Sun Prairie Star: “Sun Prairie native directs at Pace University”

Actors Studio Drama School MFA Directing Candidate Ken Urso grew up in Sun Prairie and Middleton, Wisconsin. Recalls Urso: “Lynda Sharpe was my high school drama teacher. She really took me under her wing, even allowed me to do an ‘Independent Study’ in Directing with her my senior year, in which I adapted a 15th Century Morality Play, “Everyman,” into a modern day play about bullying in High School. Every morning she would mentor me, and at night I would rehearse. She was the one who took me on my first trip NYC.”

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, native and Master of Fine Arts candidate Ken Urso will be directing four plays during the Repertory season at New York’s Pace University from March 28 – April 28, reported the Sun Prairie Star.

Urso is the son of Kathy Urso of Middleton and Joe Urso of Mazomanie. He grew up in Sun Prairie before moving to Middleton when he was a freshman in high school. Urso graduated from Middleton High School in 2001 and from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting in 2005.

Urso has directed productions throughout the United States, including The Shape of Things, Chicago, The Producers, Everyman and Cabaret.

New York directing credits include Bent, Never the Sinner and the original productions of Kidnapping Laura Linney, Gay Camp and Riverside. He is also an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

During the Repertory season, Urso directed scenes from John Kolvenbach’s Fabuloso from March 28 -31. He will also be directing Amicable Parting from April 4- 7 (by George S. Kaufman and Leueen MacGrath); a scene from Red Light Winter (by Adam Rapp) from April 18 – 21; and a scene from Fallen Angels (by Noel Coward) from April 25 – 28.