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Leonard Jenkin Adjunct Professor of Drama

LEN JENKIN’s plays include JONAH, TIME IN KAFKA, AMERICAN NOTES, PILGRIMS OF THE NIGHT, CARELESS LOVE, DARK RIDE, MY UNCLESAM, LIMBO TALES, PSALM 151, and LIKE I SAY. His works for the stage, often directed by him, have been produced throughout the United States and Europe, as well as in China and Japan. His adaptations for the stage include Voltaire’s CANDIDE, Aristophanes’ THE BIRDS, and Kafka’s A COUNTRY DOCTOR. His novel N JUDAH is currently available in bookstores and on the web He also writes for film and television.He has received OBIE awards for Directing and Playwriting, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Award, a nomination for an Emmy Award, the Helen Merrill Award, and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships.  He has been a guest artist at the Bogliasco Foundation, the Sundance Institute and the Macdowell Colony. Len Jenkin is a Funhouse Philosopher at Coney Island, USA, and the Playwright-in-Residence at the Genomic Sciences Training Program at the University of Wisconsin Madison. His paintings are currently at the American Museum of Visionary Art (AVAM) in Baltimore.

  • At Vassar since 2018


Departments and Programs


  • DRAM 210. Introduction to Playwriting