Recently hailed as the “P.T. Barnum of Off-Broadway” by the New York Times for his unique 21st century marketing strategies, Ken Davenport is becoming widely recognized as one of the most innovative theatre producers today. Ken’s visionary tech-savvy was also recently featured on a national commercial for Apple’s iPhone and he was named one of Crain's “Forty Under 40” in 2008 as a result of his fresh ideas and unprecedented success. Ken’s impressive Broadway and Off-Broadway production slate includes Speed the Plow, Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America, Blithe Spirit, Altar Boyz, The Awesome 80s Prom and My First Time.
Ken is currently the only independent producer to have three shows running simultaneously Off-Broadway: Altar Boyz, The Awesome 80s Prom and My First Time. Combined, his productions have grossed more than $ 100 million worldwide and are being produced internationally in 25 countries including Germany, Mexico, France, and Korea. He is also a producer of Broadway's Speed the Plow, You’re Welcome America starring Will Ferrell, 13 and Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury. Ken is building an unparalleled track record for success—with 6 out of 7 of his productions currently having recouped their original investments.
While Ken has enjoyed the financial successes and global enthusiasm surrounding his long running productions of Altar Boyz, which he co-conceived, and The Awesome 80s Prom, which he wrote and directed, he raised the bar yet again when he wrote and directed My First Time. The first-ever example of ‘Theatre 2.0.’, My First Time is an industry pioneer—it is the first play to rely on user generated content, bringing to life some of the hysterical and heartbreaking “first time” stories submitted to a popular website of the same name. The “Virgins Get in Free” promotion Ken created for the opening received international attention from major media networks worldwide.
Ken is the creator of TheProducersPerspective.com, his popular blog where he gives his opinion on everything relating to Broadway and beyond.
Ken’s current projects include producing OLEANNA—David Mamet’s Broadway revival, adapting the novel and film Somewhere in Time into a Broadway musical, a revival of Romeo and Juliet, developing a new social networking site for the Broadway community called BroadwaySpace.com and a documentary film about Red Wanting Blue—one of the top unsigned rock bands in the country.
A Sturbridge, Massachusetts native, Ken was a child theatre actor who moved behind the scenes as a Broadway production assistant while he attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
After graduating from Tisch with honors, Ken held management roles on shows including Broadway’s My Fair Lady with Richard Chamberlain, Grease with Rosie O’Donnell, Damn Yankees, On The Waterfront and Buskers; Tony Award-winning Broadway productions of Showboat, Candide, Ragtime, Parade, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Gypsy starring Bernadette Peters; as well as the national tours of Jekyll & Hyde, Chicago, A Grand Night for Singing, and Cinderella starring Eartha Kitt, Deborah Gibson and Jamie Lynn Sigler.
Ken received the 2008 Spirit of Theatre Award from Theatre Resources Unlimited and the 2003 Acclaim Screenwriting Award for his television pilot, “I.C.A.”. He is currently senior member of The Off-Broadway Brainstormers, a town-hall like forum for dialogue amongst the Off-Broadway community at large.
Throughout his career, Ken has been asked to speak to a variety of organizations on theatrical marketing and producing including the Word of Mouth Marketing Association, the Center for Communication Studies, The Commercial Theatre Institute, The Independent Presenter’s Network, The TAMY Awards and Columbia University's Graduate Program for Theatre Management and Arts Administration.