Stephen Kunken

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Stephen Kunken
Born Stephen Michael Kunken
c. 1971 (age 45–46)
Residence Brooklyn, New York
Nationality American
Education Tufts University (1993)
The Juilliard School (1997)
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Jenn Thompson (m. 2005)

Stephen Michael Kunken (born c. 1971) is an American actor, best known for his work in theatre. His Broadway credits include Frost/Nixon, Rock 'n' Roll, and Enron, for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Featured Actor in a Play.

Early life and education[edit]

Kunken was raised on Long Island in Upper Brookville, New York. His father is a dentist and his mother is a former grade school teacher.[1] Kunken received a B.A. degree from Tufts University in 1993.[2] He is a graduate of the Juilliard School's Graduate Acting program, where as a member of the Drama Division's Group 26 (1993–1997) he was awarded both The John Houseman Prize and the Pearl and Rolands Grant. His classmates included David Denman and Alan Tudyk.[3]


Kunken has appeared on Broadway as David Halberstam in David Auburn's The Columnist, opposite Kathleen Turner in High, Tom Stoppard’s Rock 'n' Roll, Frost/Nixon (for which he received Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama League Award nominations), Festen, and Proof. For his turn as CFO Andrew Fastow in Lucy Prebble's Enron, he received a Tony Award nomination for Featured Actor in a Play.

Off-Broadway, he played Tim Andrews in the award-winning Richard Nelson cycle of Apple Plays, which includes That Hopey Changey Thing, Sweet and Sad, and Regular Singing. Played the title role as Nikolai Nabakov in Lincoln Center Theater's production of Richard Nelson's Nikolai and the Others. He has appeared as Dr. Phil in the critically acclaimed production of Kate Fodor's romantic comedy RX, as the Stage Manager in the 2009 David Cromer helmed revival of Thornton Wilder's Our Town, Theresa Rebeck's Our House, Fabulation at Playwrights Horizons, A Very Common Procedure at Manhattan Class Company (for which he received a Drama League Award nomination), Journals of Mihail Sebastian with the Keen Company, The Story, Henry VIII and A Dybbuk at the Public Theater and Misalliance at the Roundabout Theatre Company.

Regionally, Kunken has appeared in Quartermaine’s Terms, True West, Three Sisters at the Williamstown Theatre Festival; and Mister Roberts at the Kennedy Center, among many other credits.

His television credits include: Unforgettable, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, Gossip Girl, The Unusuals, New Amsterdam, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, The Sopranos, Spin City, Far East, Mary and Rhoda and The Affair.

In film, Kunken's work includes The Wolf of Wall Street, Still Alice, Cafe Society, A Birder's Guide to Everything, The Bay, Price Check, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, All Good Things, Taking Woodstock, The Girl in the Park, Wait 'til This Year, Light and the Sufferer, and Bamboozled.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Kunken is married to stage director Jenn Thompson[5] since September 2005.[6] The couple reside in Brooklyn with their daughter, Naomi,[1] whom they adopted from Ethiopia.[7]


  1. ^ a b Blank, Matthew (April 19, 2011). "CUE & A: High's Stephen Kunken". 
  2. ^ "In The Spotlight: Stephen Kunken". E-News. Tufts University. January 9, 2004. 
  3. ^ "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. September 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. 
  4. ^ "Stephen Kunken". The New York Times. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Jenn Thompson is the newest member of The Actors Company Theatre directorial team". June 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ Stephen Kunken at the Internet Broadway Database
  7. ^ Onofri, Adrienne (April 27, 2010). "Interview: Stephen Kunken, One of ENRON's Corporate Baddies". 

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