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

  • Love I AWETHU Further
    30 Jul. 2021
    I had the absolute joy of reading this play and thrilled it was selected as the winner of the Student Jane Chambers Playwriting Competition. This play exemplifies all of the goals of this competition and rises head and shoulders above the rest in style, form, and story. While it is inspired by Julius Caesar, Love I Awethu Further is revolutionary in its showcasing of black love (physical and emotional) and its poetic structure. Produce this script immediately!
  • En Las Sombras
    30 Jul. 2021
    I had the absolute joy of reading this play for the Student Jane Chambers Playwriting Competition. En Las Sombras is compelling, beautifully told, and is an exemplary work for feminist values and roles for women and queer folx. This play speaks to the heart of the issue of detention centers at the border through the use of allegory, metaphor, and cultural references. A brilliant work!
  • Arcade
    30 Jul. 2021
    I had the absolute joy of reading this play for the Student Jane Chambers Playwriting Competition. Arcade's magic and whimsy only intensifies the sinking feeling the reader gets when the plot fully unfolds. The creative implementation of video game technology and auditory distortion only heighten the feeling of being trapped in a fun house within the world of the play. A wonderfully inventive piece that I cannot wait to see produced!
  • Rx Machina
    21 Jun. 2021
    This play is exemplary in breaking down the complexities of big pharma’s influence in the opioid epidemic. Rx Machina shows moments of the machine grinding people to dust and the chain reaction that causes the reader to scream at the page for those with the most power to pay attention. A fascinating read for those who enjoyed films like "Spotlight" or docuseries like "How to Fix a Drug Scandal."
  • Blue
    21 Jun. 2021
    This play is one that made my chest feel tight and was incredibly relatable to the arguments Mia and Jay engage in. This script engages in the challenges of finding your other half but it not always being a better half and the challenges of loving through mental illness. A riveting showcase of queer relationships and the struggles we face behind closed doors.