott1@camden.rutgers.edu

Biography

Kenneth Elliott co-authored and directed Devil Boys from Beyond, which won the Outstanding Play Award at the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival, and transferred to a commercial Off-Broadway run at New World Stages. It has been published by Samuel French. His work as a professional director includes major revivals of Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band in New York (Lucille Lortel Theatre) and London (Aldwych Theatre). 

He staged Rutsty Magee and  Charles Busch’s macabre musical The Green Heart at Manhattan Theatre Club (Outer Critics Circle Nomination), and Aviva Jane Carlin’s acclaimed one-woman show Jodie’s Body at the Arclight Theatre.  He is best known for co-founding Theatre-in-Limbo with Charles Busch, and directing, producing, and sometimes acting in the original productions of Mr. Busch’s Off Broadway comedies such as Psycho Beach PartyTimes Square Angel, The Lady in QuestionRed Scare on Sunset, and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, which played more than 2000 performances at the venerable Provincetown Playhouse and became the longest running non-musical in the history of Off-Broadway.

Other New York credits include You Should Be So Lucky (Primary Stages), Charles Busch’s Flipping My Wig, Grotesque Lovesongs by Don Nigro (WPA Theatre), the World War II songfest Swingtime Canteen (Blue Angel), James Duff’s comedy A Quarrel of Sparrows (Promenade Theatre), Julie Halston’s Lifetime of Comedy (Actor’s Playhouse), Todd Rundgren’s Up Against It, Zero Positive by Harry Kondoleon (Public Theatre), and Chris Durang and Wendy Wasserstein’s When Dinah Shore Ruled the Earth (Playwrights Horizons). In Los Angeles he directed Vampire Lesbians at the Coronet Theatre, Dearly Departed at the Court Theatre (Drama-logue Award), Falling in Love Again at the Santa Monica Playhouse and the original production of Charles Busch’s comedy-thriller Die!  Mommy!  Die! at the Coast Playhouse. 

Regional theatre credits include The Asolo Theatre Center, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Denver Center, The Wilma Theatre, Bay Street Theatre Festival, Prince Music Theatre, the Cape Playhouse, and The Cleveland Play House. He can be seen in the documentary film The Lady in Question is Charles Busch, which has been shown on the Sundance Channel. He received a B. S. and M.A. in theatre from Northwestern University.

After earning his Ph.D. in theatre from UCLA in 2004, he taught for three years at California State University at Bakersfield before coming to Rutgers. He has published in Text and Presentation and Theatre Journal, and two of his essays on Tennessee Williams have been featured in the Critical Insights Series published by Salem Press. His university theatre productions have included The Glass Menagerie, A Doll’s House, Measure for Measure, Dracula, TartuffeAngels in America’Tis Pity She’s a WhoreElectricidad, and Proof

Gallery

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The Great Wall
The Great Wall
Devil Boys from Beyond at New World Stages, NYC in 2010
Devil Boys from Beyond at New World Stages, NYC in 2010
Devil Boys from Beyond at New World Stages, NYC in 2010
Measure for Measure at Rutgers-Camden Spring 2011
Measure for Measure at Rutgers-Camden Spring 2011
Measure for Measure at Rutgers-Camden Spring 2011
Dracula at Rutgers-Camden Fall 2009
Dracula at Rutgers-Camden Fall 2009
Dracula at Rutgers-Camden Fall 2009
Angels in America at Rutgers-Camden Spring 2008
Angels in America at Rutgers-Camden Spring 2008
Angels in America at Rutgers-Camden Spring 2008
Tatuffe at Rutgers-Camden Fall 2008
Tatuffe at Rutgers-Camden Fall 2008
Tatuffe at Rutgers-Camden Fall 2008
Rehearsing Electricidad 2005 at California State University, Bakersfield
Rehearsing Electricidad 2005 at California State University, Bakersfield
Rehearsing Electricidad 2005 at California State University, Bakersfield
Rehearsing Zero-Positive at the Public Theatre in NYC 1988, with David Hyde Pierce and Harry Kondoleon
Rehearsing Zero-Positive at the Public Theatre in NYC 1988, with David Hyde Pierce and Harry Kondoleon
Rehearsing Zero-Positive at the Public Theatre in NYC 1988, with David Hyde Pierce and Harry Kondoleon