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Founder / Executive Artistic Director 

Kate Bergstrom, currently pursuing her MFA in Directing at Brown/Trinity Rep,  serves as artistic director of On The Verge Summer Repertory Festival. She also served as the head of Drama at Laguna Blanca School from 2012-2015 and Artistic Director of Stripped Scripts.  A graduate of UCLA's School of Theatre, Film & Television with a degree in acting and directing, her thesis production of Woyzeck with an all-female cast was featured as an in-season department show. She spent the years working as an educator, director and performer in the Los Angeles and Santa Barbara areas, bringing theater into classroom curriculum through Laguna Blanca and various non-profits, such as BluePalm, while directing for companies around the central coast.  

As an actor (AEA), her work ranges from Chorus in Medea with Annette Bening to the Steward in Suzan-Lori Park's 365 Plays/365 Days at Highways Performance Space. 

Her directorial work - described as colorful, ruptured hauntings - centers around the inherent queerness of performativity and the blurred lines between the self and other in relationship to gender, politics and socioeconomic identities. In 2013 she conceived and directed Wholed - a performance about Alexander Haig at REDCAT in the Walt Disney Concert Hall with member Elizabeth Hayhurst of GSF. 

Most recently Kate has finished production on The Children's Hour at Brown/Trinity which  workshopped again as an operetta at the Granoff Center for the Arts in December 2016. She also just completed direction on Erin Courtney's A Map of Virtue at Trinity Repertory Company and is headed up to Monmouth, Maine for Three Days of Rain by Richard Greenberg.

This summer, she is directing two shows in On The Verge's third season of new work. Catch her thesis as part of Brown/Trinity's fall repertory season with the fabulous B/T acting class of 2018.


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