Edward Kemp

Edward Kemp is a UK-based writer, theatre director, translator and dramaturg. He has been Director of the Royal Academy of Drama Art (RADA) since 2008.

Nathan the Wise

Arinzé Kene

Arinzé Kene is a playwright and actor. His plays include Misty (Bush Theatre, London, and West End, 2018); good dog (Tiata Fahodzi, 2017); God’s Property (Soho Theatre, 2013); Estate Walls (Ovalhouse Theatre, 2011); and Little Baby Jesus (Ovalhouse, 2011). He was awarded an MBE in 2020.

Arinzé Kene
Little Baby Jesus
God's Property
good dog
Little Baby Jesus & Estate Walls
Estate Walls
good dog (2019 tour edition)
Contemporary Plays by Black British Writers

Adam P. Kennedy

Adam P. Kennedy is the son of the African-American playwright Adrienne Kennedy, and joint author of some of her semi-autobiographical plays.

Sleep Deprivation Chamber

Adrienne Kennedy

Adrienne Kennedy has been a prominent American playwright since the early 1960s. She is a three-time Obie Award winner for Funnyhouse of a Negro (1964), June and Jean in Concert (1996), and Sleep Deprivation Chamber (1996), and she is the recipient of an Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement. She was inducted into The Theater Hall of Fame in 2018.

People Who Led to My Plays
Sleep Deprivation Chamber
He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box and Other Plays

Fin Kennedy

Fin Kennedy is an award-winning playwright whose plays are regularly produced in the UK and abroad. He also teaches, blogs, campaigns, fundraises and dramaturgs other writers – with a particular focus on young people’s projects in London’s East End. Since November 2013, he has been Artistic Director of touring theatre company Tamasha.

He is a graduate of the MA Writing for Performance programme at Goldsmiths College, London. His first play Protection was produced at Soho Theatre in 2003, where he was also Pearson writer-in-residence.

His second play How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found won the 38th Arts Council John Whiting Award, and was produced at Sheffield Crucible in 2007. It has since been produced in London, America and Australia and become a firm favourite with student and amateur performance groups. It is among Nick Hern Books’ most licensed plays.

Fin’s first two plays for teenagers, Locked In and We Are Shadows were produced by Half Moon Young People’s Theatre in 2006 and 2008 and toured nationally, the first in a long track record of writing for young people.

Since 2007 Fin has been writer-in-residence at Mulberry School for Girls in Tower Hamlets, where he co-founded Mulberry Theatre Company, for whom he has written seven plays. Mehndi Night (2007), Stolen Secrets (2008), and The Unravelling (2009) all premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, while The Urban Girl’s Guide to Camping premiered at Southwark Playhouse in 2010. All are published by Nick Hern Books in The Urban Girl’s Guide to Camping and other plays.

His fifth play for Mulberry School, The Dream Collector, was the inaugural production in Mulberry’s new onsite theatre in October 2013, while the sixth, The Domino Effect, premiered at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Both are published in The Domino Effect and other plays for teenagers.

Mulberry Theatre Company made history in 2009 when they were awarded a Scotsman Fringe First for The Unravelling, the first time a British state school has ever received one. He also writes for radio and has had three Afternoon Plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4 including The Good Listener, a returning series set inside Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

As well as writing plays, Fin also has many years of experience teaching playwriting. Whilst Associate Artist at Tamasha he founded Schoolwrights, the UK’s first playwrights-in-schools training scheme. As Artistic Director, he has launched Tamasha Playwrights, a new agency of playwrights-for-hire, offering diverse role models for young people’s projects in inner-city schools.

He writes a widely-read theatre industry blog at, is an occasional contributor to The Guardian and The Stage and a visiting tutor on the MA Dramatic Writing at Central Saint Martins.

Fin Kennedy
The Urban Girl's Guide to Camping and other plays
How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found
Mehndi Night
Stolen Secrets
The Unravelling
The Urban Girl's Guide to Camping
The Domino Effect and other plays for teenagers
The Dream Collector
The Domino Effect

Jemma Kennedy

Jemma Kennedy is a playwright and screenwriter. Her work has been seen internationally, including at Hampstead Theatre and the National Theatre, London, where she has been both playwright-in-residence and teacher of playwriting.

Her plays include Second Person Narrative for Tonic Theatre's Platform initiative; The Gift, part of the Hoard Festival for the New Vic Theatre; The Summer Book and The Prince and the Pauper for the Unicorn Theatre; The Grand Irrationality for the Lost Theatre Studio (Los Angeles) and Don't Feed the Animals for National Theatre Connections 2013.

She was Pearson Playwright at the National Theatre in 2010 and part of the inaugural Soho 6 writing scheme with Soho Theatre Company in 2012.

Her novel Skywalking was published by Penguin/Viking in 2002.

She has acted as a writing mentor and judge for the National Theatre's New Views playwriting course and competition for young writers, and teaches playwriting at the National Theatre’s Clore Learning Centre. She has also mentored writers for the Koestler Trust. She is the author of The Playwright's Journey: From First Spark to First Night (Nick Hern Books, 2022).

Second Person Narrative
Genesis Inc.
The Playwright's Journey

Mike Kenny

Mike Kenny is one of Britain’s leading children’s playwrights, and was included in the Independent on Sunday's list of Top Ten Living UK Playwrights. His adaptation of E. Nesbit's The Railway Children won an Oliver award for Best Entertainment and has toured worldwide.

The Railway Children
The Wind in the Willows

Lucy Kerbel

Lucy Kerbel is the Director of Tonic Theatre. Prior to founding Tonic in 2011, she worked as a theatre director. It was while directing around the UK that she became interested in the question of gender equality in theatre. Recognising the industry would need better support if it were to achieve greater gender balance in its workforces and repertoires, she founded Tonic to go some way towards achieving this. She now heads Tonic’s work across theatre, the performing arts and wider creative industries.

She is the author of two books, 100 Great Plays for Women and All Change Please, published by Nick Hern Books. She is a regular speaker on women in the arts, and is on the board of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for women playwrights.

Lucy Kerbel
100 Great Plays for Women
All Change Please

Anne-Marie Kerr

Ann-Marie Kerr is a Canadian theatre director, actor and teacher.

Secret Life of a Mother