Katie Pearl


Performing Arts, 2009

As a collaborative theater artist and author of plays and performance for both traditional and alternative spaces, Katie Pearl is passionate about using theater to create space for conversation. She is co-Artistic Director of the OBIE Award-winning interdisciplinary theater company PearlDamour (with playwright Lisa D’Amour), with whom she received a 2015 NEA Our Town grant supporting Milton — a long-term project examining what it means to be American, made with and for 5 small towns named Milton. PearlDamour is a 4-time grantee of the MAP award and a recipient of the Lee Reynolds award, given by the League of Professional Theater Women for work that has helped illuminate the possibilities for social change. Katie’s play ARNIE LOUIS and BOB will appear in Trinity Rep’s 15/16 season. She is a 2016 Fitt Artist-in-Residence at Brown University, and is consulting with Brandeis University to create a new MFA to support multi-disciplinary, early career theater practitioners. Current work: convening a series of experimental evenings combining theater with casual get-togethers to explore the role of conversation within performance.

Awards and Accomplishments

2015: Katie received a Steinberg Playwriting commission from Trinity Rep theater to support the development of a new play.

2015: PearlDamour receives an NEA "Our Town" award with the city of Milton-Freewater, OR to support a long-term series of creative engagement activities organized under an initiative called Talk Play Dream: Hablar Jugar Soñar. A centerpiece of these activities is the production of their play MILTON, scheduled for June 2016.

2015: PearlDamour will be in residence at the University of Washington throughout the 2015/16 academic year, shepherding students through a collaborative, community-based theater making project inspired by PearlDamour's MILTON project.

2015: PearlDamour brings Creative Capital project HOW TO BUILD A FOREST home to New Orleans, where it is presented by the Contemporary Arts Center.

2015: Katie Pearl was named a 2016 Fitt Artist-in-Residence at Brown University where she will develop a new work of multi-media performance in collaboration with filmmaker Michelle Memran, based on the life and work of playwright and Alzheimer's sufferer Maria Irene Fornes.


 PearlDamour present a work in progress showing of MILTON at CUNY Grad Center, New York


Pearl receives MAP Fund Grant

2011: PearlDamour are Visiting Artists at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC


PearlDamour receive the Lee Reynolds Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women