Theatre Department

Faculty & Staff

Kate Bredeson

kb-headshot-small.jpgTheatre history and literature, dramaturgy, playwriting, directing, gender and theatre.
B.A. 1998, Macalester College
M.F.A. 2002, D.F.A. 2006 Yale School of Drama
Reed College 2009-.
(503) 459-4639 |

Kate Bredeson is a theatre historian, a director, and a dramaturg. She has earned awards including a residency at the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy; a Beinecke Visiting Research Fellowship at Yale; a Fulbright in Paris; a residency at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France; fellowships from the Killam Foundation, Mellon Foundation, American Philosophical Society, the Institut Français de Washington, and she is an alum of the Mellon Summer School of Theatre and Performance Research at Harvard University. Kate regularly presents at national and international conferences, and has published articles in PAJ, TDR, Theater, Theatre Symposium, Modern and Contemporary France, The Tennessee Williams Literary Journal, and Time Out Paris. Kate is currently at work on two books, Occupying the Stage: Theater of May '68, and A Lifetime of Resistance: the Diaries of Judith Malina 1947-2015. She has essays in the books Center-Staging the Sixties: Mainstream and Popular Performances in a Turbulent Decade (Michigan, 2016), The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy (Routledge, 2014), International Women Stage Directors (U. Illinois, 2013), and May 68: Rethinking France's Last Revolution (Palgrave, 2011). As a dramaturg, she has collaborated with the Court Theater in Chicago (Resident Dramaturg 2008-09), Guthrie Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, Yale Cabaret, Portland Playhouse, Hand2Mouth Theatre, and choreographer Tahni Holt. Kate is a winner of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas residency grant. She is a board member for Portland's Risk/Reward festival, and a frequent collaborator with the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. Kate has taught at the University of Chicago, Dalhousie University, Yale University, and has been Visiting Associate Professor of Playwriting in the Hollins University MFA Playwriting program. Kate holds an MFA and a doctorate in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from the Yale School of Drama.

Reed Magazine feature article: "Taking Off the Gloves: Prof. Kate Bredeson challenges students to make theatre that is both real and unreal."