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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.


Kathleen has one foot in education and the other deeply submerged in theatre. She holds a 

B.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and an M.A. in English from the Univ. of North Dakota. She has been an indie theatre producer, an executive director for a small nonprofit theatre, and is currently the managing artistic director for the Empire Theatre Co. Somehow she has managed to write more than 50 plays, enjoying productions around the U.S..  Her main focus is on social justice issues and women's role in history. She is also a writing professor at the University of North Dakota, where she lives on the prairie with her family. She is a member of the Dramatist Guild. 

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.


Awards & Honors

Resume/C.V. - 2023

Special Projects Award                                         ND Council on the Arts                                   2023

 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
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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