KENNY YOUNG was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago.  Kenny graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Theatre. Kenny currently lives in Los Angeles, where he works as a storyteller (actor/writer/director) and serves as a partner in his company JAMES YOUNG ENTERTAINMENT with Phil James.  As an actor, Kenny has appeared on stage and on screen in Othello, A Raisin in the Sun, Fences, American Boys, The Little Richard Story, ER, Sacred, and the theatrically released and award-winning One Week, which he also co-wrote and starred in. He has written for the stage and screen as well, namely selling the original spec, Step In The Name Of Love, to MGM Studios. Kenny’s film directing debut Redrum, which he also starred in and produced through JAMES YOUNG ENTERTAINMENT, recently aired on Showtime, Starz, and The Movie Channel.


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JAMES YOUNG ENTERTAINMENT’S  latest film, C’Mon Man, written and directed by Kenny, is airing on Showtime and Starz.

JAMES YOUNG ENTERTAINMENT recently finished filming, The Night Before, and is developing the animated feature, Dog Eat Dog. Kenny also serves as writer and Artistic Director for the travelling performance troupe, NOW WHAT?

Kenny believes that stories are “metaphors of life” and “energy for the soul.”  He embraces the belief that writing, acting, and directing are all forms of storytelling of which he remains an eternal student. Fulfilling his childhood dream of telling stories, Kenny remains ever grateful for the family, friends and strangers who have given him the life experiences that have inspired much of his creative work.