Kate Busselle

Kate Busselle

Kate (she/her) 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...
Kate (she/her) 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 designed the intimacy for the world premiere production of Gertrude and Claudius by Mark St. Germain at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater.

Kate recently completed her Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Missouri. 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

  • SWAY
    14 May. 2021
    This play was absolutely everything I hoped it would be. It left me absolutely breathless when I finished reading. This play beautifully eviscerates influencer culture!
  • What Happened While Hero Was Dead
    8 Apr. 2021
    I love this play so much! As a Shakespeare nerd and feminist, I love the sexual awakening of Hero and her feminist awakening fighting against the period, culture, and norms of the period. A fabulous work for college students to sink their teeth into for movement and physical comedy while also creating emotionally complex journeys. A wonderful play! It's going on my directing bucket list.
  • Enda and Oona
    5 Apr. 2021
    This play takes you on twists and turns! A delightful challenge for a small ensemble with beautifully vulnerable and awkward characters searching for the meaning of baking, love, intimacy, acting, and healthy boundaries. This poses both juicy, complex characters with technological challenges for the production team. A MUST read and a MUST produce!
  • Patriarch
    3 Apr. 2021
    This play is such an interesting read and structure! I felt my chest tighten through the entirety of the first act as the characters enact wonderfully realistic family tension and bickering. Then...all hell (no pun intended) breaks loose. This play will make you question what is real, what is the stuff of nightmares, and what happens in our lives that are at the intersection of real nightmares. You will devour this play!
  • Fireflies
    1 Mar. 2021
    This play is an absolute rollercoaster of emotions. I couldn't stop reading this play. Complex characters, fascinating storytelling devices, and centering a trans man and queer relationship in the storyline. If you liked "The Big Sick," you'll love this play because it's even better. WONDERFUL script.