Kenneth Lonergan is an American playwright. He was born and raised in the Bronx, New York City, New York. His first play, The Rennings Children, was chosen for Stephen Sondheim's Young Playwrights Inc. Young Playwright's Festival in 1982 while he was still an undergraduate student at Wesleyan University studying playwriting and directing. He went on to study at NYU's Graduate Playwriting program. His first play, This is Our Youth, premiered off-Broadway in 1996 to great acclaim. He has also written for film and commercials. His writing nominations include the Drama Desk Award (This Is Our Youth, Lobby Hero), the Outer Critics Circle (Lobby Hero), the Olivier Award (Lobby Hero), AFI Best New Film and Writer (You Can Count On Me), Sundance Grand Jury Prize (You Can Count On Me), Golden Globe Award (You Can Count On Me), Writers Guild of America Award (Gangs of New York), and Academy Award (Gangs of New York).