Theatre Department

Faculty & Staff

Kate Bredeson

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Theatre 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. Kate researches and writes about 20th and 21st century experimental theatre. She is particularly interested in theatre as a tool for radical activism and protest. Her first book, Occupying the Stage: the Theater of May '68 is published by Northwestern University Press (2018; finalist, George Freedley Award). Her second book The Diaries of Judith Malina, 1958-1971, part of her project to find, edit, and introduce Malina's lifetime diaries, is forthcoming. Kate has earned fellowships and awards including a Beinecke Visiting Research Fellowship at Yale; a Fulbright in Paris; residencies at La Maison Dora Maar in Ménerbes (France), the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio (Italy), the Camargo Foundation in Cassis (France), Caldera in Sisters (Oregon), and Tao House in Danville (California); fellowships from the New York Public Library, Killam Foundation, Mellon Foundation, American Philosophical Society, the Institut Français de Washington, and the American Society for Theatre Research. She is an alum of the Mellon Summer School of Theatre and Performance Research at Harvard University and the Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents. She is the recipient of a 2017 NEH summer stipend. Kate regularly presents at national and international conferences, and has published articles in PAJ, TDR, Theater Topics, Theatre Survey, Theater, Theatre Symposium, Modern and Contemporary France, The Tennessee Williams Literary Journal, and Time Out Paris. She has essays in the books Postdramatic Theatre and Form (Bloomsbury, 2019), The Sixties, Center Stage: Mainstream and Popular Performances in a Turbulent Decade (Michigan, 2017), The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy (Routledge, 2014), International Women Stage Directors (U. Illinois, 2013), May 68: Rethinking France's Last Revolution (Palgrave, 2011), and the forthcoming Routledge Anthology of Women’s Theatre Theory. 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, and choreographer Tahni Holt. Kate is a winner of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) 2017 Bly Fellowship, and the 2011 LMDA 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."