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-.
(503) 459-4639 | kbredeso@reed.edu

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 international conferences, and has published articles in Theater, Theatre Symposium, Modern and Contemporary France, The Tennessee Williams Literary Journal, Time Out Paris, and she has a forthcoming essay in Performing Arts Journal. Kate is currently at work on a book about theatre surrounding the May 1968 events in France. Her chapter "L'Entrée libre à l'ex-théâtre de France: the Occupation of the Odéon and the Revolutionary Culture of the French Stage" appears in the 2011 book May 68: Rethinking France's Last Revolution; her chapter on French women stage directors appears in the 2013 book International Women Stage Directors. Her work on French dramaturgy will be published in the Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy. 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. Kate holds an MFA and a doctorate in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from the Yale School of Drama.