Kathy has received many accolades for her directing work. She has successfully helped to shape and usher new work to the New York stage with intensity, precision and imagination. Kathy's production of Kentucky Cantata at Here Arts Center was selected as a "A Best of Off-Broadway" by Critic Howard Miller. Written by Paul David Young with an original score by Ashleé Miller, actors and musicians shared the stage in an innovative collaboration of movement, text and music. Her 2015 production of The Dishonorable Discharge of Private Pitts by Daniel Damiano was lauded as "an heroic underdog that points a dirty yet necessary mirror back at its viewers." Loosely based on actual events at the Abu Ghraib prison, the play follows the evolution of Jenny Pitts, a young girl from rural Texas, as she moves from a strict Christian upbringing, to her rebellion of family, to inspiration as a soldier in the Iraq War. Other highlights include her acclaimed productions of In The Summer Pavillion at 59e59 Street Theaters, Broad Channel with the Up Theater Company, and The Golden Year with WorkShop Theater among others.
Kathy has directed for several NYC festivals: for FringeNYC, In The Summer Pavilion by Paul David Young was a Daily News and Village Voice highlight as well as a Backstage CRITIC’s PICK! and later moved to an OFF BROADWAY run at 59e59th Street Theaters. Seal Songs by Jennifer Hayes was a Samuel French Final Forty and after further development moved on to a run at the Midtown International Theater Festival where it performed an encore at the awards ceremony 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.
Kathy works 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. Recently Kathy was delighted to be asked by graduates to stage their projects: A Mother's Heart by Daniella Dellavalle and Midnight on Monday by Katie Housley.
Last summer Kathy was thrilled to have directed the inaugural new play festival for The Sheen Center staging six new plays: The Lepers by Daniel Damiano, Miss Ruby by Kelley Nicole Girod, Amends by Joe Hoover, S.J., The Shooter by Kimberly Kalaja; The Drill by Laura Pittenger and More Human by Emily C.A. Snyder. She looks forward to directing the festival again this summer!
Kathy received her MFA in Directing from The New School of Drama in 2009. She was a 2010 Drama League Directing Finalist and is a member of SDC and AEA. She is a proud member of the Curator's Circle at The Sheen Center and recently attended The Dublin Theatre Festival and the 24th International Theatre Exchange, in hopes of making artistic connections across the pond.
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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