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WELCOME to the portfolio of Katie Bennett. In her mad youth Katie (aka “Kathryn”) acted in New York on daytime television in shows like All My Children and As the World Turns. She also worked at the Tony Award-winning Shakespeare Theatre Company. She is a UC Berkeley graduate with an MFA in acting from the University of South Carolina and has trained with Julliard teachers. 

Don’t miss her stories of encouragement and loss for people in the arts on her blog A BIG LIFE.

WRITING NEWS/screenwriting: 

JUST IN! Traditions: Katie’s screenplay about a women who receives a scary mammogram during the pandemic lockdown of 2020 won Honorable Mention in Willamette Writers’ Kay Snow Awards 2021.

Katie’s script Circus Song about a trapeze artist ‘s retirement was a Quarter Finalist in Page Turner Screenplay’s First 15 Competition 2020.

Bird in the Water:  This supernatural story about a Danish-Native American couple who adopt a child won First Place in the Northwest Exposure Screenwriters Competition 2018.

 

 

Liberty and GraceDuring the United States Bicentennial, two high school girlfriends struggle with friendship, sexuality and the hippy-dippy “Jesus Movement” of the 1970s.  Second Round Honors for Comedy at the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition 2016.

 

 

WRITING NEWS/playwriting:

JUST IN! Tru Adoration, a play Katie wrote about romantic love vs. love of art for the PDX Playwrights “double blind” Zoom Shorts Competition was chosen by them for production in the Fertile Ground Theatre Festival 2022! 

Now in rehearsal! Pictured are Jonathan Hernandez and Evelyn Holbrook: 

 

 

 

 

Jephthah’s Daughter: An egalitarian feminist take on the Iphigenia-like story of Judges 11 in which Jephthah’s Daughter  rescues Isaac from being sacrificed by his father, Abraham.

The play had a staged reading at the Fertile  Ground Theatre Festival  in Portland in 2020. See theatre reviewer Judy Nedry’s preview: https://judynedry.com/get-ready-for-the-fertile-ground-festival/

Suicide in the Garden – Click to watch (9 min)

Suicide in the Garden: Love. Death. Blame. And Laundry. Katie’s comic short play (watch it here!!>>>>) was produced by Portland group PDX Playwrights in their Daisy Dukes Shorts Night for  Fertile Ground Festival 2020.

 

 

 

ACTING NEWS: 

South of Heaven: Little Sister: a Portland Noir film by Jeff Scott Taylor in which Katie plays Dana, the down-on-her luck hard-bitten mother of Jackie, was released internationally in 2020.

 

 

TomorrowClick here to watch11350401_10205785822397929_8569373820119111362_n[1] our 7 minute film in which Katie plays a lunch lady with old dreams. Nominated: Best Actress: Katie Bennett, Firereel Film Festival 2016.