Ken Davenport

Ken Davenport - 2019 Portland Creative Conference speaker

Ken Davenport

Tony Award-winning Broadway Producer

Ken Davenport is a 2-time Tony Award-winning Broadway producer whose credits include Kinky Boots (Broadway – Tony Award, National Tour, Toronto, Australia, and West End),Once On This Island (Tony Award), Groundhog Day (Tony nomination), Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening (Tony nomination), It’s Only a Play, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, Godspell, The Visit (Tony nomination), Mothers and Sons (Tony nomination), The Bridges of Madison County (National Tour), Gettin’ the Band Back Together, The Play that Goes Wrong, Allegiance, Chinglish, Oleanna starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles, Speed-the-Plow, Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America (Tony nomination), Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury (Broadway, West End and National Tour), and 13.

Off-Broadway, Ken has produced Daddy Long Legs, Altar Boyz (Co-Conceiver), My First Time (Author), The Awesome 80s Prom (Creator), That Bachelorette Show! (Creator), and Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, & Marriage (Author). Ken’s productions have been produced internationally in over 25 countries around the world.

Ken also serves as the Executive Producer for North America for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group.

Ken was featured on a national commercial for Apple’s iPhone, named one of Crain’s “Forty Under 40” and is one of the co-founders of TEDxBroadway. He created the best-selling Broadway board game Be A Broadway Star. His blog, TheProducersPerspective.com, has been featured in Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, The Gothamist and more. He has written articles for Forbes, Mashable, and many others. Ken’s unique production and marketing style has garnered him international attention, including two front page articles in the NY Times and features on MSNBC, Rock Center, Fox News, BBC, and his favorite, a mention in Jay Leno’s monologue on “The Tonight Show.”

Upcoming projects include Vacation, Joy the Musical, My Life In Pink, the revival of The Great White Hope, and a musical based on the life of Harry Belafonte.

Prior to his career as a Producer, Ken was a Company Manager and General Manager for Broadway shows and National Tours including Show Boat, Ragtime, Jekyll & Hyde, Chicago, Candide, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Gypsy and others.