John Kolvenbach

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John Kolvenbach is an American playwright known for works including Gizmo Love, Love Song, On An Average Day, Goldfish, and Fabuloso.[1]

After graduating from Middlebury College in 1988 he attended Rutgers University, graduating with a Masters in Fine Arts degree in 1992. Both Love Song and On an average day were performed in the West End in London. Love Song was directed by John Crowley and featured Kristen Johnson, Cillian Murphy, Neve Campbell and Michael McKean. Love Song was nominated for an Olivier Award as best new comedy. On an average day was also directed by Crowley and featured Woody Harrelson and Kyle MacLachlan. Love Song premiered at the Steppenwolf company in Chicago, directed by Austin Pendleton. Fabuloso premiered on Cape Cod at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT) in the summer of 2008, directed by the author. Also at WHAT; the premiere of Gizmo Love (2004), directed by Sam Weisman and productions of On an average day (2006) and Love Song (2007) both directed by Jeff Zinn. Goldfish was presented by South Coast Repertory in their 2009 season, directed by Loretta Greco. Kolvenbach's companion piece to Goldfish, entitled Mrs. Whitney, was presented in repertory with Goldfish at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco in the Fall of 2009.

Kolvenbach's works have been performed all over the world, including productions in Rome, Sydney, Wellington, Seoul, Melbourne, Tel Aviv, and in many theatres in the US. The plays are published by Methuen and the Dramatists Play Service.

As an Actor[edit]

In 1996, he was cast in a pivotal role, in the Indian Malayalam epic film, Kalapani, alongside Indian acting legend, Mohanlal. Kolvenbach played the British doctor Len Hutton, in this Priyadarshan directed period film.


  1. ^ "JOHN KOLVENBACH". Hartford Courant. April 27, 2008. Retrieved December 24, 2008.