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 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 production of The Dishonorable Discharge of Private Pitts by Daniel Damiano, loosely based on events surrounding the Abu Ghraib prison scandal was lauded as "an heroic underdog that points a dirty yet necessary mirror back at its viewers."   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.  Recently she directed  Bergen by Steven Fechter in The Broadway Bound Theater Festival, a rousing and hilarious play  about a group of angsty Norwegian rockers grappling with the state of America, as they search to rebrand their band  in the wake of America's demise.  Over the course of rehearsal, original music was created by the musicians, with lyrics by Steven.

Kathy has directed for several 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 Final Forty 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 2010 Drama League Directing Finalist and is a member of SDC and AEA.  She a member of the Curator's Circle at The Sheen Center where she has helped to select and direct shows for their annual new play festival. 

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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