New York, NY, United States
Ron Kagan was born and raised in Manhattan. He is an alum of Manhattan East Junior High and the High School of Performing Arts (LaGuardia H.S). On full scholarship, Ron graduated Suma Cum Laude from Macaulay Honors of the City University of New York at Hunter College. He holds a double major in Independent Interdisciplinary Research and Theatre. At Hunter, Ron directed Waiting for Godot, readings of new work, Jeff Hoffman's Fishing and played Richard III, King Henry IV, Demetrius, Prospero, Harry Easter and Mistress Quickly among others. During college, Ron was cast in readings of new plays developed by BFA and MFA students at the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU. Tina Howe also named Ron a promising playwright, awarding him the John Golden Incentive cash prize for his work in her graduate playwriting seminar. In four months at Oxford University, Ron directed Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull and starred in five plays touring one to the Edinburgh Fringe. Ron is grateful to Esther Mertz and his family for their love and support. He earned his Master's in Fine Art on a full merit scholarship with the Florida State University / Asolo Repertory Theater Conservatory for Actor Training. He graduated in May of 2011, married his college sweetheart in September and works as the Community Manager and Manager of Customer Service for Backstage in New York City. Ron has been seen in the world premiere of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Finalist and 2011 Princess Grace Playwriting Award Winner Johnna Adams' Alcestis in Baghdad as well as Columbia MFA playwright Laura Zlatos' The Light in the Refrigerator for which he was nominated for the Best Actor award for the Strawberry One Act Festival. He is the adoptive father to four rabbits and lives in Harlem.