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Kathryn Walsh is a Chicago-based freelance theatre director, teacher, and text coach. Directing credits include: Richard II (Theatre at Monmouth); Little Women, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, House Arrest, Midsummer Night’s Dream (TheatreWorks Colorado Springs); The Future is Female, Happy Days, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, The Wolves, Balloonacy (Flint Repertory Theatre, Associate Artist); Women Beware Women, Richard II, As You Like It (Two Pence Theatre Co, where she served as Associate Producing Director); The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, James and the Giant Peach (Filament Theatre); Jane Eyre (Wirtz Center, Northwestern University); Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical and Balloonacy (Imagine U at Northwestern University); Night Lights (Living Room Playmakers); breaks & bikes (Pavement Group); A Very Merry (Un)Authorized Children’s Scientology Pageant (Next Theatre); Kill the Old Torture Their Young (Steep Theatre). She has verse coached multiple productions at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre: Mary Stuart, Charles III, ShortShakes A Midsummer Night's Dream, and ShortShakes/Chicago Parks Tours of Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night, as well as serving as assistant director on Henry VIII, Feast: An Intimate Tempest (co-production with Redmoon) and The Madness of George III. Other Chicago assisting credits: Our Town (Lookingglass), August: Osage County, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, When the Messenger is Hot (Steppenwolf). Additional directing credits include: The Woods Hole Plays (Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cape Cod), multiple productions of The Make-Out Queen (Cape Cod, New York), Island of Slaves (Orfeo Group, Boston), 4.48 Psychosis (Boston Directors’ Lab). Kathryn received her MFA in Directing from Northwestern University.

Kathryn spent four years serving as Directing Program Mentor at Northwestern University, where she taught Text Analysis to the MFA Directors and Designers and undergraduate Advanced Directing. She has taught for the Two Pence Lab, American Theatre Company, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, and at The University of Illinois at Chicago, North Central College, and James Madison University, and currently lectures at University of Chicago. She trained at Shakespeare & Company, and began studying Shakespeare as an undergrad at Harvard, where she received her B.A. in English and American Literature and Language.

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