Katherine Gee Perrone’s five siblings told her that her very first play (Horse, a musical about a dog that wanted to go into show business) was “decent” for a seven year old. They went on to teach her how to sing at the top of her lungs and dream to the top of the moon. Her large family of artists set the precedent for many collaborative efforts in theatre, music, dance, film, art, and education throughout her life. At the age of fourteen, she won the VSArts Young Playwrights New Discovery award for her co-written play I Play By Ear which was based on the true story of an incredibly talented autistic savant. This play went on to be produced at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
She worked as a playwright for Pollyanna Theatre Company’s collaborative project Out of Many One: The Monologue Project which worked with Ballet Austin, and the Umlauf Sculpture garden to create a touring dance and drama piece for high schools. She also co-created and was artistic director for the Zoobie Musical Children’s Theatre, which put on summer musical theatre camps for children in the Austin area.
She was one of the founding board for New Play Project in Provo, UT, a theatre company focused on values-driven theatre and promoting new plays. There she participated as Outreach Coordinator, actress, director, playwright, and stagehand in dozens of plays. Her play Based on True-ish Stories won the audience choice award and was later published in the “Out of the Mount” anthology. Her final play with the company was a collaborative work of art exploring politics and religion in American life titled God for President.
She majored in English: Creative Writing and Theatre Studies: Playwriting at Brigham Young University and graduated with honors. As a classically trained singer and violinist, Katherine has won numerous awards for her acting and singing, as well as her writing. Her most notable awards for writing include the Mary Lou Fulton Grant for her play Tre Sorelle, the Vera Hinckley Mayhew award for both short story and playwriting, and the David O. McKay contest twice for her personal essays.
Katherine has worked as a writing tutor, storytelling instructor, theatre instructor, and playwriting instructor with students of all ages. In Austin, she has taught for Jones Academy, James Bowie High School, and the Pollyanna Theatre Company. She also taught with the Millibo Art Theatre in Colorado Springs, Co. She specializes in creating and directing works of art with the students, especially teenagers, such as in her play The Window, which explores myths and the power that story has to change lives. She also co-wrote and directed Selkie, a play based on the myth of “The Seal Wife” and intended for high school students.
Katherine enjoys exploring the world of myths, legends, folktales, and personal stories in an effort to broaden understanding and promote optimism for life. This passion for stories and teaching children is what led her to be a storyteller and children’s playwright. Katherine currently works as a freelance writer, playwright, storyteller, and musician in Seattle, Washington.