Ken Rus Schmoll
Playwrights Horizons: world premiere of Iowa by Jenny Schwartz and Todd Almond. He directed Anne Washburn’s The Internationalist for both 13P and the Vineyard Theatre and her one-act October/November for Ensemble Studio Theater’s 2008 Marathon. Recent credits include Max Posner’s Judy for Page 73, Kate E. Ryan’s Card and Gift for Clubbed Thumb and Ayad Akhtar’s The Invisible Hand at New York Theatre Workshop (Lucille Lortel nomination). Previous work includes The Grown-Up, Death Tax (Humana Festival); George Brant’s Grounded (Walkerspace); Not What Happened (BAM Next Wave); Red Dog Howls (NYTW); Luther, Telethon, Amazons and Their Men, Demon Baby (Clubbed Thumb); A Map of Virtue, Mark Smith, Aphrodisiac (13P); Telephone (Foundry Theatre); Middletown(Vineyard Theatre); What Once We Felt (LCT3); Hello Failure (PS 122); and Cause for Alarm (NY Fringe Festival). Ken is a usual suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, an affiliated artist with Clubbed Thumb, a three-time Sundance Theatre Institute alum, co-chair of the Soho Rep. Writer/Director Lab, co-mentor of the Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellowship and the recipient of two Obie Awards.
★★★★ Critic’s Pick. Antlia is a sheer joy, elegantly weird and wonderfully vivid with ghost stories and songs.—David Cote, Time Out New York
Anne Washburn’s eerie ‘Antlia Pneumatica’ is elegantly directed by Ken Rus Schmoll. Guessing at the surprise twist is part of the pleasure of the play.—Jacob Gallagher-Ross, Village Voice
As she demonstrated in the thrilling Mr. Burns, Anne Washburn is a writer of questing imagination and convention-bending technique.—Ben Brantley, The New York Times