Ken is a Tony Award-winning Broadway and Off-Broadway Producer.
He began his career on Broadway as a production assistant on the revival of My Fair Lady starring Richard Chamberlain while a student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Although he was an acting major, he quickly left the audition lines and began a career on the business side of Broadway, and for ten years was a company manager and general manager for many Broadway productions and National Tours including Show Boat, Candide, Ragtime, Jekyll & Hyde, Chicago, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Gypsy and more.
In 2004, he formed Davenport Theatrical Enterprises and began producing his own shows. His “firstborn” was The Awesome 80s Prom, which ran for 10 years, followed quickly by the Outer Critics Circle Award-Winning Best Musical Altar Boyz, and My First Time, which has been seen in over 20 countries worldwide. He was the first producer to have three shows running simultaneously Off-Broadway. All three shows recouped their investment.
He returned to Broadway soon after and since then has produced Once On This Island (Tony Award), Gettin’ the Band Back Together, The Play that Goes Wrong, Groundhog Day (Tony nomination), Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening (Tony nomination), It’s Only a Play, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, Godspell, Kinky Boots (Broadway – Tony Award, National Tour, Toronto, Australia, and West End), The Visit (Tony nomination), Mothers and Sons (Tony nomination), The Bridges of Madison County (National Tour), Allegiance, Chinglish, Oleanna starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles, Speed-the-Plow, Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America (Tony nomination), Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury (Broadway, West End, and National Tour), and 13.
Off-Broadway, Ken has produced Daddy Long Legs, Altar Boyz (Co-Conceiver), My First Time (Author), The Awesome 80s Prom (Creator), That Bachelorette Show! (Creator), and Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, & Marriage (Author). Ken’s productions have been produced internationally in over 25 countries around the world.
Ken is also the Executive Producer for North America for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group.
Additional producing projects include These Magnificent Miles, a documentary on one of the top unsigned rock bands in the country, The Bunny Hole, an award-winning TV pilot, and Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage.
Upcoming projects include Vacation, Joy the Musical, My Life In Pink, the revival of The Great White Hope, and a musical based on the life of Harry Belafonte.
In addition to producing his own projects, Ken has been an Executive Producer and Consultant on many other Broadway and Off-Broadway projects. If you are interested in inquiring about his services, please click here.
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“I’VE BEEN REALLY IMPRESSED BY THE WAY KEN DAVENPORT HAD THIS GREAT,THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX WAY TO SELL THE SHOW. THEY’VE BEEN ABLE TO ATTRACT A MUCH YOUNGER AUDIENCE THAN ANY BROADWAY SHOW I’VE BEEN IN.”
Ken has been writing since he could write.
His first works were published by himself at the age of seven and were hand-distributed to several local stores in Sturbridge, MA, where he lived. He wasn’t a very cute kid, but they hung up his stuff on the bulletin boards anyway.
Ken wrote the Off-Broadway shows The Awesome 80s Prom, My First Time and Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage. He is the Co-Conceiver of the award-winning Altar Boyz and was the book writer for the Broadway production of Gettin’ The Band Back Together.
His teleplay, I.C.A., was the Grand Prize winner of the Acclaim Screenwriting Award, and his fully produced pilot, The Bunny Hole, won several prizes at film festivals around the country.
Ken’s blog, The Producer’s Perspective, has garnered international attention and has been featured in Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, The Gothamist, and more.
He has also written several books, and e-books on producing, Broadway investing, and how to raise money for shows.
Ken has ghosted and consulted on the scripts for several productions, but he’s not allowed to talk about those.
Ken is represented theatrically by:
Paradigm Talent Agency
360 Park Avenue South 16th Floor
New York, NY 10010
“KEN DOESN’T JUST THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX, HE SMASHES THE BOX TO PIECES AND REBUILDS IT BIT BY BIT.”
Since the day Ken opened a candy shop in his father’s cardiologist office (yep, he sold chocolate bars to heart patients), Ken has been starting businesses.
In addition to his traditional theatrical pursuits, Ken has also created a number of subsidiary businesses that support the Broadway ecosystem.
- When Ken couldn’t find a group sales agency that would take a strong enough interest in selling his shows, he started his own. Visit Your Broadway Genius Groups.
- When Ken wanted to be the first to find out what the New York Times review was for a brand new show, he created the website and app, Did He Like It?.
- When Ken’s theater friends wanted to play Apples to Apples on a Friday night because there was no Broadway board game, he created Amazon’s #1 best selling Broadway Gift, Be A Broadway Star.
And there have been many more.
The goal of each and every one of these businesses has been not just to generate revenue, but to amplify the conversation about Broadway.
Interested in hiring Ken to speak at your event about entrepreneurship? Email Ken@theproducersperspective.com.
- Ken was featured in one of the first commercials for the iPhone.
- In 2008, Ken was selected as a Crain’s 40 Under 40.
- He has been featured in two stories that have appeared on the front page of the New York Times. This one and this one.
- Ken’s golf handicap is 11.8.
- His favorite marketing initiative was his “Virgins Get In Free” promotion for My First Time, which received international press recognition, including a feature on the home page of CNN. Oh, and Jay Leno did a joke about it in his Tonight Show monologue.
- As a co-founder of TEDxBroadway, he delivered the very first talk that you can see here.
- His awards include 2 Tony Awards, 7 Tony Nominations, 1 Drama Desk Award, 8 Drama Desk Nominations, 1 Outer Critics Circle Award, and 6 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards.
- After his crowd-funded Godspell, Ken was interviewed by the Office of Congressional Oversight, who was looking for his input on the recently passed JOBS Act.
- He got married on August 30, 2014, to actress and all-around awesome person Tracy Weiler.
- He received the Spirit of the Theater Award from Theatre Resources Unlimited and also received the Big Vision Award from Big Vision Empty Wallet.
- Ken’s productions have grossed approximately $500 million worldwide.
- On December 10, 2015, Ken’s production of Daddy Long Legs became the first Broadway or Off-Broadway show to be live-streamed. It was viewed by 150,055 people from 135 countries and the hashtag #DaddyLongLegsLive trended nationally on Twitter. To read more about the live stream, click here.
- Ken serves as the Executive Producer for North America for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s company, Really Useful Group.
- The average rate of recoupment on Broadway is 1 out of 5 or 20%. 47% of Ken’s shows have recouped their investment.
- Ken’s mission statement is “to entertain and inspire the world, by doing @#%$ that other people don’t.”