CATHERINE CASTELLANI’s plays include 2Y20M (The Nora Salon 2017, Dixon Place The Lounge 2016), The Red Flags (Julia's Reading Room 2017), In Search of Lost Time, and The Bigsley Project (Centenary Stage Women Playwrights Series 2013, One Year Lease Theater Company The Subletters series 2012, PlayPenn semi-finalist 2012), The Mongoose and the Cobra (Going to Tahiti Productions Reading Series 2014). She is a Finalist for the 2017-2018 Marion International Fellowship for work-in-progress Possession. Her short plays WORK, Gestation, and Organization Man were finalists for the Heideman Award (2005, 2006, 2007), and WORK has had several productions, including Actors Theatre of Louisville The Tens 2006; City Theatre (Miami) Summer Shorts 2006; Obsessions and Compulsions Festival (Chicago) 2007, and 10 By 10 In the Triangle at The ArtsCenter (North Carolina); published by Smith & Kraus. For children: There Is No E in Ski, The Silent Ones (both plays Turtle Shell Productions 8-Minute Madness Festival 2011; The Silent Ones published by Applause Books), and The Permian Extinction (Applause Books). For audio, Marlboro Angel (MidWest Radio Theater Workshop Award), and Rain (WBGO Newark and NPR). Catherine has twice been a resident at the MacDowell Colony and is a one-time resident at the Ucross Foundation. She is a co-founder of The Geese, a co-working/co-mentoring group of women playwrights, and she is also a member of The Dramatists Guild.

CATHERINE CASTELLANI’s plays include 2Y20M (The Nora Salon 2017, Dixon Place The Lounge 2016), The Red Flags (Julia's Reading Room 2017), In Search of Lost Time, and The Bigsley Project (Centenary Stage Women Playwrights Series 2013, One Year Lease Theater Company The Subletters series 2012, PlayPenn semi-finalist 2012), The Mongoose and the Cobra (Going to Tahiti Productions Reading Series 2014). She is a Finalist for the 2017-2018 Marion International Fellowship for work-in-progress Possession. Her short plays WORKGestation, and Organization Man were finalists for the Heideman Award (2005, 2006, 2007), and WORK has had several productions, including Actors Theatre of Louisville The Tens 2006; City Theatre (Miami) Summer Shorts 2006; Obsessions and Compulsions Festival (Chicago) 2007, and 10 By 10 In the Triangle at The ArtsCenter (North Carolina); published by Smith & Kraus. For children: There Is No E in Ski, The Silent Ones (both plays Turtle Shell Productions 8-Minute Madness Festival 2011; The Silent Ones published by Applause Books), and The Permian Extinction (Applause Books). For audio, Marlboro Angel (MidWest Radio Theater Workshop Award), and Rain (WBGO Newark and NPR). Catherine has twice been a resident at the MacDowell Colony and is a one-time resident at the Ucross Foundation. She is a co-founder of The Geese, a co-working/co-mentoring group of women playwrights, and she is also a member of The Dramatists Guild.

Artistic Statement

I’m fascinated by the American idea of work. My plays often take place on the job, or between co-workers. There is a lot of comedy in our national embrace of workaholism, and a world of pain, too. (My most-produced play is simply called WORK.) As an artist I ground my work in reality, but always leave room for accident, surprise, and the one-off or offbeat obsession--a snippet of overheard conversation, running into a long-lost friend, or being struck by beauty on my daily walks around the city. These details build and move the action of my plays: a bolt of information, an image, a sudden illumination can move the audience forward or backward in time, light up a connection, or drop us into a particular truth with theatricality, precision, and fun.