Discipline: Theatre – playwriting, Literature – fiction

Kathleen Tolan

Discipline: Theatre – playwriting, Literature – fiction
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 1999, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2021

Kathleen Tolan began as an actor, acting Off Broadway, in regional theatres and in film and TV. Her play Memory House premiered at Playwrights Horizons in spring ‘05, and has been produced at many theatres, including the Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Victory Gardens in Chicago, the Seattle Rep and at Trinity Repertory Theatre where it was originally commissioned. Other plays include Kate’s Diary (Playwrights Horizons and the Public Theatre), A Girl’s Life (Trinity Rep), The Wax (Playwrights Horizons) and A Weekend Near Madison (Actors Theatre of Louisville, Astor Place Theatre and numerous theatres in the States and Europe). Her new play, I Was Reading a Novel by Javier Marías, recently had a reading at Classic Stage Company in New York City. At MacDowell in 2017, she worked on a novel with the working title Breath. It is the adaptation of her play I Was Reading A Novel by Javier Marías. Kathleen is associate professor and head of M.F.A. Playwriting at Rutgers.



Kathleen Tolan worked in the Sprague-Smith studio.

In January of 1976, the original Sprague-Smith Studio — built in 1915–1916 and funded by music students of Mrs. Charles Sprague-Smith of the Veltin School — was destroyed by fire. Redesigned by William Gnade, Sr., a Peterborough builder, the fieldstone structure was rebuilt the same year from the foundation up, reusing the original fieldstone. A few…

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