Santa Barbara, CA
Literary Manager: Will Levine – firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy Kout is an award-winning writer/producer of theater, film, television and prose.
Wendy’s latest play, Never is Now, premieres fall 2019 at the award-winning Skylight Theatre Company, in Los Angeles, CA.
Never is Now is adapted from Wendy’s play, Survivors, which was commissioned by CenterStage Theatre in Rochester, NY, and is inspired by the words and lives of Holocaust survivors. Survivors, launched in spring 2018, was performed in over 25 schools in 2019 and will continue to be a school touring spring production in NY. Productions in other major cities are in the works.
We Are the Levinsons, a contemporary family comedy/drama, had its acclaimed world premiere at Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, spring 2017 and won the BroadwayWorld Regional Awards for BEST PLAY and BEST ENSEMBLE IN A PLAY. Spring 2020, We Are the Levinsons will have it’s third production at the New Jewish Theatre in St. Louis.
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. CenterStage Theatre, Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company and the New Jewish Theatre are all 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 is based in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, CA but considers herself a Wandering Jew, whose true home is on the road with her favorite male writer and husband, Dennis Koenig.