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Kate Bergstrom

Director + New Work Developer

Kate Bergstrom is a bi-coastal director + new work developer. Her work has been seen at Ars Nova, Rattlestick, REDCAT, UCLAlive!, Highways Performance Space, UCLA, La Mama Umbria, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Brown University, Curious Theatre Company, Theatre at Monmouth, LACMA and more. Founding Artistic Director of On The Verge Summer Repertory Company in Santa Barbara, Kate was named 2016 Central Coast BroadwayWorld.com’s Person to Watch. Featured projects include The Children’s Hour: a Queer Explosion (operetta -Granoff Center for the Arts), The Taming of the Shrew,  A Map of Virtue and Neva at Brown/Trinity, WHOLED at REDCAT and HOTBOX (also co-creator/performer) for Ars Nova’s Ant Fest, + the Explosions From the Other Canon project. Other: Three Days of Rain and Enchanted April, Theater at Monmouth, At the Table (West Coast premiere; Best Play 2017, Broadwayworld.com), Sometimes the Rain (Dorry Award for Best Play), Caridad Svich’s Red Bike -Rattlestick’s TheatreJam + The Wilbury Group NNPN Rolling World Premiere. Recent: FILL FILL FILL FILL FILL FILL by Steph Del Rosso with We the Women Collective (Tom Bradley Theater, LATC) in Los Angeles, Sky on Swings at Opera Philadelphia with Joanna Settle + QUAKE! At Culture Project NYC’s Director’s Lab.   As a professional actor, Kate’s work has ranged from Troilus and Cressida (OSF’s Play On!) to UCLALive!’s Medea with Annette Bening. BA: UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film and Television MFA: Brown/Trinity Directing ‘18. Kate also teaches intermedia directing at RISD + Performing the Internet with Todd Anderson at The New School. www.katebergstrom.com

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Sometimes the Best Technology is Relationships
Essay

Sometimes the Best Technology is Relationships

A Conversation with Complex Movements

15 January 2021

In the last conversation of the Performing the Internet series, curator Kate Bergstrom sits down with three members of the Detroit-based artist-activist collective Complex Movements—Sage Crump, ill weaver, Wes Taylor—to talk about intentional engagement in a virtual world.

Beyond Wandering
Essay

Beyond Wandering

Critical Engagement in a World-Widening Web

11 January 2021

Kate Bergstrom introduces the Performing the Internet series, which asks big questions, such as: Can unpacking the internet be a bellwether for how we all can unpack and restructure our society and our organizations? Can we reconceptualize our relationship to the internet by dismantling, questioning, and addressing it in our creative work?

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Directing and Embracing Open Texts
Essay

Directing and Embracing Open Texts

11 June 2019

Kate Bergstrom investigates the open text, looking at how theatremakers approach the form, the balance between respect for the script and unique interpretation, and more.

Performing the Internet
Series

Performing the Internet

The internet defines our present-day ecosystem. From work to play, the packets we send and receive over clouds and hard drives don’t just keep our lives running, they define how we run. As theatre artists, how can we consider the internet as a place, performer, and object in and of itself?