Santa Barbara, CA
Literary Manager: Will Levine – email@example.com
Wendy Kout is an award-winning writer/producer of theater, film, television and prose. Wendy’s latest play, We Are the Levinsons, a contemporary family comedy/drama, had its acclaimed world premiere at Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, spring 2017 and won the 2017 BroadwayWorld Regional Awards for BEST PLAY and BEST ENSEMBLE IN A PLAY. Naked in Encino, where five disparate women gather to question life, death and liposuction, had its laugh-and-cry-out-loud world premiere December 2014, at the CenterStage in Rochester, NY and has its next production July 2018 at The Siren Theatre in Portland, Oregon. CenterStage has commissioned Wendy to write Survivors, a play inspired by the words and lives of Holocaust survivors. Suitable for young adults and adults, Survivors will launch spring 2018. Both MJTC and CenterStage are members of the Alliance for Jewish Theatre.
Other Jewish themed productions or publications include, the screenplay for the indie film, “Dorfman in Love”, winner of “Best Comedy” at the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival and winner of “Best Feature” at the Miami Jewish Film Festival, the Hollywood International Film Festival and the Marbella International Film Festival in Spain. The film also screened at Jewish Film Festivals in Argentina, Australia, Berkshires, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Denver, Fresno, Jerusalem, Maine, Minneapolis, Montreal, North Virginia, Palm Beach, Phoenix, Rochester, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Sedona, Silicon Valley, Toronto, U.K., Vancouver, Vienna, and Washington, D.C.
In television, Wendy created and executive produced the hit ABC comedy, “Anything But Love” starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Richard Lewis as “Marty Gold”, one of the first Jewish romantic comedy leads in series television.
In print, Wendy’s essay, “Family Recipe” about growing up with a non-cooking Jewish mom and grandmother, is featured in the all-female anthology, “SisterWriterEaters”. Published spring 2017 by Griffith Moon Publishing. Wendy’s essay “Cold Hands, Warm Heart” will appear in the upcoming Twin Cities Issue of the Dramatists Magazine.
A member of The Dramatists Guild and Writers Guild of America, Wendy also serves on the Board of Directors of Skylight Theatre Company in Los Angeles, the Board of Directors of the Alliance For Jewish Theatre, the Honorary Board of the Boston Jewish Film Festival and has served on the Board of Directors of The Liberty Hill Foundation and The Fund for Santa Barbara. She has co-produced fundraisers in NYC, LA and Washington, D.C., for The Nation, People For the American Way, National Women’s Law Center and ASTI… Acid Survivors Trust International.
Wendy considers herself a Wandering Jew, whose true home is on the road with her favorite male writer, Dennis Koenig.