Katie Kirk is a playwright & screenwriter originally from Northwest Indiana, currently living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Most recently, their full-length feature screenplay The Thallium Murders won a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of the 2024 Sloan-CMU Script Competition for the Public Understanding of Science and Technology. Katie was also one of nine finalists in ABC Signature’s 2024 Emerging Playwright Initiative. 

Full-length plays include The Ninth Annual Hemlock Avenue Barbecue (Carnegie Mellon New Works), EGGMAN (Mary Marlin Fisher Playwriting Award), and Centripetal Force (NormalAve NAPSeries semifinalist, 2023). Katie’s short plays have been adapted for the screen and published by Concord Theatricals/Samuel French.

Their work's been staged or developed with organizations including Theater Masters, Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, the University of Kentucky, Kentucky Theatre Association, and The PlayGround Experiment, among others. 

As an educator, Katie's worked with Horizon Theatre Company's New South Young Playwrights Festival, Carnegie Mellon University, Chicago Street Theatre, and the Leonard Gelfand Center.

Member: Dramatists Guild, Playwrights' Center

BA & MA, English — University of Kentucky

MFA, Dramatic Writing — Carnegie Mellon University

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