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Born in West New York, NJ, Kathy 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. In 2020, she founded Theatre without Walls to develop and produce site-specific plays. She and a group of actors created The Shelter Plays, to help fundraise for theaters which were dark due to Covid, followed by In Search of Persephone, highlighting homelessness in her community, performed in area parks in 2021. She is currently at work on 

Retail Therapy, which will be performed in a retail store in 2023. 

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. Kathy also dabbles in screenwriting, as you will see from her page here. 

Artist Statement
Story is my religion. I have faith in story. Stories well told can build bridges, transport us to the past and the future, explore the here and now, record today for tomorrow, heal the storyteller and the audience, awaken the sleeping, inspire the despondent, ignite revolution. Story can reveal what has been hidden and give voice to what’s been silenced. I have worshipped story from the time my mother sat me on her knee and read to me over and over until I’d memorized the words. I have devoured stories from the time my deaf brother shared his love of the Hollywood musical with me. I’ve sought refuge in story amid family chaos. I’ve poured over stories to show me the way. There is holiness in the pause of a comma, the use of a period. There is communion in the semi-colon. Finally, I came to playwriting through acting out the stories of others. And when I did not see my stories on the page or the stage, I began to write them. I discovered I could also use my ability to craft story to serve as a vehicle for other’s who might not have had the same privilege as me to learn the craft, or the opportunities to share their stories with a wider audiences. I am actor, writer, director, producer, and educator – and I am a thousand stories. I serve no other gods but Story.
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Awards & Honors

Winner - "Clothespins"                                         Association of Theatre in Higher Education 2021
                                                                                 10-Minute Play Award

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
                                                                                  Connections
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

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For any media inquiries, please contact Kathy Coudle-King

 | katking33 "At" gmail.com

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