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Kelly Younger

Professor of English and Affiliate Faculty of Theatre Arts

Los Angeles, CA, UNITED STATES, University Hall

Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

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Biography

Kelly Younger is a screenwriter and award-winning playwright with work staged off-Broadway, regionally, and internationally.

Younger has spent the past two years developing and writing a forthcoming Disney Animation Feature film, and continues work as a Story Consultant for the studio. He has been a member of the Disney Animation Story Trust since 2016, working on such films as Moana, Frozen 2, Wreck-It Ralph 2, and others in development including the live-action Tinkerbell (prod. Reese Witherspoon) and the live-action Aladdin (dir. Guy Ritchie); and a participant in the Pixar Animation Brain Trust on Cars 3, Incredibles 2, Toy Story 4, and other forthcoming films.

He co-wrote the hit comedy Kalamazoo with Michelle Kholos Brooks (Dramatists Play Service, 2016; Riva Shriver Comedy Award.) Other theater projects include Banished Children of Eve (Off-Broadway); and Ink (finalist Joanne Woodward/Paul Newman Drama Award.) His play Tender was nominated for Best New Play IRNE award, was a finalist for the Laurents/Hatcher Award, and was part of Manhattan Theatre Club’s “7@7” series, directed by Lynne Meadow, starring David Harbour.

Younger’s short play, Mandate (Samuel French, 2015) won the 39th Samuel French Off-Off- Broadway Short Play Festival and has received productions as far away as Dubai. Other short plays include Let’s Get Physical (Hollywood; Miami; Edinburgh Fringe Festival), and Best Lei’d Plans (Hollywood, Barrington MA; Miami.)

Younger is currently developing a feature film with Josephson Entertainment (Enchanted), having previously developed with Mandeville Films; Gil Netter Productions; DreamWorks Animation; Disney Channel; as well as individual projects with Robert Lawrence (Clueless), Jon Turtletaub (National Treasure), and Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning (Pirates of the Caribbean). He is also a Story Consultant for Illumination Animation Studios.

He is managed by Washington Square Arts and Film in New York, and represented by CAA in Los Angeles and New York.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Younger earned an MA in Classics at Loyola University Chicago and PhD in Drama Studies from University College Dublin in Ireland.

At LMU, he teaches courses in Dramatic Literature, Play Writing, and a popular seminar Fairy Tales.

Education

University College Dublin - National University of Ireland

Ph.D., Drama Studies

University College Dublin - National University of Ireland

M.A., Drama Studies

Loyola University, Chicago

M.A., Classical Studies

Areas of Expertise

Play WritingDramaTheatreFairy TalesIrish DramaModern DramaContemporary DramaScreenwritingEntertainment IndustryBaseballAnimationWriting for AnimationDisney/PIXAR

Accomplishments

Fritz B. Burns Distinguished Teaching Award | professional

Awarded by Loyola Marymount University, 2011

Teacher Eddy Award | professional

Awarded by LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce

State of California Senate Teaching Recognition | professional

Awarded by State of California

California Legislation Assembly Teaching Recognition | professional

Awarded by California Legislature Assembly

County of Los Angeles Commendation for Teaching | professional

Awarded by County of Los Angeles

Affiliations

  • Dramatists Guild of America
  • Comparative Drama Conference: Board Member
  • Pacific Residents Theatre: Associate Member
  • Writers Guild of America
  • Comparative Drama Conference: Board Member
  • Pacific Residents Theatre: Associate Member

Languages

  • Classical Greek
  • Classical Latin

Courses

Fairy Tales

FFYS 1000

Introduction to Drama

ENGL 2209

Language of Drama

ENGL 2200

Creative Writing for Non-Majors

ENGL 2205

Play Writing Workshop: One Acts

ENGL 4413

Play Writing Workshop: Full Lengths

ENGL 4424

Modern Drama

ENGL 3316

Contemporary Drama

ENGL 3326

RoadRead

ENGL 3373

Chekhov

ENGL 3398

Theatre & War

ENGL 3398

Performance & Media

ENGL 3398

Irish Drama

ENGL 3398

Art of War: Stage & Screen

ENGL 3398

Art of Monologue

ENGL 3398

Fairy Tales

ENGL 3398

Comparative Drama

ENGL 5580

Drama, Theory, Criticism

ENGL 5598

Classical Literature in Translation

ENGL 5598

Critical Methodology

ENGL 6600

Genre Seminar: Drama

ENGL 6602

Articles

Not What, But How | Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education

Younger, Kelly (2010) "Not What, But How," Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education: Vol. 38, Article 10.

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Honors, Inc. | Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council

Younger, Kelly, "Honors, Inc." (2004). Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council --Online Archive. Paper 140.

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