Katharine Noon is a Professor in the Theatre Arts Department at LMU and the Artistic Director of the Ghost Road Company, which she co-founded in 1993. Most recently she served as collaborating artist and performer in Ghost Road’s Stranger Things, conceived, written and directed by Ronnie Clark. The piece performed at the NET Micro-Fest in Dec. 2010.
Also in 2010, she directed a reading of renowned Polish playwright Malgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk’s play Pantofelnik’s Suitcase. In 2009, Katharine conceived, wrote and directed Home Siege Home, an ensemble devised adaptation of The Oresteia. The entire trilogy premiered in Los Angeles at [Inside] the Ford and the third section performed at the Getty Villa.
Other sections of the trilogy have performed at the Festival for New Theatre at NaCl in New York, and at the Arcata Playhouse. In 2007-2008: Katharine served as conceiver, writer, and director of Orestes Remembered: The Fury Project, an ensemble devised adaptation of The Eumenides, presented at The Powerhouse Theatre in Los Angeles and The Fury Factory Festival in San Francisco. 2004-2006: she directed The Dark Ages by Laurel Ollstein for Playwrights’ Arena.
With Ghost Road she also developed, co-wrote (with Tamadhur Al-Qeel) and directed The Four Dervishes, an ensemble devised re-telling of The Tale of the Four Dervishes at 24th Street Theatre and the Los Angeles Theatre Center. 2001 – 2003: she conceived, wrote (with Chris DeWan) and directed The Clytemnestra Project, an ensemble devised adaptation of Agamemnon; a collaboration between Theatre of NOTE and the Ghost Road Company. It was presented at The Common Ground Festival, Theatre of NOTE and the KO Festival in Amherst, MA. The piece was named one of 10 best plays in 2001. 1999 – 2000: collaborating artist and performer in Resa Fantatiskt Mystisk in collaboration with Burglars of Hamm. It premiered in Los Angeles and performed at the New York, Seattle, and Edinburgh fringe festivals, and was also nominated for production of the year by the LA Weekly and received Backstage West Garland awards for playwriting and acting.
For the LMU Theatre Department, Katharine has directed The Imaginary Invalid, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Maids by Jean Genet, Cheese by Laurel Ollstein and Arabian Nights by Mary Zimmerman. Katharine was invited, along with other Los Angeles-based artists, to be a part of the US Artists’ Initiative during the The World as a Place of Truth International Theatre Festival in Wroclaw, part of Grotowski Year 2009.
In 2010, she was invited back to Poland to attend the Chorea Festival in Lodz, and to meet with Chorea Artistic Director Tomasz Rodowski, Song of the Goat Artistic Director Grzegorz Bral, and Gardzienice’s Artistic Director Wlodomir Staniewski. Katharine was one of the co-founders of the Edge of The World Theatre Festival (1999-2005). Katharine is a member and formerly served on the board of The Network of Ensemble Theatres (NET).