Ken McLaughlin


Lecturer, Directing

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Stages Repertory Theatre

KENN MCLAUGHLIN is the Artistic Director for Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston. He has served the company in that role for twelve years following five successful years as the theatre’s Managing Director. Under Kenn’s leadership, Stages has strengthened its commitment to sustainable innovation through projects such as producing the first American regional theatre production of Stephen Sondheim’s latest musical, Road Show; re-envisioning classics like Auntie Mame and Veronica’s Room with bold new productions; commissioning and developing a series of Panto holiday musicals for family audiences; and presenting the annual “Get Talking” series showcasing the talents of America’s most fascinating contemporary playwrights, including Aaron Posner, David Adjmi, Will Eno, Sarah Ruhl, Yasmina Reza, Michele Riml, Kristopher Diaz, Young Jean Lee, Philip Dawkins, Matthew Lopez, Johnna Adams, Julia Cho and Rebecca Gilman. During his tenure at Stages, Kenn has produced more than 100 productions, including record-breaking hits like The Marvelous Wonderettes and Late Nite Catechism series; The Great American Trailer Park Musical (and its recent Christmas sequel!); and revivals of the theatre’s landmark original musical Always…Patsy Cline; as well as pivotal world and U.S. premieres such as Black Pearl Sings, An American Brat, Elizabeth Rex, seven original Panto-style musicals and The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical.

He has directed over 30 shows for Stages and has written or co-written three. Prior to his arrival at Stages, Kenn spent eleven years at Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland. At Great Lakes, Kenn helped to build the largest theatre-based education program for a performing arts institution in the state of Ohio. Kenn also co-founded The Wallpaper Project, an annual oral history performance program in rural Ohio. Kenn was a three-time nominee for the Ohio governor’s award for excellence in the arts; a two-time winner of Northern Ohio Live’s award for community outreach; winner of the Ohio Historical Society’s award for excellence in history education and an arts educator of the year for Young Audiences of Greater Cleveland. Kenn has taught workshops for the Center for Literature and Medicine and has twice presented workshops at the National Council of Teachers of English. In Houston, Kenn has taught classes in creativity at Rice as well as teaching diversity awareness to cadets at the Houston Police Academy and serving as a guest lecturer for Harris County’s Department of Education CASE program. Kenn completed the Executive Non-Profit Leaders program through the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and holds a BFA in acting from The Theatre School, DePaul University.