Kate Snodgrass is a playwright in Boston Massachusette. She began her theatrical life as an actor, studying in her home state of Kansas, and at LAMDA, London, England and in New York City. In mid-career, interested in creating roles for women, she turned to playwriting and found her vocation in supporting new plays in all their stages of development. She is fascinated with subtext and the elusiveness and power of language as a path to both personal and communal discovery. She believes that drama must ask the important questions without prescribing answers. In the fall of 2014, she was commissioned to write a one-act play for Sleeping Weazel, a theatre company specialiing in experimental or avant-garde plays. It was the first time she had written a play in close to ten yers, having worked tirelessly for other writers in academia and on a national level, teaching, responding to new work, et al. The play opened in March 2015; not only did she write the but she also performed in it as well, something she had not done in 20 years. She re-mounted the play – entitled The Tempest or Bark’s Dream, A Storm in One Act – at Lesley Unversity and then again in the Boston city-wide Outide the Box Festival on the Boston Common in July, 2015. Sleeping Weazel then commissioned her to write another short play. It was performed the first two weekend in June 2016, at the Boston Center for the Arts. The play, The Last Bark, is its own re-envisioning of the first play (written with a “prompt” from sleeping Weazel to write about ‘the end of the world”). She performed in it as well It is part of an as-yet-to-be finished trilogy using the same artists as in the first two plays.
This bio/description was originally published in 2015 and updated in 2016. For more current information, please refer to the award recipient's website (if provided).