Kathryn Walat

Kathryn Walat

Associate Professor, Resident Playwright
Music & Theatre


PAC 348
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Personal Page: https://www.kathrynwalat.com/

Kathryn Walat is a playwright and Associate Professor in the University at Albany’s Theatre Program, where she teaches courses that include Playwriting, Script Analysis, and Great Drama on Film and Video.

Her play Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen was produced Off-Broadway at the Women’s Project, and published in New Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2007. Her play Creation—about music, obsession, and the artistic process—was developed at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center/National Playwrights Conference, and premiered at the Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena, for which she was nominated for an LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Playwriting.

Other works include Bleeding Kansas (Hangar Theatre, Ithaca; Francesca Primus Citation), See Bat Fly (Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep, Providence), Ancient Gods of the Backwoods (New Georges’ Germ Project, New York), Know Dog (Salvage Vanguard Theater, Austin), and her one-act Johnny Hong Kong (Perishable Theatre, Providence).

She is also co-librettist, with composer Gregory Spears, of the chamber opera Paul’s Case, which was produced at the Prototype Festival (NYC) and at Pittsburgh Opera, and was named in New Yorker magazine’s list of Ten Notable Performances and Recordings for 2014. Her latest collaboration with Spears is Jason and the Argonauts, an opera for young audiences commissioned by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, which will tour to over 20,000 students in fall 2016.

Kate has received commissions from MCC Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Georges, and Actors’ Theatre of Louisville. She is an Affiliated Artist with New Georges (NYC), and a Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center (Minneapolis). She is a regular contributor to the In Dialogue column of the Brooklyn Rail, and her articles have appeared in American Theatre magazine, Time Out New York, and online at TDF Stages. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama, and a BA in English and American Literature, with honors in Creative Writing, from Brown University.