KITTY FELDE's plays have been performed all over the world – from Pretoria to Sussex to Naples, Florida.
She just won the 2009 LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Adaptation of a trio of Nikolai Gogol short stories for the stage called GOGOL PROJECT. The play premiered last fall at the Bootleg Theatre in Los Angeles in an award winning production by the Rogue Artists Ensemble. The LA Times said Felde "deftly balances flights of whimsy and depths of darkness" and USC's Neon Tommy said "if Nikolai Gogol had written three of his most famous short stories while on acid, the result would have been the GOGOL PROJECT."
Felde won the Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition for her Bosnian war crimes play A PATCH OF EARTH, which premiered at the Alleyway Theatre in Buffalo. It was recently published by the University of Wisconsin Press in the collection The Theatre of Genocide: Four Plays about Mass Murder in Rwanda, Bosnia, Cambodia, and Armenia. She also won the Open Book/Fireside Theatre Playwriting Competition for her one-woman show about Theodore Roosevelt's outspoken daughter ALICE which premiered at the National Theatre in Washington, DC.
Felde has written nearly a dozen plays – everything from a melodrama set in San Francisco's Barbary Coast (SHANGHAI HEART) to a musical comedy about the Dodgers' move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles (BUM'S RUSH) to a one-act about a radio cowboy whose show is moving to television, but without him: he doesn't look like his voice (MAN WITH NO SHADOW.)
Many of her plays are inspired by Felde's work as an award-winning public radio journalist. Her months covering the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal led to the courtroom drama A PATCH OF EARTH. The Detroit Free Press said the play "raises questions that audiences will ponder on the way home, possibly long after." Orange County's Daily Pilot called it "serious, mind-absorbing theater, with dramatic power behind the conscience-reaming message." And the Buffalo News gave it "three and a half stars." Her newest play, TOP OF THE HOUR, tells the story of a very bad day on the job: covering one of the nation's worst commuter train accidents.
Felde is co-founder and former managing director of Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood. Her television script "Happy Face" aired on What's Happening Now. She directed the playwriting program for at-risk youth at HOLA (Heart of Los Angeles Youth.) She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Playwriting Lab at Ensemble Studio Theatre LA, and the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights. She currently serves as a judge for Washington DC's Helen Hayes Awards.
Felde grew up in Compton, California. She now lives in Washington, DC where she covers Capitol Hill for Southern California Public Radio.