Kim Katzberg has been creating genre-bending performance 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 received two 2012 New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations.
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 will be included in THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS, 2015-2016 to be published by Applause Books in 2017.
Katzberg is also a regular fixture at alternative performance series around the city. She has debuted original work 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 New Skin for the Old Ceremony at Cloud City.
Off-Broadway productions include Alison in RICHARD AND ANNE directed by Anthony Nelson at the Arclight Theatre and Benvolio in ROMEO AND JULIET directed by Tony Speciale at Classic Stage Company.
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.
Katzberg is also a drama teacher at Brooklyn Heights Montessori School where she teaches and directs first through eighth graders. As a drama teacher, she empowers and inspires students to write and perform their own material.