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Will Kern, author

Ballet for Guys, a novel

(Ross House Press 2016)


Will Kern is the author of Hellcab, one of the longest-running shows in Chicago theatre history. Originally produced in 1992 by Famous Door Theatre, Hellcab was scheduled for twelve performances as a late show, but its success with audiences and critics soon moved it to the main stage where kept it going … and going. And it’s still going. All these years later, Hellcab continues to be a Chicago favorite and has earned seasonal classic status.

Some of Will’s other theatre writing credits include Kid Sister, which received its world premiere at Profiles Theatre in 2010; and Mothers and Tigers: True Stories of Korean Women at Chaimoo Theater, in Seoul, South Korea, in 2008. As a screenwriter, Will wrote the film adaptation of Hellcab, the award-winning short film Pain Chain and Lost in Rome. His travel writing and essays have been published in numerous magazines and newspapers around the world. Ballet for Guys is his first novel.

A debate and narrative communication strategies professor at Sungshin Women’s University, Will lives in Seoul, South Korea, with his wife Sophie and son Wilson.


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