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This profile was last updated on 4/26/12  and contains information from public web pages.

Playwright and Local Director

Local Address: Charleston, West Virginia, United States
Contemporary Youth Arts Company
 
Background

Employment History

  • Head
    Contemporary Youth Arts Company
  • Coach and Director
    Luthier Michael Tobias
  • Playwright

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Contemporary Youth Arts Company
45 Total References
Web References
CSC -- Summer Arts Camps
www.charlestonstagecompany.com, 26 April 2012 [cached]
Dan Kehde DAN KEHDE is an award-winning playwright and local director of the Contemporary Youth Arts Company. Dan continues to create new and challenging works for the stage. With his focus on sharing the creative process with young artists, Dan finds some of his greatest rewards in finding fresh, new artists to bring his works to life. Since his first work premiered in Washington, DC in 1974, Dan has worked as a playwright, librettist, song-writer, novelist, acting coach and director, including a stint in New York with producer Robert Whitmore, in Orlando with Luthier Michael Tobias and, most recently, as a collaborator with local composer Mark Scarpelli.
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For the past 14 years, Dan has been managing director of the Contemporary Youth Arts Company in Charleston where he premieres many of his works. With nine plays published and performed nationally and internationally and over a dozen awards as a writer under his belt, Dan constantly marvels at the untapped potential in the living stage.
'You never stop writing,' says Dan ...
www.wvgazette.com, 21 Mar 2010 [cached]
'You never stop writing,' says Dan Kehde
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In the Capitol Center Theater on Summers Street, Dan Kehde, leader of the Contemporary Youth Arts Company, prepares for the group's next production, a musical adaptation of "Romeo and Juliet.
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Dan Kehde started writing stories the minute he could hold a crayon.
He believes he was born to write. Why else would all those plots and plays just pour out of him? Why else would he stick with this labor of love and barely eke out a livelihood?
A playwright, director and librettist, he earns a bare-bones living as head of the Contemporary Youth Arts Company, a for-profit theater troupe he spearheaded to provide an independent performing outlet for area teenagers. Some of their social action dramas have tackled such sensitive subjects as AIDS, suicide, domestic violence and date rape.
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Dan Kehde started writing stories the minute he could hold a crayon.
He believes he was born to write. Why else would all those plots and plays just pour out of him? Why else would he stick with this labor of love and barely eke out a livelihood?
A playwright, director and librettist, he earns a bare-bones living as head of the Contemporary Youth Arts Company, a for-profit theater troupe he spearheaded to provide an independent performing outlet for area teenagers. Some of their social action dramas have tackled such sensitive subjects as AIDS, suicide, domestic violence and date rape.
The Theatre at Marietta College Cupid ...
www.newsandsentinel.com, 21 Nov 2010 [cached]
The Theatre at Marietta College Cupid Rising by Dan Kehde Nov. 19 @ 8:00pm / Nov. 20 @ 2:00pm & 8:00pm / Nov. 21 @ 2:00pm
The Theatre at Marietta College continues its season of "Tough Love" with Cupid Rising by Dan Kehde.
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Dan Kehde makes his home in Charleston, West Virginia. In 1995, he co-founded the Contemporary Youth Arts Company to provide performing arts experience to Charleston area youth ages 12 to 20. Kehde has published over a dozen plays and sourcebooks for theatre. His social justice plays, with topics crossing the spectrum of teen issues such as school violence and suicide, have toured across the state of West Virginia and have played to over 30,000 students.
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I'm especially excited for it to be the work of one of my heroes and teachers, veteran Charleston playwright Dan Kehde, whose pieces have gone sorely unappreciated outside of West Vir
Director Dan Kehde is ...
www.dailymail.com, 26 Sept 2013 [cached]
Director Dan Kehde is producing the play as Wilder intended, with a bare-bones set and few props.
Eldridge Plays & Musicals
www.histage.com, 28 Mar 2012 [cached]
DANIEL S KEHDE
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Dan Kehde is a playwright, librettist and director who, for the past 15 years, has served as co-founder and managing director for The Contemporary Youth Arts Company of Charleston,WV, an organization dedicated to giving young artists hands-on opportunities to bring new works to the American stage. A nearly unfunded, for-profit theater company, CYAC has produced over 50 new works in the past 15 years including 15 new Scarpelli-Kehde musicals, more than thirty new plays and eight touring social action one-acts. Together with his persevering wife, Penny, Dan continues to work with the young people of CYAC while constantly striving to challenge the ever-changing lists of new actors that come into the company. Dan is currently working on new pieces of musical theater with composer/collaborator Mark Scarpelli, as well as continuing to create and produce three or four new plays of his own each year.
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Plays by Daniel S Kehde
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