About Dan Kehde


Published Works:  Plays

The Siege of Room 304 Drama.  Eldridge Publishing Company, Venice, Fla. 

Gone Tomorrow... Drama.   Eldridge Publishing Company, Venice, Fla.

Hector's Warehouse and Other Ghost Stories Drama.  Eldridge Publishing Company, Venice, Fla.

The Coal Camp Madonna , Drama, Eldridge Publishing Company, Venice, Fla.

Dances with the Minotaur, Drama Eldridge Publishing Company, Venice, Fla.

The Girls Room, Drama, Eldridge Publishing Company, Venice, Fla.

A Service for Jeremy Wong, Drama, Eldridge Publishing Company, Venice, Fla.

Love Is Not an Angry Thing, Drama, Eldridge Publishing Company, Venice, Fla

The Gettysburg Canon, Drama, Eldridge Publishing Company, Venice, Fla

Love Is Not an Angry Thing, [Dutch Translation] Drama, Eldridge Publishing Company, Venice, Fla


Published Works:  Sourcebooks

1400 Boxes of Jello and Other Monologues Eldridge Publishing Company, Venice, Fla.

You Don’t Know Us Eldridge Publishing Company, Venice, Fla.

All The Things I Want To Say Eldridge Publishing Company, Venice, Fla.

The Important Things In My Life Eldridge Publishing Company, Venice, Fla.

Picasso Pickup and other scenes Eldridge Publishing Company, Venice, Fla.


Video Adaptations/Screenworks

Gone Tomorrow... Fox TV (WV only)

Gone Tomorrow.. Cambridge International, South Charleston, WV 1995

Dances with the Minotaur Cambridge International, South Charleston WV 1997

The Girls Room Cambridge International, South Charleston, WV.  1998

A Service for Jeremy Wong, Cambridge International, South Charleston WV 2000

Love Is Not An Angry Thing, Jaguar Educational, Charleston WV 2004

What If... Staying Safe  Jaguar Educational, Charleston, WV 2006

Good Night, Grovers Corners  Independent Film, 2006


Awards: Writer

Bronze Medal : Columbus International Film and Video Festival 1996 [Gone Tomorrow

World Medal Finalist, New York Film Festival 1996 [Gone Tomorrow]

Bronze Medal :Columbus International Film and Video Festival, 1998[Dances With the Minotaur]

Bronze World Medal at the New York Film Festival, 1998[Dances with the Minotaur]

Certificate of Excellence, US International Film and Video Festival, 1999 [The Girls Room]

Award of Excellence, Videographers Awards 1999 [The Girls Room]

Gold Award, Aurora Awards 1999 [The Girls Room]

Award of Excellence, Videographers Awards 2000 [A Service for Jeremy Wong]

Award of Excellence, Script Writer,  Videographers Awards 2000 [A Service for Jeremy Wong]

Award of Distinction, The Communicator   [The Girls Room]

Silver Axiem Award [2000 National Finalist]  [A Service For Jeremy Wong]

Award of Distinction, 2004 The Communicator   [Love Is Not An Angry Thing]

Telly Award 2005  Writer  [Love Is Not An Angry Thing]


Other Awards

Pearl S. Buck Award, 2000, West Virginia Education Association


Most Recent Locally Produced Works

[see Eldridge Publishing online for a complete listing of productions nationally and internationally]

Dancing With Grace     Drama   February 2006 Charleston, WV *

Good Night, Grovers CornersDrama May  2006Charleston WV

An American Paradise Musical [with Mark Scarpelli] May, 2006 Charleston, WV

Boxes Rebellion      Monologue CollectionJuly 2006Charleston WV*

The Blob the Musical [with Mark Scarpelli] September. , 2006 Charleston, WV*

MaryMusical [with Mark Scarpelli] November , 2006 Charleston, WV produced annually

Love is Not An Angry Thing    DramaDecember, 2006 Charleston, WV

The Gettysburg Canon  Drama  February 2007, Charleston, WV*

A Service for Jeremy Wong, Drama, March 2007, Charleston, WV

101 Ways..., Musical, May, 2007, Charleston, WV

Boxes 8  Monologue Collection, July 2007 Charleston, WV

Fireflies, Drama, August 2007, Charleston, WV*

Abbr Hst of WV, Musical  September, 2007

Lincoln Opera [excerpts] West Virginia Symphony  September, 2007

The Trial of President George W. Bush Drama  March 2008*

The Word Is Love  Musical[with Mark Scarpelli] June 2008*

Fred and Harriet Drama August 2008*

Jack The Ripper Opera [with Mark Scarpelli] September 2008*

Mary  Rock Opera [with Mark Scarpelli]  November 2008

Vinnie B Doesn’t Go Here Anymore  Drama October 2008*

Lincoln Opera [excerpts] West Virginia Symphony  March, October 2009

Norman Rockwell’s An American Paradise Musical [with Mark Scarpelli] April, 2009 Charleston, WV

Cupid Rising  Comedy  June 2009*

Shadowman Drama  August 2009*

The Blob The Musical [with Mark Scarpelli]  September 2009

Mary  Rock Opera [with Mark Scarpelli]  November 2009

Love is Not An Angry Thing  Drama  January 2010

The Forever Clause  Drama January 2010*

Alice.com Drama February 2010*

Romeo & Juliet, A Rock Opera [with Mark Scarpelli] April 2010

The Moment of Greatest Happiness Drama May-June 2010*

Boxes 10, Boxes of Rage  Monologue Performance/Collection  July 2010*

Bert Hellmunn Fights The Demons Of The Stage  Drama  July 2010*

HOODS Drama September 2010

MARY Rock Opera [With Mark Scarpelli] December 2010

Norman Rockwell’s An American Love Story  Musical Drama  [With Mark Scarpelli]  February 2011*

Airwaves Drama  May 2011*

Easier Than The Truth Drama June 2011*

Boxes 14 July 2011*

Cupid Falling, Cupid Rising Comedy August 2011*

Jack The Ripper Opera [with Mark Scarpelli] September 2011

MARY Rock Opera [with Mark Scarpelli]  November 2011

Four Young Women Tell The Truth About Eating Disorders Drama  November 2011*

Einstein and God Drama May 2012*

Boxes In Soxes July 2012*

Good Night, Grovers Corners August 2012

The Legend of Ginger and Billy Joe, THE STOCK CAR MUSICAL*  with Mark Scarpelli  September 2012

MARY Rock Opera [with Mark Scarpelli]  November 2012

CYAC Takes Action.... January 2013

Western Civ., Drama, March 2013*


* World Premieres

Dan Kehde is a Charleston, WV- based playwright, librettist and director who, for the past 15 years, has served as co-founder and managing director for the The Contemporary Youth Arts Company of Charleston, WV, an organization dedicated to giving young artists hands on opportunities to bring new works to the American stage.  A nearly unfunded, for profit theater company, CYAC has produced over 50 new works in the past 15 years including 15 new Scarpelli-Kehde musicals , more than thirty new plays and eight touring social action one-acts. 

Together with his perservering wife, Penny, Dan continues to work with the young people of CYAC while constantly striving to challenge the everchanging lists of new actors that come into the company. Dan is currently working on new pieces of musical theater with composer/collaborator Mark Scarpelli, as well as continuing to create and produce three or four new plays of his own each year.