Kate Busselle

Kate Busselle

Kate is the founder of Heartland Intimacy Design & Training, an intimacy training company which offers academic, accessible, and affordable intimacy training entirely online. She has taught several workshops on staging intimacy, as well as designing intimacy for several productions. Her specific area of expertise is staging sexual trauma and assault and how to assist actors in leaving these moments behind...
Kate is the founder of Heartland Intimacy Design & Training, an intimacy training company which offers academic, accessible, and affordable intimacy training entirely online. She has taught several workshops on staging intimacy, as well as designing intimacy for several productions. Her specific area of expertise is staging sexual trauma and assault and how to assist actors in leaving these moments behind in the theatre. Recently, Kate served as the festival intimacy consultant for the Great Plains Theatre Conference, and will be returning to her role in person this summer in Omaha, Nebraska. She has also published articles in major publications such as Theatre Topics and The Fight Master.

Kate is currently the Assistant Professor of Movement and Stage Combat at the University of Oklahoma. She completed her Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Missouri in 2019. Kate has two research agendas: theatrical violence and theatrical intimacy. Her dissertation, "Killing 'Woman': Gender and Violence in Selected Works by Sheila Callaghan and Marisa Wegrzyn," examined how performances of violence committed by the characters within Callaghan's and Wegrzyn's works challenge heteronormative notions of gender.

Kate is an Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) with certifications in unarmed combat, rapier & dagger, quarterstaff, single sword, broadsword, broadsword and shield, knife, and theatrical firearms safety. She is also a member of the Association of Movement Theatre Educators (ATME), Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).

Kate is also a director, primarily directing new student-written work, play reading festivals, and regional semi-professional theatre. She is an Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) with the Actors Equity Association (AEA).

Plays

  • Triflers Need Not Apply
    Triflers Need Not Apply is a haunting, true crime, historical fiction play based on the life of Belle Sorenson Gunness, one of America’s first female serial killers. This darkly funny play brings a murderess lost to history back to center stage to tell her story—once and for all.
  • Petrified!
    Amy Whipple always wanted to be a park ranger at Petrified Wood National Forest. On her first night on the job, she discovers that she has been cursed! With the help of historical adventurer Annie Montague Alexander, Amy seeks to break the curse of the Petrified Wood Forest before she becomes petrified wood herself!

    Based on the real explorer Annie Montague Alexander and the real Conscience...
    Amy Whipple always wanted to be a park ranger at Petrified Wood National Forest. On her first night on the job, she discovers that she has been cursed! With the help of historical adventurer Annie Montague Alexander, Amy seeks to break the curse of the Petrified Wood Forest before she becomes petrified wood herself!

    Based on the real explorer Annie Montague Alexander and the real Conscience Letters from Petrified Wood National Forest!

Recommended by Kate Busselle

  • The Wine Vignettes
    20 May. 2022
    This play is sexy, hot, and drunk in the best way. The Wine Vignettes was a riveting play to read, especially to see how each of the femme characters coped with different crises in their lives. As an intimacy specialist and wine enthusiast, this play absolutely spoke to me. A great read!
  • landscape
    20 May. 2022
    This play showcases excellence in feminist playwriting, roles for women/femme/queer/non-binary characters, and characters of color, but this play is also incredibly innovative in its structure and use of climbing pitches as a format for its dramatic text. This play reckons with a continuously evolving landscape of queer identity in both rock climbing and the community formerly known as Boystown in Chicago. The structure of the piece is stacked similar to that of The Wolves, but is also it's own form entirely. A fantastic ensemble piece and a MUST read!
  • Tough
    20 May. 2022
    This play is a wonderful work that features significant roles for college age women. For anyone who has seen shows like "Scared Straight" or heard about kids being sent away to wilderness camp to be "rehabilitated" into societal norms, this play highlights how flawed and damaging these programs can be. An excellent work for colleges and universities to produce!
  • Earworm
    9 Mar. 2022
    As a movement specialist, I thoroughly enjoy and appreciate this play! Not only does this play showcase relatable characters, but also provides interesting challenges in terms of actors playing anthropomorphic personifications of songs! A beautiful story of how songs impact us and make us deal with truths about ourselves. Colleges and universities should seek this play out for production!
  • SOPHIA HAYDEN DESERVES BETTER
    9 Mar. 2022
    Not only was this play delightful to read, but the story of Sophia Hayden proves to be absolutely fascinating! Walker handles the delicate balance of historical information with plot beautifully, and also conveys the challenges faced by women during the era...especially within the confines of a sanitorium. A wonderful ensemble piece to share a story lost to history!