Kenn Watt is the founder and artistic director of New York and San Francisco based Fifth Floor. His work with Fifth Floor, particularly his collaborations with playwright Chuck Mee, have garnered Dramalogue, Black Box, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle and Goldie awards in San Francisco and Los Angeles. His work has been supported by the California Arts Council, the Creative Work Fund of the Haas Foundation, the Flintridge Foundation, the Zellerbach Family Fund, and many others.
Watt has also directed for HERE Arts Center, the Flea theatre, the Prelude festival, and California Shakespeare Festival, Eureka Theatre, Encore Theatre, Life on the Water, American Conservatory Theatre, and the Magic Theatre. He directed an original opera, Fight Cherries with poet Anne Carson and composer Guillermo Galinda at the California College of Arts and Crafts.
Mr. Watt is a graduate of Tufts University, Trinity College, Dublin, and the American Conservatory Theatre Advanced Training Program. He received his PhD from the Graduate Program at the City University of New York, and is working on a book about experimental participatory theatre. He is currently a Visiting Assitant Professor at Whitman College.