Kel Haney


Recent credits include: Haney/Comfort’s THE ELEPHANT IN EVERY ROOM I ENTER (Next Door at New York Theater Workshop & La MaMa), Christopher Wall's THE INHERENT SADNESS OF LOW-LYING AREAS (World Premiere - New World Symphony, Miami), Sharyn Rothstein's A GOOD FARMER (Premiere - American Theater Group), Neil LaBute’s WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS (59E59 -- world premiere) and THE WAY WE GET BY (American Theater Group -- regional premiere), Laura Maria Censabella's PARADISE (Luna Stage; Passage Theatre), Chris Cragin-Day's A WOMAN (59E59 -- world premiere) and FOSTER MOM (Premiere Stages), Gardiner Comfort’s YOU’RE NOT TOUGH (HERE, Dixon Place), Vickie Ramirez’s GLENBURN 12WP (59E59), Jordan Jaffe’s CRUDE (Black Lab Theatre/Theater 511 @ Ars Nova - featuring Nico Tortorella),  Jonathan Caren’s THE RECOMMENDATION (The Flea), Quiara Alegria Hudes’s WATER BY THE SPOONFUL, Kate Cortesi’s GREAT KILLS, Deborah Brevoort’s MY LORD, WHAT A NIGHT, James Christy’s AT LIBERTY HALL (all at Premiere Stages). She has directed/developed new work with Abingdon Theatre Company, The Amoralists, Ars Nova, Atlantic Theater Company, Cherry Lane, Keen Company, Labyrinth, The Lark, Ma-Yi, Naked Angels, New Dramatists, New Georges, Partial Comfort, Playwrights Realm, Rattlestick, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Westport Country Playhouse, & Williamstown. Also: MTC Directing Fellow, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Mabou Mines Residency, Old Vic/New Voices Exchange and a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. Ms. Haney also directed the critically acclaimed short films, I AM THEM and STAY CLOSE.

Recent Directing Credits Include:

THE INHERENT SADNESS OF LOW-LYING AREAS / World Premiere / New World Symphony, Miami

A GOOD FARMER / Premiere / American Theater Group

THE ELEPHANT IN EVERY ROOM I ENTER / Next Door at New York Theater Workshop

PARADISE / Laura Maria Censabella / Passage Theatre Company / Luna Stage  

FOSTER MOM / Chris Cragin-Day / Premiere Stages

A WOMAN / World Premiere / Chris Cragin-Day / 59E59

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS / World Premiere / Neil LaBute / 59E59 / LaBute Festival                     

WATER BY THE SPOONFUL / NJ Premiere / Quiara Alegria Hudes / Premiere Stages                                  

CRUDE / World Premiere / Jordan Jaffe / Black Lab/ Theatre 511 at Ars Nova       

THE WAY WE GET BY / Regional Premiere / Neil LaBute / American Theater Group

THE ELEPHANT IN EVERY ROOM I ENTER / World Premiere / Gardiner Comfort / La MaMa & Mabou Mines

GLENBURN 12 WP / World Premiere / Vickie Ramirez / 59E59 / Summer Shorts

GREAT KILLS / Kate Cortesi's / Premiere Stages

UNITED FRONT / Melisa Annis / Primary Stages/Fordham

YOU’RE NOT TOUGH / Gardiner Comfort / HERE, Dixon Place

LIBERTY LIVE / James Christy / Premiere Stages

FIFTH PLANET / David Auburn / Lincoln Center Education

THE RECOMMENDATION / World Premiere / Jonathan Caren / The Flea

ROW AFTER ROW / Jessica Dickey

LITTLE ROCK / Rachel Bonds / Williamstown Theatre Festival

THE CONSEQUENCES / World Premiere / Nathan Leigh (music & lyrics) & Kyle Jarrow’s (book, music & lyrics) / Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre

EL FUEGO / Edith Freni / Partial Comfort Productions

I AM THEM / a series of short films directed by Ms. Haney / released later this year (2016) 

New Work in Direction and Development:

American Theater Group / Ars Nova / Atlantic Acting School / Black Lab Theatre Company / Desipina & Company / Dixon Place / The Directors Company / Cherry Lane Theatre /  Emerging Artists Theatre / Ensemble Studio Theatre/Youngblood / The Flea / HERE / Keen Company / LAByrinth Theater Company / The Lark, Lincoln Center Education, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, Naked Angels, New Dramatists, New Georges / NY Fringe Festival / Pipeline Theatre Company / The Playwrights Realm / Primary Stages / Premiere Stages / Rattlestick / Rising Phoenix / Studio 42 / United Solo Festival / Vampire Cowboys / Westport Country Playhouse / 3 Graces / Urban Stages / Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre / 
Williamstown Theatre Festival / 59E59 / the 52nd Street Project


Doug Hughes, Lynne Meadow, Joanne Woodward, Michael Greif, & Charlotte Moore, among others.

She Has Served As:

A member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Ensemble Studio Theatre Director in Residence,  Mabou Mines Artist in Residence, Old Vic/New Voices Exchange Program and numerous Directing Fellowships at Manhattan Theatre Club.


Melissa Annis,  Robert Askins, Micheline Auger, Clare Barron, Rachel Bonds, Nikole Beckwith, Deborah Brevoort, Bekah Brunstetter, Zack Calhoon, Jonathan Caren, Jonathan Ceniceroz, Laura Maria Censabella, Samantha Chanse, Carla Ching, Clare Drobot, Dustin Chinn, Naveen Bahar Choudhury, James Christy, Gardiner Comfort, Emily Conbere, Joshua Conkel, Kate Cortesi, Kim Davies, Jessica Dickey, Ryan Dowler,Matthew Lee Erlbach, Kirby Fields, Howard Fishman, Dorothy Fortenberry, Darcy Fowler, Edith Freni,Mira Gibson,  J. Holtham, Jordan Jaffe, Kyle Jarrow, Nick Jones, Zac Kline, Krista Knight, Michael Kooman, Neil LaBute, Adam Lerman, Mariah MacCarthy, Laura Marks, Erin Mallon, Laura Marks, Catya McMullen, Eric March, Tony Meneses,  Anna Moench, Rehana Mirza, Mrinalini Kamath, Bob Kelly, Jon Kern, Nathan Leigh, Patrick Link, Matthew Paul Olmos, Kyoung H. Park, Max Posner, Vickie Ramirez, Sharyn Rothstein, Erica Saleh, Matt Schatz, Jen Silverman, Sonya Sobieski, Christopher Sullivan, Ann Talman, Lucy Teitler, Michael Walek, Christopher Wall, Eljon Wardally, Samuel Brett Williams, Jeremy Wine, Emily Chadick Weiss, Lauren Yee and Anna Ziegler.


"I’ve always been a story-teller. As a kid, I told stories in every way possible:  through  finger puppets (made by my grandmother), through my red Fisher-Price tape-recorder, through illustrations, and in a collaborative effort with my brother, my cousins, the neighborhood kids-- whomever could be persuaded to join me in my theatrical pursuits."

As satisfying as it was for me to be playing leads in the annual high school musical, I realized that my life’s journey was taking a turn for the unknown when I directed Our Town at 17. Unaware of the dramaturgical felony I was committing, I changed the given circumstances to reflect my hometown of West Chester, PA in 1959. With this experience, I realized that I thrive at being at the hub of collaboration--I was thrilled to discover that a director gets to interpret a text and then grow these ideas with the input of everyone involved the production.

While in college, I read a slew of plays, directed a variety of productions, assisted many different kinds of directors, and worked in such exotic locations as London, Nashville, and Normal, Illinois. Two weeks after graduation, I moved to New York for what was supposed to be a three-month stint working in Manhattan Theatre Club’s casting department-- after a taste of the exhilarating challenge of being a small fish in the biggest pond, I was hooked. The rest is history (or at least documented on this website)