Ken Roht is a music theater auteur from Los Angeles. He started his career as an actor, moved into traditional song and dance, then became a performer/choreographer for a renowned avant garde theater director, Reza Abdoh. For the last fifteen years Ken has established himself as an important contributor to the Los Angeles arts community, creating music theater works and choreographing all over the country.
Most recently Ken completed shooting his second feature film musical, Perfect Cowboy. It is a community-based project that took his crew all over California. It tells the short of two gay fathers of a straight country western singer, all living in a rural community. His 99cent holiday spectacles have become a tradition in Los Angeles, having created seven original musicals in eight years. He is currently in pre-production for his next film musical, Perfect Cowboy, about two gay fathers bringing up a straight country western singer in a rural community.
As writer/director/ choreographer: Permissible Union, L.A. Grand Performances; Last Resort, Disney Hall's REDCAT; the 99c Holiday Shows, Evidence Room and Bootleg Theater, LA. Granted by Plum Foundation, Good Works Foundation, L.A. Department of Cultural Affairs, Audrey Skirball-Kenis, L.A. County Arts Commission and Durfee Foundation.
As a director/choreographer: Offenbach!!!, Bard Summerscape, New York; The Breast of Tiresias/Tears of a Knife, The Good Soldier Schweik, Long Beach Opera: and Donovan Leitch's Dark Root of the Dream, a Gypsy Musical, Largo at the Coronet.
As a choreographer for opera: 360-Don Giovanni Finale, New York Philharmonic; Monodramas, New York City Opera, director Michael Counts (with another Counts/NYCO collaboration in Spring of 2013, Rossini's Moses in Egypt); Die Liebe der Danae, Bard Summerscape; Verdi's Macbeth, Boston Lyric Opera; Ricky Gordon's Orpheus and Euridice, Long Beach Opera.
As a choreographer for theater: Off-Broadway: The Shaggs, History of the World, Playwrights Horizons-N.Y.,; Culture Clash's American Night, Yale Rep, La Jolla Playhouse; Aristophanes' Peace, Getty Villa; seven seasons for Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Stones in His Pocket, Mark Taper Forum; Little Night Music, Midsummer Nights Dream, Corpus Habeas, South Coast Repertory; So Long Ago I Can't Remember, Gale Gates, et al; seven years with Reza Abdoh's Dar a Luz.
As a performer he has been featured in work by Bill Viola, Paul McCarthy, theater auteur Reza Abdoh, System of a Down's Serj Takian, filmmakers Adam Egypt Mortimer, Winsome Brown and Jacob Perlmutter, and as a soloist for avant garde composers John Eaton and Fredric Myrow.
Teaching, Workshops, Lectures: CSU Summer Arts, Cal State Fresno, Occidental College, Los Angeles, Cal State Northridge, University of Oregon, Eugene, Cal State Los Angeles, Wichita State University, The Heart Project, high school, LA Leadership Academy, middle school, Renaissance Arts, Eagle Rock, CA, middle school, Spaufford Detention Center, Brooklyn NY, high school.