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BCWJ Profile of Kathy Anderson, Playwright
March 17, 2012, 5:29 pm
Filed under: BCWJ Page & Stage, Women Theatre Artists | Tags: , ,

I recently had the pleasure of getting to know Kathy Anderson, who lives and writes in Philadelphia. Here is a preview of my next Bucks County Women’s Journal Page & Stage column.

Profile of Kathy Anderson, Playwright

By Anne M. Hamilton, M.F.A.

(Bucks County Women’s Journal – Page & Stage column, April/May 2012)

Kathy Anderson identifies herself primarily as a fiction writer, and she has now become a successful playwright as well. Her last two published short stories were nominated for the Pushcart Prize and her work has appeared in national and international magazines, journals, and anthologies. She has lived in Philadelphia for three years, and calls the Philadelphia Theatre Workshop her artistic home.

Kathy’s play FRONT ROW SEAT was produced at the PTW in 2010. “FRONT ROW SEAT is a darkly comic road trip,” she explains. “A Texas family travels to get a front row seat at the JFK assassination. It’s a journey and an adventure. The audience gradually comes to understand where the family is headed. The play ends a year after the assassination and shows the impact it has had on their lives.”

How does it feel to branch out into playwriting? “It’s a very cool thing to write in one form and then discover another one,” she says. “Because plays are rehearsed and performed within a time frame, playwriting helps me to speed up the process of writing. Often you have to revise a scene in a very short time or even create a whole world in a very short time. It’s good to know I can work fast and can revise quickly.”

“When my first play, KISS OF DEATH, INC., was produced in New York, I got totally hooked. I could hear the audience react. It was hard after that to go back to my quiet room and write and just see my work in publications and anthologies.”

Kathy consciously made career choices so that she could spend quality time writing and developing as a writer. These included earning a master’s degree in library science and working as a librarian. “It is important to me to feel like I’m doing something for the greater good,” she says.

Currently, she works at Drexel University, helping screenwriters and playwrights while they attend a co-operative education program and receive credit for work in their industries. “It’s a wonderful job and it supports me as a writer,” she explains.

You may follow her career at www.kathyandersonwriter.com.

Download the article here: BCWJ Profile of Kathy Anderson, Playwright by Anne Hamilton

Anne Hamilton has over twenty years of experience in the professional theatre in NYC, across the nation, and internationally. She is available for script consultations and career advising through hamiltonlit@hotmail.com. Season Two of Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! featured Jennifer Tipton, the award-winning lighting designer.

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