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About Kathleen

Kathleen Cahill is a Pulitzer Prize Nominated Playwright, Screenwriter and Lyricist/Book Writer. She is a graduate in Musical Theatre at the Tisch School of the Arts.

Her awards include three Edgerton Foundation Awards, the Jane Chambers Playwrighting Award, two Connecticut Commission on the Arts Playwrighting Awards, a Massachusetts Artists Foundation Award, a Rockefeller Grant, a National Endowment for the Arts New American Works Grant, and a Drama League Award. She was a DGF Travelling Master in 2019. Her play Charm (NNPN Showcase) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; her play The Persian Quarter was nominated for a Steinberg Award. (Both published by Dramatic Publishing.)

Her produced musicals include Friendship of the Sea (North Shore Music Theatre) Dakota Sky(Olney Theatre) an opera, Clara, two opera/cabarets, A Tale of Two Cities: Paris and Berlin in the Twenties (Maryland Center for the Performing Arts), a comic opera cabaret, Fatal Song (most recently Utah Opera) a short opera, and The Better Man (Utah Opera).

Her plays include the comedy, Course 86B in the Catalogue (Salt Lake Acting Company) The Still Time (Georgia Rep/ Porchlight Theatre, Chicago) the comedy, Women Who Love Science Too Much (Porchlight Theatre and NPR Radio) Charm ( National New Play Network Festival, Salt Lake Acting Company premiere, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Dallas; Orlando Shakespeare; Taffety Punk, Washington D.C., New Hampshire Theatre Project, among others) The Persian Quarter ( Salt Lake Acting Company, Merrimack Rep.) Harbur Gate, an NNPN commission. (Salt Lake Acting Company, 16thstreet Theatre, Chicago.) Henry, Louise and Henri (one act) and The Robertassey at Women’s Playwrights Initiative, Ivoryton Playhouse, CT. The Robertassey was the featured play at the 2019 Seven Devil’s Playwrights Conference. Silent Dancer, a groundbreaking dance/play premiered at the Salt Lake Acting Company in April 2019.

New work: With composer Michael Wartofsky, she has written a new musical, LATE, about the effects of a shooting on a small group of high school students, which was workshopped by Moonbox Productions, Boston, in June 2022. She has also been working on a two-character play, One Stone,  about the relationship between Albert Einstein and his first wife, the physicist Mileva Marić. The play questions if it is really any easier for women in science today. Early versions: One Stone was semi-finalist at the Gary Marshall New Play Festival, first prize winner in the Women’s Voices Festival at Mad Cow Theatre, Orlando. A one-act, Madera Canyon, was recently produced in “The Seven Festival” at Fusion Theatre, Albuquerque.

She wrote the screenplay for the independent feature, Downtown Express.