Kato McNickle

Kato McNickle is a playwright, artist, and dog-wrangler living in Connecticut.  She is a 2010 Clauder Award recipient and 2008 O’Neill National Theater Conference finalist for ARIADNE ON THE ISLAND;  a 2008 Heideman Award finalist with Actors Theatre of Louisville for ABOUT A HUNDRED PANCAKES, and an O’Neill National Theater Conference 2007 finalist for MINOTAURS.  TOREROS.  Her play A YANKEE TRADER premiered in Los Angeles with the Virtual Theatre Project, and was winner of The Pen is a Mighty Sword Award.  IN SEARCH OF A BETTER LIFE WITH ELVIS was presented at UCSD Baldwin New Play Fest receiving the African American Playwriting Award.  She was part of a 3-week playwrights boot-camp with Paula Vogel at the Atlantic Center for the arts, and under her tutelage wrote like mad.  Other playwriting awards include:  2010 Theatre for Youth National Playwriting Competition for CHANCE OF RAIN:  A NOAH RIFF;  Spirit of Broadway Best New Play for JOAN’S VOICES;  Gorilla Theater’s Inaugural Dramatist Award for TO DIE FOR WANT OF LOBSTER;  Robert R. Lehan Award for LEAK;  an Ensemble Studio Theatre New Voices Fellowship for FENCERS.  SWIMMING IN THE OCEAN was presented as part of the Playwright/Directors Festival of Plays at the Looking Glass Theatre in NYC and again at Brown University.  Plays and selections have been published by Smith & Kraus in a recent Best Monologues for Women;  The Lodestone Quarterly;  The Brown University Classics Journal, and Lemon Puppy Arts Journal.  She is Vice-President of the Mystic Paper Beats, a Connecticut-based puppetry troupe and partner of The Dragon’s Egg Performance Space.  She holds a BA from Brown University in Ancient Studies.  Member of the Dramatist Guild and the Star Wars Fan Club.