Theatre Department

Faculty & Staff

Kate Bredeson

Kate BredesonTheatre 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-.
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Kate Bredeson is a theatre historian, a director, and a dramaturg. She has earned awards including 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 was a member of the 2012 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, Theater, TDR, Theatre Symposium, Modern and Contemporary France, The Tennessee Williams Literary Journal, and Time Out Paris. Kate's book manuscript, Occupying the Stage: Theatre of May '68, is in process. She has essays in the books The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy (Routledge, 2014), International Women Stage Directors (U. Illinois, 2013), May 68: Rethinking France's Last Revolution (Palgrave, 2011). Her chapter, "How France Canonized the American Avant-Garde" will appear in Cindy Rosenthal and James M. Harding's Center-Staging the Sixties (Michigan, forthcoming). As a dramaturg, she has worked with theatres including the Guthrie, Yale Repertory Theatre, Yale Cabaret, Portland Playhouse, and Hand2Mouth Theatre, and in 2011 won the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas residency grant. She is a board member for Portland's Risk/Reward festival. Before coming to Reed, she was the Resident Dramaturg at the Court Theatre in Chicago and Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Chicago. She has also taught at 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."