Kathy Gail MacGowan, Director

Kathy Gail MacGowan, Director

Kathy has received many accolades for her directing work.    She has successfully helped to shape and usher new work to the stage with intensity, precision and imagination. She delights in working closely with playwrights to develop and present their work in all stages from readings to full productions, she has helmed over a dozen premieres on the New York stage. Kathy's production of Kentucky Cantata at Here Arts Center was selected as a "A Best of Off-Broadway" by Critic Howard Miller.    Other highlights include her acclaimed productions of In The Summer Pavillion at  59e59 Street Theater (Critic’s Pick, Backstage, Daily News and Village Voice Highlight),  Broad Channel with the Up Theater Company, The Golden Year at WorkShop Theater, Rosemary and Time at the Paradise Theater, and most recently Bergen by Steven Fechter in The Broadway Bound Theater Festival. She is thrilled to be in rehearsal for The Battles by Richmond Hill by Penny Jackson, which opens this April 26th at HERE ARTS (Here.org).

Kathy has directed for many NYC festivals: for FringeNYCIn The Summer Pavilion by Paul David Young was a Daily News and Village Voice highlight as well as a Backstage CRITIC’s PICK!  and chosen for a  OFF BROADWAY run at 59e59th Street Theaters.   Seal Songs  by Jennifer Hayes was a Samuel French Finalist and after further development  moved on to a run at the Midtown International Theater Festival  as an Outstanding Award Nominee.  Her work in the Estrogenious Festival was recognized twice with winners for Crossing Borders and The Enlightenment of Mrs. Cartwell.    She curates and directs for The Sheen Center Festival, recently directing the award winning The December Man  by Colleen Murphy.

Kathy has worked with the NYU Tisch BFA students and Conservatory Students at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting.  Shows there include:   Necessary Targets by Eve Ensler (NYU Company),  Eastern Standard  by Richard Greenberg (NYU Company) , Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, Carol Churchill’s Vinegar Tom, and Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love.  

Kathy received her MFA in Directing from The New School of Drama in 2009.  She was a Drama League Directing Finalist and is a member of SDC and AEA.  She is also a member of the Curator's Circle at The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture, where she serves as a director, curator, and dramaturg; most recently working on a new play about he life of Henri Nouwen.

Having trained and worked as an actor in NYC, Kathy brings a wealth of knowledge regarding the actor’s process along with a knack for literary interpretation, and a keen eye toward wedding the visual look of the production to the journey of the play.  She hopes to continue her work in New York and regional theater creating exciting, artful, and truthful interpretations of both New Works and The Classics.

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