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Kelly Younger - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Kelly Younger Kelly Younger

Professor of English and Affiliate Faculty of Theatre Arts | Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA, UNITED STATES

Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

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Biography

KELLY YOUNGER is a screenwriter and playwright. He spent three years developing and writing a Disney Animation Feature film and served as a member of the Disney Animation Story Trust, working on such films as Moana, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Frozen 2, Raya and the Last Dragon, Encanto, and others in development including the Short Circuit short film series. He also participated in the Pixar Animation Brain Trust on Cars 3, Incredibles 2, Toy Story 4, Onward, and other forthcoming Pixar films.

Younger is currently writing and developing several projects for The Muppets, having already written and co-executive produced Muppets Haunted Mansion, and co-created and co-executive produced Muppets Now streaming on Disney+. He is also currently writing a feature film for Disney Studios, developing an animated television series with Shadowmachine, Brian Calhoun, and Dave Matthews of the Dave Matthews Band, a tv series with Gloria Calderon Kellett for Amazon, an original holiday feature for Imagine, and an animated adaptation of a beloved children’s book for Apple. Younger has also developed with Paramount Animation, DreamWorks Animation, Illumination, and Skydance Animation.

Younger co-wrote the hit comedy Kalamazoo with Michelle Kholos Brooks (Dramatists Play Service, 2016; Riva Shriver Comedy Award.) Other theater projects include Banished Children of Eve (commissioned and produced by New York’s Irish Repertory Theatre); and Ink (finalist for the Joanne Woodward/Paul Newman Drama Award.) His play Tender was nominated for Best New Play IRNE award, was a finalist for the prestigious Laurents/Hatcher Award, and was part of Manhattan Theatre Club’s “7@7” series, directed by Lynne Meadow, starring David Harbour.

Younger’s short play, Mandate (Samuel French, 2015) won the 39th Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival and has received productions as far away as Edinburgh and Dubai. Other short plays include Let’s Get Physical (Hollywood; Miami; Edinburgh Fringe Festival), and Best Lei’d Plans (Hollywood, starring Markie Post and Mindy Sterling; Barrington MA; Miami).

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Younger earned an MA in Classics (Mythology, Folktales, and Fairy Tales) at Loyola University Chicago and PhD in Literature and Drama Studies from University College Dublin in Ireland.

Education (3)

University College Dublin - National University of Ireland: Ph.D., Drama Studies

University College Dublin - National University of Ireland: M.A., Drama Studies

Loyola University, Chicago: M.A., Classical Studies

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Areas of Expertise (15)

Muppets

Play Writing

Drama

Theatre

Fairy Tales

Irish Drama

Modern Drama

Contemporary Drama

Screenwriting

Entertainment Industry

Animation

Writing for Animation

Disney/PIXAR

Television Writing

Producing

Industry Expertise (3)

Writing and Editing

Animation

Entertainment

Accomplishments (5)

Fritz B. Burns Distinguished Teaching Award (professional)

Awarded by Loyola Marymount University, 2011

Teacher Eddy Award (professional)

Awarded by LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce

State of California Senate Teaching Recognition (professional)

Awarded by State of California

California Legislation Assembly Teaching Recognition (professional)

Awarded by California Legislature Assembly

County of Los Angeles Commendation for Teaching (professional)

Awarded by County of Los Angeles

Affiliations (6)

  • Dramatists Guild of America
  • Comparative Drama Conference: Board Member
  • Pacific Residents Theatre: Associate Member
  • Writers Guild of America
  • Comparative Drama Conference: Board Member
  • Pacific Residents Theatre: Associate Member

Languages (2)

  • Classical Greek
  • Classical Latin

Courses (21)

Fairy Tales

FFYS 1000

Introduction to Drama

ENGL 2209

Language of Drama

ENGL 2200

Creative Writing for Non-Majors

ENGL 2205

Play Writing Workshop: One Acts

ENGL 4413

Play Writing Workshop: Full Lengths

ENGL 4424

Modern Drama

ENGL 3316

Contemporary Drama

ENGL 3326

RoadRead

ENGL 3373

Chekhov

ENGL 3398

Theatre & War

ENGL 3398

Performance & Media

ENGL 3398

Irish Drama

ENGL 3398

Art of War: Stage & Screen

ENGL 3398

Art of Monologue

ENGL 3398

Fairy Tales

ENGL 3398

Comparative Drama

ENGL 5580

Drama, Theory, Criticism

ENGL 5598

Classical Literature in Translation

ENGL 5598

Critical Methodology

ENGL 6600

Genre Seminar: Drama

ENGL 6602

Articles (2)

Not What, But How

Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education

Younger, Kelly (2010) "Not What, But How," Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education: Vol. 38, Article 10.

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Honors, Inc.

Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council

Younger, Kelly, "Honors, Inc." (2004). Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council --Online Archive. Paper 140.

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