PLAYWRIGHT + ACTOR • KUROS CHARNEY
A Bay-area native turned New Yorker, Kuros Charney has written and directed plays produced at well-known venues such as the Stella Adler Theatre and the Coronet Theatre. His play Shame and Desire was recommended by the LA Weekly for its "delicious script, chock-full of snappy one-liners and Byzantine plot threads that keep the audience guessing right up to the surprise ending." He has been named an Edward Albee playwriting fellow and a playwright-in-residence at the William Inge Center for the Arts. As a playwright, he favors provocative dramas with politically and socially relevant themes.
In addition to writing and directing for the stage, he has done extensive work in film. His screenplays have been developed with producers such as LeVar Burton (Eagle Nation Films) and Lori Miller (The Vault Films), and he has produced and edited films featured at the Sundance and Slamdance festivals. He was also the original writer of New York magazine's "Trailers" column, which reports on feature films in development.
He holds a B.A. from UC San Diego and an M.F.A. from University of Southern California and currently teaches at Gotham Writers' Workshop and William Paterson University.
Trying his hand at acting as well, he recently landed the lead of Musa, a former gardener turned Iraqi translator, in the Pulitzer Prize nominated play 'Bengal Tiger' at The San Francisco Playhouse.