Kate Danley

Kate Danley

Kate Danley is a USA TODAY Bestselling author and twenty-five year veteran of stage and screen with a B.S. in theatre from Towson University. She was one of four students to be named a Maryland Distinguished Scholar in the Arts. She is currently the Seattle Regional Representative for the Dramatists Guild.

She has sold over half-a-million books globally. She ranked as the #20 author on all of...
Kate Danley is a USA TODAY Bestselling author and twenty-five year veteran of stage and screen with a B.S. in theatre from Towson University. She was one of four students to be named a Maryland Distinguished Scholar in the Arts. She is currently the Seattle Regional Representative for the Dramatists Guild.

She has sold over half-a-million books globally. She ranked as the #20 author on all of Amazon March 2014. Her debut novel, The Woodcutter (published by 47North) hit #6 on all of Amazon, was honored with the Garcia Award for the Best Fiction Book of the Year, 1st Place Fantasy Book in the Reader Views Literary Awards, and was the winner of the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Her book Maggie for Hire spent five weeks on the USA Today Bestselling list as part of the boxed set Magic After Dark and has been optioned for film and television development. Queen Mab was honored with the McDougall Previews Award for Best Fantasy Book of the Year and was named the 1st Place Fantasy Book in the Reader Views Reviewers Choice Awards.

Her plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Bath (UK), Ottawa (CA), Grande Prairie (CA), Chicago, Houston, Seattle, Anchorage, Lansing, and across Maryland. Her first full-length play, BUILDING MADNESS, won the prestigious 2016 Panowski Playwriting Competition. Her second full-length play, BUREAUCRAZY, was a semi-finalist in the O'Neill National Playwriting Conference and a semi-finalist in the Hart NPI. POWER won Best of the Renegade Theatre Festival. KINGS OF THE WORLD won 3rd place in the 10x10x10 Festival. She is one of the original co-founders of the Seattle Playwrights Salon. Her screenplay Fairy Blood won 1st Place in the Breckenridge Festival of Film Screenwriting Competition in the Action/Adventure Category and her screenplay American Privateer was a 2nd Round Choice in the Carl Sautter Memorial Screenwriting Competition. Her scripts The Playhouse, Dog Days, Sock Zombie, SuperPout, and Sports Scents can be seen in festivals and on the internet. She trained in on-camera puppetry with Mr. Snuffleupagus and played the head of a 20-foot dinosaur on an NBC pilot. She has over 300+ film, theatre, and television credits to her name. She lost on Hollywood Squares.

www.katedanley.com

Plays

  • Building Madness
    WINNER - PANOWSKI PLAYWRITING AWARD 2016

    Max and Paul are just trying to keep their architecture company afloat, but they accidentally hired the mob to build a police retirement home. They may never get the project done in this screwball comedy, but they are most definitely building madness.
  • Bureaucrazy
    Semi-Finalist Hart NPI
    Semi-Finalist Eugene O'Neill National Playwriting Competition

    Grace and Amy are just two regular girls working as secretaries in a soul sucking office. But when their boss chokes on an oatmeal raisin cookie, it starts a domino effect of death and disaster in this female-driven, modern Commedia about office politics and social stratification.
  • Power
    Overall Winner of Renegade N.O.W.

    On the surface, "Power" appears to be a simple locked-room drama. Tucker and Alice are throwing a dinner party. Tucker works for Dean and believes someone at the company is embezzling money. Tucker falls for Dean's wife, Betty. Dean and Tucker's wife, Alice, are having an affair. Everyone is caught. Relationships fall apart. Dinner is a...
    Overall Winner of Renegade N.O.W.

    On the surface, "Power" appears to be a simple locked-room drama. Tucker and Alice are throwing a dinner party. Tucker works for Dean and believes someone at the company is embezzling money. Tucker falls for Dean's wife, Betty. Dean and Tucker's wife, Alice, are having an affair. Everyone is caught. Relationships fall apart. Dinner is a disaster.

    But this play is not about the words.

    This play is an exploration of status. "Power" is an ambiguous dialogue. Each night in front of the audience, the cast pulls their status relationships from a hat and must then leap immediately into the play. The entire show exists in the subtext and discoveries happening in real time based upon the luck of the draw. One night, an actor will be the most powerful person on stage, the next night, they will be the outcast. Every show is completely different from performance to performance. Dynamics are fluid, moments are discovered, and the result is a show which is immensely alive.

    Power isn't about what is being said… it is about everything else.
  • Kings of the World
    3rd Place in the 10x10x10 Festival at Fells Point Corner Theater -

    Jeb and Bud have all the solutions to the world's problems... if only they could get off their bar stools.
  • Late Shift
    Bonnie has been working the late shift at Don's Diner for the past twenty years. It has been her second home and a source of pride. Tonight is Joe's first day as a cook at Don's Diner and he's late. As these two clash waiting for a 2:00 a.m. rush that may not ever happen, they discover that hopes and dreams come too late for some, and sometimes people are too late in their lives to make a...
    Bonnie has been working the late shift at Don's Diner for the past twenty years. It has been her second home and a source of pride. Tonight is Joe's first day as a cook at Don's Diner and he's late. As these two clash waiting for a 2:00 a.m. rush that may not ever happen, they discover that hopes and dreams come too late for some, and sometimes people are too late in their lives to make a shift.

    Late Shift is an exploration of the ruts that people get into, the petty day-to-day minutia that becomes exponentially important, and the tragedy of unrealized dreams as people wait for The Moment.
  • Margie's Interview
    The local elementary school needs a new arts and crafts teacher. A local lumberjack needs a new job.
  • The Camera, The Gerbil, and the Big, Wide World
    A nostalgic journey through a childhood friendship, and how a camera and a gerbil made the world huge and wonderful.
  • Hitchers
    What happens when two serial killers pick each other up on a lonely road? Sometimes the best friendships are forged in the most unusual circumstances...

    co-written by Kate Danley and Joe Purcell
  • Staging
    A family is trying to sell their house, but they don't quite understand the concept of staging.
  • Meet the Family
    Sue has a habit of dating monsters, but what happens when she brings a REAL monster home to meet the family?
  • The True Meaning of Christmas
    Four mall employees try to plan the theme for the Santa's Corner picture area. But in this world of crass commercialism, will they be able to figure out the true meaning of Christmas? Probably not.
  • Socks
    John just needs to buy a pair of socks before an important meeting, but if shopgirl Mary has her way, he will end up in quite a pair.
  • Sit
    Sometimes the world tells you to sit still... and sometimes you have to realize getting unstuck is as simple as standing up.