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 C Word
    1 Jul. 2022
    As an art nerd, I was thrilled that this was an honorable mention for the Student Jane Chambers Award. This play is a fantastic ensemble piece that would be a dynamic acting challenge for college-aged women and would also provide an intriguing design challenge. I fantasize about what the Hystoracle would look like!
  • WITH FELLOWSHIP
    1 Jul. 2022
    WITH FELLOWSHIP is absolutely deserving of the Student Jane Chambers Award 2022. This play is complex, nuanced, and has fantastic roles for women. The topic is absolutely fascinating, and the relationships between the characters develop complexity over the course of the play. A must read and must produce!
  • Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
    1 Jul. 2022
    I had the distinct honor of reading this play as part of the Jane Chambers Award Committee 2022. All roles for femme women and great depictions of the challenges around women's issues both past and present. The playwright uses innovative conventions of jumping back and forth through time with the same actors in order to communicate the timelessness of the issues related to pregnancy, sex work, and sexual assault. The biting satire ends in complete chaos. In light of the overturning of Roe, this play is a must read and must produce!
  • Joan Dark
    1 Jul. 2022
    I had the honor of reading this play as part of the Jane Chambers Award Committee in 2022. This play examines a complex and interesting turn within the Catholic church as they attempt to reckon with hundreds of years of sexism within a short time frame to keep "current" with their parishioners. The protagonist, Joan, is a compelling character whose journey with religion, faith, and sexism unfold through flashback and varying conflicts with sexism within the Roman Catholic religion that make for a compelling examination of those who dare to challenge long-standing establishments like the Catholic Church.
  • Acetone Wishes and Plexiglass Dreams
    1 Jul. 2022
    This play has achieved the impossible--taking an entire neighborhood and placing it on a one-set theatre stage. Each neighbor, gossip, auntie and uncle that cycles through Inky and Celina's world as they try to build their own small corner of Koreatown adds to the eccentricity and liveliness of the play (not to mention the hilarious pastor who is powerwalking and stretching outside). A true cultural gem of a play with iconic imagery of a single red painted nail for good luck.