Katherine Koller

Katherine Koller writes in many styles and genres. Her  comedies, produced by CBC radio, at the Edmonton Fringe, Jagged Edge Lunchbox Theatre and Winnipeg’s FemFest, have been invited to the U.S. and U.K. Her full-length plays include The Seed Savers, collected in Voices of the Land: The Seed Savers and Other Plays (Athabasca University Press, 2012), Coal Valley: the Making of a Miner (in The Alberta Advantage, Playwrights Canada Press, 2008) and Last Chance Leduc, which won the 2013 Alberta Playwriting Competition, was a Finalist in the 2015 Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition and premiered at Grande Prairie Regional College in 2015.

Queenie’s Castle is Katherine’s first play to be translated, into Cree, by Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company in Saskatoon and into French by Campus St. Jean at the University of Alberta.

Katherine also writes fiction, and for radio, film, ballet, dance and opera. Her first novel, Art Lessons (2016) is shortlisted for the Edmonton City Book Prize and longlisted for the Edmonton Public Library's Readers' Choice Award. Her short fiction has appeared in Grain, Epiphany, Room and Alberta Views. Citie Ballet produced  her story ballet libretti: Murder at the Strand (2011), Damsels of the Night (2012) and Ariadne’s Gate (2013) and Cave Beat (2014). Her documentary about Citie Ballet going professional, Taking Flight, is produced by Company of Women on the Screen for Telus Optik TV.  Her online web series about Edmonton youth changing the world is Sustainable Me, and found at www.sustainablemeyeg.ca. Katherine is developing a chamber opera libretto, The Handless Maiden, a feature film, Cowboy Boots and a Corsage and a new plays, Riverkeeper and Hope Soup.  Katherine writes about her process in “Making Myth on the Prairies” in Canadian Theatre Review (Spring 2013), and teaches in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta and is also a facilitator/instructor at Maskwacis Cultural College. 

Her website is www.katherinekoller.ca

Affiliation: 
WGA

Awards

Award Category Year Play
Alberta Playwriting Competition Grand Prize 2013
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