SOME SAY..."It's just another vision from the gleefully twisted world of Ken Roht,
a choreographer-director-writer-performer and all-around theatrical auteur who matter-of-factly calls
his work 'avant-garde song and dance--you know, whimsical, surrealist music theater,'
as if we all know what he's talking about."
a theatrical savant implies he knows not what he does—
that he's an idiot savant to boot. He might be the first to agree.
LA Stage Magazine, Feature Article
Roht's vision is part dream - part nightmare - a sliver of fantasy and some social commentary
wrapped with a huge blanket of imagination and creativity. By the end of the 55 minutes,
you feel that you fell through Alice's rabbit hole,
and the images you saw are you, looking back at yourself.
Ken Roht is a Los Angeles-based artist, currently writing the book for a movie musical for producers at Bloom Projects. He is also creating an arts program and online arts magazine, NOISE NEWS, for at-risk young adults in the Los Angeles area.
Ken recently co-directed and choreographed The Behavior of Broadus, about behaviorist John Boadus Watson, co-produced by Center Theater Group, which was awarded Best Musical in Los Angeles, 2014. Ken received the Best Choreographer award. Other recent CTG collaborations include two commissions, in 2016 and 2014, to write and direct progressive holiday musicals. And, he choreographed Martin Sherman’s Bent for director Moises Kaufman
at CTG’s Mark Taper Forum.
As a filmmaker, Ken's film Perfect Cowboy was chosen to screen during the first weekend of Los Angeles OUTFEST at the Directors Guild of America. The festival celebrated Ken as one of their top five writer/directors to follow, "5 in Focus". The film is now being distributed by Breaking Glass Pictures. Ken’s first film, a vampire musical starring Kevin Richardson of The Backstreet Boys, was a glorious mess and tanked.
Ken adapted, directed and choreographed Queenie Pie, Duke Ellington's only opera, for Chicago Opera Theater and Long Beach Opera, as well as the highly successful production of the Czech opera, The Good Soldier Schweik. He is the creator and director of the yearly holiday musicals co-sponsored by the 99c Only Stores chain. Seven original musicals in eight years. Ken also directed and choreographed an evening of Offenbach one-acts for Bard Summerscape Festival in New York. And his one-act opera Last Resort opened the first New Works Festival at Disney’s REDCAT.
Ken was a recipient of a 2010 COLA grant from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, for the creation of a one-act opera, Permissible Union, in response to anti-gay legislation, Prop 8. It was performed at Los Angeles Grand Performances. He also received the 2003 Audrey Skirball Kenis $45,000 TIME Grant, awarded to only five others in the country. Ken has also been granted and/or commissioned by Durfee Foundation, Dance Theater Workshop, California Arts Council, and Evidence Room Theater.
Ken choreographs for other directors, notably at New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, New York’s Playwrights Horizons, La Jolla Playhouse, Yale Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival (for seven consecutive years), Getty Villa, Kirk Douglas Theater, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Cornerstone, South Coast Rep, Gale Gates et al, Ohio's Great Lakes Theater Festival and Lookingglass in Chicago.
As a performer, Ken sang lead roles in rock opera projects with Grace Jones and with New York City Opera singers; acted in videos by artists Bill Viola, Paul McCarthy and Winsome Brown; recently danced in Florence + The Machine’s “What Kind of Man” video; and was a company member and principle choreographer for the genius-auteur Reza Abdoh’s Dar-a-Luz, an international, experimental theater company (the work now archived at Lincoln Center and Cal Arts) for seven years. Before that, Ken was a member of the very wholesome national song and dance ensemble, The Young Americans.
So, Ken is a functional schizophrenic and a very well rounded artist.