Kimberly Patterson is a playwright, director, and educator. She began her theatrical career in high school by writing for her fellow students. Her drama class produced her plays at the Bucks County Playhouse Secondary School Drama Festival, and, in 1993, she won an award for “Best Original Script” (which she framed). She then headed to NYU, majored in Dramatic Literature, and began working in Off-Broadway theaters. Memorable experiences include delivering a package to Wendy Wasserstein, making coffee for Wallace Shawn, and running sound for the Verizon “Can you hear me now?” guy.
When not performing odd jobs for theater luminaries, she was finishing her Masters degree at NYU’s Gallatin School. Her program in Individualized Study focused on performance studies, dramatic writing, and technical theater, and her coursework involved photography, puppetry, and “ritual-as-performance.” Her thesis addressed questions of text, context and form in adaptations, and was accompanied by The Goat Song, a one-act play loosely adapted from Eurpides’ Medea.
Recent random tasks include preparing photocopies for Israel Horovitz, hosting a luncheon for John Guare, and chauffeuring celebrated actress Frances Sternhagen all around Palm Beach.
Her plays have appeared in the New York International Fringe Festival, the Orlando Fringe Festival, and the New York Musical Theater Festival; her musical, Oedipus for Kids!, is published by Samuel French and has been produced around the U.S. and in Canada. Her most recent musical, Douchenozzle, premiered at the Orlando Fringe Festival in 2017. Kimberly holds an M.F.A. in playwriting from the Hollins University Playwright’s Lab.
Things I Like:
Dramaturgy, arts advocacy, dramatic literature, clown, puppets, masks, critical theory, performance studies, Ancient Greece, Shakespeare, science fiction, movement, performance, spectacle, creativity, organization, kindness, coffee, bacon, NPR.