About

Kate PowersI make smart, thoughtful, entertaining, socially aware theatre. I love Shakespeare and Stoppard and really great words. I am dramaturgically prepared; my tablework is thorough; my productions are powerful. Tony and Olivier Award-winning playwright David Edgar says my resume is “scarily distinguished.”

My particular strengths lie with Elizabethan and Jacobean authors, and with new plays: I have a keen eye for what works and what does not in a new play, as well as strong dramaturgical skills when it comes to production research. I have directed plays from every century between the 16th and the 21st, both intense drama and raucous comedy; I like it best when they are combined in the same script.

Biography

I have just founded the Redeeming Time Project in Minnesota. Our mission is to use Shakespeare to effect positive change. We leverage the theatrical arts to enable incarcerated and formerly incarcerated adults to develop social, cognitive, and life skills which they will need to reintegrate into the […]

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Directing philosophy

Classic. Smart. Provocative. Truthful. I direct kick-ass Shakespeare. I make smart, thoughtful, entertaining, socially aware theatre. I love Shakespeare and Stoppard and really great words. In addition to my classical experience, I have regularly worked on contemporary plays that explore issues of social justice and […]

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Wish list

I have a little bit of a ‘champion of the underdog’ in me, and look forward to producing and directing some of the great writers who have fallen, if not into the dustbin, at least onto the floor adjacent to history’s dustbin: writers such as […]

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Shakespeare can transform a human heart.
– Curt Tofteland, Shakespeare Behind Bars

You lie, in faith, for you are called plain Kate,
And bonny Kate, and sometimes Kate the curst;
But Kate, the prettiest Kate in Christendom,
Kate of Kate Hall, my super-dainty Kate,
For dainties are all Kates, and therefore, Kate,
Take this of me, Kate of my consolation…
--The Taming of the Shrew, Act II, scene i