Kate Moore Heaney is a director, playwright, and producer committed to promoting empathy and investigating social and human rights issues through theatre. Recent directing credits include: The Exposed Bone Workshop Collective…(#serials@theFlea); IndianapolisAlyssa1985 is Getting Married(Midtown International Theatre Festival); Big Lady (The Secret Theatre); TheBest Worst Birthday Party…(The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals); Love and Order(TinyRhino); Cat Hair & Cupcakes (Rising Sun). She has worked and trained at Noor Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Second Stage, Clubbed Thumb, CRY HAVOC, Yale Institute for Music Theatre, and Théâtre du Châtelet, assisting directors such as Emily Mann, Mark Brokaw, Portia Krieger, Adam Immerwahr, and Michael Unger. She graduated Cum Laude from Yale University with distinction in the majors of Theatre Studies and Psychology.
1) What excites you most about participating in Directors JAM?
I am excited to create an actor/director-driven piece and stretch my artistic muscle in a very collaborative setting with a group of actors I have not previously worked with.
2) How do you personally understand the director’s role in a devising process?
In a devising process (and in any rehearsal process, for that matter), I see the director as a facilitator. My job is to ask the right questions, to create a safe environment that is conducive to experimentation and discovery, to harness the creative energy of the room, and to focus that energy towards a common goal in order to create a cohesive piece.
3) What do you hope to get out of your JAM experience?
I hope to have a fulfilling collaborative experience with a group of actors. Throughout the process, I hope that we will challenge each other to take risks and move beyond our artistic boundaries to create our piece.