Alan Patrick Kenny
Assistant Professor & Head of Musical Theater
Alan Patrick Kenny is a theatre director, musician, producer, and educator. He comes to Ohio University with a distinguished record, most recently serving as the BFA Musical Theatre program Coordinator and tenured Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he directed Metamorphoses, Dogfight, On the Twentieth Century, Carousel, and The Producers, and music directed Monty Python’s Spamalot, How to Succeed..., ...Spelling Bee, Next to Normal, and Lucky Stiff. Alan holds an MFA in Directing from UCLA and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance - Music Theatre from NYU Steinhardt.
At age 20, while attending NYU, he started a no-budget summer theatre company in his hometown, Cincinnati, OH, called New Stage Collective. As the Producing Artistic Director, Alan transformed the company from an itinerant nomadic summer troupe to a professional non-profit organization with a permanent, rehabbed performance space and a $250,000 operating budget. During his tenure, he led New Stage through 7 seasons, 32 productions, 22 regional premieres, 21 production awards, and 53 award nominations. Favorite productions include Jerry Springer: The Opera, The Goat, BUG, Sunday in the Park..., Caroline or Change, See What I Wanna See, Equus, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The History Boys, and Adding Machine: The Musical. Alan also has a professional career as a musical theatre pianist, music director and conductor. Regional credits include: Smokey Joe's Cafe (national tour), Holland America Line, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Know Theatre of Cincinnati, The Odyssey Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, and the Geffen Playhouse. He has assisted directors Robert Falls, Jonathan Moscone, Ed Stern, Michael McLain and Robert Kelley.