Katie is a director most passionate about regional theater and regional audiences. She likes directing plays, old and new, that bring communities together, ask difficult questions in new ways, and invigorate the human spirit. Katie grew up in Phoenix, AZ, and is currently based in Chicago, by way of New York and Ohio.
Recent projects include Elektra (adapt. Anne Carson) at Dobama Theatre (DEAP Ensemble); Little Shop of Horrors at French Creek Theatre; Good Kids by Naomi Iizuka at SUNY Brockport (Geva Directing Fellow); Oh Oh You Will Be Sorry by Claire Kiechel and The Velveteen Rabbit (adapt. James Still) at the Hangar Theatre (Ithaca, NY); Diary of Lights by Adrienne Kennedy with The Drama League (workshop, First Stage Residency); Chemistry by Jacob Marx Rice (Cincinnati Fringe, Producer's Pick of the Fringe) and Pains of Youth by Ferdinand Bruckner (trans. Martin Crimp) with her theater company, The Cake Shop; Lysistrata (adapt. Catherine Weingarten) with Stone on a Walk Cincinnati; short plays by Julia Jordan, Bekah Brunstetter, and Josh Koenigsberg at Williamstown Theatre Festival; Portrait and a Dream by Jacob Marx Rice at the New York Int'l Fringe Festival; and The Saint Plays by Erik Ehn at Barnard College. She has also directed short plays, workshops, and readings with Cleveland Play House, Know Theatre of Cincinnati, The Gallery Players, Ugly Rhino, The Cake Shop, Columbia University, NYU, and Powerhouse/NY Stage & FIlm.
Katie's NYC assistant directing includes Smokefall (MCC, dir. Anne Kauffman) and Stupid Fu**ing Bird (Pearl Theater, dir. Davis McCallum). Regional assisting includes The Odyssey (dir. Roger Danforth, SDCF Gielgud Fellow) at Artpark in greater Buffalo, NY; and Shakespeare in Love (dir. Laura Kepley) and Macbeth (dir. Taibi Magar) at Cleveland Play House, where she was the 17-18 Artistic Directing Fellow. Katie also spent a season as Directing Fellow at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, where she assisted directors KJ Sanchez, Timothy Douglas, Blake Robison, Michael Haney, and Wendy C. Goldberg. Other assisting includes the Broadway revival of Godspell (dir. Daniel Goldstein, SDCF Observer) and Williamstown's Pygmalion (dir. Nicholas Martin).
Katie has also worked in artistic and literary management with Samuel French Inc, The Off Off Broadway Festival, and Signature Theater Company. She is a Drama League Directing Fellow and an Associate Member of SDC. She is a phi beta kappa, summa cum laude graduate of Columbia University, where she earned her BA in Theatre and History. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Directing at Northwestern University.
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