Born in West New York, NJ, Kathy, a.k.a. "Lorna," completed high school in Miami, Florida and graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in Dramatic Writing, later earning a M.A. in English from the Univ. of ND.
Kathy has written more than fifty plays. While women-centered stories are the major focus of her work, she has also written prolifically for children’s theatre.
History is another source of inspiration. Kathy has enjoyed commissions that have allowed her to explore the early women's labor movement in NYC, the fight for women's full suffrage, homes for teen mothers in the 1960s, and beyond U.S. shores, Uruaguay's "dirty war" and some of the women who fought in it.
She also dabbles in screenwriting, as you will see from her page here.
Theatre is the perfect artistic form for bringing people together to share STORY. STORY builds bridges. STORY binds us to others. STORY validates experience. STORY reminds of our history.
While I write in multiple genres, I am most inspired by the stories which are too often whispered. The ones that have been tucked back in the darkest corners of closets. My job as a writer is to turn on the light in the closet so we can see what is there. Only then can we hear what they have to say.
Awards & Honors
Professional Development Award ND Council on the Arts 2011, ’16, ‘17
Winner – New Play Award for Companeras Larry Corse – Columbus State, GA 2011
Diamond Award, Hip Hop Daddy Filmmakers 2010
Artist of the Year North Valley Arts Council Award 2009
Winner - Ghost Town/Off the Map Bush Foundation Dakota Creative 2009
Winner - Companeras ATHE 2008
Finalist, St. Bette’s Panowski Award – U. of Michigan 2008
Finalist, St. Bette’s Sienna New Play Award 2007
Finalist, Trees Dayton FutureFest 2007
Winner, Trees Fullerton College 2007
1st place, Shrimp Po’boy Marco Island Film Festival 2002
Semi-finalist, Shrimp Po’boy Nicholl’s Fellowship 2002
Semi-finalist, Shrimp Po’boy Chesterfield Fellowship 2002