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Kate Busselle

Theatrical Intimacy Education
Research Consultant, Resource Manager, and Founder
Columbia, MO
Kate is an Intimacy Choreographer, Violence Designer, and doctoral student at the University of Missouri. Pursuing her Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies, Kate researches the performance of violence committed by women on stage, screen, and in other forms of media. She most recently staged the violence, sexual violence, and intimacy in Mizzou’s production of Good Kids by Naomi Iizuka, which was selected to perform at the KCACTF Region 5 Festival. Her experiences in this production will be published in a forthcoming article in Fight Master entitled “When the Problem is Personal: Working on Naomi Iizuka’s Good Kids as a Sexual Assault Survivor.” Kate also staged the intimacy in the regional premiere of Kelly Lusk’s (a love story) at University of Central Florida when she was a Master’s student.

Kate is an Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors with certifications in unarmed combat, rapier & dagger, quarterstaff, single sword, broadsword, broadsword and shield, knife, and theatrical firearms safety. She has served as the violence and intimacy designer for many productions at Theatre UCF and Mizzou Theatre, as well as regional theatres in the Columbia, Missouri area.
Kate is also a director, primarily directing new student-written work and regional semi-professional theatre. She is an Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) with the Actors Equity Association (AEA).


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