I am pleased to announce that Dr. Kathleen George will speak at Honors Convocation on March 20, 2005. Kathleen George is a Professor in the Theatre Arts Department at the University of Pittsburgh.
Kathleen George was born in Johnstown Pennsylvania. As a child, she wanted to be a writer. She wrote stories and plays in high school and in her undergraduate years as a creative writing major at the University o Pittsburgh. She went on to earn a Ph.D. Theatre (also at Pitt). By then she had made her home in Pittsburgh. For eight years she taught theatre at Carlow College where she directed many plays. Then she accepted a teaching position at Pitt where she continued to direct and teach dramatic literature and playwriting; in the early 80s, she began to add fiction writing back into the mix. In 1988 earned an M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing (also at Pitt!) on the side.
Book-length fiction publications are: The Man in the Buick, a collection of stories, BKMK press, 1999, and Taken, a novel, Delacorte 2001, and Fallen, a novel, 2004. Taken has been translated into French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Danish, and Norwegian. She has another novel, The Kids, in progress.
George has been the recipient of grants from the University of Pittsburgh and from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She has been granted fellowships at artist's colonies, among which are the VCCA and MacDowell. Her short fiction has appeared in journals and magazines which include Mademoiselle, Cimarron Review, The North American Review, New Letters, and Alaska Quarterly Review. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and one story was listed among the Distinguished in Best American Short Stories.
Her theatre publications are: Rhythm in Drama, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1980, and Playwriting: The First Workshop, Butterworth, 1994, and the forthcoming Winter's Tales: Reflections on the Novelistic Stage, a scholarly study of the correspondences between fiction and drama. In progress are a collection of essays titled Where Storytellers Meet and a book on improvisation. She has taught for Pitt in London and has served as faculty and as Academic Dean for Pitt's Semester at Sea.
She has directed for the university mainstage and for the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival. Productions include The Rehearsal, The Country Wife, She Stoops to Conquer, The Winter's Tale, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, A Flea in Her Ear, Our Town. A number of these productions were listed among the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ten Best of the Year. She has also produced and sometimes directed over fifty original plays written by students.