- Artistic Director
KATE SNODGRASS is the artistic director of Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and of the Elliot Norton Award–winning Boston Theater Marathon, which she cofounded. She is a professor of the practice of playwriting in the College of Arts & Sciences’s English Department. Snodgrass is a former chair of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and National Playwriting Program; a former vice president of StageSource, Inc., in Boston; and a member of Actors’ Equity, A.F.T.R.A., and the Dramatists Guild. She is the 2001 recipient of the Theatre Hero Award from StageSource. Her play The Glider premiered at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre in 2004 and was nominated for the National American Critics Association’s Steinberg New Play Award. It won the 2005 Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Award for Best New Play–Small Company. She is a playwriting fellow with the Huntington Theatre Company.
Snodgrass is the author of the Actors’ Theatre of Louisville’s Heideman Award–winning and much-anthologized play Haiku. The play has been performed around the world and translated into German, Portuguese, and Gaelic; the film Haiku premiered at the 1995 Boston Film Festival. Her play Observatory Conditions, produced by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre in 1999, was the winner of an IRNE Award for Best New Play, the 1998 Provincetown Theatre Company’s Playwriting Award Competition, and the Best Play Award at the 2000 Southeast Theatre Conference. Snodgrass was a member of the former Circle Repertory Theatre Lab. Her short plays L’Air des Alpes; Que Sera, Sera; Critics’ Circle; and Wasteland have been published/anthologized by Cedar Press, Dramatic Publishing Company, Baker’s Plays, and Smith & Kraus, respectively. As an actor, she studied at Kansas University, Wichita State University, the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA), and in NYC with disciples of Michael Chekhov and Sanford Meisner. She has appeared at Lincoln Center, in regional theatres, and on national television.
Snodgrass’s directing credits at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre include Blackout and Prayin’ Hands by Tom McClellan, Michael Moss’s Twosome, Kimberly Brown’s Re: Pirth, Karen Zacarias’s The Barechested Man, Joyce Van Dyke’s Love in the Gulf, and Patricia Smith’s Life After Motown. Her numerous teaching credits include Harvard Extension School, Wellesley College, Brandeis University, Boston College, MIT, the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.) Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard, Lesley University, and Suffolk University, among others. A Virginia Center for Creative Arts fellow, she holds two BA degrees from Kansas University and Wichita State University, respectively, and a master’s in creative writing from Boston University. She is the recipient of the Leonides A. Nickole Theatre Educator of the Year Award from the New England Theater Conference, the Milan Stitt Award for Outstanding Teacher of Playwriting from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, and a 2012 Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence.