Kim Katzberg is a New York Innovative Theatre Award-winning writer/performer who has been creating genre-bending theater work since 2010.
Of her 2011 breakout show PENETRATING THE SPACE, the NY Times wrote, “Penetrating the Space has a glowing, vulnerable, haunting center.” Theatermania said, “Katzberg is acutely aware of the strange contradictions in the theater world and she milks them to great effect, adding to an already hilarious physical performance." PENETRATING... was developed as a work-in-progress at Dixon Place–first as an official selection of the 2010 HOT! Festival, and then in a featured run as a 2010 Artist-In-Residence. This led to a run at HERE with Tom X. Chao’s CALLOUS CAD under the umbrella title CHEERFUL INSANITY: CHAO AND KATZBERG IN REPERTORY. The show was nominated for two New York Innovative Theatre Awards.
In 2013, Katzberg debuted her second play, DARKLING. The NY Times raved: “Audacious...Rich with emotional truth...Katzberg has a gift for writing her own material.” First staged as a workshop at IRT Theater (where she was a resident artist), DARKLING was given a full run by IRT in December 2013-January 2014, alongside Nora Woolley’s equally acclaimed HIP. Katzberg was again nominated for a 2014 New York Innovative Theatre Award, this time for “Outstanding Solo Performance.”
Katzberg workshopped her third play TERRY: RECOVERING PET DETECTIVE, which was renamed STRAYS, in Ars Nova’s ANT Fest 2015. In 2016, Katzberg was an Artist-In-Residence at The Brick where she performed STRAYS with Nora Woolley. Theater Scene wrote, “Strays is an exercise in personal creativity which is unapologetic, original and admirably ambitious.” STRAYS won the 2016 New York Innovative Theatre Award for “Outstanding Original Short Script.” STRAYS is included in THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS, 2015-2016, published by Applause Books.
Recently, Katzberg workshopped her play DAD IN A BOX at Dixon Place in February 2019, prior to performing the play for three weeks at HERE Arts Center. Katzberg won the 2019 New York Innovative Theatre Award for “Outstanding Solo Performance” in addition to being nominated for “Outstanding Original Short Script” and “Outstanding Innovative Design.”
Katzberg has debuted original work at alternative performance series around the city. She has performed at the Bushwick Starr in Catch Performance Series, in Dead Darlings at Judson Memorial Church, in Showgasm at Ars Nova, in The Upstart Festival at BAX and in the OBIE Award-winning Little Theatre at Dixon Place.
Katzberg’s extensive education in nontraditional theatre includes a BFA in Theater, NYU/Experimental Theatre Wing and an MFA in Acting, Columbia University, where she studied Shakespeare with Andrei Serban and Kristin Linklater, acting with Anne Bogart, and Viewpoints with Barney O’Hanlon of SITI Company.
In addition, Brooklyn Heights Montessori School has employed Katzberg since 2013 to teach drama and direct first through eighth graders in theater productions.