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About Ken

A professional actor for most of his life, Ken Schwarz has been working in and around the performing arts since the age of twelve, accumulating numerous credits in film, television, commercials, and appearing in over 80 plays at New York, Regional and Repertory theaters.


On Television, Ken has been featured on Law & Order: SVU, Bull, Blue Bloods, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, One Life to Live, Guiding Light, As the World Turns, and in Railroad Killer: The Angel Resendez Story, seen by over 18 million people on Nippon Network.  He also starred on The Onion News web show Fake Coup

In Feature Films, Ken has appeared in Hungry YearsAtlantic City SerenadeHell’s Half-Acre, and in Jersey Justice starring Blanche Baker and Bo Svenson.   He has also performed starring and principal roles in many short films, including the award-winning Discharge, which he wrote, produced, and stars in.

Ken is a produced author of plays, films, and musicals. His full-length play Yuletide Hearts received its world premiere for a sold-out, record-setting run of six weeks at a 500-seat professional theater, and was subsequently named one of the best new plays of the New Jersey professional theatre season (alongside plays by A.R. Gurney & Neil Simon). 

Ken has produced & designed shows starring Joyce DeWitt, Jamie Farr, Mickey Rooney, Lucie Arnaz, and Julius LaRosa, among others. He has also directed a variety of plays and musicals which include: Over the River and Through the Woods featuring Emmy Award winner Bruce Weitz ("Hill Street Blues"), his American adaptation of Ray Cooney’s farce Run for Your Wife, and I Do! I Do! starring Andrea McArdle and Rex Smith.

Ken was the founding artistic director of the nonprofit Jersey Central Theatre Company. He has been a featured interview subject on the programs Jersey's Talking with Lee Leonard, and PBS's Discover NJ.

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2010 - present
2010 - present

Discharge | Montrose Productions 


How To Kill Your Girlfriend's Cat | Visual Emanation Pictures


Select Film

Jersey Justice | Browntown Films 


Hungry Years | Last Ditch Pictures 

Supporting Actor

Hell's Half Acre | K Studios 


Select Television

Bull | CBS 


Law & Order: SVU | NBC-Universal 


Criminal Intent | NBC-Universal 


Select Stage

Jonestown | York Theatre Company, Snapple Theatre 

Rep. Leo Ryan

My Mother Told Me I Was Different | Abingdon Theater 


Fire Island | 3-Legged Dog 


Thirty Minutes or Less | NY Int'l. Fringe Festival 

Detective Richards

Select Directing

Over the River and Through the Woods | Hunterdon Hills Playhouse

Director, Producer

Same Time, Next Year | Jersey Central Theatre Company 

Director, Producer, Scenic & Lighting Design, Lead Actor

Run For Your Wife | Hunterdon Hills Playhouse 

Director, Adapter, Scenic Design, Lighting Design

Select Playwright

Yuletide Hearts | Full-Length Play 


Sex Madness | Original Musical Comedy 

Book, Lyrics

Twist & Shout! | Revue 

Book, Original Lyrics

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