Ken LaZebnik writes for television, film and the theatre. He shares story credit with Garrison Keillor for director Robert Altman’s last film: A Prairie Home Companion. LaZebnik wrote the Lionsgate film Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas Cottage, released in 2008, starring Peter O’Toole and Marcia Gay Harden.
His television writing has ranged from over twenty scripts for Touched by An Angel, to writing for Army Wives, Providence, Star Trek: Enterprise, and the new series When Calls The Heart on the Hallmark Channel.
His plays have frequently been premiered at The Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, directed by Jack Reuler. The most recent of these collaborations was On The Spectrum, which premiered in November, 2011.
On The Spectrum was awarded a Steinberg Citation from the American Theatre Critics Association, and had a successful run in Los Angeles at the Fountain Theatre. Other plays Mixed Blood has premiered include Vestibular Sense, League of Nations, and Calvinisms.
He wrote three PBS specials for their series “In Concert at the White House,” which were filmed in the East Room of the White House. These featured such varied performers as Broadway stars Patti LuPone and Jennifer Holiday, and country star Toby Keith.
LaZebnik’s play Rachel Calof, adapted from the memoir of a Jewish homesteader in North Dakota, is a one-woman show starring Kate Fuglei. His play Theory of Mind, commissioned for young audiences by the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, has also been produced in Minnesota, Hawaii and Michigan.
He is the Founding Director of the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Program, a Low Residency program based in Hollywood.